If you saw my post on my reading goals on Tuesday, you might have noticed that I really didn’t have a ton of goals set out other than wanting to read, spend less money on books, and to work in some non-fiction. Other than that, a big goal was to bring more hygge to my reading and what is more hygge than cozy mysteries?
When I used to think about cozy mysteries, I’d think of those little paperback books with cats on the covers and cutesy titles like “A Yarn of a Murder” or “The Cat-tastic Caper” (note: not real titles, in case you couldn’t tell.). What I didn’t think was cozy was mysteries by Agatha Christie.
It wasn’t until mid-November of 2017 that I read my first Agatha Christie book. The movie adaptation for Murder on the Orient Express was due to come out and I wanted to read the book before seeing it (note: I still haven’t seen the movie). I completely fell in love with the writing and the way Christie sets up the story. I adored Poirot as a detective and loved how cozy the book felt. It wasn’t cutesy or gimmicky at all, but just a solid mystery with wonderful characters.
It’s funny because after that I read another of Christie’s books in December of 2017 and then two in the next January and then NOTHING for the rest of the year. Last month I picked up another Christie book, a collection of short stories on Poirot, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, and I wondered why the heck I wasn’t reading more of her books. When I started the first story in this book I automatically felt more hygge, more at home, and more cozy. It was one of those books where it felt familiar and brand new at the same time.
Agatha Christie has written a LOT of stories, from novels to short stories to plays, with detectives like Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy & Tuppence. There is a LOT to choose from and so I decided that I wanted to just dive into her books this year and try and read as much as I could.
The real question I have before the year starts is: where to start with my Agatha Christie reading?
There are so many ways I could go; perhaps starting with a certain detective series, or reading her stand-alone novels, or even reading everything in publication order. OR just go randomly and try to read as much as I can.
Regardless, I am SO excited to read more Agatha Christie in 2019 and hope I can make a good dent into her work throughout the year. I’m going to try and share my progress as the year goes on and I’m really hoping that the more I read the more I get addicted to her books! And maybe inspire someone else to read them, too.
Are you a fan of Agatha Christie books? Which are your favourite? How would you go about reading all of her books?