fait accompli!


cover depicting The Speckled Band

I didn’t quite make my goal of finishing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes yesterday; I blame it on the ah-ah-ah-alcohol and the video games. My empires weren’t going to simply settle and expand themselves! And beer is such a deliciously effective distraction.

This morning, then, was my chance, and I had just the one adventure left to read: Copper Beeches. It took me no time at all to finish it. What a fun book to read!

One observation I wanted to share was that I couldn’t help but notice that at the crux of many of the Adventures was a marriage. Most stories seemed to revolve around some patriarch wanting to stop his daughter’s marriage from occurring. The lesson learned is that young women today are much safer by the fact that we are no longer in the custom of receiving annual incomes (allowances?) upon marriage. Nobody is trying to kill us or stop us from getting married so they can keep taking our money, which is nice.

With The Adventures complete, I think I will go on and read The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes as well, and maybe even go so far as read through the complete works. It’s really fascinating stuff.

My favourite adventure was The Red-Headed League. Honourable mentions to The Noble Bachelor and The Man with the Twisted Lip.

Eight down, Four to Go!


I’ve completed the first eight stories of which The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is comprised. They are:

  1. A Scandal in Bohemia
  2. A Case of Identity
  3. The Red-Headed League
  4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  5. The Five Orange Pips
  6. The Man with the Twisted Lip
  7. The Blue Carbuncle
  8. The Speckled Band

I still have left: The Engineer’s Thumb, The Noble Bachelor, The Beryl Coronet and The Copper Beeches, in that order.

This series is fantastic. Reading Sherlock Holmes is such a pleasure, each adventure is it’s own little story, neatly and concisely delivered by Watson. They are short and digestible, making reading an adventure in a morning before work, or over lunch, realistic.

This means that I have no excuses for not having finished this book yet. It’s intriguing, well written, and easy to read. I have no one to blame but myself, and as the deadline for my 2015 Goodreads reading challenge looms (goal is to read 30 books this year), I’m feeling the pressure to get moving! I’m hoping to have this one squared away by tomorrow, and then to move on to one or two comparably easily-digestible books so I can make a dent in my book count.

On my bookshelf, waiting for me patiently, I have The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Go Set a Watchman, both which I think I can polish off without too much difficulty. I’m hoping to get hooked and then just tear through them. Expectations are set pretty high for both books at this point. Once I’ve finished those, I’m considering foregoing the bowl and picking my own next List read, in the interest of celerity. I know! It’s crazy, but it just might work. I’m looking at you, Alice in Wonderland. Short, sweet, and on the List. This is how winning is done.

Catherine OUT!

P.S. I couldn’t resist opening this post on Sherlock Holmes with Magritte’s The Treachery of Images. It’s just too perfect.