Weekly Reading Round-Up

Happy Friday, all!

This week has been a blur of January 1800 and my kids’ end of year school activities (I’ve been trying not to confuse the two, but it’s hard sometimes– does Aaron Burr need cupcake mix brought in to school by Wednesday?  Or possibly Alexander Hamilton needs a turquoise shirt for Field Day on Friday), so it seemed time to indulge in a new book by a favorite author, T. Kingfisher’s The House with Good Bones.

I adore T. Kingfisher’s snarky first person narrators.  They remind me a lot of Elizabeth Peters’s Vicky Bliss or some of her stand alone heroines (like the one in Summer of the Dragon) even though the subject matter is very different: in this case, the evil that lurks beneath a nondescript house in a nondescript subdivision.  This one has more in common with Elizabeth Peters’s Barbara Michaels alter ego, because there’s a Dark Family Secret, which must be revealed in order to defeat the lurking evil.

After that, I had a massive book hangover, so after bouncing off a few books I took refuge in a 1930s England-that-never-was: Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire books, specifically Summer Half, in which Colin Keith takes a job as an assistant master at the local public school and shenanigans ensue, as shenanigans always do, but all the right people wind up engaged or disengaged by the end.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Sheila Churchill on May 26, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    What Alexander Hamilton needs is a crystal ball for his field day with Aaron Burr.

  2. Elizabeth (AKA Miss Eliza) on May 26, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    The ending or should I say lack of an ending to Kate Atkinson’s ‘Shrines of Gaiety’ really pissed me off so I’m happy to say I’ve spent the rest of the week with Peter Grant. Devoured and love ‘Moon Over Soho’ (JAZZ VAMPIRES!) And really really liked ‘Whispers Under Ground.’ Moving on to ‘Broken Homes!’

  3. Joan on May 28, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    I just finished the third book in Ashley Weaver’s ww2 series about a family of safecrackers who go to work with British Army intelligence. There is of course some romance involved. Very entertaining.

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