A Bibliophile’s Pile (46): Thanksgiving Break

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Elementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1)Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I *really* enjoyed this one! Gemma is endearing, the mystery is solid, and I figured it out at exactly the same time Gemma did (I hate figuring it out before the detective, and I really hate not figuring it out at all).

Ordeal by InnocenceOrdeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie (physical / own)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I figured it out! I stopped reading and saved the final chapter to give me time to noodle it out, and it paid off. This was a much more psychological mystery than Christie usually writes, which dated it, I felt. I loved the King Lear reference, since I *just* read Lear for the first time!

By Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Library Mystery #1)By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Perfectly fine, fluffy cozy. I got tired of the heroine stuffing her face with junk food and complaining about her hips, while being courted by two hot guys. Just shut up already.

Challenges

GOODREADS

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AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

#shakeit2017

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CLASSICS CHALLENGE

Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie

BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017

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POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017

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A Bibliophile’s Pile (45): Classics

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The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quite the most ridiculous rigamarole of a novel I’ve ever read. I can see why generations of youngsters have enjoyed it, and I think my own children would love Huck’s adventures, but the prolific use of a certain word was incredibly difficult to swallow. I’m all for understanding historical context, but good grief.

Sparkling Cyanide (Colonel Race, #4)Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie (audiobook / library / re-read)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize before starting that this was a reworking of the Poirot short story, Yellow Iris. I will always prefer Poirot to Colonel Race, but this was still a good book.

King LearKing Lear by William Shakespeare (audiobook / library / physical / own)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gracious, I though Othello and Hamlet were depressing, but Lear takes the cake! The only bright spots are Kent and Edgar (brilliantly played by David Tennant in the Arkangel audiobook). December’s Shakespearean choice really needs to be a comedy!!!

Beyond the Valley of Thorns (The Land of Elyon, #2)Beyond the Valley of Thorns by Patrick Carman (audiobook / library / with kids)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Carman originally “wrote” these books as bedtime stories for his kids, and it shows. The world building and internal “life” of the story is spotty and derivative. Even my 9 year old remarked on various portions reminding her of other books! Tropes on tropes on tropes.

Thank You, JeevesThank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Jeeves & Wooster book is always a good idea. The use of a certain word (already overused in Huck Finn) deducts a star.

Challenges

GOODREADS

275 of 260

AGATHA CHRISTIE READ ALONGS

None

#shakeit2017

King Lear by William Shakespeare

CLASSICS CHALLENGE

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie

King Lear by William Shakespeare

BACKLIST READER CHALLENGE 2017

None

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2017

None