Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018 Bookworm Resolutions

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A new year is approaching. And with that comes a bucketload of resolutions we put on ourselves: Get healthier, eat better, go back to school, etc. But it doesn't end there! Us bookworms also make book/reading resolutions. Book sets we want to finish, authors we want to meet, genres we want to try, and more! So, for 2018, these are my Bookworm Resolutions

1. Tackle a Book that intimidates me
I tell ya, IT by Stephen King has been weighing down my bookshelf for quite some time. I am determined to get to it this year. Have you seen it? It's MASSIVE! 

2. Complete a series!
I am notorious for completing book one in a series and then never getting beyond that. I am DETERMINED to finally finish one of the many sets of series' sitting on my bookshelf.

3. Be more adventurous with my reading
2017 has been a year of stepping out of my norm with my reading and I have no regrets! I have discovered some fantastic authors, characters, and books.  I will continue to broaden my reading horizon!

4. Read Diary of Anne Frank

5. Write more DISCUSSION posts. 
More blog related than reading related but it's a bookworm resolution!
6. Attend a book signing.
So many of my favourite authors stop through Toronto which is only a stone's throw away from me. I need to finally go out and meet some of them!

7. Read a Graphic novel

8.  Read more classics
Ugh, this one makes it on every resolution list...

9. Read at least 30 books from my own bookshelves!
I have far too many unread books that I own. I should challenge myself to read 10 before I'm allowed to buy another book!

10.  Relax!
I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself this year to read as many books as I could and reading started to feel like work and I actually fell into quite a few reading slumps because of that. In 2018, I plan to be more relaxed and just go with the flow. 



Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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From me to you, however you wish to spend and celebrate your day, wishing you a very merry(and bookish) day! 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
Release Date: June 4th, 2007(first published 1934)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Mystery | Fiction
Pages: 275 Pages
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

The murderer is with us - on the train now..."
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...


All aboard FOR this murderous gem! Murder on the Orient Express is a wicked good time! My interest was piqued by this story as soon as I learned about the film remake hitting theaters(with a star-studded cast). I have to admit that this is my first Agatha Christie novel but it will not be my last!

Murder, lies, dark secrets, all unfolding before your eyes, what more could you want?! I feel it's unnecessary commenting on Christie's writing style. She is a legend in literary world for a reason. She penned colourful, stand out characters that leapt right off the pages. You can smell their perfume. The scent of cigars filling the air. The crisp air of the winter's evening raising goosebumps. The Murder on the Orient Express comes to life. The novel is written with the beautiful, rich language of the time of it's original publication, 1934, which made for a more authentic reading experience. 

The Murder on the Orient Express is far more than a mystery novel. As each piece of the puzzle is slowly making it's way into place, you are still left completely unaware of the final outcome until the very last pages. A twist that you will not see coming! 

I did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did. A true gem in every sense of the word. A wildly entertaining ride. Buckle up, you're in for a treat!

“What's wrong with my proposition?"
Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal - I do not like your face.” - Hercule Poirot
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