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Then I Climbed To The Top of Mt. Christie, A Mystery Conquerer

Lunch time reading! #PoirotNumber11

I have yet to cry in a grocery store in all of 2013.

That is, to say, I’m having quite a good year so far.

I’m also having a year filled with goal making and organization and planning.

(Surprising fact about me – though I’m far too lazy to follow-through with such things, I love making plans.)

(Most of the excitement of said planning comes from the idea of crossing things off a list.)

(I seldom actually get to that stage, but just the idea of list crossing is quite a high.)

Yet, I’ve recently started working toward a goal I believe I can accomplish.

My plan to read every one of Agatha Christie’s novels starring Hercule Poirot.

(I’m well aware this post is jinxing myself.)

(And possibly all of you just by having read it.)

(I’m terribly sorry.)

I’ve mentioned my Poirot goal once or twice in passing, and those of you who follow me on Instagram have surely tired of seeing book covers pass by, but the more I get into it, the more I’m loving it.

Mainly because it’s easy. The Poirots are interesting, fast reads and as I have a lot of built-in reading time in my schedule (hello, hour lunches), I don’t have to prioritize them over other activities.

I started my Christie marathon about six weeks ago and so far have read fourteen novels.

(I admit, I’ve cheated on Agatha a couple of times, but it’s always her that’s been in my heart.)

I’m not setting up a strong deadline for having finished the remaining twenty-three books. Just an idea that when one’s over it’s time for another.

And I’ve also started hoping for suspicious jewelry thefts or kidnapped pet iguanas.

It seems a dreadful waste to not use my new crime-solving abilities.

So if you’ve recently found mysterious, threatening letters on your dashboard, let me know.

I just might be able to crack the case.

(But, on the off chance I don’t, it’s probably also wise to contact the local authorities.)

Wish me luck!

What’s your favorite book series?

I fear having such a regimented reading schedule

Could become addictive,



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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) January 9, 2013, 11:13 am

    I’ve read a few Agatha Christie books in my day, but honestly, since I became a mom, I would rather sleep or just watch tv…..unless I’m at the beach, and then I borrow the hubby’s kindle and read my heart out.

    • Megan January 9, 2013, 5:00 pm

      I used to watch TV on my phone in the lunch room but felt judged so switched to books! And it’s not a particularly comfy place to nap!

  • joeinvegas January 9, 2013, 11:20 am

    I like the Christy ones, have read a bunch but never kept track of them. Lately it’s been newer detective things: the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and the Dillon Savich series by Catherine Coulter.

    • Megan January 9, 2013, 5:02 pm

      I haven’t read either of those series but I’ll be sure to check them out – thanks for the recommendation!

  • Tracie January 9, 2013, 12:04 pm

    I absolutely wrote about my intention to read Poirot today. Great minds and all that. Or I’m just a shameless copycat. This could also be the reason. It makes me happy to see your goal is going so well.

    • Megan January 9, 2013, 5:02 pm

      Oooh, I’ve always wanted my own copycat! Tell me, have you stopped brushing your hair or thinking before speaking? Because those would be clear signs.

      • Tracie January 10, 2013, 10:15 am

        What is this thinking before speaking that you write of? Do people actually do that?

        • Megan January 10, 2013, 10:40 am

          Don’t worry about it, it’s a silly thing some people practice. But, really, just adds time to everything!

  • Misty January 9, 2013, 12:19 pm

    You HAVEN’T cried in the grocery store yet this year? Damn, you are having a good year so far. Better than me!

    Good luck with your completely doable and enjoyable task! Wait, I think I might have just jinxed you as well. Oops. Sorry. Guess we’re even, now.

    Best book series? Hmmm, there’s a few I enjoy, so that’s really hard. I really like the Lee Child and Harlan Coben’s series, also Laura Lippman and Karin Slaughter. Good reads.

    • Megan January 9, 2013, 7:25 pm

      Well, some years are just less filled with public crying than others! And I’m definitely jinxed. It’s okay though, I knew it seemed unlikely I’d pull it out!

  • Molly January 9, 2013, 12:43 pm

    Lately I can’t get enough of the various Rhys Bowen series–Her Royal Spyness, Molly Murphy….though I haven’t started the Constable Evans series. YET. I just got the latest Royal Spyness from the library, and it’s next on my list.

    Right after I finish this third book in a Nora Roberts trilogy I’m reading.

    Yeah, that’s right. Nora. Roberts. I love the fluff. And I love that she writes about Western MD! (Well, at least in this series she does. I haven’t read anything else by her, so for all I know she writes about Montana.)

    • Megan January 9, 2013, 7:29 pm

      Oooh – I own a couple of Rhys Bowen books! I haven’t read any of them yet, but your recommendation certainly moves them up the pile! And there’s no shame in reading Nora Roberts. I’ve only read her J.D.Robb series but I’m quite a fan!

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments January 9, 2013, 8:52 pm

    The last series I read was the Hunger Games and I read it so compulsively that I was hiding it under my desk at work. I keep meaning to read the Poirot books, I just love the TV series with David Suchet in it so much. Poirot is such a great character.

    • Megan January 10, 2013, 10:45 am

      David Suchet is the best! And I, too, was quite compulsive in my reading of the Hunger Games! I started reading the first as a book I borrowed from Lindsey but then she’d loaned the second one to her brother so I bought the next two ’cause I couldn’t wait for him to finish!

  • Kimberly January 9, 2013, 11:40 pm

    Oh gosh, I love reading, I just haven’t had as much time for it as I used to. I’m vowing to change that this year though. I need to get back into it.

    • Megan January 10, 2013, 10:47 am

      Reading is awesome. I’d slowed down quite a bit after college but I started to try and keep track of what I read/make little goals last year and I’ve found it’s really increased my consumption!

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts January 10, 2013, 5:02 am

    I have a confession: when I write To Do lists (and I do so love them) I almost always include something I have already done. I think if pushed I’d go to mundane tasks like getting up, if I couldn’t think of anything else. It allows me to tick something off straight away, and the benefits are joyous :)

  • spilledinkguy January 10, 2013, 10:52 am

    I think that bee could use a David Suchet inspired mustache.
    But who couldn’t, really.

    • Megan January 10, 2013, 12:39 pm

      I would watch an entire PBS series of a bee Poirot. (Only when properly mustached, of course!)

  • Jackie January 11, 2013, 7:59 pm

    I have yet to read an Agatha Christie novel… maybe I’ll add those to my list on Goodreads!

  • Moureeze March 31, 2013, 11:03 am

    Ok so I love Agatha Christie too and I read a Poirot some years ago where I’m sure the villain was a child or had killed someone as a child. Can you help me figure out which one it was?

  • Moureeze March 31, 2013, 11:07 am

    And if I were to pick a book series the game of thrones books are ….. Beyond
    Good, I hid in my room for most of last summer devouring them.

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