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I’ve always been an avid reader, but recently I was alarmed to realize that I hardly have time to read any more! “This has to stop,” I told myself (partly because my “To Read” shelf was overflowing, which annoyed me), so now I have a strategy. I’m not a morning person, but I started getting up 15 minutes earlier than normal. Now I get up and read while eating breakfast, and believe it or not, this little ritual has actually turned me into a morning person. It’s like I have something to look forward to, so now I don’t mind getting up. I’ve gotten into the reading groove and have managed to relieve that overflowing shelf a little.
My latest conquest was The Red House Mystery (by A.A. Milne), a book given to me by my grandparents for either birthday or Christmas an embarrassingly long time ago. Several years, at least. It’s a fiction young adult book that’s not terribly long (about 200 pages), so it was a nice break from Ben Hur (see my review on that one here). I like to switch out genres and styles so I don’t get bored.
A.A. Milne is known for his Winnie-the-Pooh stories, but The Red House Mystery is an entirely different game altogether. It’s the classic whodunit and copies Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Antony Gillingham, the main character of Milne’s work, actually compares himself and his cohort Bill to Holmes and Watson.
The Red House Mystery takes place on a country estate which is occupied by a crowd of interesting characters. Kind of like the background story of the game “Clue”, actually. The master of the house, Mark, receives word that his delinquent brother from Australia will be arriving for a visit (and isn’t looking forward to it). The brother arrives, is killed in the study, and Mark disappears. Antony Gillingham, who is dropping in to visit a friend currently residing at the estate, arrives just after the murder. He has to stay on for a few days for questioning, so meanwhile he and his friend Bill take it upon themselves to solve the mystery of who killed Robert Ablett and where did Mark Ablett run off to? Is the case as straightforward as it appears? Mystery, intrigue, Holmes-like deduction, and plenty of sharp wit make this story an intriguing read for young adult or adult young-at-heart alike. This book kept me interested and laughing; I love books like that.
Question of the day: how do you make time to read?
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