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.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

YA Challenge

I read a lot of YA and children's books but most of the authors I read are either British or American. So I am working on a personal challenge to read more Canadian YA and children's books next year. Then I saw Joy had planned a YA Challenge for 2008. This should help me keep on track with my goal. All the books I've chosen are either by a Canadian author or take place in Canada

Rules: read 12 YA books in 2008

1. The Serpent's Spell by Rae Bridgman

2. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

3. The Aquanauts by John Lunn

4. Megiddo's Shadow by Arthur Slade

5. The Serpent's Egg by J. Fitzgerald McCurdy

6. Porcupine by Meg Tilly

7. Rex Zero and the End of the World by Tim Wynne-Jones

8. Johnny Kellock Died Today by Hadley Dyer

9. Up to Low by Brian Doyle

10. The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac

11. The Canning Season by Polly Horvath

12. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel


  1. Great idea, Nicola, to combine your personal challenge with the YA Challenge. I'm glad you joined us! :)

  2. Hi Nicola,

    Great challenge to set yourself! Thought you may like to know that the sequel to "The Serpent's Spell" came out this past spring---"Amber Ambrosia." And the third book is due out in spring 2008!

    Happy reading!

    cheers, Rae Bridgman

  3. Thanks for stopping by Rae! I'm looking forward to reading your books.