I hadn’t read many of the Sherlock Holmes books, so this one was new to me. I hadn’t realized that Watson was narrating much of it and that Holmes was such a minor part of it.
I rated it low because the book seemed to drag on and was summarized in the final chapter. I probably would have gotten just as much out of reading just the final chapter as I did reading the whole book.
The story was interesting and pretty much held up over time, but I still wasn’t a big fan.
I picked this up for book club. I was excited to read it because I knew so many people had read it in high school. I am glad that I didn’t have to read it back then, but I had to struggle to finish it recently. The story had too much of a lead in and didn’t become interesting until about halfway through. I had hopes for it, but then it fizzled out again.
This was not a book I would recommend, other than knowing the story for background stories. An online synopsis would do the job for that.
This is a good story, but it’s wordy and written in Old English. The translations are all a little different, and some are more difficult than others.
The general consensus that I hear from instructors and students is “I read it, and now I don’t ever have to do it again.” I totally agree. It was worth reading, just to know the story, but it was tedious.
I picked this up for bookclub. I was expecting it to be scary, just from what I had heard about it over the years. Nothing popped out at me. It was an interesting psychological book. I don’t know that I would really call it a thriller even.
I knew a lot about it before I picked it up, so I wonder if that was part of my disappointment.
The book was very well written and I did enjoy it. I think the fact that it had been written so many years ago gave it time to have all its spoilers leaked to the general public.
It did stand the test of time, though. There wasn’t anything that was glaringly outdated or out of place in the book. It was definitely worth reading.
I sent in the last paper for the first of my summer classes. I do not have Microsoft Word on my computer, so I use Google Drive and change the format and email it to myself so that I can submit it in the correct format. It usually works well enough.
This time, I started to type in my email address and misclicked on the address, choosing the next person in alphabetical order in the contact directory. I almost sent the paper to one of the chaplains at work. He may have enjoyed the paper, but I think that it may have confused him instead.
At least I got a laugh out of what might have happened. He doesn’t know me well enough to know that I am generally nuts and that stuff happens to me all the time.
I’ve read 18. I am not sure if I am supposed to report back to the BBC, but it is a nice list of classic books. I might have to put the other 82 books on my TBR list, but I think many of them already are there.
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. Want to play?
1 Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling 5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 6 The Bible – 7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte 8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman 10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens 11 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy 13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier 16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien 17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulkes 18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 19 The Time Traveler’s Wife-Audrey Niffenegger 20 Middlemarch – George Eliot 21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell 22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald 23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens 24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams 27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll 30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame 31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy 32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens 33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis 34 Emma – Jane Austen 35 Persuasion – Jane Austen 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis 37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres 39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden 40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne 41 Animal Farm – George Orwell 42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving 45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins 46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery 47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy 48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood 49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding 50 Atonement – Ian McEwan 51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel 52 Dune – Frank Herbert 53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons 54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen 55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth 56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon 57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens 58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck 62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov 63 The Secret History – Donna Tart 64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold 65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas 66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac 67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding 69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie 70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville 71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens 72 Dracula – Bram Stoker 73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett 74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson 75 Ulysses – James Joyce 76 The Inferno – Dante (Have it downloaded) 77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome 78 Germinal – Emile Zola 79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray 80 Possession – AS Byatt 81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens 82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell- 83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker 84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro 85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert 86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry 87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton 91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad 92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Eupery 93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks 94 Watership Down – Richard Adams 95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole 96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute 97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas 98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 100 Gaudy Night – Dorothy Sayers
This book popped up to read for bookclub. I was reluctant to read it because the story had been done so many times. I am glad I read it, though, because there’s a reason it’s a classic. The story is good, but old. It appeals to both young and old.
I will probably reread it in the future when I don’t have as much going on, but I did enjoy the book and I was glad for a break in the genres I have been reading otherwise.
I picked this up because of the PBS Great American Read list a few years ago. I found it tedious and boring. I put it down.
I picked it up again for bookclub this month. I still found it tedious, but I had a deadline to meet for this one. I struggled through it and finished it today. The story was OK. I found it dated and that it tried too hard to be funny.
Unless you’re reading it for a particular reason, I’d suggest finding something else to read.