Friday, October 13, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt + 50/50 Friday

 



On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook.  Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.  As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.   Then, for  50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting the Mistress of  Mellyn by Victoria Holt, which was first published in 1960 and will be one of my next reads.  I just happen to stumble up a 1966 mass market paperback edition at a junk shop the other day.  On the back cover, it's basically described as the the next Rebecca, which is one of my favorites so I had to try it.  Plus, it was only a quarter - unfortunately, I couldn't take it off that sticker unless I want to mess up the cover.

Beginning: 

"There are two courses open to a gentlewoman when she finds herself in penurious circumstances," my Aunt Adelaide had said.  "One is to marry, and the other to find a post in keeping with her gentility."

As the train carried me through wooded hills and past green meadows, I was taking this second course; partly, I suppose, because I had never had an opportunity of trying the former.

56:

As we came out of the field a figure rose from the grass and I saw to my surprise that it was Peter Nansellock.

He clapped his hands as we came along.

"Here endeth the first lesson," he cried, "and an excellent one.  I did not know," he went on turning to me, "that equestrian skill was included in your many accomplishments."

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Bookish Job (From A Book)


Worst - Hogwarts Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts - As brilliant as being a Hogwarts would be, let's be honest with ourselves, Defense Against the Dark Arts professors didn't have the best track record.  Lupin was really the one exception, but we all know how his career ended at the end of Harry's third year.


Best - Libriomancer Librarian from the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines - Isaac Vanio is a librarian which is a fantastic position by itself - he's also a libriomancer which means he can magically reach into books and pull objects from the story.  Sounds like a dream to me!

What's your favorite fictional job?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

25 comments:

  1. Hey, maybe since Voldy died, so did the curse?
    My Friday: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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  2. Ahhh I've only read one of Victoria Holt's book before - On the Night of the Seventh Moon - and I loved it. Mistress of Mellyn sounds like a good read too. And I agree with what you said about the DADA professor post! :)

    Here's my friday book!

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    1. I'd never heard of her before I picked this up - it sounds like this will be good though. :)

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  3. I haven't read Rebecca so I probably wouldn't get the comparison. However, Mistress of Mellyn still looks pretty interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.

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    1. No problem - thanks for coming over, Breana.

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  4. Hi Lauren

    Ah! Victoria Holt, now there's a name from the past. I can remember stealing her books from my mum's weekly library stash, when I wasn't old enough to have an adult library card and I was fed up with reading kid's books.

    You have the very first of the books she wrote under that name, although she also wrote many tens of other books under various pseudonyms.

    I know that a Librarian would have been and would still be, my dream job. I hadn't come across a Libriomancer before and at first glance it sounds like a job made in heaven. But then I thought about all the gory murder mysteries and psychological thrillers I read and it didn't sound quite so appealing any more!

    Great post 'Happy Reading'

    Yvonne

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    1. I know that feeling when it comes to the library! I had actually never heard of Holt before this - if I like this I'll have to check out her other stuff. :)

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  5. I love your 50/50 answers! DADA does seem cursed.
    Cora ❤ http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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  6. Haha yeah I don't think it'd be the best idea to accept the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor position... I think all the previous professors got a bit too involved in their subject matter :) Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Probably wouldn't be the best idea... :)

      Thanks for coming over, Laura!

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  7. It's always so fun to discover books this way. Ive found some great ones I might never have read otherwise.

    My Friday 56 from Flesh

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  8. Love that book cover...and the excerpts are tempting me. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thanks very much for visiting mine as well. :)

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  9. Someone needs to invent price stickers that don't leave behind residue or ruin a book's cover. Hope you enjoy this one!

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  10. Oh I love the two jobs you picked! I agree, the track record with the Dark Arts Profession seems like a curse! I'd love to be a Magical Creatures professor, but to be honest, I'd probably be too terrified of the creatures to be a good teacher! haha

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    1. That would be really cool - but I'm right there with you!

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  11. Why didn't I think of Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts?! That would be an awful job as it would probably end badly.

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I originally was going somewhere somewhere entirely different with it this week, but you're right - it wouldn't end well at all.

      Thanks for coming over, Carrie!

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  12. It's been years since I read Victoria Holt. I used to love her books. Have a great week!

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  13. Libriomancer Librarian sounds like an awesome job! Thanks for sharing! :)

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