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.

Friday, September 28, 2007

#83. The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Pages: 530
Finished: Sept. 27, 2007
Reason for Reading: I've been reading so many good reviews of this that I just had to read it myself
First Published: 2007
Genre: children fiction, historical
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

The story I am about to share with you takes place in 1931, under the roofs of Paris.

Comments: This is a wonderful book! It is a beautiful, captivating story. I hadn't realized beforehand that it was about a real person involved with the first movies ever made. The time period and the movie history was fascinating, the characters sweet and the story was fast paced. The book itself is also an invention of a new way of reading. Illustrations propel the story along and are used in such a unique way to show the action. Near the end of the book there is a chase scene which is told completely through pages of illustration and it is a brilliantly intense part of the story. I hope others will take the cue from the book and would really like to see more books told in this fascinating new format.


  1. I've never bothered to pick this book up and flip through it, simply because it's gotten such rave reviews I just stuck it straight onto the wish list. You're killing me. Maybe I'll find it in the library, soon (it's always checked out, darn it!).

  2. This book is just so PRETTY!! One of these days maybe I'll pick it up!

  3. I love this book - and I after I read it, I read it out loud to my whole family while we were on vacation this summer. They all loved it, and a few weeks ago we watched a documentary about Georges Melies, the filmmaker from the book. It contained many of his short films, and it was fascinating! This novel is definitely one of my favorite books I've read this year.

  4. I picked this up a little while ago and really should sit down and read it one of these days.