I’ve managed to do a fair amount of reading this summer, primarily because the library’s renovation ended, making the stacks accessible again!
Sargent’s Daughters: The Biography of a Painting, and Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas – there are a lot of books about the lives of the people he painted, but it seems like there are fewer biographies of Sargent himself.
Sean Kennedy’s GetOut novellas – nice to revisit characters from the Tigers & Devils books, Young Adult-ish.
Two new(ish?) Aurora Teagarden mysteries by Charlaine Harris. They were easy reads, although I’m not sure I would have cared for them if they had been published close to when she first wrote the series.
The last two CS Harris mysteries – these, like the Teagarden mysteries, are like cotton candy – essentially gone/forgotten immediately, although I do like the main characters better here. (I find Roe Teagarden to be reminiscent of a lot of small town “nice ladies” in a very unflattering to her way.)
The Widows of Malabar Hill and The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey – mysteries set in early 20th century India with an Indian woman who is a lawyer as narrator. Very well done, felt atmospheric, although I do not know enough about Indian history or culture to be an accurate judge.
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal – modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan. Enjoyed this a lot, although I found the modern version of Lydia and Wickham to be OTT. I’m not sure if that is because their shallowness/selfishness was worse in a modern setting or what.
Under Currents by Nora Roberts. Her voice/style is still appealing. And yet. This book felt recycled and poorly edited. It was kind of episodic, with clunky pacing and cardboard bad guys, and just straight up had factual errors about things like the medical and legal professions that could have been corrected with a minimum of research. Also: I get that NR loves gardening/landscaping, but it’s not really engrossing to read about for people who do not.