Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In a Book Rut... and Some Giveaway Shout Outs

Do you guys ever start reading a book and you're not really into it, but you keep reading it thinking it will get better? I frequently do this with movies. (Sometimes Netflix can be a total crap shoot.) But, with books, I feel like I need to keep giving it a shot, but then get frustrated and I just quit reading all together. That's how it is with Forever by Peter Hamill.  I read the first couple chapters, wasn't really feeling the vibe of the book, and set it down thinking I just needed to give it more of a shot to get into it.  I haven't picked it up since and that was over a month ago.  Now the thought of trying to get back into it makes me feel less than enthused.

So, last night I decided to chuck it back into the book shelf for a try again later and run off with an old standby.  Whenever I get into a book rut, I turn to an author I've been reading sense I was in junior high, Agatha Christie.  First off, she wrote like a hundred books so there's plenty to choose from.  Second, she has a handful of different detectives- Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Harley Quinn, a couple others- and plenty of books that have an amateur sleuth that only appears in that story.  So, there's plenty to choose from, their entertaining, and pretty quick reads.  Just what a girl needs to get her back in a reading groove and out of a book rut.  By the way, if you're interested in which book I picked, I went with Third Girl which a Hercule Poirot mystery.

Anyhow, it got me thinking.  Agatha Christie's detectives deserve a reboot, ala Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock and Elementary.  Especially Harley Quinn, he just seems like there's more there than what he lets on. I'd even settle for a show where Agatha Christie solves mysteries.  I really loved The Unicorn and the Wasp episode on Doctor Who.
Agatha Christie and Doctor Who

And finally, on a completely unrelated not.  I won't be around tomorrow due to Thanksgiving lunch with the family and then off to work.  But, I do have my first giveaway of the Christmas season all queued up and ready to go, so be sure to check back for that.


And, I'm also sharing some links to a couple other giveaways going on hosted by some of the blogs I follow.

Mom Does Reviews is giving away a doggie natural prize pack.  US only, ends 11/29
Mom and More is giving away a $100 Kohl's gift card.   Ends 12/6.

Griperang's Bookmarks is giving away a SoyL Scent Candle Gem.  US only, ends 12/9.

5 comments:

  1. I used to have a thing about finishing every book I started. I guess I was about 45 when I realized that, even with a long life, there are only so many books left in my future, and I'm not going to waste a minute on a book I don't like...I'll give it about a hundred pages, but after that, I have no compunction in calling it quits :)

    I'm that way with Caleb Carr's The Alienist. I've tried to get thru it three times, never have.

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    1. You're totally right, life is too short and there's way too many good books to waste time on the ones that are not your cup of tea. I need to learn to do that. :) I always think that maybe it'll get better, and if I read just a little more, maybe I'll be excited about it.

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  2. I vote YES to this Agatha Christie reboot idea! I was raised on Poirot, and I miss her style of mystery (which I much prefer over cozies).

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    1. I could totally see a Poirot reboot. Maybe move it to the states and have everyone think he's French when really he's from Ontario or something. ;) Instead of the French vs. Belgian thing they always pull in the book. I don't know. I think it could be fun though.

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