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And Then There Were None

I know I’ve already praised the words of Agatha Christie, but I will praise her again and again (yes, so that means there’s another one of her novels coming up on the posts).

This one, although fantastic, was not one that is simple language – I say this because a lot of the things I read have a pretty low Lexile (can you tell I used to teach English?).

For those of you who haven’t read this classic, the story is based on a poem by Frank Green, “Ten Little Soldier Boys”. The poem has gone by many different names – several of them are pretty controversial. Ah, literature, one of the most historic controversial tools, but I digress. This poem is the outline of the novel. I’d say I’m giving things away, but 1. Agatha Christie already does that by putting the poem into the novel and 2. theย way people die is still a matter of mystery, which is why you should definitely read it.

Iย really enjoyed the ending, and, have I told you how picky I am about endings? It’s Kelsie approved!

I plan on reading a few more of her Novels, particularly the Hercule Poirot series. Did you see they are making another of his books a movie? Speaking of movies, Little Brown just announcedย Goldfinch is in the process of production for its movie! I will say that following publishing companies on Instagram is one of the better choices I’ve made recently. Speaking of Instagram, if you want to follow me on Instagram, it’s @kelsie.leeann – if you’re a dog person you’ll see my new puppy about four times. Try reading and writing with that goofball around!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Today turned out to be a snow day for me, so my afternoon will involve a blanket, tea, Netflix, and a book. Have a great Monday!

Manhattan Beach

Welcome, or welcome back, folks!

This book. I honestly don’t know how to feel about this book. The plot was so great in theory: a girl whose dad disappears out of nowhere and set during World War II. Both of these mentioned in the summary had me so excited for the book. The first, oh, 150 were pretty solid, and then, out of nowhere, the book slowly becomes just okay. Once again, I was very sad because of the promising plot.

I never really felt any certain way about the main character, Anna. She was likable, but I didn’t think she was lovable.

I’ll be honest; I have very high standards of two things: 1. Characterization (which is definitely from being an ex-English teacher) and 2. Ending.

Characterization was there, but not on a personal level.

Ending. Well ending is a different story. If you ask anyone remotely close to me how particular I am about endings, you’d get an eye roll and an irritated tone. (It took me a literal week to figure out how I felt about the ending of the newest Great Gatsby movie). So the ending: were things resolved? Yes. Were they to my satisfaction? Not really. And I honestly don’t know why because it’s not a “happy ever after” (zero spoiler!) which is what I like. But it was also a happy ever after. Basically, everything gets somewhat resolved. I just wasn’t a huge fan.

If you can’t tell, It’s been over a week since I’ve finished it, and I’m still going back and forth!

Honestly, I can’t recommend it or not recommend it. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads (if we aren’t friends on Goodreads, let’s be friends!) and I’m sticking to staying right in the middle. This is a novel that you will have to read yourself to decide.