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  • blueribbonfair 1:31 am on April 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anne Perry, book reviews, , books to read, Debbie Howells, , Gothic Classics, Jane Harper, Jean Claude Murder of family, mysteries, , mystery genre books, , Shirley Jackson 1960's, Stuart McBride, suspense books review, Tiffany King, true crime   

    Too Many on My TBR Pile 

    Confession Moment:

    Confession Time: “Shh, I have over 1000 books on my Good Reads “Too Read” pile……..

    Not enough time and too many books…

    I could go on Good Reads and spend the whole day adding books because it seems and especially with self publishing now there are piles of books in the genre I like added daily.

    I used to read many genres. ( I never liked Sci Fi though.) These days , though I do read some others, I have found myself reading fictional mysteries and suspense centered book 95% of the time. I do read a “true crime” volume also about every 3 months or so. I wish I could read books like “The Thorn Birds which I read way back. Or Family series sagas. I try to stay clear of reads like the latter since I get so deep into some characters if the book is like a 10 star read for me, I grieve and get depressed if something devastating happens at the end of the book. Takes me time to recover since I can so identify with people even if fictional; I am so prone to depression unlike I was not a long way back. I have also had so much Drama in my life dealing with family, I do not read about other dysfunctional lives like I could when I had not had so much experience with the same.


      1. book cover blog Broken Skin Stuart McBride

        If you like police procedural and single investigators you may like this series set in Glasgow Scotland. I love the protagonist. The books in this series are dark, but light hearted at moments. I also like the “stand alones” of this author. This is # 3 in the Logan McCrae series.  It includes a story line you do not read much in many stories: “A knife wielding 8 year old. The main story is Logan racing to catch a serial rapist before he strikes again amidst all the discord at the office.


      2. book cover blog An Echo of Murder Anne Perry

        I have read more books by this author than probably any other. She has been doing this series and others for years. This is #23 in her “William Monk Series.” This is an historical mystery series set during Victorian times. This one is about someone murdering Hungarian immigrants and as usual his wife, Hester helps out. Interesting fact about her is she worked as a battlefield nurse before meeting him.


      3. book cover blog The Adversary Emmanuel Carrere

        For “True Crime” I have this on my shelf. Synopsis:   On the Saturday morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was with mine in a parent-teacher meeting…
        With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense Emmanuel Carrère begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, 18 years of lies, five murders and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.


        Book cover blog We have always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson

        I had never heard of this classic Gothic mystery from 1962, but the Gothic story line and cover sound and look creepy. This one centers around poison which is an interest subject to me. As a friend stated in her view which really sums up what my feelings may be if I ever read it:      “WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is a Gothic fiction classic by Shirley Jackson, first published in 1962. Something I love about Jackson’s writing is that I’m never sure if there are paranormal forces at work or not. You get an eerie feeling that something unnatural must be going on – things are just too weird – or maybe not?” Intriguing… Here is the link to the person behind the review:    Book of Secrets Good Reads Review  


        book cover blog want to read Losing Leah Tiffinay King

        One of my favorite sub genres  of fiction is psychological twisted mystery/suspense. Here we have another eerie cover. This is actually a Young Adult book, but some of them are good enough to read as an adult, Synopsis:  Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.
        Leah Klein’s life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―”Mother,” as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.
        As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia’s headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized. 




        book cover blog The Bones of You Debbie Howells

        Mixed reviews from my friends on Good Reads, but “Bones” in the title and a house like this on the cover grabs my attention. Another psychological mind bender thriller. What is it about:    Children who don’t die before their parents.      When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.
        Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.    



        book cover blog The Dry Jane Harper

        I think this was at the top or close to that for 2017 last years Good Reads Choice awards in the mystery category. For a debut novel it is and was a big deal in 2017 and still is. Somewhat like the popularity for the author: Paula Hawkins and her first book: “The Girl on the Train.” This book is so popular that after I put it on hold with our library to go in the state I checked the line for it to become available and unless some return it early or some do not actually check it out, you are looking at a year or more even with 4 copies to get it.

        Read about the summary of this book here:   Book “The Dry” on Good Reads


    • Charlotte Hoather 8:13 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I know what you mean by a book pile, I’m spending so much time learning music I haven’t had time for books, reading on trains makes me feel travel sick, but I’ve discovered audio books and enjoyed listening to Mansfield Park on a recent long journey. Happy reading.

      • blueribbonfair 1:02 am on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Audio books are great. I am sure it is hard to fit a lot of extras in. Riding on trains would be fun but I imagine it get tedious and long if you do it a lot.

        • Charlotte Hoather 4:18 pm on April 26, 2018 Permalink

          The first two hours are fine and pass quickly but the next three hours it seems longer and longer without a film to watch on my iPad or music studying and listening or an audio book if I need brain rest 😂

        • blueribbonfair 11:25 pm on April 26, 2018 Permalink

          That is a rather long time for sure.

    • veronicahaunanifitzhugh 10:37 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      i know what you mean about falling in love with the people in our pages. 🙂

    • Shauna 1:18 am on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t really looked at my tbr list on Goodreads….I’m more concerned about all the books I have in my home that still need to be read! I keep adding things onto Goodreads so I don’t run out and buy more! 😉

      • blueribbonfair 2:17 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Hope you can get to some of them. You really have a lot on your plate.

        • Shauna 1:40 am on May 13, 2018 Permalink

          Thank you. Good luck with your books as well! 🙂

  • blueribbonfair 12:04 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2016, , books to read, favorite books, , , , , , top reads   

    Top Reads 4 Me 2016 

    I had 11 top books for the year. Wish I could have added more. Unfortunately, there were more books I either could not finish or could hardly finish(to me, anyway) they were so bad.)

    I am so excited to share the books I loved to read this past year:

    I really do not read anything but Mystery, Crime, Suspense and thriller. I especially like psychological suspense which seems to be hard to do really well.

    My books in order, though this was not easy to do since many books are somewhat as good as the other:





    Twisted Psychological suspense especially in a first novel. Part Summary: A stunning debut novel in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter’s life, sifting through her emails, texts, and social media to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.







    Hard decision between the 1st 2. The twisted ending for both of these books was like an extreme roller coaster ride. Speaking of amusement park rides, I love them. Hence this cover was a big draw for me.  Part Summary: Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse. A different read with it being told rather backward.






    This book had to be at the top of the list. Grief-stricken and full of dark sadness, but spellbinding. I cried and cried at the ending because of the story, but also that I found out it was the series end. A depressed but great investigator finally discovers the mystery of his what took place in his past when he was a kid which totally brought on major depression. The dark setting of the book, snow-covered and freezing environment of Iceland added to the mood. I have fallen in love with Iceland because of this series, though.





    Another hard to put down psychological suspense volume with a twisted ending with a young man hero.  Part Summary: Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend.






    I found this book in the teen (YA) section of my library while waiting for my daughter to find books she wanted to read. It sounded good and since I sometimes read YA books, I thought I would give it a try.  I Now I plan to read the other 2 of the series. My daughter does not like books like this so she did not care to read it. Only for mature teens like her I would think.   Part Summary:  What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad? Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer…..







    Moving to Sweden from an Iceland setting as in #3 above, this is the 2nd book by this author I have read. Loved her last one though it has been awhile between both books. Slow start, but hit full speed and gripped me after a few chapters in. Part Summary: Christian Thydell’s dream has come true: his debut novel, The Mermaid, is published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever?

    When crime writer Erica Falck, who discovered Christian’s talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the author’s mysterious past…

    Meanwhile, one of Christian’s closest friends is missing……….






    Finally got one of this author’s books read; Have wanted to try on by him for a while. High action crime investigation Suspense. Part Summary: Jordan Glass becomes both hunter and hunted in a search for the anonymous artist-an obsessed killer who seems to know more about Jordan and her family than she is prepared to face…






    If you got this far, “Thank You.” Approx 3/4 done.

    This book was lower rated and I had never heard of this author before. I found her looking for books on my “go” audio library. I expected a dud. ( That library seems to produce duds 50% of the time.) Though the protagonist of the book was slightly unbelievable in her over the top tough girl to extreme FBI agent; the book was an exciting and inspirational for strength to me at least. The cult aspect was different and interesting also.Part summary:   Eight years ago, a man took five-year-old Hannah from her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into a world of a cult known as The Chosen. Now, the childhood survivors of The Chosen turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help, knowing that she is the only chance of stealing Hannah back.





    A well-known suspense/ mystery writer.  Usually like most of his books.  Some low-end reviews here, but I did not like to put the book down to do what I should be doing, like My blog LOL.  Part Summary: Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to?



    blog-favorite-book-2016-i   10.

    My 2nd venture into Young Adult reading after seeing a list of books with twisted ending not to miss on Pinterest. It lived up to the list suggestion. If not for the horrific and dreadful conclusion of this book it would have not been a top read for me this year. The whole book really went nowhere and I kept hoping all the loose stories would show the point to the whole mess. Then the ending. The only book on my favorite shelf this year all because of the startling ending. (If you have watched the “6th Sense” movie, you may get how the ending was here.) Part summary: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.

    So breathe a sigh of Relief as we are at the end……


    blog-favorite-book-2016-l   11.

    Finally, a humorous, fun lighthearted volume. The best cozy mystery I had read in a while written by a friend of mine on “Good Reads.” It is also set in an amusement park rides setting like some of “# 2” was. Part summary: When the owner of a traveling carnival is strangled—not once but twice—on opening night of the summer fair in Hollydale, the police surmise he was not well liked. As the head of Hollydale’s citizen’s association and local liaison with the carnival, Damon Lassard feels obligated to help his dear friend, Detective Gerry Sloman, solve the crime.


    Link to my shelf on “Good Reads” which is a major reading book social site:

    Good Read’s Shelf











  • blueribbonfair 11:58 pm on August 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books to read, , cooling off, fiction, , , hot summer, , social anxiety disorder, summer reads, , wild child survival story   

    It is so Hot in here: 

    It’s So Hot…….

    I Just want to lay under the drip hose over my back and

    Read a Summer Book:

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    A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #1)

    Julie of the Wolves (Julie of the Wolves, #1)

    A Play of Isaac (Joliffe the Player, #1)

    What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder

    The Cypress House

    The Last Thing I Remember (The Homelanders #1)

    One Kick (Kick Lannigan, #1)

    A few books I have sitting on my “to Read” list discovered on Good Reads. https://www.goodreads.com/

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