Lillelara

Lillelara

"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

This whole book seems to be kind of a Loki one-man show. Not that I´m complaining. I like Loki. 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 567 pages.
Gaudy Night - Dorothy L. Sayers

My last book for this years bingo. I´m so excited.

 

Review
5 Stars
And Then There Were None
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

This book gets better and better with each reread and knowing how this book ends doesn´t take anything away from it.

With every page the tension increases, the characters slowly descend into madness and the ending is absolutely brilliant.

 

I have always been hesitant with a five star rating for And Then There Were None, but with this reread this mystery has completely won me over. I´m already looking forward to my next reread.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The ABC Murders (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser

Hugh Fraser´s narration adds so much to the story, I enjoyed this more upon my reread. And I´m bumping my star rating up a bit.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 324 out of 324 pages.
Beloved - Toni Morrison

So sad and hauntingly beautiful. Such a fantastic book.

 

 

 

 

 

My square assignment for the bingo is all over the place
Seven Dead - J. Jefferson Farjeon And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

This year I did a bad job at choosing the right square for the right book. And I wouldn´t feel comfortable calling Country House Murder with "Seven Dead", so scratch that. I´m not even asking anymore if it would fit. Instead I´m calling this square with "Seven Dead":

 

 

And for

 

 

I will be reading a classic. "And Then There Were None" never gets old. And I´m really in the mood of watching the BBC adaption after I have finished the book.

Reading progress update: I've read 237 out of 237 pages.
Seven Dead - J. Jefferson Farjeon

Okay, so that was a suprising ending and it took a little bit of my enjoyment out of this mystery. But only a little bit, because overall I really loved this book. The setup of this novel  was a great one and I really grew fond of Inspector Kendall, who is equally as good at match making as Poirot is. And my favorite thing in this book was the romance subplot, which was incredibly sweet. 

 

For now I will stick with the Country House Mystery square, but I don´t think that it counts. But I will wait for the official ruling.

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 133 out of 237 pages.
Seven Dead - J. Jefferson Farjeon

What is going on in that pension? This is slightly creepy, tbh.

 

Well, this won´t take me long to finish. Really loving this so far and there is a certain aspect to this story that I absolutely adore. Which I won´t disclose before finishing the book ;).

 

I have to check with Moonlight Murder and Obsidian Blue, if this book qualifies as a Country House Mystery. The death of those people has happened in a Country House, but there isn´t a house party as such. And I don´t know if that plot element is a requirement for this square.

 

 

Anyhow, if it doesn´t fit, I will shoehorn another Christie reread into my reading plans for this square. I do hope it fits, though.

 

Sunday Plans
Beloved - Toni Morrison Pyramids  - Terry Pratchett Seven Dead - J. Jefferson Farjeon The ABC Murders (Audio) - Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser

It´s finally Saturday night and a very long work week is finally over. A huge workload and being understaffed really has taken its toll on me. Today at work, from one moment to the other, I was completely exhausted. Honestly, all the energy is drained from me.

 

So the only thing I will be doing on Sunday, after getting a good night of sleep, is to read the heck out of my books. I´m planning on finishing up at least Seven Dead, which I really got into while reading it before work. And then I had to go to work ... drat! Really enjoying this book so far.

And I will try to finish Beloved. On page 60 I wasn´t sure if I should DNF it or not. But all of a sudden I was sucked into this story and even though the narrative style of this book isn´t my favorite thing, it´s a mesmerizing read.

 

And I might read / listen a little bit further in both The ABC Murders and Pyramids, these two books aren´t my priorities, though.

 

Have a lovely Sunday everyone :)

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 237 pages.
Seven Dead - J. Jefferson Farjeon

Only four more books to black out my card. Having already put a huge dent into "Beloved" and "The ABC Murders", this will be my second to last pick for this years bingo. 

 

I really liked my first Jefferson Farjeon I have read for this years bingo, "Thirteenth Guest". And from what Tigus has told me, this is even a better one.

Reading progress update: I've read 194 out of 194 pages.
The So Blue Marble - Dorothy B. Hughes

Yep, one of the strangest books I have read in a very long time. I kind of liked it, though... It´s weird, I know, and I don´t have an explanation for it. It´s completely whacky, madcap and bonkers and incredibly entertaining because of that. But man, this book is odd!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 127 out of 194 pages.
The So Blue Marble - Dorothy B. Hughes

 

The boy goggled. He whimpered. "You´ve known all along! You´ve known the whole damn thing!" Rage ate at his face. Griselda cowered. Jasper looked up curiously. "You´ve been making a fool out of me!"

Griselda screamed. "Look out, Con! He´ll kill you!" She jumped in front of Con, but he shoved her back into the chair.

"He won´t kill me. I took his stinking gun away from him last night but he doesn´t know it." He looked at her furiously. "And if anyone is going to kill me keep your puss out of it!"

 

Charming!

 

[Source]

 

The last character I wanted to use the frying pan on was James Bond. Con is equally as horrible as Bond.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 194 pages.
The So Blue Marble - Dorothy B. Hughes

This is such a weird book. It has all the hallmarks of those crazy over-the-top spy novels of the 1930s / 1940s. The only thing that this books is missing are the villians with numbers attached to them. 

Halloween Bingo 2019 - Update #5 - and my first bingo

With todays call I got my first bingo (upper right hand corner diagonal down to the lower left hand corner). 

 

 

Transfigurations spells used:

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 194 pages.
The So Blue Marble - Dorothy B. Hughes

And only then she was really afraid, and for such a fantastic reason. Because one had honey-colored hair, sleek to his head, and one had bat-black hair; one had very blue eyes and one very black; one had the golden tan coloring of blonds and the olive tan coloring of brunettes. But outside of that they looked exactly alike, unbelievably, frighteningly alike. It was as if an artist had taken the same photograph and colored one dark, one fair. They were identical twins. And she was afraid.

 

My first instict was to say "No, they are not". But apparently it´s possible that identical twins can have different looks. If the separation of the egg happens before the expression of the genes that are responsible for hair-color, eye-color etc has set in, identical twins doesn´t have to look alike. That´s fascinating.

 

Review
4.5 Stars
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Adventure Of The Speckled Band And Other Stories Of Sherlock Holmes -  Arthur Conan Doyle

Such an excellent short story and what a creepy villian. I have one question, though:

 

Since when do snakes drink milk?

(show spoiler)

 

 

And you know what:

 

[Source]

 

I finally conquered the creepy crawlies square.

 

 

 

 

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