What I’m Reading: Murder on The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I’m behind in posting reviews of books I’ve finished reading, so I’ll start with this one. Since I first saw the preview for the new Murder on the Orient Express movie, I’d wanted to read the book. I saw this copy at a local drugstore and purchased it on a whim. Doesn’t it have a lovely cover?

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When I was younger, my dad would sometimes bring home BBC Agatha Christie movies from the library. My favorite was Death on the Nile, but I’d never seen Murder on the Orient Express (and don’t even know if there was a previous movie, honestly).

I really enjoyed the book, it was a fast paced, and I kept wondering who did it, and of course I tried to solve the mystery before Poirot. I think I finished the book in two days-it is actually pretty short. After I read the book, I went to see the movie a few weeks later. The cinematography was beautiful, it really made me want to take a train ride, but compared the book, the movie felt slow. So, as per usually, I would recommend the book over the movie anyway.

Have you read the book and seen the movie? What did you think?

JEH

What I’m Watching: Moana by Disney

So I finally watched Moana this past weekend and I just had to blog about it, because it really felt a bit like Moana was a sea-witch. This is probably the closest I will ever come to seeing my books made into a movie, and the plot is very, very different (really not like my books at all) but I just loved it!

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Moana is ‘chosen’ by the sea. And the sea is like this actual living body that picks her up and puts her back on the boat. It put a big smile on my face. When Disney’s Moana was released, all I heard were bad, gossipy things about the movie, like how Maui was a fat guy, and for some reason this was a bad thing? I loved Maui, and why can’t someone be fat, right? Anyway, I thought Moana was really well done. And, of course, given my love of sea-faring fiction, this was totally my style. Probably more so than Frozen, although The Snow Queen always has been one of my favorite fairy tales (that’s probably the snowy Canadian in me).

My favorite parts were the coconut pirates and the ending, but I’m not going to ruin that for you here. And the animation was gorgeous. It definitely made me want to take a trip somewhere tropical.

If you haven’t checked out Moana yet, do so. It’s a treat (especially if you have little kids to watch it with, but even if you don’t). Have you seen it? What did you think?

JEH