Tuesday, November 01, 2022

October 2022 Books I Read


Three Blind Mice by Agatha Christie (library) stories. The Three Blind Mice story was the basis for the play Mousetrap. Which I wasn't thinking about, but as I was reading it, I could totally see it on stage. Then boom I realized, duh this is the one that inspired the play. 
Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie (library) A Miss Marple, which I enjoyed. I liked how she just explained how everything was a reminder of stuff from small town life. And I liked how the Police were so thoughtful of her and took her advice and wanted to protect her. 
Persuasion by Jane Austin (audiobook) not my favorite Austin. Reinforced by listening to it.
Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie (library) In this one, Poirot is sooo fastidious. It really is almost comic relief how he is concerned about his meals and cleanliness. 
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (library) I enjoyed this thriller about a tarot card reader who finds out that she may be heir to a fortune. 
The Cork Boat by John Pollack  Fun, fun book a true story about a guy who builds a boat out of wine corks. He eventually rows/sails it down the Douro River in Portugal! 
In the Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado (library) If you liked Wild, you will probably like this. It is the story of a lady from Peru, who overcame abuse to climb Mount Everest and now she helps others do the same thing. I liked it better than Wild really. 
Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie not so much a murder mystery as a spy thriller. 
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson (library) so this book has Agatha Christie as a character. It reimagines her disappearance as a blackmail scheme to have her commit a murder. 
The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes (library) He wrote this story after Sylvia Plath died. 
The Underdog and other stories by Agatha Christie (library) such great vocabulary words in all her books really, but here are some from these stories: maladroit, quiescent, perturbation, stentorian, felicitate, and irradiated. 
The Lying Tongue by Andrew Wilson (library) interesting thriller set in Venice. Lots of great atmosphere
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie another Tommy and Tuppence one (I love these) and this one is one of my all time favorites. 
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie I love it when Poirot is paired with Ariadne Oliver. This is supposedly going to be the basis of the next Kenneth Branagh Poirot film. 
Murder with Mirrors by Agatha Christie (I am getting kind of frantic to finish all the Christies before the end of the year. I have so many yet to read!!)  This one all hinges on Carrie Louise and why would anyone want to murder her? 
They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie I was kind of dreading reading this one as I just read it a year or two ago and I thought I did not like it then, but on rereading now, after reading so many Christies, I liked it! I thought it was a fun thriller with a fun heroine. 
Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout (library) The sequel to Olive Kitterage

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