Recent Books

I didn’t realize my reading habits were that interesting! I can certainly tell you about the books I have read in the past week or two.


I keep a book at work to read on breaks and lunches so that I am not constantly toting a book around. My current work read is Emma by Jane Austen. I’ve read it several times before. It’s not my favorite Jane Austen novel, but my favorite movie adaptation was based on this book–Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. I decided to re-read it because I had read an article on Persuasions discussing how Emma can be regarded as a mystery novel because we are given clues throughout the novel that things are not quite as Emma perceives them to be. It’s made this re-read rather fun for me.


I have also just started To Wed a Wicked Prince by Jane Feather. Someday I will remember that her stories now irritate me and I will quit buying her books. I’m about 50 pages in and so far there is a handsome Russian prince romancing the heroine because he wants something inside her house. Yawn. I imagine this will get tossed straight onto the tub of books to sell once I have finished it.


Yesterday morning, I finished The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer. I’ve been on a bit of a Heyer kick, as you will soon see. The Nonesuch is about a man from London visits property he recently inherited in Yorkshire and sets the countryside on its ear with excitement. Picture George Clooney (mmm…) coming to stay in your neighborhood and he plans on hanging out with all the neighbors.


The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer is rather fun. It’s about a girl who comes to stay with her family for a few months. She’s a bit of a busybody, so she quickly sets the family to rights and gets everyone settled.


Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn is one of my all-time favorites. It’s got nearly everything I like in a romance novel. Young woman who is overlooked by society who is actually rather fun to talk to? Check. Handsome, charming man who is just plain nice? Check. Avoidance of obnoxious themes like The Big Misunderstanding? Check.


The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street is excellent if you enjoy the nerdiness that is Jane Austen paraliterature. It is the telling of Pride and Prejudice from the view of Mr. Darcy. I enjoyed it so much I started it over again once I had finished it!


Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer was not as much fun for me as her other novels. It’s about the son of two of her previous characters and how he reforms from a hellion into a good man. “Meh,” I say.


Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey is her third 500 Kingdoms novel. This one mostly focuses on the myth of the lucky seventh son and a bit of Little Mermaid. I’d like to re-read it again so I can pay more attention to the mythological aspects than the story line.

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