As you probably know if you have been following my blog, in May 2020 (on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first book with the Belgian sleuth) I started listening to all of Hercule Poirot’s short stories and novels, in chronological order of publication.
I had read some of them before, but I was looking for a broader view, just as I had done before that with Sherlock Holmes.
There’s a total of 45 works, and I’m almost done.
In some collections, there were a few stories with Miss Marple, and I realized it didn’t work too well for me in audio.
So I decided not to listen to that series, nor probably to Christie’s other series, unless you strongly encourage me to do so.
So I need your help today, to come up with a list of your favorite standalones by Agatha Christie, as I feel I should listen to a few more.
So tell me, what are YOUR favorite standalone novels or short story collections by Agatha Christie, and why you think I should read them. If I count correctly, I think she has a total of 21 standalone works. I have read a few, and my favorite of all is And Then There Were None.
Which one(s) should I absolutely read, and why?
Thanks for your help!
Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.
The rules are simple:
- Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
- Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
- Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.
RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP
READ: 6, 7
MAYBE: 9 (I created a new Goodreads shelf for this – To read, maybe)
SKIP: 5, 8
READ OR SKIP #3
Reading, language, translation.
8) Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris
9) Days of Reading
- “In these inspiring essays about why we read, Proust explores all the pleasures and trials that we take from books.”
- Short book, great topic, nice opportunity to read a bit more by Proust, after having read all of his In Search of Lost Time
10) Hunting and Gathering
- Long book
- BUT I liked the first book I read by her, French Leave. I’m sure she has even more to offer. Lots of great ratings
11) Mouse or Rat? Translation as Negotiation
- “‘Translation is always a shift, not between two languages but between two cultures. A translator must take into account rules that are not strictly linguistic but, broadly speaking, cultural.’ Umberto Eco is of the world’s most brilliant and entertaining writers on literature and language. In this accessible and dazzling study, he turns his eye on the subject of translations and the problems the differences between cultures can cause. The book is full of little gems about mistranslations and misunderstandings.”
- Great author, especially language, and topic of great interest to me, as a translator myself
12) Limits of Language
- Great topic
- BUT sounds more like snippets, the humor may bother me, plus apparently the author uses the pronoun ‘she’ by default, which always drives me nuts. I read, ‘she’, and am, wait, who is talking about>
So now, what do YOU think? Am I right to skip 8 and 12? Any other I should skip?
I will inform you of my final choice when I publish the next post for this meme.
HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES