Agatha Christie Reading Challenge – Update

The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge is run by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. It’s an open-ended challenge to read all of Agatha Christie’s books. I’m not attempting to read them in order (as Kerrie is doing) but reading them as I find them.

Actually I don’t think of this as a ‘challenge’. To me a challenge should be just that – something that tests my ability to achieve a goal under difficult circumstances, something that needs effort and determination to achieve. Reading Agatha Christie’s books is pleasure, the only effort needed is finding the books and even that isn’t difficult these days. I’ve bought some and borrowed others from the library, although I still haven’t read some of the earlier books, I’m managing to fill in the gaps.

So far I have read her Autobiography, 30 of her full length books and 2 of the collections of her short stories:

Progress in publication date order (the links are to my posts on the books):

  1. 1920 The Mysterious Affair At Styles
  2. 1922 The Secret Adversary
  3. 1924 The Man in the Brown Suit
  4. 1926 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  5. 1928 The Mystery of the Blue Train
  6. 1929 The Seven Dials Mystery
  7. 1932 Peril At End House
  8. 1934 Murder on the Orient Express
  9. 1934 Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (Aka The Boomerang Clue)
  10. 1936 The A.B.C. Murders
  11. 1937  Dumb Witness
  12. 1937 Death on the Nile
  13. 1938 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
  14. 1939 Murder is Easy
  15. 1941 Evil Under the Sun
  16. 1942 The Body in the Library
  17. 1946 The Hollow
  18. 1848 Taken at the Flood
  19. 1949 Crooked House
  20. 1951 They Came to Baghdad
  21. 1953 A Pocket Full of Rye
  22. 1956 Dead Man’s Folly
  23. 1957 4.50 from Paddington
  24. 1961 The Pale Horse
  25. 1962 The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side
  26. 1964 A Caribbean Mystery
  27. 1968 By the Pricking of My Thumbs
  28. 1970 Passenger to Frankfurt
  29. 1972 Elephants Can Remember
  30. 1975 Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (written in the 1940s)

Short Stories:

  1. 1932 The Thirteen Problems
  2. 1933 The Hound of Death

Autobiography/Biography

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

I’ll be reading these books in the coming months (linked to Amazon UK):

Short Stories:

Biography:

4 thoughts on “Agatha Christie Reading Challenge – Update”

  1. Well done Margaret. For me the challenge is finding the time to read the books and finding the books although in reality there are plenty of ways of doing it. Even so I estimate I have about 4 years to go to finish reading them all.

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  2. Yeah, I wish someone would come up with a new name for all ‘challenges.’ I only join the ones that are fun for me. Reading of all things doesn’t mean work to me. Of course, I’m still waiting for a nicer word for ‘blog’ too. :<)

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  3. Kerrie, the time factor is definitely a challenge!
    Nan, me too! Nicer words for ‘blogger’ and ‘blogroll’ would be good too.
    Irene, I aim to read about one Agatha Christie book a month – which will take a long time. It’s not a quick undertaking! She certainly achieved a lot in her lifetime.

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