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.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday New Review Books in the Mail

Lots of ARCs came in the mail last week, all from Harper Collins Canada.

Home by Marilynne Robinson and Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Plus a bunch of new books by Canadian YA authors. I can't wait to read the new Airborn book by Kenneth Oppel (Starclimber).

Remember how a few weeks ago I mentioned how well my arc reading was going. How I would alternate my reading, read an arc then read an old book. Of course it all went out the window the beginning of this month. Everything was going so well than the first week of July I kept getting calls from the library that ILL requests were in and books I'd been in line for forever were in for me as well. So all these books decide to drop on me at the exact same time and though we have an excellent ILL program we only get to keep them for 4 weeks so I've been desperately trying to get all the library reading done this month and not reading as many arcs as I should have. Fortunately, I've only got a couple of library books left that are due back by the end of July.
So I am declaring August as ARC/Review Copy month here at Back to Books. With very few exceptions I'm going to dedicate the month to catching up on the arc reviews so I can get back to my lovely alternating plan that was working so well pre-July. And I'm not going to order any more ILLs during August either. Wish me luck.


  1. I've heard great things about Mudbound!! I'm with you on the ARC's. I'm having a hard time keeping up. Maybe I should follow your lead and only read ARC's in August!! That would certainly make a dent in my list!!

  2. I LOVED, LOVED Mudbound. I hope you do too!

  3. I just had to bring Mudbound back to the library. I had no time to read it. :-( I'm back on the list though!

    It's so exciting to get ARC's in the mail!