December 2015 Reads
So, 2015 is almost over which is just craziness. I am happy to say that I have met my goal of reading 50 books this year - these last three are numbers 48, 49 & 50!
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
I have yet to read a page of this one - it will be the big number 50 on my list. I randomly picked it out from the library shelves without knowing much about it - one of my favorite ways to discover new authors and new favorite books. It's supposed to be a ghost story of sorts, taking place in 1866. I cannot wait to get started on this one.
Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie
This Christie novel features Hercules Poirot and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a little bit different from your run-of-the-mill murder mystery, as all Christie novels seem to be. In this case, part of the mystery was just figuring out who was going to be murdered. The story begins with tensions to be sure, but no murder, so you're constantly wondering throughout the first third of the book about who is going to get axed. The mystery itself was amazing - and while I DID think of the solution before it was revealed, I myself had quickly dismissed it because I had missed some really important details. While it wasn't on the level of And Then There Were None, it was still an amazing story and much better than the more contemporary mysteries I've read lately.
A Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
I am still reading this one now, about halfway through, but it's easy to say that this is going to be a new favorite. A couple awake to hear that their servants have found the dead body of a young girl in their library; the couple and their servants have no idea who she is or why she is in their home. Sounds like a pretty horrible situation and it is, as the couple is immediately thrown under suspicion. The couple then brings Miss Marple, who is a friend of theirs, onto the case. Can I just say that Miss Marple is a badass? I love the way Christie writes this character - so unassuming, but still so awesome. The coolest thing is that Miss Marple is a.) unmarried and isn't looked down on it for it (neither by herself or by any good characters in the book) and b.) she isn't even a detective - she just has a keen eye and a wide knowledge of behavioral psychology (although she never calls it as such).
What are you planning to read this month?
Have a wonderful Monday!