Originally published: January 1, 1934
Author: Agatha Christie
Page count: 256 (first edition, hardcover)
Genre: Crime Fiction
I was on the fence on reading this book when it came to this month for book club. I remember when we added it to the calendar and I was so excited. The problem is, I couldn't wait and ended up watching the new movie regardless of reading the book. So, needless to say, I don't typically read books after watching the movie. Yes, the other way around is fine for me, but there's just something about reading a book and knowing what's going to happen that I don't like. I guess I feel like it's a waste of time?
Well, the novel itself is pretty much the same as the movie. There are a few more characters in the book, making it more confusing than the movie (if that's even possible) but overall, Hercule Poirot is there to solve the mystery.
I did like how the book was set up though. It wasn't just a play by play like a typical book, it was actually divided into sections based on each suspect and then followed up with a conclusion of insights. To me, it felt like a scientific investigation and I really liked that!
I also liked the performance by the reader of the audiobook. I can't seem to find his name on Google, so sorry for that, but he was very good at changing his voice for all the different characters and having different accents and all. It really made listening to this audiobook fun. I'll give Murder on the Orient Express a 5/5 and probably read more of Agatha Christie, I'm surprised I haven't read anything by her already since I love myself a good murder mystery.
Originally Published: February 28, 2017
Author: Angie Thomas
Page Count: 464
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
The Hate U Give is completely relevant for the current times of our nation. This novel hits close to home for me because I live in St. Louis, and grew up in Ferguson where a lot of the riots and picketing started with this particular topic. The novel is about a young girl who lives in the bad part of town, witnesses her friend get killed by a white cop, and her story as everything unfolds. Like I said, it's completely relevant for the times now. I watch the news and I see people in the streets of my own town marching and rioting and trying to change things. Then you have the opposition that fights for the police officers just doing their job.
In real life, it's hard to see both sides due to the News stations and what you hear from everyone else. You don't know the truth. In this book, the truth is given to the reader, being a fiction and all, and it's clear to see the main character's side of things and all the reactions and thoughts that are going through her head.
This particular topic is not one I like to comment on, because it's such a teeter totter of emotions and one could say it's a hot topic like politics. It's a topic that everyone can see both sides of it, but in no way is going to change your opinion of the situation. I thought this book was well written, and I would assume that it's got some merit as to what would go through a teenage girls mind during all the commotion of her friend getting shot and the uproar in her community against the cop who shot him.
The only thing I didn't like too much about the book was that the main character was a bit of a whiner, but she's a teenage girl so what could I expect right? I'll say this book is good, but not amazing. I'll give it a 3/5 rating and still suggest it. It's a great book for your book club if you like talking about this. I kind of wished everyone else had read the book in my club, because I truly wanted to talk about it this time when I don't typically care to talk about the book if I've read it.