Archive for June 10th, 2011

Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I had a lot of time to read on planes last weekend. Okay, I had a lot of time to read on a plane last weekend. Here’s what I had with me:

— Julia Quinn, Just Like Heaven

I’m a big Julia Quinn fan from way back. (I found her before the Bridgertons!) As many people have commented about this book, not terribly much happens, but you’re happy to hang out with them while things are not happening. Her characters are the sort of people with whom you could happily go on vacation and share a beach house. You know you’d have endless fun playing charades and scrabble with them.

— Sarah MacLean, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart.

First, a shameless plug. Come hear Sarah read from her first book at the Roger Smith Hotel at 7:00 on June 22nd! You know you want to be there…. Okay, now that that’s out of the way. I spent some time figuring out how to classify Sarah’s style, since, while she does humor well, there’s a deep, emotional undertone to all of her books. In a way, they remind me a little bit of Kleypas and a little of McNaught.

— Tracy Grant, Vienna Waltz.

When I first read this book, it was in a big, paper-y pile of manuscript. It was even better reading it in book form. I love Tracy’s characterizations, not just of her fictional characters, but of the real people who peopled the Congress of Vienna: Tsar Alexander, Tsarina Elizabeth, the Courland sisters, and, my personal favorite, Talleyrand. Tracy interweaves history and fiction so well that you really can’t tell where one ends and the other begins.

— Georgette Heyer, The Grand Sophy.

Need I say more?

What have you been reading?