The Choice of Strychnine in ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ Was Unusual for its time

Published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is Agatha Christie’s first novel that came from a dare from her sister Madge who challenged her to write a story.

The story begins when Hastings is sent back to England from the First World War because of an injury.

He is then invited to stay with his old friend John Cavendish and his family.

Everything is fine until John’s step-mother, Mrs. Inglethorp, dies from poisoning.

Hercule Poirot, another old friend of Hastings, then comes to investigate this case.

Poison in Agatha Christie’s Works

“Christie seemed to have a major fascination with using poison as a way…


What makes someone your “type”? Is it their appearance or their personality?

We all hear “looks don’t matter” and “personality is what matters”, but how many of us truly feel that in our hearts?

In 2019, in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld found that heterosexual couples are more likely to meet a romantic partner online than through personal contacts and connections.

We all know how popular online dating and dating apps are nowadays. …


Thank you so much for sharing this! I've been using Grammarly and the Hemingway app for a while now but had never heard of DeepL and Natural Reader. I am definitely going to use these from here on out. :)


All the components I chose when building my own (and why)

Last month I wrote an article about how I built my own PC and how anyone can do it too. In it, I explain what components you need when building your own PC from scratch.

Although I talked about getting the components specific to my needs, I didn't specify which ones I got for myself and why.

Recently I got a comment on that article asking me to post a list of the components I chose. And that’s why I’m writing this now. …


Stop This Money Mistake Now

Everyone knows the economy changed a lot this past year. Thanks to the deadly pandemic that we’ve been dealing with for more than a year now, many people are struggling with money in ways that they never had before.

Many people lost their jobs. But if you’re one of the lucky ones that didn’t, this doesn't free you from feeling broke. Even though you know that you have the resources, you might feel you don’t have enough.

If you’ve got income coming in but you still feel broke, know that you’re not the only one.

First of all, don’t worry…


6 Common Core Believes That Affect The Way You Live Your Life

One of my favourite Instagram accounts is The Holistic Psychologist, run by Dr. Nicole LePera. In her posts, she breaks down and articulates concepts such as re-parenting, mind-gut connection, ego, and self-betrayal so well.

Recently I found her post about common core beliefs and it resonated with me. Every single one felt very relatable or exactly like someone I knew.

According to LePera, a core belief is a belief created in the subconscious mind between birth to age 7, that a person has internalized as ‘truth’ or ‘reality’.

The Reticular Activation System (RAS) is a bundle of nerves in the…


Thank you so much for this piece! You made me remember why I love writing


A letter to self-conscious and insecure people

The other day a friend of mine told me that he was on a call with a group of people that he doesn’t feel very comfortable with. And when he left them, he couldn’t stop worrying about them talking badly about him.

My answer to him was this: Don’t worry about it. No one cares about you that much. Everyone is focused on themselves.

I know this sounds harsh, but it’s true. And unless you get this into your head, you’ll always feel that way too.

People will normally be thinking about themselves and not you.

I used to struggle…


They Will Teach You How to Save Money and Be the Most Successful Version of Yourself.

In 2019, I got my first job. Since then, I started focusing on my financial goals.

Because of the pandemic, I am not where I thought I would be, financially. Like most people around the world, 2020 was not the best year financially for me.

One thing that this year brought me was free time. Stuck at home with nothing to do and nowhere to go, I, like many people, spent more time online.

Looking for ways to entertain myself out of boredom, I started spending crazy amounts of time on YouTube. …


Exactly. I hope this article will come in handy to you when you do.

Rute Barros

Bookworm & Dreamer. I write about books and my life experiences as a 23-year-old human in this world. 🇵🇹 🇮🇪 Say hi on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/3ed3Th7

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