Weekly Reading Round-Up
July 21st, 2017

I had a stack of books I was saving for slightly later in the summer, but couldn’t resist digging into them now. So, this week, I treated myself to:

— Amy Poeppel’s Small Admissions (which just came out in paperback), a smart and snarky combination of social satire and coming of age story, in which, in the wake of having both her romantic and grad school expectations crushed, a twenty-something takes a job in the admissions department of a Manhattan private school and learns about herself in the process– while dodging crazy parents;

— Susan Meissner’s As Bright as Heaven (coming spring 2018), a riveting and wrenching historical novel about a family in Philadelphia during the 1918 flu pandemic, struggling to survive in the midst of a world turned abruptly upside down, as death stalked the streets, schools and churches were closed, bodies piled up too fast to bury, and a person you waved to today might be gone tomorrow.

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What have you been reading this week?

22 Responses to “Weekly Reading Round-Up”

  1. Christine says:

    I read “The People we Hate at the Wedding” and was really disappointed. It started off with a lot of potential but the plot went nowhere then just ended and the character development was really poor. Everyone was very one dimensional.

    Now I’m reading “The Breakdown.” She’s totally being gaslighted. Just trying to figure out who is doing it.

    • Lauren says:

      If you’re in a mood for gaslighting, also try Carol Goodman’s “The Widow’s House”. Not that there’s a shortage of gaslighting books out right now!

  2. Miss Eliza says:

    I’ve been re-reading A Wrinkle in Time because I swear, no matter how many times I read that book I never remember what happens. But I’m MOST excited about my next book… which might just be an ARC of The English Wife!

    • Tara says:

      I’m teaching A Wrinkle in Time to my eighth-grade class this year. My mom always talks about how it was her favorite book growing up. What do you think about the upcoming movie?

      • Betty Strohecker says:

        I haven’t seen anything about the movie. Is it going to be quite different from the old movie? I used to show it to my fifth graders since it was a Newbery Award book. It was my son’s favorite book also.

        • Tara says:

          Honestly, all I’ve seen is the trailer. It’s coming out this March. The star-studded cast includes Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine.

    • Lauren says:

      Aww, thanks, Miss Eliza! I can’t wait to hear what you think.

  3. Cecile says:

    Enjoying Murder At The Breakers.

  4. Pat Dupuy says:

    I just finished Where the Dead Lie. By CS Harris. I love that series. Next up is The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffith.

  5. Betty Strohecker says:

    Am about to finish Jennifer Robson’s After the War is Over, follow-up to Somewhere in France.

  6. I just finished reading A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn and am now reading Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Next on the docket is Susanna Kearsley’s The Shadowy Horses. Any read that one?

    • Susan Willis says:

      I have read it and it is a lovely read. I enjoy Susanna Kearsly’s writing so much.

    • Tara says:

      You definitely should watch the movie Bright Star. Amazing.

    • Mary Lou says:

      Yes-I enjoyed it greatly, although having read it twice found it was for different reasons. I like the story, love the history, and the spooky aspects. The characters appealed to me differently each read. Mark of a good book and mark of events in my own life shading what I read?

    • Lauren says:

      “Shadowy Horses” is one of my favorite Kearsley books! It’s so Mary Stewart-y.

    • Betty Strohecker says:

      I love the Shadowy Horses and then read The Winter Sea and The Firebird. The Firebird is a great follow up.

      • Wow! Thank you so much for all the replies! I did not realize there was a film, although now I’ve read the preface of Bright Star the book, I see it was the author of the screenplay who wrote it. And thanks for all the recommendations of Susanna Kearsley books. My TBR pile just increased a few!

  7. Mary Smith says:

    Just finished Camilla Monk’s Spotless series. I enjoyed it…just a bit strange…. but must have liked it enough to read 4 books… very hard to describe. Started Margaret Maron’s Sigrid Harald series last night. I’ve read all the Judge Knott books, which I highly recommend, but had never read these. So many writers these days, and you are NOT one of them, Lauren, write with an 8th grade vocabulary and 6th grade grammar… Maron is not one of them either, and it’s nice to read well written, educated stories.

  8. Tara says:

    I’m reading King Lear and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.

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