And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Genre: Mystery
4 stars

This was my first Agatha Christie book. I have somehow gone 27 years of my life without reading a single line by her. What a page turner! I honestly couldn’t put it down. For the first time, I understood why Christie is considered one of the best mystery authors of all time. Not only was she prolific, but her mysteries are legitimately thrilling.

One fateful evening, ten people with seemingly no connection arrive on an island. As one by one, the guests start dying, it becomes clear that their mysteriously absent host knows more about them than they bargained for–and he will not rest until they are all dead. Continue reading “And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie”

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Genre: Fantasy, YA
3.5 stars

I don’t like books about angels and demons.

But I liked this one. And I’m kind of mad about it.

Laini Taylor has taken a genre full of annoying tropes and turned it on its head. The book opens with Karou at art school in the gritty streets of Prague, and slowly, deceptively, transforms into a lyrical fairy tale. Continue reading “Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor”

Top Ten Tuesday: Binge-worthy TV Shows

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday focuses on binge-worthy TV shows or amazing movies. Not quite bookish, but every book lover appreciates a well done story, no matter what the format. I am no stranger to binge-watching, so here is a smattering of comedies and dramas that will consume your every waking moment if you aren’t careful.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Memoirs and other Non-Fiction

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s Top Ten (5) Tuesday prompt was to focus on something back to school or learning related. In my opinion, books are always (usually) learning related, but I decided to take a step beyond my regular fantasy/historical fiction reads and focus on the non-fiction books I loved (that still have to do with history of course). Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Memoirs and other Non-Fiction”

3 Books I’m Reading

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I’m a picky reader. If a book doesn’t hold my attention, I put it to the side and start something else. Then I end up in a situation where my Goodreads tells the world I am reading eight books at once. After a few months, I clean it out before it starts building up again. Today, I am only at three books, which isn’t too bad. But here they are and here are my first impressions. Continue reading “3 Books I’m Reading”

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

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Genre: Fantasy
3 stars

I really, really wanted to like this book. I really did. At the same time, I don’t want to downplay the importance of Okorafor’s work. The need for non-Eurocentric fantasy, and especially African based fantasy, in today’s publishing world cannot be overstated. Okorafor’s world, her folklore, had so much potential, but I found that potential was waylaid by overused fantasy tropes, awkward pacing, and a rushed ending. Continue reading “Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor”

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle
4.5 stars
Genre: Fantasy/YA

“In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of the three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.” 

Diana Wynne Jones is a legend in the fantasy genre. But, like many younger readers, Miyazaki’s animated version of Howl’s Moving Castle was my first glimpse into Jones’s work over ten years ago. I was enchanted by Miyazaki’s interpretation of Howl, Sophie, and the strangeness of their world. Continue reading “Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones”