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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:06 am 

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Okay, this is ridiculously late, but let's do this anyway, right?

Basically, the usual "What are you reading?" thread for the year. It works for stuff you have read recently too.

I will use this basic template:

Title:
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Plot blurb (no spoilers):
Your comment on it:

But whoever wants to drop by can just say whatever. And now for the book I'm reading (and I hope I can read much more this year than I did last year).

Title: Death on the Nile
Author: Agatha Christie
Plot blurb (no spoilers): A rich heiress is traveling on her honeymoon and turns up murdered inside a ship. As the present detective (Hercule Poirot) starts digging for the truth, he finds out more than one person would have a motive for the murder. And I can't really say much more because I'm still in the process of reading the book.
Your comments on it: So far, I basically suspect nearly everyone, though I have a very strong suspect in my notes already and believe I've caught my person this time (this is my favorite part of crime novels). Even if I am wrong, it's a very entertaining book, with fun characters, and I highly recommend it. You all can take it with a grain of salt, though, as I'm a big fan of Agatha's novels.
Update: I was right and wrong. I had the right killer, but the wrong motive, and definitely the wrong means.


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I'll cry until my pity party's in flames

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Title: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Plot blurb (no spoilers): When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother, her destination is London, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets.

Your comments on it: So far, I'm very intrigued. As I was already a fan of the "Shadowhunter Chronicles", when I heard that she'd made a prequel trilogy, I had to look into it. I've not gotten too far in yet, so I'll have to update my thoughts as I go, but I'm excited to see where this goes as the first couple chapters already have me hooked.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:59 am 

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And another one:

Title: Maigret in Holland (Un Crime en Hollande in the original French title), 1931
Author: Georges Simenon
Plot blurb (no spoilers): Commissioner Jules Maigret goes to a small town in the Netherlands to investigate the murder of an apparently perfectly respectable teacher.
Your comment on it: I won't go too far on the blurb, since the book is really short, less than 150 pages. I really like Maigret, he's a very interesting character. The crime itself and the secrets it reveals are very enticing too, and I have a pretty long list of suspects for now, without any one really strong lead. For those who like mystery novels, I highly recommend this one.
Update: Finished the book, and got one of my theories right. Moving on to the next later this week.


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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:26 am 

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Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Plot blurb (no spoilers): It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death.
Your comment on it: This book is very powerful. I'd never cried reading a book until this one. Alice Sebold has a way of taking extremely violent and horrific scenes and describing them in a very plain and matter-of-factly way that it almost makes them... not worse but just surreal and powerful. I can't really explain it, but it's really well written. I was shaken to the core by this book, but I couldn't put it down. Usually I read Comedy or Fantasy so this was a massive step out of my comfort zone and I'm glad I did it!

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:20 pm 

the stars look very different today ★

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The Road 8.5/10, -1.5 points for being depressing

The High Mountains of Portugal 8/10. Two straight-forward narratives and one bat crazy one nestled in the middle.

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin 4/10 had a ton of cliche phrases, poorly constructed romance, bad ending, and lack of a core theme. Could have been really good, but wasn't.

The Eyre Affair (again) 10/10 one of my favourite books. Funny, unique, engaging.

The Naturalist 8.5/10 beautiful to read, with lovely visuals and realistic characters.

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