Throwback Thursday – Favorite Books from High School Years – Month of June – 4th of 5 books #throwbackthursday #favoritebooks

For #ThrowbackThursday during the month of June, I’m sharing my favorite books from my high school years. This was way back in the days when there wasn’t kindergarten for country kids (me), elementary school was 1st through 6th grades, junior high was 7th through 9th grades, and high school was 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

I’m not including books that were ‘typical’ high school required reading. Some I enjoyed more than others, and I have re-read many of them since.

For today, June 22nd, the book is Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

For whatever teenaged reasons, I didn’t think I was interested in the mystery genre, so I deliberately ignored (avoided?) that genre. Then, one of the high school classes I took was an advanced reading/literature class. In addition to the required books the teacher assigned, we had to read a book that she approved, of course, from different genres/categories. My maternal grandpa was a voracious reader, so I asked him for a mystery book recommendation.

He loaned my his dogeared and read-so-many-times-the-cover-was-gone copy of Murder on the Orient ExpressI discovered Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot at the same time. Naturally, I gobbled up her other Poirot mysteries. I then read  Miss Marple mysteries and didn’t care for them. I didn’t like the Terrence and Tuppence books, either.

I have all of the Hercule Poirot books, and every few years I reread them. Murder on the Orient Express remains my favorite of Agatha Christie’s books. I also have the movie interpretations. I like each of them for different reasons.

As an aside, my favorite non-Hercule Poirot Agatha Christie book is And Then There Were None (this is the third title change). This is my grandpa’s copy – cover, copyright page, and first page of Chapter One.







Until next time,
Kaye Spencer
Lasterday Stories
writing through history one romance upon a time


  1. I always preferred Miss Marple, and I did enjoy the TV movie I saw recently about AC’s mysterious disappearance

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