Men Who Inspired Me This 2012

I’m supposed to blog about ten men who made a significant impact on my life this 2012. The problem is, I can’t really think of ten guys who had profound influences on me and my life this year. Most of what I did in 2012, or what I do in my life for that matter, are usually initiated by me. I find the motivation and inspiration to keep doing what I’m doing from within me. With that, I really just can’t think of any masculine encouragement personification.

I know what you’re thinking: “How about his father?” He passed away two years ago — this post is about people in 2012, so he’s out.

Despite that dilemma  I can come up with a list of ten men who have inspired me, immensely or to some extent, to do what I do at present. Some are real persons while others are fictional. Here they are:

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Screenshot from my smartphone. 🙂

At long last, I was able to begin and finish reading Agatha Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This title also introduces Hercule Poirot, Christie’s detective hero, for the first time.

Speaking of “first times”, this is the first detective/mystery novel that I read on my smartphone. Yup, I’m warming up to the idea of e-books and e-book readers. It’s so convenient and not-so-tacky-looking. Thanks to the PDF format of my copy of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and the document reader feature of my smartphone, I was able to finish the novel by reading it everywhere I went. It’s a totally time-efficient option, considering that I’ve had this novel since September 2010! O.o

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Since I’m a sucker for 1920s and 30s detective fiction, I went out in search for a good mystery novel, preferably by Agatha Christie. Fortunately, my frequented bookstore had all the latest publications of Christie novels involving Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. I rummaged through the bookshelves with a particular title in mind and fortunately, got hold of the only remaining copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

I was very specific of the title in my search because, though I haven’t read it before, I was immediately drawn into it after reading its synopsis on Wikipedia. It’s very unfortunate (and outright shameful that I consulted Wikipedia) that I read the novel’s summary first, before getting to read the full text. The only reason why I did so was because this particular novel was labeled as Christie’s most controversial novel. As I couldn’t wait to get a copy, and because I thought I wouldn’t be able to secure one in my lifetime, I got ahead and went through the summary. After reading it, I felt rotten. I wasted a good surprise and significantly reduced my excitement level for the story. Another lesson learned the hard way.

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Curtain by Agatha Christie

I settled not to work this weekend—I needed to get my entire body out of work to reboot itself. So, while my system is on auto-defragmentation, I decided to go over one of the novels I bought before but never really got to read right away. I chose Curtain by Agatha Christie.

Curtain 3 (Copyrighted, Cropped)
It’s my new favorite Agatha Christie-Hercule Poirot murder mystery novel!

At first, I felt something peculiar about this novel. It’s like I read something significant about it before but all together, it looked like any normal Christie novel. When I researched on Wikipedia, that was when all my assumptions were justified: Curtain chronicles the last murder mystery case of Christie’s main protagonist, Hercule Poirot. “Oh great!,” I thought. I’ve read just two Hercule Poirot murder mystery novels and now, I’m about to read his last case! And from what I gathered, he dies in this novel.

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