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, June 29, 2008

Chunkster Challenge - FINISHED

Another challenge completed! I've now finished the Chunkster Challenge which called for reading 4 books with more than 450 pgs. I read two of the books which were on my original list and the other two just snuck in there. Here is the list of books I read for this challenge. Thanks to So many books, so little time for hosting the challenge.

1. Kept: A Victorian Mystery by D.J. Taylor (463 pgs)
2. The Shining by Stephen King (683 pgs)
3. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (468 pgs)
4. Pig Island by Mo Hayder (494 pgs)


  1. Oh, I love the Shining! But my favorite Stephen King book of all time is The Stand - the extended verison.

  2. I'm reading King's books in chronological order and "The Stand" is up next. I've read the orignal version but will be reading the extended one this time around. Can't wait!

  3. Congratulations on finishing the Chunkster Challenge! I still have two books to go, but I'm hopeful that this will be one of the challenges I'll manage to finish this year. :-)

    I read your review of Pig Island just now. I'm sorry it didn't live up to her other books, but still was glad to hear you enjoyed it. I have only read one of Hayder's books so far, Devil of Nanking, and I really was impressed. I'm looking forward to reading more by her.

  4. If you liked "The Devil of Nanking" you're going to love her other books. My favourite of hers is either "The Devil of Nanking" or "The Treatment", I can't seem to pick one over the other.

  5. Congratulations! I find chunksters extremely difficult.