Friday, August 9, 2019

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is Back at It with a New "Beyond the Bizarre!" Book and Special Anniversary Edition Magazine -- Both Are Must Haves for Fans of Ripley's #BelieveItorNot (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


If you follow my blog regularly, then you may recall a post I did back in June announcing how Ripley's Believe It or Not! was celebrating 100 Years.  


If you missed my post, which featured a selection of this year's Ripley's releases, you can read it here:  In addition to receiving the Ripley's Annual book, I was also sent a couple other of their books commemorating this amazing milestone, including a book geared towards kids, which both of my girls absolutely loved!  I had so many readers reaching out through email and through my social channels sharing some of their favorite bizarre yet fascinating Ripley's stories they have read over the years, and how they couldn't wait to pick up the new annual Ripley's Believe It or Not! book to add to their growing Ripley's collection.  I knew I wasn't alone in finding these annual books fun to read, and perfect for the coffee table, but to hear so many readers share their whole family's love of these books, just like my family, made me see why Ripley's has been around and is still going strong after 100 years. It truly is amazing how they continue to weird and creep you out with new stories, and draw you in with their books and fascinating facts, as you have to see with your own eyes what you are reading. And, thanks to full color photos, Ripley's delivers in showing proof that the stories and facts they are sharing are real.  You will do a double take with their books, and want to tell all about what you had just read to family and friends, who unless they see the photos probably not believe what they are hearing.  That is what makes Ripley's Believe It or Not! series so popular and enjoyable!

Recently, I went to the mailbox and found two new Ripley's titles waiting for me.  I had no idea they were coming, or were releasing, but was happy to find this surprise in my mailbox.  If you are a true Ripley's fan or you just find these oh so weird stories and facts titillating to read, then you will want to check out these new releases.  

Note: This magazine is only available on new stands until 9/6/19, so be sure to pick up your copy of this offical special anniversary edition magazine now before it sells out, or is removed from the store shelves.

I have been reading Ripley's Believe It or Not! books for years, but rarely find their magazines in stores.  So, it was a nice surprise to find this magazine celebrating Ripley's 100 years in the mailbox.  Not only did it feature a section about the all-new television series that you can catch on the Trvl Channel Sundays at 9/8C, just like with the annual releases, this magazine was chock full of outrageous oddities and fascinating facts, all of which will have you scratching your head in bewilderment and amazement, while doing a double take the full-color photos.  From astounding animals to shrunken heads and even a section all about the history behind Ripley's, fans of the books and new television series will love flipping through the pages of this collectible special anniversary edition magazine.  

We have only had this magazine for a couple weeks, but it has already been read a few times each by my husband and myself. And, whenever friends or family come to visit, this is the first thing they reach for from the coffee table, to take a closer look.  I will definitely be keeping my eyes out in the future for more Ripley's magazines, as it is nice to have these to display on the coffee table, or to throw in you bag and read on the go.  While there were some stories I had heard or read about in the past, most of what fills the pages of this special edition was new to me, and enjoyable to read.  It was hard to put the magazine down the first time I picked it up to read.  

In addition the above mentioned special anniversary edition magazine, the folks at Ripley's also sent along their all new "Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Beyond the Bizarre!" hard cover book for my review and enjoyment.  I had this on my wish list of books to pick up, so was excited to finally get my hands on this upcoming August 27th release, before it hits store shelves.  

More about this book:

"Beyond the Bizarre!, the 16th book in the bestselling series from Ripley's Believe It or Not!, is filled with all the unbelievable stories and images you've been waiting for. You'll be blown away by this all-true, all-new collection featuring incredible facts, unexpected stories, and stunning photography. Beyond the Bizarre! is sure to amaze and astound children and adults alike.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Beyond the Bizarre! is filled with thousands of strange stories, unusual feats, and hair-raising oddities from around the world. Discover how one man lived in a sand castle for 20 years and read about the cat with 28 toes—it’s all weird and all true! Bursting with vibrant and eye-catching photos, as well as submissions from our dedicated readers, this book is a must-have for every Ripley’s fan."

My Thoughts:

OMG! Let me just say you don't want to be reaching for this book before read to unwind, as most, if not all of the stories and images that fill the pages of this upcoming release will blow you mind and freak you out (in a good but weird way).  Leave it to the folks at Ripley's to put together another great book filled with out of this world strange bizarro stories with photos to back it up, to prove that what you just read is so true!  

My girls were the first to read this book, as I was caught up flipping through the special edition magazine. But, just hearing them talk about what they had just read, made me want to get my hands on this book and see for myself the hair-raising oddities from all over the globe.  From digital ink to an armless archer, Ripley's doesn't hold back the most bizarre and strange stories.  While some photos may have you quickly looking away as they may be gross, most of the stories and images will draw you in and want to learn more about these hair raising oddities.

With just over 250 pages, fans of Ripley's will have yet another fascinating book to add to their coffee table, just in time for the upcoming holiday season.  I know for my family who comes to visit around Thanksgiving and Christmas, they are always looking for the newest Ripley's book to flip through.  And, every year, they are amazed that Ripley's outdoes themselves with more outrageous and weird stories, that gets everyone in the room talking.

I could go on and on about how great this new release it, but if you are a fan of Ripley's then you already know about this upcoming this release, and know that none of the books in the Ripley's series disappoints!  So, now that you are done reading my blog post, head on over to Amazon to pre-order this book, and then get ready to be amazed and bewildered all at the same time.  And, while you are placing your order, why not pick up the special edition magazine, too.  It is yet another great Ripley's release worth checking out, and to share with family and friends.

You can learn all about these and other recent and upcoming Ripley's Believe It or Not! titles by visiting  These books would make for great gift ideas this upcoming holiday season, especially for those hard to shop for people on your list.


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