Books lately: What I’ve been reading

As life pushes and pulls me in different directions, I’m grateful for the escape that is a good book. The more stressed I feel, the more time I want to spend curled up with a book and my cats. So, I’ve spent much of the past month or two reading. Recently, I’ve finished a biography, a myth, and a smattering of other things, including a couple of Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club picks.

Books lately…

Books lately... Recently I've finished a biography, a myth, and a smattering of other things that are worth talking about, including a couple of Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club picks.

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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda

After I finished reading this thick biography on Catherine de Medici, I felt like I needed to read about her daughter, Queen Margot. The 16th Century was full of fascinating, powerful queens, and this book was a good introduction to this particular queen of France and the intrigue that surrounded her.

Pride and Prejudice (Audiobook) by Jane Austen,‎ narrated by Rosamund Pike 

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book, but this was the first time listening to the audiobook. Rosamund Pike, Jane from the 2005 movie, does a fantastic job of voicing all of the characters.

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell

I love that the #mmdbookclub forces me to read books I wouldn’t otherwise pick up. I didn’t love February’s pick, This Must Be The Place, but I’m glad that I read it. It was well done even if I’m not a fan of family dramas and multiple narrators/timelines.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

This was the #mmdbookclub February flight pick. I don’t usually read short stories, but this Pulitzer winning collection is beautiful and definitely worth a read. Also, it made me want to visit India.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I love Neil Gaiman’s writing style, and it’s a great fit for mythology. I kind of wish I had listened to this as an audiobook since I’m not sure how to pronounce a lot of the names, but Norse Mythology is a good read.

A Quiet Life in the Country: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery (audiobook) by T E Kinsey, narrated by‎ Elizabeth Knowelden 

This cozy, country house mystery is utterly charming, and the narrator does an excellent job of bringing the characters of a small, English village to life.

Tasty Latest and Greatest: Everything You Want to Cook Right Now by Tasty*

I was sent this to review from the soon to be defunct Blogging for Books. This cookbook is packed with a variety of tasty sounding recipes such as Cauliflower Crust Pizza and Chicken Cordon Bleu. So far, I’ve tried the Baked Buffalo Cauliflower and the Softest Sugar Cookies Ever, and I highly recommend them.

What have you been reading lately?

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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P.S. If you liked this post, you might, also, enjoy Life Lately: Dreaming in Chocolate and other things!


  1. It’s been a while since I’ve read Pride and Prejudice, but listening to it on audio sounds like fun, I will have to check that out! You’re right about This Must Be the Place–if you aren’t a fan of multiple narrators and timelines I could see why that one wouldn’t be good. It was kind of all over the place! (But I like that sort of thing, so for me it was good.)

  2. I haven’t read any of these so I may have to add them to my list. I’ve been reading “When to Jump” by Mike Lewis and really enjoying it. It’s full of stories from others who chose to leave what they were doing for something they were more passionate about and I am really enjoying it.

  3. Love Pride and Prejudice! I have been reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. It is a little slower than the Husband’s Secret, but still good.

  4. I would love to spend everyday curled up with a book a cat and some hot tea. that sounds divine. I am a huge fan of multiple narrators, This Must be the Place sounds perfect for me.

  5. Even though I’m generally not a fan of short stories, I LOVED Interpreter of Maladies. It’s one of the few books I had to own, and I rarely purchase books anymore! I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice (or any of the retellings). It’s one of those that I’m always saying “I should probably read that,” but then something else catches my attention and I forget. I’m disappointed you didn’t like “This Must Be The Place” as it’s currently on my TBR, but I like multiple narrators and family dramas, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it!
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  6. Interesting picks.. I have never listened to an audiobook.. I just don’t think I’d be able to concentrate.. I feel my mind would end up drifting.. and I’d find myself constantly
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  7. Ooo…lots of interesting sounding books! Also, I ADORE your River Song journal- where did you get that? Is it a Kindle cover?

    I’ve never tried any Austen on audiobook, but now that you mention it, that sounds like a great idea! Thanks! 🙂

    1. The journal was a gift, but it’s a licensed Doctor Who product, and sometimes I see them at bookstores 🙂

  8. Thanks for the recommendations! I’m interested in Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri and the Tasty Latest and Greatest: Everything You Want to Cook Right Now by Tasty*.

    I think I’d like to join a book club like this. We’re doing a book club with another couple, and I’m reading so much more, reading things I wouldn’t otherwise pick up, and I’m really enjoying it. Plus, it gives my husband and I so much new and interesting stuff to talk about since we’re reading the books together.

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