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!
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie ★★★★ 4 stars
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
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!
My Erin’s Book Challenge 8.0 Choices:
- 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (418 pages)
- 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “L”
Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt (325 pages, Netgalley)
- 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) red cover
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda (342 pages, Netgalley)
- 15 points: Read a book with a character’s name in the title
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (391 pages, Netgalley).
- 20 points: Read a book from this list: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books with Plot Twists https://bookriot.com/2017/04/11/100-books-with-plot-twists/
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (398 pages).
- 20 points: Read a book with the words “house” or “home” in the title
House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick (449 pages, Netgalley)
- 25 points: Read a book by an author whose first and last name begins with the same letter (i.e. Cassandra Clare, Melina Marchetta, Ransom Riggs, Chris Cleave, etc.)
All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (384 pages, Netgalley).
- 30 points: Read a book that was originally published in a different language than your own (submitted by Kirsten)
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Luis Zafon (522 pages)
- 30 points: Read a book where most of the action takes place on a form of transportation i.e. bus, boat, car, plane, etc. (submitted by Bev)
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (274 pages)
- 35 points: Read a book with a character that suffers from a debilitating physical illness (submitted by Amber C.)
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (307 pages)
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)
PREVIOUS POINTS: 0
TOTAL POINTS: 30