Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Linkups: A Red Herring Without Mustard

It's Friday linkup time!  I'm linking up with the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Beginnings of Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, and the Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice

This Week's Book Blogger Hop Question:
Do you encourage other reading friends to start a blog or at least put their thoughts/reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, etc?

My Answer:
Not really.  If someone asks how I keep track of what I read or mentions that they're having trouble remembering their thoughts on a book I would definitely recommend Goodreads but I don't think I would suggest it without prompting.

This week's book is A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley.  It's the 3rd in the Flavia de Luce series.  Flavia is an 11 year old girl who is brilliant and precocious.  I normally am not a fan of overly precocious children but it's hard not to like Flavia.  I've been listening to the series on audio and am really enjoying it.  The narrator is amazing and she really brings Flavia to life - plus her name is Jayne Entwistle which I just love.

The Beginning: 
"You frighten me," the Gypsy said.  "Never have I seen my crystal ball so filled with darkness."

My Thoughts:
I think I'd take that as a sign to go!  Definitely not a fortune I'd like to be told.

The 56:
Family specter?  I had the sudden feeling that someone had tossed a bucket of ice water over my heart.

My Thoughts:
I'm all for ghosts but I imagine a family specter would be a little disconcerting.

So what do you think?  Keep reading?


  1. I don't encourage other people either. I do say that I love Goodreads and it is a great way to share what you think. This series sounds good! I like the beginning you shared. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Sounds like a delightful story, with an interesting character. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE”

  3. That is a good way to approach telling folks about Goodreads and putting reviews on there.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  4. I always encourage friends to review books. I have one friend that I really want to start a blog, but she's not feeling. But, she does leave reviews, so that's a start. I'd love for your readers to check out mine!

  5. I need to read this series. NEED. :-)
    Happy weekend!

  6. I don't really run across that many readers in my daily life which is really strange because I work in a school library. I am spotlighting All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris - the latest in the Aurora Teagarden series. Happy reading!

  7. Ooh this sounds good. Anytime a gypsy tries to tell your fortune and her ball fills up with shadows, that's not a good thing! And I love that title!

    I don't think I've ever mentioned Goodreads to anyone outisde of blogging circles, now that I think about. But the few really avid readers I know probably wouldn't be interested- the guys wouldn't care and the older ones would be like Hah?? It's on the computer??????" lol

  8. I do encourage people to check out Goodreads and put their thoughts there. Also, if someone is raving about a book I usually tell them they might find other people who love it there as well.
    I would keep reading, this sounds good. As we have both been thinking about ghosts lately this is nice timing. I hope you like the rest of the story.

  9. LOVE the Flavia de Luce series. I want to reread them and even own them; probably the ebooks though. I guess I don't mention Goodreads unless I'm talking about books. I'm really glad I joined that site. I've been exposed to so many new authors and read more genres now.

  10. I just recently seen a mention of this series on another blog and I really want to try this series!!!! :)

    Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

  11. I really like the sound of this book - I'm not big on a book with a child for the central character but this sound like a book I would enjoy. Here'smy Friday meme

  12. I absolutely LOVE this series! I think I'm up to maybe the 5th or 6th book. I'm definitely itching to get back to them now :)

  13. I think I'll have to start in on this series! :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  14. Alan Bradley's books about Flavia de Luce are favourites of mine. They are "English Country House" mysteries and Flavia indulges her passion for chemistry to assist in solving them. She also has two erudite sisters who provide some memorable quotes. These books are not to be missed as they are absolutely splendid. The first in the series is named "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie", and I believe that Bradley has written seven or eight so far.

  15. I've heard such good things about the Flavia de Luce series series. I hope you are enjoying A Red Herring Without Mustard. What a great title. And from the first line you shared, this is the perfect month to be reading it.