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Quote It Saturday

Quote It Saturday is hosted at Freda’s Voice.

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*  Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

~ Douglas Adams from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Booking Through Thursday: Only Five

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“If you had to pick only 5 books to read ever again, what would they be and why?’

(Such a cruel question!)”

Oh boy! This is one of my worst nightmares come true!

Okay so I think I would pick books that are not only my favourites but are also light reads. Of course, I would hunger for books that made me think or made me cry. But if I am to read the same five books over and over again, the least I could do is get a laugh or a little thrill out of it.

1. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – I laugh till I have tears in my eyes whenever I read this book.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – A book that is such a perennial favourite of mine (I have re-read it at least half a dozen times!) that I am actually afraid to review it lest I shouldn’t be able to do justice to it.

3. Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie – I love short stories, mystery is my favourite genre and Miss Marple is my favourite detective from my favourite author Agatha Christie. Do I need to say any more?

4. Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie – A man murdered in full view of at least four witnesses. One of my absolute favourite ‘impossible’ mysteries.

5. Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie – Although I prefer Miss Marple to Poirot, the sheer volume of this book makes me want to pick it. I am reading only five books so might as well make at least one of them a gigantic one!

Booking Through Thursday : Thankful

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“What book or author are you most thankful to have discovered?
Have you read everything they’ve written? Reread them?
Why do you appreciate them so much?

There are quite a few authors I am thankful to have discovered. This year I discovered Cyril Hare, thanks to fellow mystery reader Bev. My year end discovery of Bill Bryson is turning out to be a good one.

I am thankful for discovering all of my favourite authors. I am thankful for Douglas Adams, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, John le Carré, Thomas Love Peacock, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Bram Stoker.

But above all I am thankful for discovering Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens was a prolific writer. I haven’t read even a fraction of his works. But I am determined to get there. I have read most of Agatha Christie’s books, all of the Miss Marple mysteries, most of the Poirot books and her plays. Some non-series works and a few Poirot books are left.

A writer becomes my favourite only if I re-read their books. So, of course I have re-read both Dickens and Christie’s works many times.

The reason behind my appreciation for them is that both Dickens and Christie have opened up new worlds for me, they introduced me to genres that I would grow to love. Without Dickens where would my love for the Classics especially Victorian literature be? And without Christie, I wouldn’t know what a vast world of Cosy Mysteries exists out there.

Looking at my answer, I realize I have plenty to be thankful for. Life’s not too bad when you’ve got books to keep you company.

30 Day Book Challenge

Day 5: A Book that Makes Me Laugh –

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

The first book in the ‘increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy’. It is hilarious and remains the best book in the ‘Hitchhikers’ series. I’ve re-read it innumerable times and it still cracks me up like nothing else.