Winter lends itself to reading

I have been reading quite a bit lately, mostly chick lit and cozies. I’m not sure why, but they really seem to help when it’s cold and dark and we are stuck in the dead of winter! So, what have I been reading?

Murder at Hatfield House– Amanda Carmack

I read the second in this series last year, and I very much enjoyed it! I think that Carmack does a fantastic job of putting you into the Elizabethan era without overwhelming you with details. It felt like there was more exposition than usual, but that may be because I read them out of sequence. There was a touch more gore than in most cozies, but not so much to bother squeamish me!


Meet Me in Manhattan– Claudia Carroll

Claudia Carroll is another one of my favourite authors; an Irish chick lit author that manages to capture that indescribable Dublin spirit without being too over-the-top and cartoonish. Holly Johnson decides to fly to New York to meet the man she has been talking to online, and the story goes from there! The storyline was unique, something a little different. I found it refreshing that there were some negative consequences that weren’t being alone or being publicly dumped (a staple of chick lit). The one negative that stuck out to me is that the American characters still used several Irish phrases, and it felt rather awkward. Still, an entertaining piece of chick-lit!


A Turn for the Bad– Sheila Connolly

This the fourth book in the County Cork series, and I am still unsure how I feel about it. Maura still drives me insane; she has been in Ireland for several months now, and she still spends all of her time comparing Ireland with Boston, and doesn’t know how anything works. But I absolutely love all of the other characters and the setting! Everyone else is charming but still realistic as characters, and flush out the story in a way that doesn’t happen in most cozies. Realistically, I will probably keep reading these for the town!


All in Good Taste– Kate Spade New York

I got a discount card for Chapters, and I knew that it was my chance to grab this! It is slightly smaller than the average coffee table book, but I think it’s perfect. The faux wine stain is a nice touch haha. It is a mixture of hostess tips, recipes, playlists, etiquette, décor tips, and anything else you would need to host or attend any sort of social gathering. Although I typically go with English rather than American etiquette, I still love this book!

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Honeymoon Hotel– Hester Browne

I have read almost every book from Hester Browne; the only two I haven’t are the first two Little Lady Agency books! (Those will come soon, I’m sure….) Her books are full of fun, and let escape the real world for a few hours at a time! The Runaway Princess is still my favourite, but Honeymoon Hotel kept me entertained, as well. You know who you are supposed to hate and who you are supposed to love but she keeps you guessing on how you are going to get to the ending! The first hurdle was dragged out a touch longer than I would like, but this book still keep me wanting to read more!


I’m currently in the middle of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History! I’m enjoying it, and learning a lot about a French fashion icon that I really knew nothing about to start with.  I’m really more of an English fashion house girl, but one of my friends is all about the French houses! I was interested listening to her speak about Chanel and Louis Vuitton, so I figured I would read up on it! That review will probably be coming in a few weeks- it is quite a dense book, and I can only read a couple of chapters at once.

What are you reading right now?

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

3 thoughts on “Winter lends itself to reading

  1. careofmon February 24, 2016 / 9:53 pm

    I started reading the first Shannara Chronicles book this past week by Terry Brooks and it’s not bad!! It’s a little like a combination of all the elf/middle earth type stuff that’s out there haha but it’s not bad. All in good taste looks good though!!

    ❤ Monica


    • anhistorianabouttown February 24, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Oooo that is going on my To-Reads list on Goodreads! I have been getting more into fantasy and I’m always willing to try a new series 🙂 All in Good Taste definitely exceeded my expectations (that were probably weirdly high to begin with haha)


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