Why I’m Breaking Up with Agatha Christie

David Suchet as Hercule Poirot in ITV's production of "Murder on the Orient Express"

David Suchet as Hercule Poirot in ITV’s production of “Murder on the Orient Express”

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to break up with Agatha Christie.

This isn’t a decision I’ve made lightly. I love mystery novels and Agatha Christie is one of the greats in that genre. And yet…

I’ve read several of her books and each one has proved something of a struggle. There something’s about her style that I don’t connect with. It’s as if I’m watching everything from a distance, which makes it terribly easy to put down a book down and not pick back up again.

I began Murder on the Orient Express in June of 2013. As of today, I’ve only completed 26%. Time, I think, to call it a day and put it on my DNF shelf over at Goodreads. This isn’t a DNF because the book is badly written; this is a Did Not Finish because the book’s not right for me and there’s not much I can do about it. Ironically, I’ve read Dorothy L. Sayer’s books multiple times and always enjoyed them.

It’s all a matter of taste — but then, the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things, now wouldn’t it?

So, what books do you know you “should” read and just can’t bring yourself to pick up — and what classics did you find you enjoyed much more than you expected?

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