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, August 20, 2007

R.I.P. II Challenge

The R.I.P. Challenge will be starting soon and I am so excited to join this time around! This is my absolute, most favourite genre. I'm tempted to put all my other reading on hold and read nothing but scary, creepy tales until October 31st. I'm signing up for Peril the First, where we must read 4 qualifying books between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31.

Hopefully I will read more than 4, I'd actually like to read at least 10. Here is my list of possible reads based on what I have here at home already:

I will read these for sure:
1. Gossamer by Lois Lowry - a haunting tale of the bestowers of dreams and their counterparts, the Sinisteeds who inflict nightmares. - Review here
2. Pure Dead Wicked by Debi Gliori - the second book in the series about the gothic Strega-Borgia family, sort-of a Scottish Addams Family. - Review here.
3. High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Robertson Davies
4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyers - DNF

I'd like to include Dirty Job (Review here)by Christopher Moore, but I'm not sure if it would qualify. It's dark and supernatural but it's humourous so it may not qualify.

Others to Choose From:
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (fictionalized Victorian true crime)
2. The Curse of the Blue Figurine by John Bellairs (and any others in the Johnny Dixon series)
3. Carrie by Stephen King - Review here
4. Salem's Lot by Stephen King
5. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray - Review here
6. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (and any others in the series)
7. Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr - Review here
8. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (or any others by her)
9. Death at the Priory by James Ruddick (Victorian true crime- NF)
10. anything by Dean Koontz
11. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
12. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
13. Lirael by Garth Nix
14. The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly
15. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
16. anything by Shirley Jackson
17. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan - Review here
18. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
19. The Vampire LeStat by Anne Rice
20. Buffy or Angel books (my guilty pleasures)
21. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - Review here.


  1. Interesting list! I haven't read any of the books on your main list, but am intrigued by the Debi Gliori series - will have to look that up.

    Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier would be a great choice, or Jamaica Inn, which is my favourite of hers. Jamaica Inn would be an excellent book for the RIP challenge.

  2. Cool list, I haven't heard of many of them! I loved Nix's Abhorsen trilogy, so I highly recommend Lirael, and The Vampire Lestat is an awesome book! Have fun with that mighty impressive list!

  3. Very nice list! I really liked Lirael, and The Golden Compass and The Vampire Lestat are among my favourite books.

  4. You should read Rebel Angels, the third book in that trilogy comes out in December. I am really looking forward to it!

    Good luck on the challenge!

  5. Nicelist. I haven't read any of them so I can't wait to read your reviews.

  6. Great list of books! The Gliori sounds really interesting. Will look forward to reading your reviews.

  7. Great list! I hope you enjoy Gossamer. I love Lois Lowry's work, and I thought Gossamer was lovely.

  8. I totally didn't know that Robertson Davies wrote ghost stories!! I can't wait to read your review about the book - I love his writing!

  9. I haven't heard of many of the books on your lists, but I have heard the Golden Compass is very good.

  10. Eclipse is also on my list. I'll have to re-read New Moon before I get to it, though. I have such a major crush on Edward Cullen. Rawr.

    Good luck! I might steal some of the books off your list, if not for this challenge, then for future general reading.

    Goodness. I wish I could quit my job and just read full time.

  11. I really need to read the Stephanie Meyers series. Maybe by next year, it will all be out in paperback. I love the sound of "Gossamer." So many great-sounding titles here, I look forward to your reviews.