Friday Reads, My Favorite Hashtag

May 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , )

If you’re on Twitter, you’ve probably discovered the wonderful, but sometimes frustrating, world of the hashtag.  Hashtags are used to help tweeters search for specific kinds of discussions.  For instance, you can search #books and you’ll be hand delivered all the tweets in the universe that have included #books in their tweet (or status update).  I find this exceptionally handy when I’m seeking out book recommendations and reviews, when I’m wanting to check out #Events in #Houston and so on and so forth.  But my favorite hashtag is #FridayReads.

Friday Reads is wonderful.  Every Friday the whole book community across the entire globe  (with a twitter account) lets everyone know what they are reading.  I love this.  I love seeing what everyone is spending their Friday doing, I love checking out how other book-ies like me wind down at the end of a hard week.  It encourages me to take a break from the busy-ness of the week and spend a big chunk of time reading, at least on Friday, because that’s the most likely time for people to check in and see what I’m reading too.

This week, like a lot of previous weeks, my Friday Reads is Les Miserables.  I’m in the middle of Cosette and loving it.  Part of what I love about Cosette is how many literary references I’ve encountered.  I’m getting a glimpse into my future Friday Reads.  Aeschylus, Virgil, both mentioned and its been years since I read them.  I also discovered while doing some reading up on Hugo that he wrote several books I had never heard of.  The Terrible Year and The Art of Being a Grandfather both peeked my interest.  Hugo was extremely devoted to education, and probably would enjoy the Friday Reads hastag too if he were around to be introduced.

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Christie the Queen of Mystery

January 7, 2012 at 3:01 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Title: Mysterious Affair at Styles

Author: Agatha Christie

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Join Hercule Poirot in Christie’s classic whodunit series, starting with the first!  The lady of the house of Styles is poisoned and it’s up to Poirot and the narrator to uncover the culprit.

I’m sure you’ve heard that Christie is the mother of all mystery, and after reading my second Christie mystery ever, I must say I understand where that idea comes from.  I was reading another blog today (http://resolution52.com/adventures-in-resolution52) and the writers really summed my thoughts on Agatha Christie and the mystery world up well when they wrote:

 Agatha does it better – but, without Doyle, she probably wouldn’t have done it at all.

You can feel the cornerstone in the structure politely put in place by Doyle’s existence as a writer, but despite my deep love for Sherlock Holmes, you can tell Christie really mastered the whodunit art.

I’m on a mission to read all of Agatha Christie’s crime collection and starting at the beginning did not disappoint.  Christie’s cozy mysteries make for pleasant little “FridayReads” (if you’re a twitter follower you know how much I love those) and I look forward to continue my year with Poirot!  And soon after following with Miss Marple and the rest.

The goal is to finish the entire crime collection in 23 months, starting now.  I’ll be reading three titles a month, so feel free to join me for some or all: http://www.shelfari.com/groups/79392/discussions/418226/Agatha-Christie

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