August 5, 2015

what's on my bookshelf? from christie to coulter


Blogger's Note: After years of sharing my thoughts on books through book releases and #bookselfies, throughout the month of August I'll be giving you a closer look at what books are in my home library.


My second shelf is pretty basic content-wise. We have the final 20 Agatha Christie novels in my collection, the Hunger Games trilogy and the first part of my Catherine Coulter Collection.

This is also the shelf with the most books still on my to-be-read list.

I confess, I've only read one Agatha Christie book in my life, and it isn't even one that I own. I borrowed my mom's copy of And Then There Were None when I was in sixth grade. I remember being pretty fascinated by how a grown-up murder mystery unfolded, particularly one with the characters being killed off left and right. I was also impressed by how well the story was written and how complicated yet simple everything seemed in the end.

Because of that early interest in Agatha Christie, when my mom was parting with some of her book collection a couple of years ago, I jumped at the chance to give these books a new home. While I haven't read them yet, I look forward to it. And when I do, there will be something kind of special about the books, because I'll know how well they were loved and read by my mom, the person who showed me the joy in being an avid reader.

Okay, another confession. I actually haven't read these copies of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I was a little skeptical going into the series, and so I downloaded the first book on my Nook on a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks before the first movie was due for release in the theaters. And I couldn't put it down. I read the book in one sitting and promptly downloaded the second book. I stayed up most of the night reading and started the third book Monday night, again staying up. I was completely captivated by this series, and I desperately wanted to know what happened next. At the time, I considered calling in sick to work that Monday, and it wasn't because I was exhausted (though I was) from staying up most of the night reading. It was because I wanted to keep reading.

My former co-workers in the office and my friends will tell you I was pretty much obsessed with the trilogy for the next bit of time. I encouraged everyone I knew to read the books stat so we could get into deep philosophical conversations about them. Because I loved the stories so much, I wanted to have the whole trilogy. And because I wanted to have a nice, matching set, my friend who manages a local independent book store ordered the hard-bound volumes for me to adopt for my own collection. I've had a few people ask to borrow these books, and I've instead let them use my Nook, because I love these books so much (and I'm a really stingy book loaner--it's kind of terrible).

The next five books are historical romance novels from Catherine Coulter. I discovered her books in middle school when one of my best friends (the one, in fact, who manages the bookstore) and I would swap romance novels. In college, when I came into a little Barnes & Noble gift card money, I bulk-bought a lot of historical romance, including Coulter's work. I haven't read all five of these, but The Countess, which is a re-release of her debut novel, is one of the most well-worn and loved books on any of my shelves. It's one that every so often I'll think, "I really want to read about Andy and John." It's a first-person Gothic Regency, and it's pretty fantastic.

The Complete List of Books Featured on This Shelf: 


Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
The Clocks by Agatha Christie
Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie
Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie
Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
An Overdose of Death by Agatha Christie
Mrs. McGinity's Dead by Agatha Christie
The Mirror Crack'd by Agatha Christie
The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
Murder in Retrospect by Agatha Christie
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
Third Girl by Agatha Christie
Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The Countess by Catherine Coulter
The Courtship by Catherine Coulter
Devil's Embrace by Catherine Coulter
The Hellion Bride by Catherine Coulter
The Heir by Catherine Coulter


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