When it comes to reading challenges, they typically are contained to a year. Recently, I decided I was going to commit to a challenge that will, most likely, take several years to achieve.
My goal, however long it will take, is to read every one of Agatha Christie’s novels.
Dame Agatha Christie has to be my favourite mystery author and one of my favourite authors overall. Her work can be a touch dated at times but are satisfying mystery reads with plenty of twists and reveals. I even love the old Agatha Christie’s Poirot tv show and the recent films. There is a reason her books are still in circulation to this day.
This is a sizable challenge since the Dame of crime wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. That is a lot, but I haven’t set a time limit. If I can read at least one of her books every month, that’s 12 books by the end of the year. Her novels tend to be quick reads, which helps a fair bit.
Thankfully I won’t have to spend too much money during this challenge since my grandmother gave me loads of the novels she collected over the years, plus the majority of the rest are available in my local library. I might have to buy the odd one here or there, but otherwise, I should be fine.
My only real concern going into this is that I might get burned out on her work. However, if I pace myself I should be alright. It’s not like I am only going to be reading her novels consistently until I meet my goal.
I already have 11 in the bag so far, which gives me a decent head start. I found a handy printout to help keep track of what I have read and which ones I still need to find copies of. This is a massive undertaking but I feel like this will be worth it. I am doing this in part for my grandmother, as she loves Christie possibly more than I do.
Wish me luck!
What a great challenge! Hope you enjoy it!
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