Reading RoundUp #8

Happy Friday! Let’s talk about books! I finished up a few recently, so this week I was faced with the exciting/terrifying question “What should I read next?” I’m getting ready for the six hour flight to/from Vegas this weekend, so I’m trying to limit any new books I start to paperbacks or ebooks. I certainly don’t want to cart around my 700 page hardcover of Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell. Also, I’m still trying to pick books that fit into my Reading Challenge (I seem to have used up all the easy categories already…) With that said, see below for the current reading roundup!


Work Book (for lunch time reading):

Outlander by Diane Galbadon – Since I just finished Great Expectations on Wednesday, I’m not very far into this one. I’ve heard all good things about this series, so I’m hoping it lives up to my expectations (Ha! Get it? “Expectations”)

Apartment Books:

The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman – This is a library book sale find that I just started reading this week. Its historical fiction, set in London during the cholera epidemic. I’m only 20 pages in, but am finding the characters and setting intriguing.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke – I feel like I’ve been reading this for weeks and am less than way through. Jay mentioned that this keeps popping up on “Best Fantasy Books” lists, so I guess I’m sticking with it in the hopes it will turn out amazing. I’ve enjoyed reading about what an England with practical magicians looks like, but I wouldn’t classify it as one of my favorites yet.

Kindle Books:

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery – I was searching for a book with a color in the title and ran across Anne of Green Gables! I can’t remember if I ever finished the story when I was younger, so I thought it was about time that I started back up. Reading this has been such a joy so far! Anne is outrageous but charming and I’m giggling along with her every step of the way.

The Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes – Since I’m on hold for about 5 ebooks right now, I was searching last night for anything that was immediately available and stumbled upon this book. I’ve read and enjoyed two of her other works already. I’m hoping this tale of missed connections and true love set in both the 1960’s and early 2000’s will live up to her reputation.

From around the web:

What Should I Read Next Podcast – This is the first ever podcast I’ve listened to and I’m in love already. Modern Mrs. Darcy is one of my favorite bloggers and her first two podcasts are as delightful as her posts. They are less than 20 minutes long and discuss a wide variety of books.

2015 Book Quiz – How well do you know last year’s book-related news?

Honest Trailers – Hilarious reviews of movies on YouTube. I’m not usually a fan of videos but these are well worth the time!

Do you have a strategy for reading while traveling (ebooks, paperbacks, etc)? 

Check out what other bloggers are reading lately at this linkup!



  1. Keep us posted on what you thought of The Last Letter from Your Lover. I’ve been going back and forth on if I want to read it. I liked one Moyes book (Me Before You) but then disliked the next one I read (One Plus One). I like the premise of Last Letter and want to give it a try. Have a great trip! 🙂

    1. I will! Have you read the follow up, After You yet? I’m on the fence about it since I liked Me Before You so much…I don’t want to ruin that.

      1. By the way, I finished The Last Letter in less than a week and definitely enjoyed it. I liked it better than One Plus One, so you might as well. There were a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming, plus the 1960’s time period is fascinating.

  2. Outlander wasn’t my cup of tea, but it should take you a lot of lunches!
    I haven’t heard of The Dress Lodger, but it seems really cool! I have a copy of The Last Letter From Your Lover. I love her novels. I finally read After You!
    What Should I Read Next sounds like a perfect podcast for me! I am so glad that I checked out the link up this month!
    When I travel, I take a hardback/paperback, my iPad with lots of options for my Kindle, as well as tons of audiobooks. I travel a lot to see specialists for my medical conditions. And, there are so many good books out there and I want to read them all! 🙂

    1. What did you think of After You? I’m 1/3 of the way through Last Letter and really like it so far. It’s Mad Men esque which is fun to read! I love your travel strategy 🙂 Completely agree that all these good books need to be read!

  3. I liked After You. I didn’t thing Me Before You needed a follow up, but if it was going to have one, this was a good one! I have yet to read anything by Moyes that I don’t like, though. I think I saw that Last Letter took place in the 60’s, but I didn’t realize that it was Mad Men esque! Now I really need to listen to it – I am hooked on audiobooks. Right now, though, I picked back up the Phryne Fisher series because I finally watched an episode of the show they made out of the books, which is really well done, but I want to read before I watch and the shows are not in the same order as the books! The books are all like 6-8 hours on audio, and I listen at double speed, so I can easily listen to a single book in one day!

    1. Hmm I haven’t heard of that series… What’s it about? You say there’s a show too? That’s exciting!

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