On January 1st of 2013 I sat down and wrote a list of New Years resolutions. Mainly these resolutions revolved around a list of books I have wanted to read for years, but never seem to have the time to do so. I started off well, reading a couple, journaling and drawing daily (these two were on the list as well). I kept up the pace pretty well until the end of February when I caught a cold and had absolutely no inclination to do much of anything that didn’t involve sleeping or taking cold medicine.
The list sat next to my computer, like an accusatory toad watching me, while I moved onto other things and generally tried my best to ignore it. Then it hit September and I wondered where the time went, calculated the number of pages I needed to read, on top of what I need to read for the shop……and well it was staggering. Since I do occasionally like to sleep, I finally let 2013’s resolutions go (well, a bit - I did manage to get all my sewing done off the list).
So this year I am trying something bigger and smaller at the same time.
A new(ish) definition of a classic author or novel, which you “should” read but never quite get around to because they are too long, complicated, intimidating or Russian. Dickens, Bronte, Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman have languished on my book shelves for years, waiting for me to pick them up and read them.
There is another classic author I have never read before, one which, considering I work at Seattle Mystery Bookshop….well is particularly scandalous. The secret I have closely guarded, one which none of my compatriots ever uncovered, until I confessed…I have never read an Agatha Christie mystery in my life. Yes me, the Queen of Cozy, The Happy Ending Kid has never picked up a mystery penned by the Grand Dame herself.
(The rest of the staff here: We were shocked, - SHOCKED! - that she had never read a single Christie! Our faith trembled for a moment, but at least she ‘fessed up.)
So my 2014 New Years Resolution is to read one Agatha Christie mystery a week, for the entire year. Now, to keep me on track - and quite frankly honest - I am going to write a review for each with whatever trivia I happen to feel like throwing in.
To up the stakes….my husband has offered me this small extra challenge. Should I go thru the entire year without cheating when I read a Christie….well a trip to the UK is in the balance. (Cheating; reading the ending before I make my way there.). This may sound easy, but I am a serial cheater, since I was 10 and worked my way thru the Nancy Drew series. I actually think this will be harder than the reading of all the books…..
Thus My 52 Weeks With Christie have begun…..
Starting with Miss Marple - The Murder At The Vicarage- Week 1