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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Governor General's Children's Lit Shortlist

The shortlist was announced today for Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards in the category of children's literature. There are awards for French, English, text and illustration. I'm interested in the English text award and plan to try and read all five shortlisted titles of which I have so far read zero. Sadly, my library only has two of the titles in circulation so I had to put the other three on Inter Library Loan. Hopefully, I'll receive them in time to read before the winner is announced on November 27.

Historical fiction is the theme of the day as each of the five titles takes place in the past: an American painter, escaped slaves in Ontario, 1960's space program, the explorer Henry Hudson, and a Hungarian Jew in Auschwitz. I'm very excited to read each of these.

The shortlist:

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: The Story of a Painting by Hugh Brewster

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis -

Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence

The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson (Review here)

Kanada by Eva Wiseman

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