Favorite Books of 2021

Reading with Sam: https://www.youtube.com/c/ReadingWithSam
I had such a great reading year and a ton of favorite books in 2021. I have divided this video into books that were new-to-me this year and books that were favorite rereads. I read some great classics, fantasy, middle grade books, and classic children’s literature that I really loved!

What was YOUR favorite book that you read in 2021? Leave me a comment!

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Ranking Agatha Christie Books

Agatha Christie video playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyxE4BGNkAasUzUlqiFKzgXPejNexND9U

Books Mentioned:
At Bertram’s Hotel: https://amzn.to/3HHj8MF
Boomerang Clue (also published as Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?): https://amzn.to/3328RLM
Murder at Hazelmoor/ Sittaford Mystery: https://amzn.to/32H5yJQ
Funerals are Fatal/ After the Funeral: https://amzn.to/3JrKp7c
Murder on the Links: https://amzn.to/3qRRzeq
Black Coffee novelization by Charles Osborne: https://amzn.to/31TAXox
Mystery of the Blue Train: https://amzn.to/3lsOe0m
Peril at End House book: https://amzn.to/3lrGzSa
The Man in the Brown Suit: https://amzn.to/3A65nna
Pocketful of Rye: https://amzn.to/3AhQQoH
The Mousetrap Book: https://amzn.to/3CpwB9a
Sad Cypress: https://amzn.to/2ZkwugI
Verdict: https://amzn.to/3uwN5ti
Go back for Murder: https://amzn.to/2YfUjWM
Witness for the Prosecution: https://amzn.to/2YcvnyY
The Regatta Mystery and Other Short Stories- Agatha Christie: https://amzn.to/2YtbvYP
Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie https://amzn.to/38blio8

Book Review: The Boomerang Clue (Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?)

The Boomerang Clue by Agatha Christie

The Boomerang Clue
by Agatha Christie
5 out of 5 stars

(also published as “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”)
Bobby witnesses the death of an unknown man, and hears his last words, “Why didn’t they ask Evans?” Bobby thinks nothing of it, until he is poisoned days later. The words must have some meaning. Why else would someone try to kill him? His childhood friend, Lady Francis, is intrigued by the mystery, and agrees to help Bobby track down those involved in the stranger’s death. They are surrounded by suspicious characters and possible enemies. Just when Bobby and ‘Frankie’ think they know who to trust, they are betrayed by the last person they suspected, and their lives are in danger every minute.

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Book Review: Mujercitas (Little Women: Spanish Edition)

Mujercitas by Louisa May Alcott

Mujercitas (Little Women)
by Louisa May AlcottGerardo Gambolini (Translator)
5 out of 5 stars

Fue un placer escuchar esta historia como un audiolibro en español. ¡Me encantó volver a visitar esta historia favorita en mi segundo idioma despues de leerlo muchas veces en ingles! Fue genial para mi comprensión del idioma y fue casi como redescubrir a estos personajes por primera vez.

¡Amo a Beth, Amy, Jo y Meg! Son personajes tan dulces. Nunca me canso de leer sobre sus pequeñas aventuras y dramas.

El audiolibro gratuito que escuché era de “Voz Humana”. Fue una buena traducción y sentí que reflejaba muy bien el estilo de la escritura original. Me gustó mucho la narradora. La narradora hablaba clara y lentamente, por lo que era fácil de entender, incluso si el español es su segundo idioma.


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Book Review: Promises and Prophecies

War of the Realms by Lee Watts, Th. D.

War of the Realms: Promises & Prophecies
by Lee Watts, Th. D.
3.5 stars
SYNOPSIS: Alexander is fighting a massive war against the Ramillie. With enemies on every side, he is desperate to make some allies. He gambles everything on one last surprise attack that could mean the end of the war.
Sosimo Larouche, the pirate captain, is closer than ever to finding the lost treasure of the famed Vault Keeper. With his first mate, Mei, he makes a daring plan to steal the final clue, a massive gem.
The angelic guardian, Merrick, tries to undo his mistakes from centuries before. He races against time to stop demonic forces from entering the world.

All the characters and their story lines from the first two books come together in this final epic book in the trilogy. The entire fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance, and each soul must decide whether they will accept the forgiveness and grace of God, or side with the evil forces.

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Book Review: At Bertram’s Hotel

At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie

At Bertram’s Hotel
by Agatha Christie
4 out of 5 stars

Miss Marple goes on a holiday to London and stays at the highly respectable Bertram’s Hotel. She begins to notice little ordinary things that aren’t quite right around the hotel, which become helpful to the police when they investigate the disappearance of an elderly clergyman.

We follow a lot of different characters, but we don’t see Miss Marple very much. She’s only in a few scenes, and she does very little to actually solve the mystery, but she does provide the final clue for the police to resolve their investigation. I wish she were a more prominent part of the plot, and I wish she took more action.

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Book Review: Murder at Hazelmoor

Murder at Hazelmoor by Agatha Christie

Murder at Hazelmoor
by Agatha Christie
3 out of 5 stars

Major Burnaby takes part in a séance, even though he doesn’t believe in such foolishness. But when a supposed “spirit from the beyond” tells the group that the Major’s best friend has been murdered, Major Burnaby decides to trek through the snow to check on his friend. He discovers the body, brutally murdered.
When her fiancé is accused of the murder, Emily Trefusis sets out to assist the police in tracking down the true killer.

I guessed the solution of who the real murderer was at about page 65. The mystery was sort of obvious. However, that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book! There were a couple of other little minor mysteries that were fun, and I loved all the character studies. I was a little bored by the red herrings though. They all seemed to lead nowhere, and they were full of coincidences.

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Book Review: Knock Three Times!

Knock Three Times! by Marion St. John Webb

Knock Three Times!
by Marion St. John Webb
5 out of 5 stars
Molly and her brother Jack encounter a strange magical Grey Pumpkin, and they follow it into another realm. They embark on a quest to find the elusive Black Leaf and defeat the evil Grey Pumpkin. There are many dangers along the way. Molly and Jack are not sure who to trust, but the kindly Old Nancy gives them some enchanted matches to help guide them.

I always love rereading this favorite children’s classic. The story is so exciting, and full of twists and turns. The world building is full of magic and enchantment. I love all the crazy characters that Molly and Jack meet on their travels. Every person is so memorable and different.
The writing style is excellent, and there is such a great balance of funny and serious scenes. The adventure is full of suspense, but there are some really hilarious parts too.
I always enjoy rereading this book over and over again! It’s such a delight!

Book Review: Funerals are Fatal / After the Funeral

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

After the Funeral (Hercule Poirot, #33)
by Agatha Christie
4 out of 5 stars

(Also published as “Funerals are Fatal”)
Strange old Aunt Cora shocks everyone at her brother’s funeral when she lets it slip that she thinks he must have been murdered. The family tries to hush it up, but when Cora herself is murdered the very next day, only Hercule Poirot can unravel the clues that led to her death. Did she know too much? As Poirot investigates, one person is nearly poisoned, and another is “coshed” on the head. Can Poirot catch the murderer before more people are attacked?

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