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review 2017-09-24 03:46
And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

OF COURSE I've heard of the grand dame of mystery, Agatha Christie, but have I ever taken the time to read any of her books? Nope. Thank you Halloween Bingo for giving me an incentive to try something new.

 

And Then There Were None is in many ways the archetype of a closed-circle mystery.  And I'm glad it was my first introduction to the genre.  

 

 

I don't know whether other Agatha Christie titles will make it to the top of my enormous list of things I would love to have read, but it's definitely a possibility.

 

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review 2017-09-23 03:27
I Think I Love You - Allison Pearson

I really liked this mainly because I could relate to Petra and Sharon. Like them, I had unhealthy infatuations with celebrities who have no idea I exist. In fact, I still have these obsessions (I’m still waiting for Tim Lincecum to marry me).

 

As for the storyline, I liked how it included the perspectives of both Petra and Bill. You got to see two different sides to the David Cassidy mania.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this novel and its insights into fangirl culture circa 1974.

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review 2017-09-23 02:15
The Thin Man - Halloween Bingo Classic Noir Buddy Read
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

I have mixed feelings about The Thin Man.

 

On the positive side, I have now read another classic novel that I probably wouldn't of even considered picking up if not for Halloween Bingo. Noir is commonly associated with movies. I can appreciate the moments of wonderful dialog sprinkled throughout that likely translated well to the screen and saw how Hammett was thinking cinematically as he created the story.

 

On the negative side, I didn't care much about the characters and was confused too much of the time. I don't think the story has aged well, both the pacing and the roles of women don't work as well in 2017 as they might have in 1933.  

 

 

 

I'll be counting this towards the Classic Noir square, which while it hasn't been called yet, is strategically placed on my card.

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text 2017-09-23 01:23
Reading progress update: I've read 288 out of 336 pages.
I Think I Love You - Allison Pearson
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review 2017-09-22 23:53
A memoir about apple farming and all the pesticide woes...
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir

 

 

Book Title:  The Orchard

Author:  Theresa Weir

Narration:  Ellen Archer

Genre:  Memoirs

Setting:  Iowa (I think)

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3.5/5 

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total: 3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

 

 

 

I don't read much non fiction…I only decided to read this because of a reading challenge, it was also a short listen and the library had it on audio, so it was winner in that aspect…because it didn't suck. 

 

Overall, there are some aspects to this story that could have been done differently to make the story more interesting, like some unfinished thoughts and glossed over parts of her life, that could have been explored more.  It's also told in a really somber voice that I never fully connected to, at least not until the very end, and seriously, something about the ending just clicked with me.  I believe it was the situation with her mother-in-law-from-hell that she had going on, I can relate, after all.  I even teared up, a little.

 

Will I read more from this author?  I don't know, most likely not.  I even own a book by her on my kindle…it was freebie.

 

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