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.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Canadian Book Challenge 2 Completed

A couple of posts ago I reviewed my last book for the Canadian Book Challenge 2 hosted by John. It is always a lot of fun to participate in this challenge as I've tried over the last few years to add more Canadiana to my reading and John's challenge helps me focus on that goal. In fact, I read an amazing number of Canadian authors these days! This challenge requested we read 13 books before Canada Day, 2009. I did not make a preliminary list but just went with the flow as a chose books. Here are the books I read:

1. The Seance by Iain Lawrence
2. The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker Saskatchewan
3. Newton and the Time Machine by Michael McGowan
4. The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service Yukon
5. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
6. Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel
7. Jolted by Arthur Slade
8. Getting the Girl by Susan Juby BC
9. Night Runner by Max Turner Ontario
10. Bookweird by Paul Glennon
11. The Shadow of Malabron by Thomas Wharton
12. My Name is Number 4 by Ting-Xing Ye
13. Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help by Douglas Anthony Cooper

I enjoyed every book I read this year but my top 3 picks would be The Horseman's Graves, The Gargoyle and Night Runner.


  1. Wow, congrats on finishing this so fast!! I've really enjoyed reading Canadian lit over the past year or so, too.

  2. Congrats on finishing! I think I have read 10... or maybe 9. I counted the other night and now I can't remember! I try and read as many Canadian authors as I can. :)

    I can't remember if you have in the past, but are you planning on joining the Advent Calendar this year? You should, it will be fun! (see my blog...)

  3. Congrats on finishing Nicola! I really want to do this challenge next year so I'll have to come back here for some ideas!

  4. Wow congrat on finishing so quickly! I've just read four for the challenge so far.

    BTW I tagged you for an award here: