30 September 2012

A Journey 2/3 over - Agatha Christie Reading Challenge

I began with THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES just 4 years ago, 26 September 2008, and here I am  44 novels and 12 collections of short stories later.

I had resolved to read the works of Agatha Christie more or less in order of publication to see what the experience could teach me about Agatha Christie's own journey as a novelist.

I've estimated that there are about 87 titles in all but at this stage I'm not really sure whether that is correct. Time will tell I guess.

Once I started blogging about this personal challenge others asked to join me on the journey, some to read Agatha Christie titles in order like me, and some to read as they came to hand.

At the beginning of 2009 the Agatha Christie Blog Carnival was born with its own blog site and since then many have joined me on my journey and also contributed to the carnival.

So with 56 titles down I'm nearly 2/3 of the way through my journey. At a title a month I think I have another 3 years of reading and reflecting to go. I feel far from an authority on Agatha Christie but she and I have now been through 25 years of British and world history.

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - I'm so impressed! And I've truly enjoyed your sharing with us your journey through Christie's body of work.

Nicola Mansfield said...

This is so cool! I wish there had been internet, blogs, hey! home computers when I was a kid I would have had so much fun doing this stuff.

Guess, that's what I'm doing now. I read all Christie's works (mysteries) when I was 11/12. I was reading a book a day except for the short stories. Then in my teen years i added the Mary Westmacott books and a few of her archaeological books about her husband Maximillian and of course, her autobiography.

There are probably a few non-fiction titles still here and there i haven't read. I know I own one I have to get to.

Good work! I should re-read her fiction some day, maybe I'll join up next year :-)

Peter Reynard said...

That is such a cool idea. Congratulations on how far you have come and good luck for the rest of the way. One thing I have read about is that Christie was starting to show signs of dementia/Alzheimer's towards the end and the effects of that is reflected in her later books (simpler plots, words and constructions). If you get a chance you should keep an eye out to see if you can spot any such changes.

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