Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Summer TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish. This week is top ten books to read by the pool/ at the beach OR it can also serve as your summer TBR. For me, beach reads are just whatever I happen to be reading at the time so I’ll be doing the latter. In no particular order:

  1. The Gender Games by Bella Forrest- Amanda’s talked so much about this and her other series The Girl Who Dared that I think I finally need to see what all the excitement’s about.
  2. Here There Be Dragons by James A. Owen- This is one that I see every once in awhile and am like, “Oh I should read that” and then I never do. It sounds amazing and I’d really like to finally read it.
  3. Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg- Another one Amanda was telling me about. I just downloaded it on my Kindle so I should get to it soon.
  4. The Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima- I just got the second and third books finally and can’t wait to finally revisit these characters.
  5. The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie- I recently got into her books and am excited to read the second of the Hercule Poirot novels.
  6. The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I read the first book forever ago but somehow never finished the series. I’ve loved all of her books so I’d like to finally read this one.
  7. Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts- This is her newest standalone mystery and I planning on buying it soon. I always love her books so I know this one will be a new favorite.
  8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke- Amanda and I happened to be talking about this the other day and it made me sad that I never actually read it. This book’s been sitting on my shelf since I was a child and I think it’s about time I did.
  9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore- It’s been forever since I read this, Fire, and Bitterblue. I loved these books so much and would really like to revisit these characters.
  10. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon- Amanda just read and reviewed this one and it sounded so good I had to add it to my list. You can read her review here.

Thanks for reading! What are your Top Ten?


The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Summary: There has been a murder at Styles Court. Detective Poirot comes out of retirement to solve who would want the rich heiress Inglethorp dead, and would have the impudence to poison her. The jagged plot turns keep Poirot – and the reader – guessing as suspicion shifts from one peculiar character to the next.

In Agatha Christie’s first published work, the reader meets Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, destined to become the central detective of her mystery novels.

Review: I’ve been wanting to read Agatha Christie’s books for a long time but continuously put it off in favor of others. When I read Sabriel’s review of Murder on the Orient Express the other day, I decided I finally had to get one of her books. I immediately got the first Hercule Poirot novel and finished it in about four hours.
Now I’m kicking myself for not reading her books sooner. This was a fantastic mystery that kept me guessing the entire time. It was a relatively light (for a mystery), quick read and I appreciated that it didn’t lean towards the scarier side of the mystery genre. (I’m a wuss when it comes to scary stuff.)
The narrator, Arthur Hastings, was the only part I didn’t love. I found him a little self-absorbed and mildly annoying at times though not enough to diminish my overall enjoyment of the book. He worked very well as narrator; since he didn’t have a direct connection to the murder, he was able to observe events without influencing them too much. He appears in several of the other Hercule Poirot novels so I hope I’ll start to like him better later on.
I found Hercule Poirot extremely entertaining. He’s a Belgian detective who appears in most of Christie’s works. He works in a style similar to Sherlock Holmes, using seemingly insignificant clues to solve the mystery. He’s a little dramatic and flamboyant and has funny little quirks, like straightening objects on a mantelpiece when he’s agitated, that combined to form a very clear picture for me. I absolutely can’t wait to read more about him.
The rest of the characters were fairly diverse in their personalities and I was surprised that they were more complex than I expected from a book written in the early 20th century. I’ve found many older books have secondary characters that are more two-dimensional.
I found the plot interesting throughout despite a great deal of back and forth over who the murder suspect could be. There were so many clues and behaviors, small and big, important and irrelevant, that I could never quite figure out who the murderer was.
Overall, I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery, detective novels, and crime. I can’t wait to read the rest of Christie’s books. Please leave your own thoughts in the comments and thanks for reading!

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