Wordsmitten Wednesday: After the Funeral

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“I may,” said Poirot in a completely unconvinced tone, “be wrong.”
Morton smiled. “But that doesn’t often happen to you?”
“No. Though I will admit – yes, I am forced to admit – that it has happened to me.”
“I must say I’m glad to hear it! To be always right must be sometimes monotonous.”
“I do not find it so,” Poirot assured him.
Agatha Christie, After the Funeral

Mini Reviews (20) – More Books of Summer

The challenge runs June 1 – September 5, and is hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books. For my complete list, see my sign up post. For my first 7 reviews, click here.

  1. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Paper and Fire doesn’t quite live up to Ink and Bone, but, man, it’s still an action packed, wild ride of a book. The world building is still amazing (although, naturally, there’s less of it in this 2nd book), and the ensemble cast are lovable (is it wrong that I like many of the secondary characters better than Jess & Morgan?). I’ll be buying the 3rd book for sure!
  2. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
    Yet another of Christie’s nursery rhyme murders, although this time it’s a rhyme that was infamy to me. Poirot is front and center (a relief after Taken at the Flood) and Ariadne Oliver (aka Christie’s parody of herself) is along for the ride. Also, there’s a metric ton of red herring!
  3. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Ooh, excellent! Plenty of Poirot, some lines that made me LOL, and I didn’t figure out whodunnit until right before Poirot told me. I can’t wait to watch the Suchet version (with Michael Fassbender as one of the suspects!).
  4. Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    A large, diverse (if stereotyped) cast of young people provide an interesting puzzle for Poirot. There’s so much going on that it surpasses “red herrings” and just becomes muddled. Still, it’s a quick, enjoyable read – a great way to spend a holiday weekend.
  5. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    In this installment particularly, I can see the parallels with The Hunger Games. Both series deal with the same moral issues, some of the characters have distinct similarities (most notably Ripred = Haymitch), and even some of the physical surroundings suggest the arenas. It’s cool.
  6. Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    This installment is a little different as Gregor and Luxa defy the adults and strike out on their own. Needless to say, it doesn’t go well. Exceptionally powerful and difficult themes for a MG book.
  7.  Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    I’m a little torn about rating this book. On the one hand, it’s not a wholly satisfying ending to the series (mainly because I didn’t want it to end!), but, on the other hand, the character development in amazing, and the story is exciting, thought-provoking, sad, and wonderful.
  8. Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Stiletto doesn’t quite live up to The Rook, mainly because Myfanwy isn’t the MC anymore. It’s still full of great characters, intrigue, gross outs, and awesomeness, we just don’t get Myfanwy’s snarky take on most of it.
  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    The illustrations are lovely! It’s also nice to have the original British text (except the title) instead of the “Americanized” version. We were actually listening to Jim Dale’s narration while looking at the illustrations, and it quickly became a game of spot the text differences. 🙂 Now, off to rewatch the movie!

20 Books of Summer Challenge 2016 Sign Up

My lovely friend Dagny @ Vauquer Boarding House brought this challenge to my attention last year. I enjoyed participating, so I’ve decided to sign up again! The challenge runs June 1 – September 5, and is hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books. Like Cathy, I’m going to stick with books that I actually own (I have so many that I want to read or re-read!):

  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  2. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
  3. A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen by Susannah Carson
  4. Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie
  5. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie
  6. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
  7. Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie
  8. Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie
  9. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
  10. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
  11. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
  12. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
  13. Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins
  14.  Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
  15. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  16. The Story Girl by L. M. Montgomery
  17. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  18. Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley
  19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  20. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker