I am NOT doing any official reading challenges this year. I’ve said no to them all, even ones that sounded brilliant and easy to accomplish. It’s a matter of principle (and not making myself feel like a fail).
However, I have been doing my own personal Sherlock Holmes “challenge.” Really the challenge is to stop reading before 3 am. It’s not a challenge to read any of these books. I’ve been working my way through The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
All of the Sherlock Holmes novels and short story collections are out of copyright and can be found on Project Gutenberg if you want to read them for free. For some reason, the collection I’m reading seems to no longer be available on Amazon. I don’t even pretend to understand why…I like the cover though.
I’ve previously read all the novels, but this is a fun read through. I’d read about half of the short stories before, and it is all the more fun to read them now with the BBC series in mind. They’re in pre-production for Series Three – which of these classic stories are they going to do next? (I hear they are going to do The Adventure of the Empty House the story in which Sherlock Holmes returns after 3 years after his “death” at the Reichenbach Falls in The Final Problem.
Do you have a favorite Sherlock story? My favorite of the novels is Hounds of the Baskervilles. My favorite shorts collection is The Return of Sherlock Holmes, but it’s so hard to pick just one!