I used to read a lot. I could get through a book in just a few days and was a voracious reader. I cannot remember a time when I didn't read, indeed I cannot remember ever not knowing how to read. Books have always been my constant companion and joy.
However, over the last few years my reading has been abysmal. I have read less and less books as other things have taken over my time. As I wrote here, I have still been gathering books though so this year I decided to make a concerted effort to read my books.
Having selected my first six, I finished the first one in January, that I reviewed here. I have now completed the second. The Listerdale Mystery by Agatha Christie and have already started on the third. I think that means that I have probably already read as many books this year as I did in the whole of 2014!
The Listerdale Mystery is a series of very short stories. They are written in the usual style of most Agatha Christie books and there are familiar names and ideas. I can see that many of these stories were either taken as shorter versions of some of her longer tales, or that these shorter versions were perhaps the start of something that expanded into a full length book.
Most of the stories were easy to work out, but there were definitely some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. It was easy to read, especially as the stories were so short. Perhaps not the most challenging literary work, but I don't like to read things that are "difficult" I want to read something that I enjoyed.
Overall I would say that I liked this book and I would certainly recommend it to someone who wants to start reading Christie's work as it is easy to dip in and out of. It would suit a young person and adults alike. There is nothing gory, just good old fashioned mini mysteries. In fact it reminded me in a way of the very old TV series Tales Of The Unexpected in some ways, which was a good thing.
There are lots of other Christie books in my pile waiting to be read, so it will be interesting to see how the longer books compare with this short story collection. I would recommend this book though!
I am finding these book reviews harder to write than I imagined they would be. It is partly because whenever I have written essays about books in the past there was no need not to reveal too much, indeed, there was a need to talk about the story or contents of the book in great detail. Writing a review in this way though is different as I don't want to give away any endings. There is a definite skill required to write book reviews! I am therefore not just looking forward to reading more books, but to working on my reviewing skills as well. I had no plans for this to be a double challenge when I started out, but it has turned into that, funny how things go isn't it.
If you would like to share what you are reading now or if you have read this book and have anything to share please let me know in the comments.