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  • blueribbonfair 6:34 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Catherine Burns, , In The Woods, , , mystery books, , reading, , 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 12:04 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2016, , , favorite books, , , reading, , , 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 8:21 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: always reading, , learning to read, love of reading, 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 3:38 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , book blogging, book meme, classic reads, famous book lines, , reading, 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 4:45 pm on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , positve, reading   

    Find myself falling into the pages of a new book-like Alice in wonderland daily as a vacation I can go to for a song. Hey, give me credit for the positive today……

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