A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, July 2, 2007


Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

pages: 247
finished: July 2, 2007
Awards: 2005 Pulitzer Prize, 2005 Melcher Award
Reason for Reading: July selection for the Pulitzer Yahoo Reading group
Rating: 4/5

first sentence:

I told you last night that I might be gone sometime, and you said, Where, and I said, To be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I'm old, and you said, I don't think you're old.

Recommend: Yes. This is book that satisfies your soul. It is a story with very little plot and not much really happens but it leaves you with a sense of fulfillment, a sense of contentment. Reading the book reminded me of sitting at the lake with feet dangling into the water and simply being.


  1. I saw a copy sitting on the shelf in the bookstore and picked it up to look at. I didn't purchase it though, deciding to first see what the buzz was about it. And here you are posting about it! :-) I'll have to add this one to my wishlist. Thanks for the review!

  2. One of my absolute favorites. I rated it 5/5.

  3. I'm not odd man out here; I hated this book. :) It may have been because I was on a road trip, so my reading time wasn't as concentrated as it usually is while at home, so the story dragged for me. Different strokes...right?