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By Singing Light

Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.

Currently reading

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Seventh Bride
T. Kingfisher
Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Midnight Thief
Livia Blackburne
The White Hart
Nancy Springer
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood
And Only to Deceive - Tasha Alexander This is the first in the Lady Emily Ashton series, which is quite similar to Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn. Both main characters are Victorian women in society marriages whose husbands die and who begin to investigate their deaths. I actually prefer Lady Emily and her series–they’re thoughtful and thought-provoking, but the secrets she uncovers aren’t nearly as dark. [Oct. 2009]


Probably my favorite mystery discovery for the year. Lady Emily Ashton’s development made much more sense to me than most of the “Victorian woman struggling against her times” books (if you want a list, I’d be happy to oblige). Moreover, the minor characters are interesting in their own right. [2009 in books]