In this series we are sharing each of our To Be Read booklists, why we’re looking forward to reading them, and why we picked up those books in the first place. Read on to discover editor Dylan Dartnell’s next three books To Be Read!
Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie
I have a nasty habit of scrolling through first thing in the morning, wasting the first half hour of the day. But one particular morning last month, among the catalogue of hauntingly relevant memes, the trailer for the upcoming movie, of the same title, caught my attention. To be quite honest, I saw the carriage train sledging through snow and assumed it was Harry Potter related, so I hovered over the thumbnail a touch longer. But before I could say “Quidditch”, a non-expectant cast starring Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, and Willem Dafoe graced my screen and I was invested. This was well before I found out that this movie is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel. Christie, the matriarch of crime, has a repertoire of material which revolves around the sleuthing genius of Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. The Murder on the Orient Express is one of nearly forty novels of the detective’s immortalised career and one of eighty crime fiction novels written by the late Dame, which I hope to finish before the movie’s November 2017, release.
Fun fact: Sir Kenneth Branagh has been cast as Poirot but just so happened to play Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, so I suppose it is Harry Potter related after all.
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
This is not at all something that I am interested in. I know what you are thinking, “So, Dylan, why is it on your TBR List?” I’m glad you asked. Do you ever encounter a conversation with a stranger, especially with another writer/avid reader and to fill the awkward silence with dreaded small talk, talk about some of the books you’ve read recently? The Fault in Our Stars was one of theirs. I went on to tell them that I had read Looking for Alaska a few years ago, surprised by how easy it was to read, but that I hadn’t gone on to read any of Green’s other work. The next time I saw them, they whipped this young adult collector’s item from their bag and handed it to me with the tagline, “she survives but he dies.” However, given the cult-following the book and then the 2014 screen adaptation gathered, I feel like I now owe it to said “stranger” (who is now a good friend) to give the book a shot, and who knows—be pleasantly surprised in the process.
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Long before I knew that the gothic genre existed, I was obsessed with the origins of our Halloween nightmares/fantasies (I’m not going to judge what you’re into). I used to be a sucker for Dracula, but I think we can all agree that it is no longer ‘cool’ to talk about vampires, ever since… well, you know. Besides, zombies are where it’s at and the story of Frankenstein is pretty much one of those—right? The novel was first released in London, 1818—almost two-hundred years ago— and since dabbling in 17th Century literature during my university career, I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into the grotesque and uncanny of this legendary story.