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.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Once Upon a Time II Challenge

The Once Upon a Time Challenge is starting soon. I missed out on Carl's challenge last year and have been looking forward to this years'. The challenge runs from March 21 to June 20. I'm not sure whether I'll do Quest 1 (to read any 5 books that fit the genre) or Quest 2 (to read 4 books, each one fitting in the categories: fantasy, folklore, mythology, folklore), but I do know I'll most likely read way more than 4 or 5 books that will fit so we'll see how it comes out in the end.

My tentative list below is taken from books that are sitting on my bedside table and some are already slated for other challenges.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
The Silver Treasure: Myths and Legends of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
The Shining by Stephen King
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
The Vampire LeStat by Anne Rice
Redemption by Mel Odom
The Face of Apollo by Fred Saberhagen
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum

This list is not in stone, this is just a starting point with books I've been meaning to read anyway. I'm sure visits to the library will result in other appropriate books.


  1. So glad you are joining in this year, thank you so much. I look forward to reading your reviews. This is a good tentative list!

  2. The Vampire Lestat is one of my favourite books ever! And I read Wicked for this challenge last year and loved it. I hope you enjoy them too, as well as your other picks. Happy reading!

  3. you have 2 of my all time favorites! (Dragonflight and Inkheart) I will be looking forward to those reviews!!.. and all the others so that I know what they are about! heh..

  4. Oooh...looks like lots of good stuff to choose from! I almost put Wicked on my list, too. Now I'm tempted to go back and add it. And you also reminded me that I wanted to put Inkspell on my list! Have fun!

  5. Oh I so want to read Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, I can't believe I haven't read it yet! I LOVE Wicked, I saw the musical for the seventh time at the weekend and I hope to re-read the novel before the third book comes out. I am a big Anne Rice fan and I hope you enjoy The Vampire Lestat, it is one of my favourites. I really must read all the Oz books by Frank L Baum...

  6. You've put together a great list Nicola! I love The Vampire Lestat, Dragonflight, and the Shining and I've been wanting to read Inkheart for awhile. Can't wait to read your reviews. This is going to be fun, huh?

  7. If you don't get to The Shining (which is a great book) by the end of the challenge, you could always add it to your RIP Challenge this fall!

  8. The only one I've read is Inkheart, which I think you really like. I look forward to your reviews. You have some listed that would work will for the RIP challenge. Happy reading!

  9. I'm really excited by this challenge!! I'm a huge Anne Rice fan...and I think The Vampire Lestat is probably the best of all the Vampire series!!

    Can't wait to read all your reviews!