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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
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Books Read in 2008

This is an ongoing list of every book I read in 2008.

TOTAL = 194

January: 21
1. Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel -YA animal fantasy
2. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket -children, gothic (R/A)
3. Kept: A Victorian Mystery by D.J. Taylor -historical fiction
4. The Serpent's Egg by J. Fitzgerald McCurdy -YA fantasy
5. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan -YA fantasy
6. Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart -YA fantasy
7. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket -children, gothic (R/A)
8. Indelible by Karin Slaughter mystery, thriller
9. Little Pear and His Friends by Eleanor Frances Lattimore children fiction
10. Abhorsen by Garth Nix -YA fantasy
11. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin -NF, memoir
12. Rage by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) -fiction
13. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater -children fiction (R/A)
14. The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black -children, fantasy (R/A)
15. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey -historical fiction
16. The Best American Short Stories 2007 -short stories, anthology
17. High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Robertson Davies -short stories
18. The Iron Staircase by Georges Simenon -fiction
19. Strange Events: Incredible Canadian Monsters, Curses, Ghosts and Other Tales by Johanna Bertin -NF, paranormal
20. Faithless by Karin Slaughter mystery, thriller
21. The Apple and the Arrow by Mary & Conrad Buff children, historical fiction (R/A)

February: 24
22. Empress of Asia by Adam Lewis Schroeder -historical fiction
23. Firewing by Kenneth Oppel -YA, fantasy
24. The Seeing Stone by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi -children, fantasy (R/A)
25. The Golden Hoard: Myths and Legends of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean fairy tales, (R/A)
26. Keturah & Lord Death by Martine Leavitt YA, fantasy
27. Procession of the Dead by D.B. Shan (Darren Shan) urban fantasy
28. Invasion of the Blobs by Paul Stewart -children, sci-fi
29. Up to Low by Brian Doyle -YA fiction
30. Destiny by Alex Archer -fantasy, action
31. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket -children, gothic, (R/A)
32. Death at the Priory: Sex, Love and Murder in Victorian England by James Ruddick -non fiction, true crime
33. Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card science fiction
34. Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories by Garth Nix short stories, fantasy
35. Triptych by Karin Slaughter -thriller, mystery
36. Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner -children, fantasy
37. The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox -children, historical fiction
38. Little Pear and the Rabbits by Eleanor Frances Lattimore -children, fiction
39. The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh -YA, fantasy
40. The Random House Book of Mother Goose by Arnold Lobel -children, poetry
41. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George -mystery
42. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie -children's classic, fantasy, (R/A)
43. Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel YA, animal fantasy
44. Lucinda's Secret by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi -children, fantasy (R/A)
45. The Glass Slipper: Charles Perrault's Tales of Times Past by John Bierhorst fairy tales (R/A)

March: 17
46. Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts -fiction
47. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb mystery, sci-fi, romance
48. The Flying Flea, Callie, and Me by Carol & Bill Wallace children,(R/A)
49. Birdman by Mo Hayder -thriller
50. The Ironwood Tree by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi children, fantasy, R/A
51. Black Ships by Jo Graham -historical fantasy
52. Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter thriller
53. Footsteps in the Snow: The Red River Diary of Isobel Scott by Carol Matas -children, historical fiction
54. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff fiction
55. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl -children, fantasy
56. The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber -suspense
57. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen -thriller, mystery
58. The Wrath of Mulgarath by Holly Black -children, fantasy, RA
59. The Treatment by Mo Hayder mystery, thriller
60. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay -thriller, mystery
61. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen -mystery, thriller
62. In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd -fictional memoir, humour

April : 16
63. Coyote Autumn by Bill Wallace -children, animal fiction, RA
64. Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George -mystery
65. More About Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore -children, fiction, RA
66. The Arthurian Omen by G.G. Vandagriff -suspense
67. The Silver Treasure: Myths and Legends of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean folklore, children, RA
68. The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder -thriller, historical fiction
69. That Furball Puppy and Me by Carol and Bill Wallace children, fiction, RA
70. Capyboppy by Bill Peet -children, nonfiction, RA
71. Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman -mystery
72. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan YA, horror
73. Vanish by Tess Gerritsen thriller
74. Gunpowder Empire by Harry Turtledove alternate history, YA
75. A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock historical mystery
76. Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter -mystery
77. A Ribbon of Shining Steel: The Railway Diary of Kate Cameron by Julie Lawson -children, historical fiction
78. Dolphin Adventure by Wayne Grover -children, nonfiction

May: 20
79. The Shining by Stephen King -horror
80. The Canadians: Biographies of a Nation Volume II by Patrick Watson -NF, biography
81. Madapple by Christina Meldrum YA, fiction
82. The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen -thriller
83. The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar -graphic novel, historical fiction
84. The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell fiction
85. The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan YA, horror
86. The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi -graphic novel, children
87. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz -historical fiction, drama
88. The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone historical fiction, forensice mystery
89. Night Shift by Stephen King horror, short stories
90. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel -YA, fantasy
91. Here We Go Again: My Life in Television by Betty White autobiography
92. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit -children, fantasy, RA
93. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood -historical fiction
94. Favorite Poems of Childhood edited by Philip Smith poetry
95. Chomps, Flea, and Gray Cat (That's Me!) by Carol and Bill Wallace -children, humour, RA
96. The Eyes of a King by Catherine Banner YA, fantasy
97. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg southern fiction
98. The Borden Tragedy by Rick Geary graphic novel, true crime

June: 20
99. The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein children, horror
100. Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan YA, horror
101. Dolphin Treasure by Wayne Grover children, non-fiction
102. Ritual by Mo Hayder thriller
103. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd southern fiction
DNF. The Girl in Saskatoon by Sharon Butala
104. Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus children, mystery, RA
105. Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel YA, sci-fi
106. A Treasury of Victorian Murder by Rick Geary graphic novel, true crime
107. 1846 Hamilton: From a frontier town to the Ambitious City by Brian Henley history, nonfic
108. The Vows of Silence by Susan Hill mystery
109. David C. Cook Children's Bible Story Book children, christian, RA
110. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Rosssouthern fiction
111. The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson children, RA, fiction
112. First Meetings in the Enderverse by Orson Scott Card short stories, science fiction
113. The White Mary by Kira Salak fiction
114. Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan YA, horror
115. Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer by Harold Schechter -true crime, NF
116. Five True Dog Stories by Margaret Davidson -children, NF
117. Bill Peet: An Autobiography by Bill Peet children, NF
118. Pig Island by Mo Hayder thriller

July: 17
119. The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen historical mystery
120. Losing It - And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time by Valerie Bertinelli autobiography, NF
121. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich historical fiction, literary fiction
122. Dolphin Freedom by Wayne Grover children, nonfiction
123. Jack the Ripper: A Journal of the Whitechapel Murders 1888-1889 by Rick Geary -true crime, graphic novel
124. Trials of Death by Darren Shan YA, horror
125. The Seance by Iain Lawrence -YA, historical fiction
126. Down to the Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese short stories
127. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell forensic mystery
128. Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim by Tom Corwin graphic novel
129. Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass -forensic mystery
130. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting children's classic, RA
131. The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason paranormal romance
132. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale true crime, history
133. The Ragwitch by Garth Nix YA fantasy
134. Beachcomber Boy by Eleanor Frances Lattimore children
135. One Beastly Beast (Two Aliens, Three Inventors, Four Fantastic Tales) by Garth Nix children, fantasy


August: 14
136. Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion -travelogue
137. Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner-thriller, mystery
138. Abel's Island by William Steig children's animal fantasy, RA
139. The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker canadian historical fiction
140. Newton and the Time Machine by Michael McGowan children, fantasy
141. Admit One: A Journey into Film by Emmett James memoir
142. The Fatal Bullet by Rick Geary graphic novel, true crime
143. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott YA, realistic fiction
144. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson magical realism
145. Johnny Appleseed and the Planting of the West by Gina Ingoglia children, Historical fiction
146. The Vampire Prince by Darren Shan YA, horror
147. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey children, fiction, RA
148. Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel YA, fantasy, science fiction
149. Jolted by Arthur Slade YA, magical realism

September: 8
150. Getting the Girl by Susan Juby YA, realistic
151. Home by Marilynne Robinson literary fiction
152. Hunters of the Dark by Darren Shan horror, YA
153. The Mystery of Mary Rogers by Rick Geary graphic novel, true crime
154. The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus by Betsy and Giulio Maestro Children, nonfiction, RA
155. The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries, and her Granddaughter's Search for Home by Bibi Gaston biography
156. Night Runner by Max Turner YA, paranormal
157. Faces of Fear by John Saul thriller

October: 14
158. The Birchbark Tree by Louise Erdrich children, historical fiction, RA
159. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan historical fiction
160. John Cabot & Son by David Goodnough children, biography, RA
161. Allies of the Night by Darren Shan YA, horror, paranormal
162. Bookweird by Paul Glennon YA, fantasy
163. The Beast of Chicago: The Murderous Career of H.H. Holmes graphic novel
164. Pedro's Journal by Pam Conrad historical fiction, children, RA
165. Fractured by Karin Slaughter crime thriller
166. Killers of the Dawn by Darren ShanYA, horror
167. Resistance: A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France by Agnes Humbert memoir, diary
168. Walter the Lazy Mouse by Marjorie Flack children's, RA
169. The Shadow of Malabron by Thomas Wharton YA, fantasy
170. My Name is Number 4: A True Story of the Cultural Revolution by Ting-Xing Ye memoir, YA
171. The Impostor by Damon Galgut literary fiction

November: 11
172. Regina's Closet: finding my grandmother's secret journal by Diana M. Raabmemoir
173. The Seventh Victim by Alan Jacobson thriller
174. The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen thriller
175. Saye by Jeremy H. Walker YA, fantasy
176. Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help by Douglas Anthony Cooper YA, gothic
177. Takeover by Lisa Black crime fictiion
178. The Line Painter by Claire Cameron fiction
179. Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay thrillers
XX. Toon Books graphic novel easy readers
180. The Great Karoo by Fred Stenson historical fiction
181. When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason historical paranormal romance
182. Coventry by Helen Humphreyshistorical fiction

December: 12
183. The Ruby Kingdom by Patricia Bow YA, fantasy
184. The Lake of Souls by Darren Shan YA, fantasy
185. We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee memoir
186. The Prism Blade by Patricia Bow YA, fantasy
187. American Widow by Alissa Torres graphic novel, memoir
188. The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner Christian fiction, Historical fiction
189. Lord of the Shadows by Darren Shan YA, fantasy
190. The Murder of Abraham Lincoln by Rick Geary true crime, graphic novel
191. Red Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane literary fiction
192. Sons of Destiny by Darren Shan YA, paranormal
193. tales from outer suburbia by shaun tan adult picture book, YA, short stories
194. All the Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson mystery


READ ALOUDS 2008 - TOTAL = 73

For my reference I'm also including a seperate listing of read-alouds. Some books in this list are not included in the above list. Links will take you to my reviews either on the blog or on librarything.

1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket -gothic
2. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket -gothic
3. Lost in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams -NF, nature
4. One Small Square: Woods by Donald M. Silver -NF, nature
5. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater -fiction
6. The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black -fantasy
7. The Apple and the Arrow by Mary & Conrad Buff -historical fiction
8. The Seeing Stone by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi -fantasy
9. The Golden Hoard: Myths and Legends of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean -fairy tales
10. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket -gothic
11. Animals at Work: How Animals Build, Dig, Fish and Trap by Etta Kaner NF, nature

12. The Grizzly Bear Family Book by Michio Hoshino NF, nature
13. The Random House Book of Mother Goose by Arnold Lobel -poetry
14. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie classic, fantasy
15. Lucinda's Secret by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi -fantasy
16. One Small Square: Arctic Tundra by Donald M. Silver NF, nature
17. The Glass Slipper: Charles Perrault's Tales of Times Past by John Bierhorst fairy tales
18. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr. picture book
19. The Flying Flea, Callie, and Me by Carol & Bill Wallace humour
20. The Ironwood Tree by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi fantasy
21. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl -fantasy
22. The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter by Evelyn Scott -picture book
23. The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole -science
24. The Wrath of Mulgarath by Holly Black -fantasy
25. Coyote Autumn by Bill Wallace animal fiction
26. Animal Talk: How Animals Communicate Through Sight, Sound and Smell by Etta Kaner -NF, animals
27. One Small Square: Swamp by Donald M. Silver NF, nature
28. More About Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore fiction
29. The Silver Treasure: Myths and Legends of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean folklore
30. Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems -picture book
31. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems -picture book
32. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems -picture book
33. That Furball Puppy and Me by Carol and Bill Wallace fiction, humour
34. The Donkey Prince by M. Jean Craig fairy tale, picture book
35. Capyboppy by Bill Peet -nonfiction, animals
36. A Grain of Rice by Helena Clare Pittman fairy tale
37. Buford the Little Bighorn by Bill Peet-picture book
38. Chester the Worldly Pig by Bill Peet-picture book
39. Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet-picture book
40. Cyrus the Unsinklable Serpent by Bill Peet-picture book
41. George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell-picture book
42. George, the Dragon and the Princess by Chris Wormell-picture book
43. The Sea Monster by Chris Wormell-picture book
44. The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit by Chris Wormell-picture book
45. Animal Habitats! by Judy Press non-fiction, crafts
46. Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever by Richard Scarry -picutre book
47. Kids' Easy-to-Create Wildlife Habitats by Emily Stetson -non-fiction, nature
48. One Small Square: Coral Reef by Donald M. Silver non-fiction, nature
49. The Kids' Wildlife Book by Warner Shedd non-fiction, animals
50. Animals in Motion: How Animals Swim, Jump, Slither and Glide by Pamela Hickman non-fiction, animals
51. DK Animal Encyclopedia non-fiction
52. Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush by Lynne Cherry picture book, NF
53. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit -fantasy
54. Favorite Poems of Childhood edited by Philip Smith poetry
55. Chomps, Flea, and Gray Cat (That's Me!) by Carol and Bill Wallace -fiction, animals
56. Cowardly Clyde by Bill Peet -picture book
57. The Wump World by Bill Peet -picture book
58. The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet -picture book
59. Hubert's Hair-Raising Adventure by Bill Peet -picture book
60. Randy's Dandy Lions by Bill Peet -picture book
61. Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus mystery
62. David C. Cook Children's Bible Story Book christian
63. The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson fiction, Christmas
64. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting classic
65. Abel's Island by William Steig animal fantasy
66. The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service poetry, picture book
67. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey realistic fiction
68. The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory Through the Age of Columbus by Betsy and Giulio Maestro nonfiction, history
69. The Birchbark Tree by Louise Erdrich historical fiction
70. John Cabot & Son by David Goodnough biography
71. Pedro's Journal by Pam Conrad historical fiction
72. Walter the Lazy Mouse by Marjorie Flack animal fantasy
73. Exploration and Conquest: The Americas After Columbus: 1500-1620 by Betsy and Giulio Maestro history, non-fiction

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