a red herring without mustard

Musing Mondays (Jan.9)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

Are there any “raved reads” –books that everyone seems to be talking about– that you’re hoping to get read this year, yourself? What books are they, and why are you hoping to read them? Is it because you want to say you’ve read it? Or, would you have chosen to read it, even if you’d discovered it yourself, and no one was raving about it?

I don’t read that many modern books. I don’t really pay attention to all the buzz that surrounds the recent spate of releases because I know most of them are not to my taste. I catch the names of a few of them here and there (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Blow on a Dead Man’s Embers; etc, etc). I do look at them if I see them at the bookstores but I may never read them.

I think Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries are somewhat hyped. I have read the first one, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I liked it but didn’t go crazy for Flavia as many readers seem to have gotten. I have the second two, The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag and A Red Herring Without Mustard, on my TBR list. I hope to read them this year. 

Musing Mondays (Aug.8)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

If you were (are) going on vacation, what books would you take with you?

From my favourites I would take some Agatha Christies like Cards on the Table, Evil Under the Sun, Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories, The Pale Horse; etc. Or give Bram Stoker’s Dracula another re-read. From my yet to be read books I think I would take something light like Alan Bradley’s The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag or A Red Herring Without Mustard. Or maybe something I have wanted to read for a long time but have never got around to, like Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.