Friday Reading Round-Up: 04.01.2022

Last week’s books:

I finished a bunch of books last week. I finally finished The Corner That Held Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner, although I need to take some time to write up a post about it. I also read all three of my #FridayReads books from last week: Close Her Eyes by Dorothy Simpson, Desolation Canyon by P.J. Tracey & Tempest Tost by Robertson Davies. On top of those four books, I read The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard and I finished A Very Great Profession by Nicola Beauman. A very good reading week, indeed!

This week’s plans:

I’m at a loose end right now, and ready to start something new!


Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple: I read The Priory earlier this year and really loved it. One of the bloggers I follow read & reviewed Because of the Lockwoods a few weeks ago, which inspired me to check it out of the library.

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie: This is not my favorite Christie mystery because I feel like the puzzle itself is lacking. However, I really like the characters in this one, including the narrator, Amy Leatheran, who is different from Christie’s usual young women, and I love the setting, so I always enjoy reading it.

Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper: This will finish out The Dark Is Rising Sequence for me. It’s coming off of my TBR cart, so that’s another book to cross off the Mt. TBR Challenge list!

Library Loot

Print Books:

I returned a bunch of books this week that I didn’t get to – it was time to clear the decks a bit.

  1. Browsings by Michael Dirda: I have actually started this one, & I’m reading a few essays at a time.
  2. A Swim in the Pond in the Rain by George Saunders: this is a bit of a project read, but I definitely want to get to it.
  3. Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban: NYRB title. I’m running out of time, so this may end up being catch & release.
  4. Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander: I want to get back to this series, but fitting this book into my reading schedule isn’t going to be easy.
  5. Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple: I checked this out because I read a review it from a fellow blogger & I loved The Priory.
  6. Pilgrim’s Inn by Elizabeth Goudge: This was a total whim checkout. I’ve never read Elizabeth Goudge.
  7. Read Dangerously: the subversive power of literature in troubled times by Azar Nafisi: checked out, will read.
  8. The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler: I’m not sure I will actually get to this one, but I haven’t ruled it out.


  1. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron: I heard about this on a podcast & it sounds really fun.
  2. The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard: I’ve been hearing about Catherine Ryan Howard for months and I’ve never read anything. This is supposed to be a good thriller. I’ve finished this one, but haven’t returned it because my mom might want to read it.
  3. Desolation Canyon by P.J. Tracy: I honestly can’t remember where I heard about this, but I know someone read & liked it. I also finished this one, but I’m holding onto it in case Caitlyn/mom want to give it a go.
  4. Pavilion in the Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith
  5. A Taste for Death by P.D. James: next up in my Dalgleish reread
  6. Hiding in Plain Sight: the invention of Donald Trump and the erosion of America by Sarah Kendzior: I follow Kendzior on Twitter and she has a new book coming out. That one wasn’t available yet, but this one is.
  7. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I’ve only read Daisy Jones and the Six by Reid, but I really liked it. This one sounds like a page turner.
  8. The Dark Winter by David Mark: This one came up when I was looking for Winter Dark, which a friend mentioned yesterday and I thought it looked good. Checked out on a whim.
  9. The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard: After I consumed The Nothing Man, I decided to dig into Howard’s backlist. This is the first hold that has been delivered.

Book Haul:

I had tiny haul this week!

  1. Winter Dark by Alex Callister: my friend Mike Finn mentioned how much he enjoyed this, and it was only $2.99 for my kindle.
  2. The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe: I bought this omnibus edition last weekend at my favorite bookstore/coffee shop. Achebe is a DWS author-in-residence for October-December, so I am planning ahead a bit here.
  3. Family Furnishings by Alice Munro: bought at a UBS.
  4. Vanish in an Instant by Margaret Millar: I forgot to mention this one last week, but I grabbed it for the Appointment with Agatha April side read.


    1. I can see why you would be confused – the listed books are the ones I didn’t return! I had about 25 books checked out. Too much.

      I’m getting ready to started Because of the Lockwoods. I read Silver on the Tree over the weekend & finished up The Dark Is Rising Sequence – I really enjoyed it!

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