Over at AgathaChristie.com they are asking fans to document their Christie book collections. I couldn’t resist getting in on this as I have a been a fan of her stories for many years. Along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, she is responsible for my chronic Anglophilia. As a side note, I find it amusing that Anglophilia is defined as “an unusual admiration or partiality for England, English ways, or things English.” Why is it unusual? It is the most normal thing in the world to me.
Here is my collection in all its glory. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to provide a true bookshelf photo as there are too many books to capture in one shot on a shelf. My collection used to be bigger but I do go through bouts of OCD purging of things and sometimes books make the cut. I also loan books to people and never see them again. When I was younger my goal was to have all the books in the navy blue bound Bantam editions, but it was cost prohibitive at the time. The only book I have in that edition now is the Autobiography. Besides, I do love some of the cover artwork on other Christie editions.
The book on the bottom center is The Moving Finger and the reason I featured it so prominently is because it was my first ever Agatha Christie book. I read it when I was about 12 and have hung onto it ever since. It was given to me by my sister who was a big Masterpiece Mystery fan. Little did she know that she helped create a lifelong passion for mystery reading in me by handing me that one little paperback.
Any other takers who would like to show off their mystery book collections? Comment below.