miss marple: the complete short stories

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!

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Musing Mondays (Aug.8)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

If you were (are) going on vacation, what books would you take with you?

From my favourites I would take some Agatha Christies like Cards on the Table, Evil Under the Sun, Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories, The Pale Horse; etc. Or give Bram Stoker’s Dracula another re-read. From my yet to be read books I think I would take something light like Alan Bradley’s The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag or A Red Herring Without Mustard. Or maybe something I have wanted to read for a long time but have never got around to, like Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.