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  • blueribbonfair 12:04 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2016, , , favorite books, , Good Reads, , , , 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: , , cooling off, fiction, , Good Reads, 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/

  • blueribbonfair 10:04 pm on June 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book challenges, book groups, , Good Reads, 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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  • blueribbonfair 3:38 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , book blogging, book meme, classic reads, famous book lines, Good Reads, , reading questions, story   

    June Meme: Question #11 

    June Meme: Question #11. So I found this beautiful blog with a question while meandering around WP. The question being, what opening lines of classic books are your favorite. I liked it so well, I shared it on my blog. I love to read and I see almost any book and my chest flutters with joy. Books have been there when I had no one.

    I answered the question that was asked and will post the answer below in the comment section. I cannot help but put these books on here and brag on them since I love these two books.

    • blueribbonfair 3:35 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Rebecca by [Daphne Du Maurier] “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” And
      The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, “Mrs. Ferrars died on the night of the 16th-l7th September-a Thursday.” Agatha Christi.

      • Darlington Delights 3:09 am on June 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Rebecca is one of my favorites. You just can’t find authors like Daphe Du Maurier anymore can you!?!?

        • blueribbonfair 2:12 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink

          I know it. I love that book. suspense, mystery, beauty, horror, history, romance. Perfect. Thanks for the comment. I guess she has some other books, though not as well known. I would like to find them also.

    • kyrian777 7:50 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing this!

    • blueribbonfair 8:55 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply


  • blueribbonfair 7:51 pm on April 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Good Reads, posting, ,   

    I have 2 other posts I would love to blog today, but I am running out of time. I also do not want to overwhelm the system, so will make myself content in heading to http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3804182-karen. I noticed I need to update my blog to WP on there. Never ends.

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