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.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

January Books in the House

This month I had quite a nice selection of new (to me) books arrive.

I was the lucky winner of Beloved by Toni Morrison from 3m just before Christmas and it arrived at the begining of this month. I had decided this would be my next Morrison book so it was perfect!

A visit to the Sally Ann proved successful. As I was looking through the books, a sales lady came by and asked if I had noticed that the books were buy one get one today. Woohoo! I came home with some good stuff including Atwood, George Macdonald, Trollope, Vanity Fair, Casino Royale and others.

I placed an online order for the books in my chunkster challenge as I don't like using the library for really big books. The pressure to read them gets to me. I got The Shining, The Sweet Far Thing and Little Dorrit.

Bookmooch brought forth New Dawn on Rocky Ridge, Dragonquest and Arrows of the Queen (the very first Valedmar book). I've read a lot of Lackey's books but always shied away from the Valdemar books, probably because there are so many of them (though I have read a couple of them). So I thought I'd start at the beginning.

A trip to the local Goodwill also proved fruitful as I obtained slightly used copies of Clive Barker (Weaveworld and Hellbound Heart), Will Shatner, Philip Jose Farmer, and a few others. I have always wanted to read Hellbound Heart. When I was a teenager I loved the movie Hellraiser. I must have watched it at least 15 times. The only Barker I've actually read is The Great and Secret Show which I really enjoyed and The Thief of Always. I've always meant to read more of his.

This month also brought me two review copies: Empress of Asia (which I'm currently reading) and Procession of the Dead.

And finally, a late night splurge resulted in one more online book order. This time I was looking for short stories and bought Across the Wall, Smoke and Mirrors and In God We Trust, plus a book for school, Fifty Famous Stories Retold. I saw a review of In God We Trust a little while ago (sorry forget who) and it brought the book back to my memory. When I was in Grade 5, my teacher, Mr. Prowse, read this book to us and I just fell in love with it. I asked my parents to get the book for me (this was 1977) and they couldn't find it anywhere. Later in life, I'd remember it occasionally and look but never was able to find it in print (this was pre-internet). Of course, I hadn't thought of the book in years when I saw that review and was thrilled that it was back in print and I just had to get a copy and really can't wait to read it myself. This same teacher also read to us from James Thurber that year, which set me off reading Thurber. Ahh, memories!

All in all, a good month for books.


  1. I'm glad to see your list, because I kept track this month of my book buys and it is much larger than I would have thought.
    You've got some great books there - The Shining is the only one I've read. Is In God We Trust the book that The Christmas Story movie is based on? I'd love to read that.

  2. Yes, The Christmas Story is one of the stories from In God We Trust.