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.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

130. Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

Pages: 233
Finished: Dec. 9, 2007
Reason for Reading: Newbery Project
First Published: 1998
Awards: Newbery Medal
Genre: children
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

Comments: Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake after being convicted of a crime he did not commit. At Green Lake, the inmates must dig a 5ft (in every direction) hole each and every day. It is here at this unlikely place that Stanley meets his destiny. This was such a wonderful story! I can't believe I waited so long to read it. All the characters (especially Stanley and the other boys) were so interesting and I loved the flashbacks that brought Stanley's heritage together with his present and ultimately his destiny. An unusual tale with a heartwarming ending. Highly recommended.


  1. I REALLY need to read this book!! I picked up a copy at a library sale a few months back, but I just haven't found the time to read it. Looks like I need to make time!!

  2. Yes, do. I think you'll really like it. It's a quick read too so you should be able to squeeze it in :-)

  3. Oh, I love this one! And it's one of the few books that was made into a film that I enjoyed just as much! The only quibble I had with the film was that the character of Stanley was much slimmer than the one in the book (Hollywood has its rules, I suppose). This is definitely a book I plan to reread. Thanks for the review!

  4. Darla, I haven't seen the movie yet and now I'm dying to see it. Can't wait!

  5. I hadn't heard of this one until the movie.

    And my hats off to you for your insane reading habits! Are you up to a book-a-day or what?!

  6. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

  7. hee,hee, john. I've been known to read a book in a day but not every day!

  8. Thanks for the review. My book club is reading it this year, and I'm curious about how much I'll enjoy it. From your comments, it sounds very promising.

  9. I love this book too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. I found this on the Saturday Review of Books.