Any avid book reader will tell you about their teetering tower of books yet to be read on their shelves. Most of them reel over the fact that they’ve read The Hunger Games 12 times but still haven’t touched their “I’ve been meaning to” books that they’ve had for years.
January brings an opportunity for all of us out there with a daunting stack of books to dust them off and give them the read they deserve. While I’m sure reading Lord of the Rings for the eighth time would be satisfactory, reaching carefully into the unknown for something new sounds like more fun.
This week, I recommend reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I confess Christie is not new to me–and she is also not new to hardly anyone on the planet, as she is regarded as the most famous and most successful mystery author of all time. One of her books, Murder on the Orient Express, was recently adapted into a successful movie that has brought her fans out of their reading holes and into the theaters.
The fact that Christie is well known makes it easy to pick up any of her books at all, but I chose And Then There Were None because I’ve had it for so long that it simply demanded to be read. As one of her most renowned novels, I almost couldn’t believe I hadn’t read it yet! Besides, the unknown is scary; it’s better to start somewhere familiar before jumping into brand new territory.
A thrilling tale of entrapment and murder, the novel is creepy enough to keep readers at the edge of their seats, and clever enough to keep readers guessing until the very end–and what an end! This novel is short enough to read over the weekend for those that read quickly, and for the rest of us, it can be read within a week or so, making it the perfect book to read during study breaks.
Start the year off right: grab something new, and enjoy stepping into the unknown!
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