Archive for April 16th, 2011

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

This could be more aptly called Monthly Reading Round-Up. What with this and that, I’ve sadly neglected Weekly Reading Round-Up for the past few weeks. In recompense, here’s the latest haul:

— Rosemary Clement-Moore, The Splendor Falls.

I’ve long been a fan of Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Maggie books (girl versus evil!), but hadn’t read her stand-alone YA, about a teen ballerina forced, due to injury, to spend the summer on the old family homestead in Alabama. Why did I wait so long? It reminds me of the old Barbara Michaels I loved so much: that faint, shivery tinge of the Gothic and a historical family mystery to unravel, all told through the viewpoint of a smart, spunky heroine.

— Dianne Emley, The First Cut.

In case it hasn’t come up before, one of my guilty pleasures is the tv show “Criminal Minds”. (So many episodes! And on at just about any time!). So when I say that reading this book felt like watching a “Criminal Minds” episode, I mean it in a very good way.

— Kristan Higgins, My One and Only.

It’s a Kristan Higgins. Enough said.

— Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden.

I’ve recently discovered Kate Morton’s books and have been making up for lost time. This one reminded me a bit of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, as a modern woman must discover a secret embedded in the writings of a Victorian author, finding the facts behind the fiction.

— Beatriz Williams, Overseas.

Confession time. This book won’t be out until January 2012. But please trust me when I say it’s worth the wait. Mark your calendars now! I’ve read a lot of excellent books recently, but this one blows them all away. You can read about it– and find an excerpt– on her website.

What have you been reading?