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  • 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:

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  • 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:

     

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    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.

     

     

     

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    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.

     

     

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    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.

     

     

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    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.

     

     

     

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    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…..

     

     

     

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    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……….

     

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    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…

     

     

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    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.

     

     

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    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?

     

     

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    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……

     

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    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:

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  • 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.)

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

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

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    Snowflakes.

    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/.

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    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, reading books,   

    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.

    /dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/readers-blhttpock/

     
  • 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

    https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/21757-the-seasonal-reading-challenge

     

    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:

     

    https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1823521-summer-challenge-2014-tasks

    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.
    AND
    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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  • blueribbonfair 8:39 pm on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beautiful quotes, best quotes, books, , life is a book, life quotes, pages of your life, , Rabbi Harold Kushner quotes |, words on books   

    “I would rather… 

    “I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it,the more it begins to come together and make sense.”

    Author : Rabbi Harold Kushner quotes  |

     

     

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  • blueribbonfair 9:05 pm on August 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books, books on the zoo, DR. Seuss, kid's books,   

    Thought for Thursday- Zoo 

    MEMORIES: I still have this book. One of my favorites. I am hoping to do some postings on the zoo visit we did on Monday. Does anyone remember this book? Is pretty long, but a great story and funny pictures.

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    Must have worn my mom out to read this. This was not at all like the zoo we went to. I am still wondering where that place is.

     
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