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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, December 30, 2007

Books to Read in 2008

Dewey posted a fabulous list of all her challenge books for next year. I thought I'd do one too!

Man Booker Challenge ends Dec. (5 more to go)

The Gathering (Enright)
Life of Pi (Martel)
The God of Small Things (Roy)
The English Patient (Ondaatje)
Hotel Du Lac (Brookner)
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Cary


Christopher Moore Challenge (ends Apr. 1, 2009) (6 books)

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Bloodsucking Fiends
You Suck (sequel to above)
Coyote Blue
Island of the Sequined Love Nun
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
and just in case it comes out early in the year his new forthcoming book is
Fool (expected to be published in 2009)

Book Awards II Challenge (4 more to go) (Aug1-June1, 2009)
1. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale Samuel Johnson Award for Nonfiction
2. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting Newbery Medal
3. Postmortem by Patricia Cromwell Macavity Award, 1st novel
4. The Birchbark Tree by Louise Erdrich WILLA Award
5. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan Bellwether Prize
6. The Line Painter by Claire Cameron Northern Lit Award

The next challenges/projects don't have any specific requirements or end dates.

Cardathon Challenge - link
(currently working on the Ender books)

Shadow of the Hegemon
Shadow Puppets
Shadow of the Giant
First Meetings in the Enderverse
War of Gifts
Ender in Exile

Chronological Stephen King
Rage
The Shining
Night Shift

Newbery Project
see progress here

GRTB Game on LibraryThing
read books as they are chosen
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (Jan)
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George (Feb)
Alias Grace by Maragret Atwood (Mar)
Pig Island by Mo Hayder (May)
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

A-Z Challenge - link
fit in books reading for other challenges
Still Need:
Authors - Q, U, X, Z
Titles - X, Y, Z

Geographical Project - link
fit in books as they are read

FINISHED in 2008

Book Awards Challenge I - FINISHED

1. The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Cary

Canadian Challenge ends July 1 FINISHED
45. Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel (read Jan. 2008)
plus four books already listed

First in a Series Challenge ends Dec. FINISHED

2. Cirqe du Freak by Darren Shan
3. Gunpowder Empire by Harry Turtledove
4. Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart
5. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
6. The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
7. Destiny by Alex Archer
8. The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
9. Birdman by Mo Hayder
10. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
11. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
12. Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
13. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

Once Upon a Time Challenge (Mar. 21 - Jun. 20) FINISHED
5. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
4. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
3. The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
2. The Silver Treasure: Myths and Legends of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean
1. The Wrath of Mulgarath by Holly Black

Pub '08 Challenge ends Dec. FINISHED
1. The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone
2. A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock
3. Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman
4. The Arthurian Omen by G.G. Vandagriff
5. The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber
6. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
7. Black Ships by Jo Graham
8.The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell

Short Story Challenge FINISHED
Best American Short Stories 2007
High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Robertson Davies
Night Shift by Stephen King
Across the Wall by Garth Nix

YA Challenge - FINISHED

Madapple by Christina Meldrum
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
The Eyes of a King by Catherine Banner
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
The Serpent's Egg by J. Fitzgerald McCurdy
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
Up to Low by Brian Doyle
Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan
Gunpowder Empire by Harry Turtledove
Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel

Southern Challenge - FINISHED
1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
3. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross

Chunkster Challenge ends Dec. FINISHED
Kept: A Victoria Mystery by D.J. Taylor
Pig Island by Mo Hayder
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Shining by Stephen King

Medical Mystery Challenge - FINISHED
1. The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
2. Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass
3. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

Decades Challenge ends Dec. - FINISHED

1900s Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
1910s Peter Pan by JM Barrie
1920s The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
1930s Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
1940s Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
1950s Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus
1960s James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
1970s Abel's Island by William Steig

RIP III Challenge (Sept.1 to Oct. 31) (2-5 books) - FINISHED

1. The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan
2. Hunters of the Dusk by Darren Shan
3. The Mystery of Mary Rogers by Rick Geary
4. Night Runner by Max Turner
5. Faces of Fear by John Saul

Canadian Book Challenge 2 - FINISHED
1. The Seance by Iain Lawrence
2. The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker Saskatchewan
3. Newton and the Time Machine by Michael McGowan
4. The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service Yukon
5. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
6. Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel
7. Jolted by Arthur Slade
8. Getting the Girl by Susan Juby BC
9. Night Runner by Max Turner Ontario
10. Bookweird by Paul Glennon
11. The Shadow of Malabron by Thomas Wharton
12. My Name is Number 4 by Ting-Xing Ye
13. Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help by Douglas Anthony Cooper

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