Dust of Your Classics – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

April 15, 2013 Book review, Dust off Your Classics 10 ★★★

Time has rolled around far too quickly and it’s time for my Dust off Your Classics update.  The big question, how much progress have I made?  Ummhh, a bit!  Let’s be honest, this is a challenge for me, a real challenge.  If it came easily, I would just read classics without the song and dance.


By now I should be half way through my chosen book.  By now, I should be feeling rather more accomplished.  By now, I should be feeling a bit more comfortable reading outside my comfort zone.  In reality, not so much.


Dust of Your Classics – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan DoyleThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
on 1 Jan 1892
Genres: Classic
Pages: 448
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Freebie

Complete in nine handsome volumes, each with an introduction by a Doyle scholar, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and explanatory notes, the Oxford Sherlock Holmes series offers a definitive collection of the famous detective's adventures.  No home library is complete without it.

Comprising the series of short stories that made the fortunes of the Strand, the magazine in which they were first published, this volume won even more popularity for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Holmes is at the height of his powers in many of his most famous cases, including "The Red-Headed League," "The Speckled Band," and "The Blue Carbuncle."

Sherlock Homes is an interesting, clever book that stimulates you to think deeper about the sentences you read.  Some quotes from the book are the best way of illustrating this.

As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.”

“It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the the truth.”

It’s just not as effortless to read or as captivating as others on my bookshelf.  I’m about 30% in so far.  If this was a report card, my comments would say ‘could do better’ and ‘too easily distracted’.   I need an adult to make me turn off twitter, put away my lighter novels and read a little of my classic every week.  Oh yes, that’s right, I’m the adult, I need to kick my own ass into gear.  Elementary, my dear blogger friends.

I’m not a quitter though.  I will be back next month with a more positive update.  I will refocus and make time for this.  It’s my goal, it’s important to me, I will set aside time to make it happen.  Watch this space!

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10 Responses to “Dust of Your Classics – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle”

  1. astichoquette

    Go Trish go! Maybe set up some kind of reward system? Like if you finish it, you can go um… eat ice cream? That would make me more motivated to stick with it and not get as distracted.

    I’m interested to see what you end up thinking when you’re done though since this is one of the books that was recommended to me when I had my classic confession!

    • Trish Hannon

      Rewards is a good idea, not food though! Batting with a few unwanted pounds at the moment. Will think of something nice as it would really help.

  2. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    You can do it Trish! I love the classics…though in the past few years I haven’t read as many as I normally do. I’ve tried doing challenges before but I found that I can’t read them unless I’m in a very specific mood.
    I agree with the comment above, a reward system is pretty good motivation sometimes. I hope it picks up for you and that you enjoy Sherlock, I’ve been meaning to read that one.

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Michelle, I think you are right about the specific mood, I find if I’m tired they are just too much for me. I know if I just make time for them though that it will be worthwhile. And despite my lagging behind, Sherlock is actually good!

  3. Diamond Cronen

    You can do it, Trish! I am having the same difficulties. It’s just not as engaging as the other books I am reading. I feel like once I pass that invisible threshold where the story gets going and I get committed, it will be easier. I hope!

    I should probably post my update soon too.

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