This week on the blog I want to highlight some of my favorite female authors. I will showcase some of my favorites that I have enjoyed for a great period of time, and some who are recent finds! I hope you enjoy learning, as well as supporting these great women by reading the blog this week and reading their books for yourself!
Now! Time to start us off…
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”-Agatha Christie
No female author list of mine would not include my queen, Agatha Christie. If asked who my favorite author is of all time… it is this woman. The queen of mystery is the best selling fiction novelist of all time according to the Guinness World Records. She not only is a novelist, but a playwright. Her play, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in the world. She also has world renowned characters that are up there with Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, and Romeo and Juliet. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are her most well known.
Not only are her books intriguing, but her life, as well. After her divorce to her first husband she mysteriously disappeared. Her car was found alone, and no one knew where Miss Christie was. About ten days later she was found with apparently no memory of what happened. Her own autobiography does not even acknowledge the disappearance. She also served in hospital dispensaries in both World Wars. She went on archeological digs in the Middle East with her second husband. She became a Dame in 1971 for her contribution to literature.
And Then There Were None is the best selling mystery book in the world. It has been made into a play and TV series adaptation. The amount of her books that have been adapted into plays, movies, and TV series is immense. Her characters have also been adapted upon. Even she has become a character in film and television. I love the Doctor Who episode with Agatha Christie in it. Later this year a new version of Death on the Nile will hit theaters. Those who have Amazon Prime Video have many adaptation options including the three part Ordeal by Innocence. Though different from the book I still enjoyed it.
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My personal favorite Agatha Christie book is a part of the Miss Marple Collection. This book is what got me interested in Agatha Christie. However, it was not the book itself, but a hidden object game that I played visiting my grandma one summer. It was the second Christie’ novel I read, and one I always recommend if you are interested in a less famous book of hers.
Other recommendations by Agatha Christie that I give to you are
- Murder on the Orient Express
- Death on the Nile
- Peril at End House
- Dead Man’s Folly
- Ordeal by Innocence
- Sad Cypress
Check out more Agatha Christie books, plays, adaptations, and her autobiography. You will never be disappointed with the Queen of Mystery.