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, December 31, 2008

2009 Master Challenge List

My plans for the new year are pretty simple: read arcs, work on series that I've started, not start any new series unless it is for arc reading, and not join any challenges that don't include books I will already be reading.

Random Reading Challenge (Aug. 1 2009 - Jul. 31 2010) (12 books)
1. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl (Aug)
2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Sept)
3. Testimony by Anita Shreve (Oct.)
4. Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri (Nov.)
5. BoneMan's Daughter by Ted Dekker (Dec.)

I'm currently involved in these perpetual challenges or projects:

Chronological Stephen King - This is my own personal project and I got stuck at The Stand. It's just such a huge book that every time I looked at it I just thought how many other books I could read in the same time. But I do vow to read this book in 2009 and hopefully continue on with this project. I have read the first 5 books so far and will start this year off with The Stand.

1. Carrie
2. 'Salem's Lot
3. Rage
4. The Shining
5. Night Shift

Newbery Challenge (ongoing) - I intend on continuing this never-ending quest to read all the Newbery winners. Hopefully I can add about 12 more by reading one per month.
see progress here

A-Z Challenge - link
fit in books reading for other challenges

Geographical Project - link
fit in books as they are read


Book Awards II Challenge - Finished
10. Laika by Nick Abadzis Eisner Award
9. The Doll People by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin Maud Hart Lovelace Award
8. Louis Riel by Chester Brown Harvey Award
7. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare Scott O'Dell Award
6. The Line Painter by Claire Cameron Northern Lit Award
5. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan Bellwether Prize
4. The Birchbark Tree by Louise Erdrich WILLA Award
3. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale Samuel Johnson Award for Nonfiction
2. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting Newbery Medal
1. Postmortem by Patricia Cromwell Macavity Award, 1st novel

The Pub Challenge '09 read 9 books published in 2009 (FINISHED)

Reason I can join - I read arcs regularly and at time exclusively so this fits in with my regular reading. Only rule of note for me is that no children/YA books are allowed. I'll make a list as I go.

1. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
2. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
3. American Rust by Philipp Meyer
4. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
5. A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock
6. Fool by Christopher Moore
7. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
8. Bloodprint by Kitty Sewell
9. The Vagrants by Yiyun Li

2009 ARC Challenge (Jan - Dec '09) read 12 arcs (25 for Overachievers!) (any book sent for review purposes), must list all arcs currently in possession and keep it up to date. FINISHED

Reason I can Join - same as above challenge and this one allows me to include children/YA books while the above one let's me use library/bought books. Perfect!

My list of arcs currently not read and in possession as of today:
1. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
2. When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
3. Stalin's Children by Owen Matthews
4. Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley
5. Twisted by Andrea Kane
6. The Private Patient by PD James
7. Otherwise by Farley Mowat
8. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
9. Here's the Story by Maureen McCormick
10. The Jumping Off Place by Marion Hurd McNeely
11. The Levee by Malcolm Shuman
12. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
13. Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz
14. The Glister by John Burnside
15. The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
16. Pieces of my Heart by Robert Wagner
17. American Rust by Phillip Meyer
18. Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go by Dayle E. Bayse
19. Testimony by Anita Shreve
20. Fool by Christopher Moore
21. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
22. Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss
23. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes
24. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
25. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas.
26. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
27. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
28. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
29. Drood by Dan Simmons
30. A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock
31. Portobello by Ruth Rendell
32. Wanting by Richard Flanagan
33. Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth
34. She Always New How: Mae West by Charlotte Chandler
35. Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson
36. The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
37. Bloodprint by Kitty Sewell
38. Fade by Lisa McMann
39. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by e. l. konigsburg
40. Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung
41. The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
42. Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
43. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro
44. BoneMan's Daughter by Ted Dekker
45. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
46. Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd
47. Starfinder by John Marco
48. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
49. The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
50. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
51. Etta by Gerald Kolpan
52. The Side-Yard Superhero by Rick Niece
53. Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue
54. Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean
55. The Third Eye by Mahtab Narsimhan
56. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
57. Clara's War by Clara Kramer

2009 YA Challenge (Jan - Dec 2009) read 12 books FINISHED

Reason I Can Join - I read YA books all the time any way. I will make a list as I go along.

1. Laika by Nick Abadzis
2. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
3. Wake by Lisa McMann
4. Fade by Lisa McMann
5. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
6. Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
7. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by e.l. konigsburg
8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
9. The Third Eye by Mahtab Narsimhan
10. Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson
11. Starfinder by John Marco
12. Anything but Typical by Noral Raleigh Baskin

Graphic Novels Challenge 2009 (Jan 1 - Dec.31 2009) FINISHED
choose a level of participation:
Minor: Read 6
Major: Read 12
Masters: Read 18
Doctorate: Read 24

1. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown
2. The Amazing Spiderman: Coming Home by J. Michael Straczynski
3. Laika by Nick Abadzis
4. The Case of Madeleine Smith by Rick Geary
5. The Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski
6. The Saga of the Bloody Benders by Rick Geary
7. Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
8. Until the Stars Turn Cold by J. Michael Straczynski
9. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon
10. The Life & Death of Spiders by J. Michael Straczynski
11. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale
12. Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
13. Unintended Consequences by J. Michael Straczynski
14. Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe edited by Tom Pomplun
15. Happy Birthday by J. Michael Straczynski
16. Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon
17. The Book of Ezekiel by J. Michael Straczynski
18. Storybook Love by Bill Willingham
19. Sins Past by J. Michael Straczynski
20. Graphic Classics: Arthur Conan Doyle edited by Tom Pomplun
21. Watchmen by Alan Moore
22. Science Fiction Classics edited by Tom Pomplun
23. The Linbergh Child by Rick Geary
24. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham

RIP IV Challenge (Sept 1 - Oct. 31, 2009) (4 books) FINISHED
1. Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy
2. Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard
3. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
4. The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein
5. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
7. The Child Thief by Brom
8. The Bag of Bones by Vivian French

Canadian Reading Challenge III (July 1 2009 - Jul 1 2010 (13+ books)
1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
2. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
3. Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard
4. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
5. O Canada! by Isabel Barclay
6. Larger Than Life: True Stories of Canadian Heroes by Janet Lunn
7. A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 by Barbara Greenwood
8. A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841 by Barbara Greenwood
9. Alligator Stew: Favourite Poems by Dennis Lee
10. Up Till Now: The Autobiography by William Shatner
11. Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
12. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
13. Binky: The Space Cat by Ashley Spires

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