What I read: July 2014

Books July14 1

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (paperback, 546 pages). Four out of five stars. This is one of those cases where the movie is far superior to the book, and that’s saying a lot, because the book is really good. It’s also just kind of weird in spots where it’s dealing with the meshing of Henry’s time-traveling with Claire’s linear lifespan.

King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2), by Mark Lawrence (hardcover, 449 pages). Three out of five stars. A big improvement over the first book in the trilogy and a great middle chapter, but I’m really wondering where Lawrence is going with the story and some of the fantasy elements therein. If he’s getting ready to pull off a really cool trick in the third book then I’m all for it, but if they turn out to be a distracting gimmick then I’ll be sorely disappointed.

Mercy (Department Q #1), by Jussi Adler-Olsen (paperback, 512 pages). Four out of five stars. Published in the U.S. as The Keeper of Lost Causes. This was a very tense cold case thriller, sent to me by my book-loving friend Katrin for my birthday! I would have finished it in one sitting but around 2 AM I was just too tired and I had to put it down for a nap.

Books July14 2

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie (paperback, 322 pages). Four out of five stars. Hercule Poirot solves a murder that takes place aboard a stranded train with a large cast of suspects. I was in a bit of a reading slump and Christie always hits the spot in those times, so I was pretty thrilled to find this at the used bookstore for $1!

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Kindle edition, 104 pages). Five out of five stars. This was a free Kindle book that I downloaded some time ago and then just kind of neglected. I love Sherlock’s deductive reasoning.

Death Comes as the End, by Agatha Christie (paperback, 288 pages). Three out of five stars. This was a good mystery, I just struggled with the overall tone of the book. Christie was best at writing cozy British detective fiction; a historical murder mystery is wildly different from the bulk of her work and the difference shows in her writing. The tone and style just don’t fit the ancient Egyptian setting. But as I said, still a good mystery–I wasn’t able to guess the murderer, so that always counts for something!


  • Katrin

    Love Agatha Christie! And I am happy you like the book, I did not realize it has a different title in the US. :) I still can’t decide which book is my favorite but I am leaning towards #3.

    • writergirlm

      I can’t wait to read the rest! I hope Assad will be in them too, he was such a fun character in that first book.

        • writergirlm

          Oh good! :) I thought he and Carl were such a great team. I’m trying to decide whether I should read all the rest of the series now or draw it out a little since there are only five books and I’m sure it will be a little while until another one comes along. That’s always the trouble with a really great series–you don’t want to wait but you don’t want it to end, either!

          • Katrin

            Yeah, I love them together. I am sure you will like them even more the more you read. I could not wait, I had to read every book once it got published. There might be a new one in winter but I am not sure.

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