When I was in middle school, I had a reading list of 20 books I had to read in order to graduate from 8th grade. Among these were the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.
But we were also allowed to submit a book of our own choosing for approval in place of a book on the list. So I went to Barnes & Noble in search of such a book, and, after much deliberation selected "Black Coffee" by Agatha Christie, a Hercule Poirot mystery...Read More