In the last few months, I’ve read a lot of Agatha Christie mysteries – and I do mean a lot – in addition to my usual book group books. I’m cooling down a wee bit on the Agatha Christie books now, partly because I have less time available for “fun” reading now that book groups are in full swing again (each group met only once over the summer, and not at all in September, which was a lovely gift of “fun” reading time for me) and partly because I seem to have exhausted the supply of Christie books at our two local bookstores.
This weekend I need to read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for next Tuesday’s Teen Book Group meeting; I have great memories of reading the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was in highschool, and am looking forward to an adult re-reading of The Hound of the Baskervilles. This reading of it will be tinged by laundry soap and dryer lint, since I need to spend a couple of hours at the laundromat today washing our comforter, but hopefully that won’t wreak the book for me.
I’m also reading The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda, a book which has happily surprised me. I really only brought it home to read because the reviews written about the book have a wide range of reading levels – from 4th grade and up to 8th grade and up – and thus placement of the book in the library is difficult. I placed it in our advanced reader section, which is for grades 5 & 6 and up, but now the book’s sequel is about to be published, with similarly divergent age recommendations in the reviews, so it was time for me to read the book myself and thus make a totally informed decision about placement. It turns out that the book is well-written, engaging, full of action (which kids today demand above all else), and also gently educational as it introduces Indian mythology and culture. I like the book enough that I may even choose it for a book group…hmmmm…
Other books in my to-be-read pile right now:
- Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron
- The Outcasts by John Flanagan
- The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
- Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
- Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
- The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion
- Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
- Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie
And I’ve officially given up on the Megan Whalen Turner series that begins with The Thief. I loved the first book, hated the second, and am luke-warm on the third at the half-way point. Frankly, the character of Eugenides got on my nerves early in the second book, and it’s tough to finish a series when the main character drives you nuts. I’ll be taking the whole series to the used book store soon, just to get it out of my house.
On that note, time to get to the laundromat and start reading The Hound of the Baskervilles…