Monday, January 11, 2010

What I'm Reading This Monday


Nothing in the mailbox all last week, but lots from the library, so I've been doing a lot of reading. I finished both The Stolen Crown by Susan Higgenbotham and Kathleen McCleary's House and Home last week. They were very different, Stolen Crown being historical fiction, and House and Home a contemporary woman's story, and they were both excellent. House and Homeis about a woman devastated about losing her house when her husband's financial problems force them to sell. Ellie even asks for a divorce, she's so worn out from Sam's pipe dreams. The thought of moving and leaving all the memories taints every minute of her days and is rubbing off on her older daughter. It was funny and sweet, although there were many times I wanted to give Ellie a good slap and tell her to suck it up. I will be reviewing The Stolen Crownin a few weeks for Sourcebooks.
Finished The Luxe series with the fourth book Splendor by Anna Godberson. This young adult historical romance is a Gossip Girl for the last century, and it has held my attention from the very first book. I'm glad I didn't find out about them until they had all been released because each ends with a cliff hanger and several unanswered questions. I really wanted to find out how the bad marriages, star-crossed lovers, and evil business dealings would be worked out.

I read a great Georgette Heyer mystery, They Found Him Dead, that also came from Sourcebooks. They introduced me to her historical romances with Devil's Cub several months ago. I am so impressed with the intricacies of her story lines and how the stories, characters, and plots have held the test of time.
Right now I am listening to Philippa Gregory's The White Queen. It is the first audio book I've tried since The Bridges of Madison County back in 1996! Never finished that one, I kept falling asleep. It's very interesting listening to this story of the marriage of Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV, told from Elizabeth's point of view, since I just finished reading about the same events from her sister Katherine's point of view in The Stolen Crown.
I'll be starting A Thread of Graceby Mary Doria Russell, another historical fiction, but much closer in time. It takes place in Italy during WWII, and is about a village that smuggles Jews out of the country.
If I'm successful in listening to THe White Queen I will start David Hosp's Dark Harbor. I reviewed his most recent novel Among Thieves yesterday. Dark Harbor is his first book.
So what are you reading this week? For more great books being read around the blogosphere, stop by J. Kaye's Book Blog for the weekly meme What Are You Reading On Monday?


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16 comments:

Katrina said...

I l-o-v-e audio books. I can crochet and listen. I now have to go put the White Queen on Hold at the library, thanks for the idea! I hope you enjoy it.

You can check out what I am reading at Bloody Bad

Sharon said...

You've got some great books there! I keep telling myself to get a Heyer book.
I'd also like to read The White Queen. I also love audio books. I even joined the audiobook challenge again this year. Happy Reading!

Kristen said...

Great reading on your list! Have a good week.

Mary said...

Really looking forward to your Stolen Crown review : )
Have a great week!

Nina said...

I want to start some books written by Georgette Heyer. I saw some the other day on another blog and they looked and sounded very nice.

Have fun reading the books you want to read this week. :)
Happy reading!

Stephanie said...

These look terrific. I am especially interested in A Thread of Grace.

Ruth Schaller said...

You've got a nice list there! Hope you have a great week!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Have a great week of reading!

Jennifer said...

I adore Georgette Heyer and I am slowly collecting all her novels. My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/what-are-you-reading-monday-11-january.html

Tracy said...

Some good sounding books there. I am dying to read Philipa Gregory.

Justine said...

Right now I'm reading a British author... Elizabeth Noble and the book is The Reading Group. Like it a lot!

Justine :o )

Dorte H said...

What am I reading? Nothing at all today (apart from a short story for work). I have read two crime stories (500 + 300 pages) in a few days, real pageturners, so today I had my own blog and all your blogs to attend to :D

SmilingSally said...

I'm reading Listen by Rene Gutteridge. I've finished 100 pages, and it's a good one.

J. Kaye said...

I have Dark Harbor on my wanna read list. Look forward to what you think of it.

Bloglifetime said...

I really enjoyed reading your books!

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