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  • blueribbonfair 1:31 am on April 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anne Perry, book reviews, books, , 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 6:34 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books, Catherine Burns, , In The Woods, , , mystery books, , , , Sarah Schmidt, See what I have done, Tana French, The visitors, thriller reads   

    Books in November 

    Here are the Books I am reading this month; I do not read as much as I used since I have so much to do……….

    book visitors blog beautiful cover Catherine Burns 2017

    My update on what I think of it: I’m on page 86 of 288 of The Visitors: This book is creepy because of the odd characters in it, rather slow to do anything.; But there is an undertone to the book and hopefully, it will hit what the jacket cover said more and at least at the 1/2 way mark.  

    Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

    Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

    As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side.

    See What I Did book black raven blog beautiful cover

    In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

    On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed, Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

    As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.




    Not a page turner, but good enough to keep me reading. I may add more book since I am close to finishing a couple of them.



    book in the woods tana french blog

     A gripping thriller and New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
    Richly atmospheric and stunning in its complexity, In the Woods is utterly convincing and surprising to the end.

    Look for French’s new mystery, The Trespasser, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

    I am reading this one over again. Such a good story.




    • kathyscottage 9:33 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Creepy.

    • aj vosse 7:33 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you find time to read and rate mine too… one day when you have a moment to spare. It will be easier than these three… mine is a collection of short stories, read one or two, put it to rest for a day or so and so on! 😉

      • blueribbonfair 7:16 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Are you on Good Reads? and by your name here?

        • aj vosse 8:08 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink

          No… the short story collection is available on Kindle… just click on the link in the right sidebar of my blog… the eye-catching mustard yellow… The Lucky Thirteen! Thanks!! 😉

        • blueribbonfair 7:36 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink


    • RITU RAJ 9:14 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am Khushboo. I am an upcoming writer. You probably know me through my blog. I recently launched my book on Amazon. The name of the book is COMPLICATED US. I was hoping if you could review it. Please contact me at khushbooranimahato2308@gmail.com and let me know if you can do a review. Eagerly waiting for your reply

      • blueribbonfair 7:14 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I only have a desktop. I used to have a kindle, but it was used so much it broke. I have not been able-though I want one-to get one at this time. And my phone? I just won a book on Goodreads and it was a kindle book They said I could put it on my phone, but gave up trying to figure it out when it kept saying we are having trouble getting this on your phone. I have to follow up on it contacting them soon. I cannot read on my desktop either because it hurts my eyes and Chronic pain if I sit too long. If I get the android going with the other book, I would do it. It sounds like a great book.

        • RITU RAJ 7:18 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink

          I understand that you are having some problems now. Word according to your convinence, no rush. If at all I can, I’ll try to provide you with a paperback.
          By the way, your blog is awesome, I love it. It is awesome complication of everything good.
          Yes I am on Goodreads. Name- KHUSHBOO

        • blueribbonfair 7:37 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink

          I will look you up when I get back on there.

      • blueribbonfair 7:16 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Are you on Goodreads?

    • Christy B 11:26 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So much to read, so little time 🙂

      • blueribbonfair 2:14 am on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I know it. I used to read every book through even if I did not like the book. I now quit them and do not waste my time on them.

  • blueribbonfair 3:36 am on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book lovers, book recommendations, books, good books, great reads, hard to put down books, reading now, , top books   

    Let’s Read 

    A blogger I followed let her followers know that today is: National Reading Day


    Books I cannot put down:


  • blueribbonfair 12:04 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2016, books, , 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 11:55 pm on July 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , books, , Clocks and Corsets, , The Clocks   

    If you saw my post today with the clock picture for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, I thought for those that love books I would share some beautiful clock book covers. ( I add beautiful book covers to a board on Pinterest.)

  • blueribbonfair 4:38 am on February 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Snowflakes, Silver White Winters and Spring 

    Etsy christmas cards, canles ebay sweater 059

    Cards I created: Silver White winter on some Christmas cards.

    Etsy christmas cards, canles ebay sweater 057


    This is for Cee’s Fun Foto challenge this week at: http://ceenphotography.com/2015/02/03/cees-fun-foto-challenge-my-favorite-things-verse-three/.

    cherry art2012-01-04 10.57.48

    My art: “Spring” Cherries under raindrops falling into a wheelbarrow.

  • blueribbonfair 11:59 pm on November 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: achievements, books, , , , , handmade selling, online selling, retail, ,   

    The Achievement(s) I need to Rejoice In 

    Ever since I first discovered Etsy many years back, I have wanted a shop to sell 2 things I love from: My handmade crafts and Vintage things. About a year ago, I finally achieved this. It has been slow going, baby step by baby step. Gathering and making things, taking photos (Cannot seem to get perfect in this aspect at all.) Listing, packaging, getting in mail. Keeping up with the shop as well as marketing and making contacts. This achievement will never end, but I have done it. I have sold a couple of things and I am up and running at a steady pace. 

    So for the Word Press Photo Challenge I am sharing some photos from my shop: 

    3D "Give Thanks" cute little home decor in frame.

    3D “Give Thanks” cute little home decor in frame.

    Little coffee ground guest soaps.

    Little coffee ground guest soaps.

    Little coffee guest soaps.

    Little coffee guest soaps.

    I hated to let this go. Candle making vintage kit. I loved the owl candles in it. It sold the first day.

    I hated to let this go. Candle making vintage kit. I loved the owl candles in it. It sold the first day.

    Here’s the link to the weekly challenge fun:  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/ Every Friday a new challenge.

    To check out my Etsy Shop. Would love any suggestions or thoughts: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DappledMoonEmporium?ref=ss_profile

    I am adding new stuff weekly.

  • blueribbonfair 6:47 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books, , , highly sensitive people, historical fiction, historical mystery novels, Kate Morton, , The House at Riverton: A Novel, weekend reads   

    The House at Riverton by Kate Morton -“Saturday Reads” Book review On “Good Reads” 

    This is a book review from one of my favorite authors I did on “Good Reads” today:The House at RivertonThe House at Riverton by Kate Morton

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Though I did find the aspects leading up to the climax of the story somewhat tedious and had thought this would be the first Morton story I gave a 3 too, the ending set it over a top to a 5. Why, you might ask. Let me explain: The story was long, but I really like a long book. (Long stories take longer to read, since I hate a good book to be over too soon.) Many reviewers on here said they did not care for the characters: I totally got attached to them. It was a good read for me because the end totally tore me up. I knew something horrible was coming, but I never knew it would be that way she did it. It was actually somewhat a horror scene for me because I could see how vibrant it was and felt the pull of being in any of the girl’s shoes when the climax stabbed like a knife to my heart. You see, I a am one of those people that happens to be what is called a highly sensitive person. I really try to stay away from sad books because of this. About once a year, I make an exception. At the same time, (though I know Morton’s books are melancholy) I never knew this one would tear me up and apart like I did. I really cried. I especially could know and believe I could feel how Hannah felt at the end. How Grace was haunted by the ghosts she was. Hurt that Grace did not tell the truth in later years, but knowing nothing could be done to remedy such a tragic tale. No matter what happened later. It is and was so really to me, I cry as I type this. I am just so melancholy and know, that though this is a fictional story, that such things do happen. History marches on and there is so much truth the book brings to me: It was almost like a horror story in the end. (and it was for all ,except maybe Grace and the characters surrounding her when she was older.

    I even had strange dreams last night, not really night mares, just strange.) The book did have loose ends somewhat which I did not care for, but then, isn’t that the way of “real life?” So anyway, I could give nothing but a 5 got the way the book moved me.

    A quote that fits me:

    “Better to lose oneself in action than to wither in despair.”

    Kate Morton, The House at Riverton


    http://youtu.be/48DGNftMM7s If you want to learn about highly sensitive people.

    I thought you might get a glimpse also into one of life “gifts” in my personality I deal with  also. A gift that is very hard on me alos at times. The video is helpful in learning how to use this gift to serve others and also control it so I can keep from damaging myself with more health problems or keep myself from worsening my pain, etc.

    This book is historical fiction with mystery. Do you like a book with both aspects or mystery and or historical fiction? Do you like fiction at all. Maybe You like it in other genres? Comment if you have the time, so I can know you better also. What do you read or not?


    View all my reviews

    • Ana Perry 4:07 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice post. A book review could be a nice series for you – weekly or monthly to help you increase your posting.

      • blueribbonfair 9:21 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I have thought of that; This is the first review I have been able to do in over a month. Thanks.I have not had time to read also like I used to. Audio books help a lot.

        • Ana Perry 12:39 am on October 21, 2014 Permalink

          I understand, I love to read but little time, audio books are invaluable. I wish there was an audio option on ebooks.

  • blueribbonfair 8:21 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: always reading, books, learning to read, love of reading, , reading blocks, ,   

    Reader’s Block: What’s the longest you’ve ever gone without reading a book (since learning how to read, of course)? Which book was it that helped break the dry spell?

    Such an easy question for me. Though I do go through spells where I am slower at reading my books or -as now-have less reading time-
    As far as I can recall since I learned to read in 1st grade, I have (NEVER) had a time I was not reading some book. All these years and I never ever thought about this question. quite a long stretch of book reading.


  • blueribbonfair 10:04 pm on June 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book challenges, book groups, books, , Good Reads groups, join reading challenges, Libraries, reading challenges, reading is fun, reading tasks, summer reading, Summer Reading book Challenges   

    Excited about Reading Challenge on Good Reads



    If you are on Good Reads or in any book club anywhere, you may participate in boo challenges.

    About a 1/2 month back I joined :

    The Seasonal Reading Challenge group. It is fun it seems, but really a lot of work; I spent over 6 hours preparing for the summer challenge which began yesterday. (Now you know where I was as I did not show up on WP. lol) The challenges run 4 times a year and as you probably guessed with each season.  RAH, RAH. the spring one was closing up when I took the plunge into the group so I was waiting for summer to hit.

    There are a lot of tasks to do. This is what took me so long. I just want to get to doing them and reading so I laid the ground work of picking books for tasks. Some books on my Kindle and some on my shelf I have not read yet, were added. Books I have to read for June in other groups that I could make fit into a task were written down. I also checked books that fit for specific tasks(after much time searching) to see if I could get them at the library. I may end up buying a couple, but 2 out of 40 is not bad. 

    This is going to be some work. I am truly exhilarated by it though.  I really have not set my sights on doing every job listed which may reach beyond 100 books in 3 months time, but I am giving it my best shot, reading (my favorite thing in the world) and doing something to make me reach  higher. You do win or earn things for completing the whole page, but I will earn the satisfaction or a race well done. Here is the list of tasks for those with ‘courage’ to check it out:



    One section of the tasks (copied and pasted.):


    15.1 – Moms and Dads
    Help Thread
    Read two books:
    Book A, by a female author, must be written during your mother’s lifetime, but not your own. Ex. – my mother was born in 1933 and I was born in 1953, so I would read a book by a female author first published in 1933-1952.
    Book B, a book written by a male author, during your father’s lifetime, but not your own.

    You need not state the exact years if you don’t want to, but you must state in your post that the book was first published during your mother’s/father’s lifetime and before you were born.

    This is one I am doing. 

    If you have read thus far, you see a link for a help thread. Each thread has help. (I feel sorry for those moderating; they must not have 3 retail internet businesses like me. lol) Especially if new, you need to get books you have picked okay-ed by a moderator and when you are finished with a task, post it as completed exactly as the task rule given.


    “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” 
    ― Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel


    Good Reads Link at top.



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