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, May 14, 2008

First in a Series Challenge - Complete

I finished the First in a Series challenge! I loved this challenge. I got to start some series I've been meaning to read for a while and some of them I've even gone on to the second book. Thanks to Joy for hosting, her challenges are always so much fun. Here's my list of completed books:
12. The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet #1)
11. Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter (Inspector Morse #1)
10. Gunpowder Empire by Harry Turtledove (Crosstime Traffic #1)
9. Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan (The Saga of Darren Shan #1)
8. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (Dexter Morgan #1)
7. Birdman by Mo Hayder (Jack Caffrey #1)
6. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (Eve Dallas #1)
5. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George (Lynley & Havers #1)
4. Destiny by Alex Archer (Rogue Angel #1)
3. The Field Guide by Holly Black (Spiderwick Chronicles #1)
2. Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart (The Edge Chronicles #1)
1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)


  1. Hooray!!! Congratulations on completing the challenge! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    The 2nds Challenge will begin a month earlier this year (Sept. instead of Oct.) because I have many authors that have piqued my interest and want to read another. Hope you'll join me. :)

  2. Congrats on finishing the challenge! Way to go!

  3. Congratulations on completing the 1st in the Series Challenge. I haven't even officially started, sad to say. I have started a few new series in the last several months, just not ones on my list. :-S

  4. Ah, well, only some of these were on my original list. I like making reading lists but have a tough time following them ;-)