“Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson

Description from Goodreads.com

“James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family… and the dark secrets they’re keeping from one another.

On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: She was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. She can’t trust anyone -— maybe not even herself.

Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud’s intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents’ affairs is a dangerous — and revealing — game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?”

 

I would have to say my favorite genre of books is Young Adult fiction.  I find that these books are often well written and they move along quickly.  I always like a book that leaves you wanting more at the end of each chapter.  Most of the Young Adult fiction books that I read leave you hanging in suspense at the end of each chapter and make you want to push forward.  They are not overly descriptive which lets me create my own images and I can read them at a decent pace (I tend to be a slow reader).  I also like reading books that I can recommend to my children and help to encourage them to read more.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect, was definitely a quick read.  Each chapter is very short and ends with a lead into the next chapter.  It follows a teen girl, Tandy, whose parents have been found dead in the apartment and she and her brothers are suspects.  Tandy works on solving the case and learns a great deal about her parents in the process.  James Patterson does a great job portraying the characters and leaving the reader in suspense until the very end.  Just when you think you know who did it, you have no clue.  I like to try to solve the mysteries as I am reading (I am usually wrong).  This book definitely left me for a loop.

I would recommend this book to teens and adults that enjoy murder mysteries.  It is a suspenseful thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  James Patterson manages to put in a great deal of twists and turns leading up to an unsuspecting truth.

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Help Kids Enjoy Reading

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Reading has always been a passion of mine.  My mother told me that when I was a toddler (before I could read), I would grab stacks of books and tell the stories how I remembered them or make something up.  I don’t think there has ever been a time when I didn’t enjoy reading.  Okay, that isn’t true.  I really don’t enjoy reading text books.  I learned to skim through those in college.

I have two children who love to read as well, but it wasn’t always that way.  Trying to get my kids to read was a very difficult task to start with and I couldn’t understand why.  How could they not love reading as much as I love to read?  When I brought this dilemma up to my husband, he informed me that he didn’t like to read until he was an adult.  I was in shock because my husband reads all the time.  But I guess as a child/teen it seemed more like a chore to him.

I thought about what my husband had said and decided I didn’t want reading to seem like a chore for my kids.  It should be enjoyable.  So, I set out to make reading fun.

I started out by giving the kids incentives to read more.  I made reading charts and they got to put stickers on their chart for every 15 minutes of reading they completed.  Once their chart was complete they could get something from the bookstore.  That worked a little to start with, but the kids got bored with the chart, and they were content on not getting a prize.

The next thing I tried was finding books they would enjoy.  I would take them to the library and let them look for different books they wanted, and also made some suggestions of my own.  I had done quite a bit of research for what was popular based on their age groups.  My daughter, who is the oldest, finally go into the “Ivy and Bean” series by Annie Barrows, when she was around 7 or 8.  She ended up reading the entire series and moved on to other series like “Nancy Clancy” by Jane O’Conner, as she got older.  Now, at age 11, she enjoys the “Whatever After” series by Sarah Mlynowski , and the “Dork Diaries” by Rachel Renee Russell.  She also enjoys mysteries and wants to read some of the books I’ve read.

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My son was also difficult.  But I had learned from my daughter that it was just a matter of finding the right book.  To start with, I discovered that he liked history and stories based on actual events.  Together we discovered the “I Survived” series by Lauren Tarshis .  Each book follows a different child surviving an historical event.  My son then moved on to the “Jedi Academy” series by Jeffrey Brown, and he still likes to re-read those books.  He is now 9 and loves the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney, and graphic novels (not too graphic).

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I learned that in order to make reading fun for my kids I needed to listen to them and discover what would interest their minds.  My kids are now very avid readers, and I have since reinstated the reading chart.  Now we have a little family reading competition that has been going on for about a year.  Every time someone finishes a book within their reading level, they mark it on their chart.  First one to read 100 books gets a special prize that we all agreed would be suitable.  This has helped to encourage everyone in the house to read more, and makes for some friendly competition.  So far my son is winning.

2017 Is Here

It is now 2017 and we are going into it with some crazy weather.  We have had snow and ice all this week.  I have missed two days of work, and I don’t know what tomorrow holds.  Will the roads be clear? Will I make it to work?  I sure hope so.

Since I have been stuck at home I have been able to work on some projects.   I am working on a special blanket for my husband and me.  We have been in our new house for a year now, and I had been recording the daily temperature for that first year.  The colors of each row of the blanket are determined by the temperature of the day they represent.  I still have a ways to go.

I have also been able to get a lot of reading done, and cleaning.  Of course, with my new roomba I got for Christmas, I can multi task pretty well.

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Yup, 2017 is here and it has brought crazy weather and productivity.  Now I need to get to work on my 2017 health goals. 😉

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