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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 1/3/23 Edition

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

The Books I'm Reading Now

To start off the year, I'm listening to Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan's slim novel about small-town Ireland; I'm reading Changeless, the second in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series; and I'm reading Holly Jackson's As Good As Dead.

What are you reading these days, bookworms?


01 Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

I've had Small Things Like These on my to-read list for a while, and I was recently talking to my friend Jamie about it and moved it way up.

Small Things Like These is a slim novel about a small Irish town in the weeks leading up to Christmas 1985.

When a local coal merchant discovers something shocking while delivering to the convent, he must confront his past and consider the implications of the the Catholic church's deep influence on the community.

Small Things Like These illustrates the power of quiet heroism and deep empathy.


02 Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger

I loved the first in Gail Carriger's five-book Parasol Protectorate series, Soulless (I also listed it on the Greedy Reading List Three Offbeat Series I Just Started and Love), but after raving about it for two years it seemed time to stop letting this second installment languish on my unmanageable to-read list and get on with it!

The series takes place in 1870s London, and as in book one, the immensely appealing, practical, fearless character of Alexia Tarabotti (now married to Lord Maccon, a werewolf) navigates danger and helps achieve justice by using her smarts, eschewing societal tradition and limits on women, and demonstrating her ability to neutralize the supernatural abilities of werewolves, vampires, and other creatures.

When her husband disappears, Alexia tracks him to Scotland, where all manner of badly behaving creatures (along with an angry Queen Victoria) await, she'll need her parasol, her unshakable nerve, and the latest fashions in order to fight off danger and find Lord Maccon.


03 As Good As Dead (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder #3) by Holly Jackson

“Or, you know, instead of revenge plots, we could focus our energy on going off to university in a few weeks,’ he said brightly. ‘You haven’t even picked out a new duvet set; I’m told that’s a very important milestone.”

Where are all of my fellow Pippa Fitz-Amobi superfans?

Like Changeless, above, As Good As Dead is a sequel in a series I've loved (book one is A Good Girl's Guide to Murder), and I've been delaying reading it because: endings, love for Pip, etc.

Ever since her last detective work ended in a resolution (see Good Girl, Bad Blood, book two), Pip has had a nagging feeling of unease. And a stalker. With unnerving similarities to a serial killer caught years ago. Could the wrong person be in jail for those crimes?

Pip must find the stalker before she ends up as the next murder victim.


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