Happy day before Valentine’s Day, but more importantly happy Show Us Your Books day everybody! I really thought that I’d read some more this month, but still being on maternity leave for most of the month I only managed to read to read two books (and one of those I didn’t finish until February 1st). I’ll give myself a little bit of extra credit though considering that one of these books was huge! Anyways, on to the book reviews with Steph and Jana!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie ★★★★ 4 stars

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books

Erin’s Challenge officially started on January 1st, so of course I wanted to jump right into it! I got both the Murder On The Orient Express and The Angel’s Game from the library so they were first on the list.

I have to admit that the main reason for wanting to read this book was because of the movie (the previews looked so good), but I honestly didn’t have too high of expectations for the book because I didn’t really care for the Agatha Christie novels when I read them when I was younger. I know I’m crazy! I mean Agatha Christie is the highest selling mystery writer of all time! I honestly think that I was just too young to fully appreciate the books when I was younger.

Anyways, what I loved about this book was how everything was laid out. You got the events leading up the murder, the actual murder, the interview, all of the facts laid out for you, and then the big reveal!

Even with everything laid out right in front of me, I still didn’t know who done it at the end! I kept on wanting to know what happened next and the pages kept turning. If I had to choose one thing that I didn’t like the book it would be that I picked up the book in the middle of the series. I’m one of those people that can’t start watching a show in the middle and have to start at the beginning and then catch up, so of course it would be the same way with books. But that’s my fault and not the books fault.

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon ★★★★ 4 stars

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books

A couple of years ago I picked up The Shadow Of The Wind because it was a book club selection and ended up falling in love with it! It amazed me that the book was written in Spanish and that it translated so beautifully into English. That being said, it was still a pretty hefty book and took me a while to read, even though I loved it.

For Erin’s Challenge, when I saw the category for a book originally published in another language the next book in the series seemed like a perfect fit so that was what I picked. Luckily, I was able to get it from the library pretty quickly so it was one of the first books that I read for the challenge.

When I picked this book up I expected it to be a continuation of the first book, but in actuality it ended up being a little bit of a prequel. I didn’t fall in love with the characters nearly as much as the first book but I loved how everything was connected and how the stories were intertwined. It definitely took me a while to get through this massive book too, but I really enjoyed it! Now I can’t wait to read the last book (I think) in the series!

And that’s all I read during the month of January. Definitely not the best start to my reading goal for 2018, but February seems to be a little bit better so far. Plus with going back to work I have a little more time to read now!

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The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In January

My Erin’s Book Challenge 8.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 8.0 Results:

30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (274 pages, 4 stars)