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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Eleven

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic weekend so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

This has been a really hard week for me and my family. As many of you already know, my mum was admitted to a hospice center at the end of last week. Her condition has been continuing to decline since she was admitted. The tumor has grown significantly over the past week, and Mum is currently unable to communicate with us or the hospice staff. She does not seem to be experiencing any pain or discomfort, however, and the nurses and other staff members are really taking good care of her.

My dad and I have both been able to visit Mum every day while she’s been at the hospice center, which we probably wouldn’t be able to do if she had been admitted to the hospital instead. (The hospitals around here have really strict visitor guidelines.) We’ve not only been really impressed with the care that Mum is receiving from hospice, but also the compassion and kindness of the staff. They’re wonderful people!

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping my mum (and our family) in your thoughts and prayers. We are just so thankful for you all!

While I have a moment, I wanted to go ahead and give you an update about my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge progress. As of this week I have completed 11 out of 50 prompts, which puts me just over the 20% mark in terms of challenge completion!

The book I read for the Reading Challenge this week was 13 for Luck, by Agatha Christie.

A book with something broken on the cover…

13 for Luck is a collection of 13 short stories, which feature several of Christie’s well-known sleuths, including: Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Harley Quin, Parker Pyne, Tommy and Tuppence, and Inspector Evans.

The stories in this collection cover a wide range of mysterious circumstances. While some focus on solving (or preventing) murders, others tell stories about art and jewel thefts, dog-napping, and the challenges of unraveling seemingly airtight alibis.

The following stories are included in 13 for Luck:

  • “The Veiled Lady”
  • “The Nemean Lion”
  • “The Girdle of Hyppolita”
  • “The Market Basing Mystery”
  • “The Tape-Measure Murder”
  • “The Blue Geranium”
  • “The Four Suspects”
  • “The Face of Helen”
  • “The Bird with the Broken Wing”
  • “The Regatta Mystery”
  • “Problem at Pollensa Bay”
  • “The Unbreakable Alibi”
  • “Accident”

Prior to reading 13 for Luck, I was only familiar with two of Christie’s famous sleuths — Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Fortunately, the book includes a short description of each crime-solver prior to the stories in which they are featured. I found this very helpful. Not only did the descriptions give me some background on the characters, but they also provided me with several new titles to read.

I really enjoyed reading the short stories in this collection. All of the stories were very interesting, and they were all ones that I had not read before. While my favorites were the mysteries that featured Poirot, I also liked the Parker Pyne stories as well. I would definitely like to read more about his exploits in the future.

Whether you are a fan of Agatha Christie, or just enjoy mysteries, I highly recommend giving 13 for Luck a try. It’s a great collection of stories! If you do have a chance to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you all again for your thoughts and prayers, and your continued support! Have a great weekend!

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