I participate in Erin’s Book Challenges & when I first started doing it I was barely making time to read for pleasure. In high school I devoured books, but then college happened and I felt guilty reading anything that wasn’t for a class. My habit of pleasure reading went into hibernation. Thanks to Erin, I’ve been slowly but surely reading more and more over the last few years. I’m no 12-books-a-month kind of reader, but hitting 3 in a month makes me feel good. All that to say, I didn’t finish the challenge this time around, but I’m enjoying books and reading for pleasure and I don’t mind that I gave up on the challenge. I plan to complete her challenge in its entirety soon, but moving houses and summertime stress just didn’t allow for that this time. Thank you for being an amazing, wonderful, gracious host, Erin!!

Also, happy birthday to my dad!


And now I’m linking up with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books!! (Happy Anniversary last month, ladies! Sorry I forgot to say anything!)

On to the books. My rockin’ husband bought me a Kindle for my birthday so you’ll hopefully see some NetGalley books around these parts! For now, it was a pretty slow reading month.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie | ★★★/5 
Summary: When the wealthy Emily Inglethorp is murdered in her own bed, surrounded by family and staff, Hercule Poirot is on the case to solve who dun it. | Why I Read It: I’ve found that I really enjoy Christie’s writing and I plan to make my way through the Hercule Poirot series. | What I Thought: While Hastings drove me right up a tree (he was such a naive, over confident, horny creep IMO), I loved Poirot. He was an absurd little character, but the mystery made sense to me once it was all explained. And I never even came close to guessing the outcome.
You should read it because… you enjoy a classic mystery with a twisty twist and quirky characters. No thriller mystery here.

DNF: West with the Night by Beryl Markham
I might come back to this book someday, but I wasn’t feel it from the time I picked it up. Good stories, but not a pace I enjoyed (for now).

Erin’s Challenge ended Oct. 31st at 11:59pm…

|5 points| Freebie: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
|10 points| Starts w/ “B”: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
|10 points| Yellow cover: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
|15 points| An animal on the cover: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
|20 points| Published in 2017: The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver
|20 points| Compass/cardinal direction in title: West With the Night by Beryl Markham
|25 points| A most commonly banned book in America: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
|30 points| About mental illness: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
|30 points| Non-human main character: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
|35 points| A Disney movie /book/ based on a Disney movie: The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart

I ended with 135 points. I can’t wait for the winter challenge!

What did you read this month?

Life According to Steph

44 thoughts on “What I Read… vol. 11

    1. The challenges give me the motivation I need 🙂
      A friend recommended Christie’s “And Then There Were None” and I loved it so now I’m working my way through the Poirot series.


  1. Happy birthday to your dad! I was at my mom and dad’s house last weekend and they had a huge box of Agatha Christie books in the basement. I took it home with me, obviously. I’m going to see if that one is in there, and start with it!


    1. Thanks, Carly! Fall was just such a busy time for me! I hope I get some good books read over the winter and early spring 🙂 I’ve been enjoying her books so far!


  2. It took me awhile to get back into books for pleasure after college, but I haven’t looked back since! I haven’t read any Agatha Christie books but I think I need to start!


    1. A friend first recommended “And Then There Were None” and I was immediately hooked 🙂 The new Murder on the Orient Express is what sparked my Poirot direction.


  3. I think Beryl Markham is a really neat person but West with the Night is so slow! I did make a quote from it my manta in my 20s: “Every tomorrow ought not look like every yesterday”. Did you read Circling the Sun too? I thought that one was a more enjoyable read about her life.
    I like some Agatha Christie but Poirot has never been my favorite. Although I do want to see the new Orient Express!


    1. I’d like to get through ‘West with the Night’ some day but doing it for a challenge was a bad idea. I’m currently working on ‘Circling the Sun’!
      I hated the Hastings character. Hopefully he’s not around in the other books? I don’t know.


    1. Clue is one of my favorite movies and mystery (but not thrillers) is one of my favorite genres. Christie’s books are a little dated (which makes sense) but I’ve enjoyed them and breezed through the two that I’ve read.
      Thank you!


  4. For as much as I love a good thriller or murder mystery, I’ve never read an Agatha Christie.
    Happy birthday to your dad and congrats on the new Kindle! I’m eyeing one as a Christmas present to myself.


    1. Her books are slower than modern day thrillers, but I like that Clue-type pace. I enjoyed “And Then There Were None” more than this one but they were both good.
      I dropped as many hint as possible to K before my b-day. If he hadn’t come through I was going to treat myself on cyber Monday 😉


  5. i didn’t finish erin’s challenge, but i think it’s fantastic you are reading for pleasure, that’s what matters 🙂 i’ve never read an agatha christie book, maybe one day. my nana is a huge fan lol


    1. I always lose steam at the end of the challenge. Ha.
      I can’t believe it took me so long to get into Agatha Christie. Her pace and genre are perfect for me 🙂


  6. Happy birthday to your Dad. And yay for new kindles! I love mine! I have never read an Agatha Christie novel which is kind of weird given my love for mysteries. I also did not finish Erin’s Challenge. My book slump hit me hard and none of my choices appealed to me any longer. Oh well. Life goes on. 😀


    1. Yep. I lost steam by the end, but I’m not too shaken up over it 😉
      I loooove the freedom of the Kindle. I can read when I can’t sleep & stay in bed without waking K or the dogs!


    1. I’m currently working my way through ‘Circling the Sun.’ I think I kind of burnt myself out by trying to tackle the books simultaneously. Hopefully I finish this one up soon and enjoy it.
      Christie novels are slower than modern day thrillers but I really love them. ‘And Then There Were None’ is a great one to start with!


    1. Ha- I still have yet to finish one, though!
      For being written in the 20s/30s, Agatha Christie books are SO easy to get through! I always forget how old the books really are!


    1. Yes!! As long as I’m still picking up books and reading, I feel like I’m doing well 🙂
      I’m trying to work my way up to Murder on the Orient Express! It’s #10 in the Poirot series so I’m trying to read my way up to it, lol.


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