Just finished…Just starting


PhotobucketMurder on the Orient Express by Agathie Christie (★★★1/2)

Read for: The Eclectic Reader Challenge
Length: 336 Pages
Filed Under: European Literature, Mystery, Crime
Setting: Yugoslavia, Orient Express Train
Most Liked Character(s): Hercules Poirot-patient & clever; 
Most Disliked Character(s):  Mrs. Caroline Martha Hubbard-loud & dramatic; Cyrus Beth Hardman-purposely slow & unhelpful
Plot: A slow time for travel, the Orient Express is unusually full on the evening that Samuel Edward Ratchett is killed in his compartment. Stabbed several times while the train is immobilized due to a snow drift, it is obvious that one of his fellow passengers is the killer. It is Hercu Poirot who must unravel the mystery.

PhotobucketEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card (★★★★★)

Read for: The Dystopia Challenge
Length: 324 pages
Filed Under: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian, Young Adult, Action
Setting: North Carolina, Battle School, Fairyland/the End of the World, Command School, and the Colony
Most Like Character(s): Andrew “Ender” Wiggin-level headed & compassionate; Commander Hyrum Graff-caring & a friend
Most Disliked Character(s): Peter Wiggin- hateful & cruel
Plot: A hostile alien force has set its sights on Earth. In order to fight this enemy, the government breeds child geniuses and trains them for war. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin survives this rigorous training in Battle School and comes out way above the rest of his classmates. Is Ender the general who will lead Earth to overcome the Buggars?

PhotobucketA Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler (★★★1/2)

Read for: The Eclectic Reader Challenge
Length: 320 pages
Filed Under: Literary Fiction
Setting: Baltimore, Philadelphia and the train in between
Most Like Character(s): Opal Gaitlin-intelligent and forgiving
Most Disliked Character(s): Mrs. Gaitlin-dwells on past mistakes and makes others feel unnecessarily guilty
Plot: A troublemaker since childhood, Barnaby Gaitlin still can’t seem to grow up and enter adult life. For eleven years he’s been working for Rent-A-Back helping elderly people do odd chores around their home. When he begins to have a genuine relationship with his daughter, Opal and meets and begins dating Sophia (who he thinks may be his guardian angel) he starts to realize that his life really could be more. Throughout the book, Barnaby works to regain the trust his juvenile delinquency caused people to lose in him and prove that he really is the ‘good guy.’


Photobucket1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies

Length: 649 pages
Filed Under: Non-fiction, Historical
Plot: On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. Its mission was “to proceed all the way to the ends of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas” and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. When it returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. Lost in China’s long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. (taken from goodreads) 

PhotobucketThe Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Length: 369 pages
Filed Under:  Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Plot: Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family. Eventually loyalties are questioned and Lavinia finds herself in a very difficult situation. (taken from goodreads)

 Your turn: What are you reading these days? What is on your to-read list next?


4 thoughts on “Just finished…Just starting

  1. Oh my gosh. I forgot about Enders Game. I loved that book! Now you need to read the next one in the series! I forgot what it is called. Enders Shadow? Also, I can't wait to hear how you like 1421; I have been wanting to read that book!

  2. Shadow of the Hegemon? I think that's the next one. I can't wait to read it. I really thought the writing in Ender's Game was good. I'm only about 50 pages into 1421 and so far it's really fascinating. I was worried it would be a slow read but it's actually an entertaining non-fiction, yay!

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