Hello out there, I'm still around. I've been reading but lax about keeping up with reviews with so much going on as the year comes to a close.
We had a Christmas luncheon for my library book group last week (11) showed up at my favorite restaurant - it was great gathering and we got our list of books to read in 2022 (more about this next week). We had 2" of snow on Wednesday our first snowfall - (late this year). It looked quite pretty and now it is nearly gone - 60 degrees today! Crazy weather.
This weekend we our going to the theatre for a live on stage holiday show and music festival. It was an annual tradition for us but last year COVID put a halt to it. This year, it is a go but, masks and proof of vaccination is required which makes me happy!!! This coming week is my birthday week and we have something special planned that we are both looking forward to - more about that next week.
I still have some gift cards to purchase and some gifts to wrap. We haven't finalized Christmas get together plans as with the girls in school (they are vaccinated) we still need to play it by ear as there have been some COVID cases in the classes - will this ever end? We already made reservations for an early New Years eve dinner reservation - that too of course is subject to weather and COVID.
How has your December been and do you have any special plans coming up?
Here's an attempt to catch up on what I've read and what I'm reading now.
I actually purchased this audio book last December through Libro.fm but, I never listened to it until this month. Honestly, I haven't had the best of luck with the Agatha Christie books I've tried in the past but, a short story, winter collection seemed right up my alley.
There are (12) short stories featured and the only one I was familiar with was Three Blind Mice, (which I liked a lot) the stories in the collection were:Christmas at Abney Hall
Three Blind Mice
The Chocolate Box
A Christmas Tragedy
The Coming of Mr. Quin
The Clergyman's Daughter/The Rose House
The Plymouth Express
Problem at Pollensa Bay
The Mystery of Hunters Lodge
The World's End
The Manhood of Edward Robinson
The stories feature familiar Christie characters like: Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, Harley Quin and Parker Pyne. Miss Marple is a favorite as I like the way this elderly lady operates - such fun. Three Blind Mice, Sanctuary, Christmas Adventure and The Clergyman's Daughter were the ones that I liked best.
While I can't recommend the audio version as, at least for me, I found the narration by (Fennella Woolgar) a bit difficult to understand at times. Fortunately, having the print edition was a bonus. Overall, while I liked a few of the short stories, several left me somewhat disappointed. I guess Agatha Christie isn't for all readers.
Reading Now -
- A Calling for Charlie Barnes; Joshua Ferris (different/funny & good)
- No One Goes Alone; Erik Larson (Fiction - atmospheric/good)
- A Christmas Party; Georgette Heyer (hope to begin soon)