If you have never read secretly under the bedclothes with a flashlight, because your father or mother or some other well-meaning person has switched off the lamp on the plausible ground that it was time to sleep because you had to get up so early–
If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless–
If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won’t understand what Bastian did next.
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
You may have noticed that I didn’t post last Monday. That’s because I was at Disney World the entire previous week, and consequently did exactly zero reading.
Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
The sheer number of red herrings is astonishing! Max is rather wasted in this story, and the introduction of numerous new characters is distracting, but I still enjoyed it.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (eBook / library)
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Meh. The story is completely plot driven, and even though there are multiple versions of several main characters, I never felt like I really *knew* the characters or cared about them at all.
Going, Going, Ganache by Jenn McKinlay (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I love the characters (especially Oz and Marty) and the mystery was decent, but the romance is eye-roll inducing.
The Decorator Who Knew Too Much by Diane Vallere (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I did *not* like the short chapters from Tex’s POV – it’s such a departure for the series. Also, how have I not noticed the correlation between Hudson James and Rock Hudson🤦🏻♀️ The mystery was solid, but the romance was all over the place. I’m getting sick of that trope in Cozies. 🙄
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AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS
BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017
POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017
The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!
Last week, Whitney looked lovely in teal green:
The prompts she gave me were “the oldest piece in your closet, a denim jacket, teal or scallops”.
Since I purchased my own teal circle skirt after falling in love with Whitney’s, I decided to use it. I paired it with an Eiffel Tower graphic tee, tasseled loafers, and a sparkly bracelet.
Next week, Maricel can pass on tassels, green & blue, or something Parisian inspired.