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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.


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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Books Read in 2009

Books Read in 2009
Titles in green were read aloud to or read by my 8/9yo or used as curriculum.

January: 21
1. Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival by Owen Matthews (3***)
2. The New Americans: Colonial Times, 1620-1689 by Betsy & Giulio Maestro (2**)
3.
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (5*****)
4. When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson (5*****)
5. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown (3***)
6. The Doll People by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (4.5****)
7. Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz (4****)
8. The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home by J. Michael Straczynski (4****)
9. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (4.5****)
10. The Lost City of Z by David Grann (4 ****)
11. The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (4****)
12. Laika by Nick Abadzis (2.5**)
13. The Case of Madeleine Smith by Rick Geary(4****)
14. A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (3***)
15. American Rust by Philipp Meyer (5*****) (FAVOURITE of the Month)
16. The Runaway Dolls by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (4.5****)
17. Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick (3.5***)
18. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (4.5****)
19. The Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations by J. Michael Straczynski (2.5**)
XX. Toon Books (part two) (5*****)
20. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (5*****)
21. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (3.5***)

February: 26
22. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas (5*****)
23. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (4.5****)
24. If You Lived with the Hopi by Anne Kamma (3***)
25.
Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin (4.5****)
26. The Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock (3.5***)
27. Otherwise by Farley Mowat (3.5***)
28.The Saga of the Bloody Benders by Rick Geary (3.5***)
29. King Lear by Shakespeare (English translation) (no rating)
30. Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham (4.5****)
31. Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began by Lucille Recht Penner (3***)
32. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner (5*****)
33. Until the Stars Turn Cold by J. Michael Straczynski (3.5***)
XX. Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth (DNF)
34. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (3.5***)
35. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards (3.5***)
36.
The Valentine Cat by Clyde Robert Bulla (4****)
37. Fool by Christopher Moore (4****)
38. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon (3.5***)
XX. Wolves in the Wall by Neil Gaiman (NR)
XX. Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda (NR)
39. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs (5*****)
40. The Amazing Spider-Man: The Life & Death of Spiders by J. Michael Straczynski (4****)
41. Pieces of my Heart by Robert J. Wagner (4.5****)
42. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale (5*****)
43. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (5*****) (FAVOURITE of the Month)
XX. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems (5*****)
44. Animal Farm (Fables #2) by Bill Willingham (4****)
45. Unintended Consequences by J. Michael Straczynski (3.5***)
XX. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews (DNF)
46. Bloodprint with Kitty Sewell (4.5****)
47. Graphic Classics: Edgar Allan Poe edited by Tom Pomplun (3.5***)

March: 22
48. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (4****)
49. The Vagrants by Yiyun Li (4****)
50. Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon (3***)
51. The Amazing Spider-Man: Happy Birthday by J. Michael Straczynski (4****)
XX. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman (2**)
52. Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson (4.5****)
XX. A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson (4.5****)
XX. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman (3***)
53. The Amazing Spider-Man: The Book of Ezekiel by J. Michael Straczynski (4.5****)
54. Storybook Love by Bill Willingham (4.5****)
55. The Fighting Ground by Avi (4****)
56. Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye (3***)
57. She Always Knew: Mae West, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler (4****)
58. The Golden Phoenix: Eight French Canadian Fairy Tales by Marius Barbeau (5*****)
XX.
Saint Patrick by Ann Tompert (5*****)
59.
The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern (3***)
60. The Amazing Spider-Man: Sins Past by J. Michael Straczynski (5*****)
61.Wake by Lisa McMann (5*****)
62. Fade by Lisa McMann (4.5****)
63. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore (4****)
xx. All About Spelling: Level One (NR)
64. Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me by Alice Pung (4****)
65. Who Was Thomas Jefferson? by Dennis Brindell Fradin (3***)
66. Drood by Dan Simmons (5*****) (FAVOURITE of the month)
67. Believing in Jesus: A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith by Leonard Foley (NR)
xx. Meeting Jesus in Holy Communion: A Child's First Eucharist by Roger Marchand (NR)
68.
The Werefox by Elizabeth Coatsworth (2.5**)
69. Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue (4.5****)

April: 19
xx. Goalkeeper Goof by Cari Meister (5*****)
xx.
The End Zone by Lori Mortensen (5*****)
70.
The Talking Cat and other stories of French Canada by Natalie Savage Carlson (4****)
71. Graphic Classics: Arthur Conan Doyle edited by Tom Pomplun (4****)
72. The Side-Yard Superhero by Rick D. Niece (3.5 ***)
73. Wanting by Richard Flanagan (3***)
74. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison (5*****)
75. The Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness (3***)
76. The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo (4.5 ****)
77. Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli (4****)
78. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by e.l. konigsburg (3.5***)
79. The Glister by John Burnside (3***)
80. Watchmen by Alan Moore (5*****)
81. Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd (3.5***)
82. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman (4****)
83. If You Lived With the Iroquois by Ellen Levine (3.5***)
84.
Tree in the Trail by Holling Clancy Holling (4.5****)
xx.
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide (nr)
85. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham (2.5**)
86. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (5*****) (FAVOURITE of the month)
87. The Wonderful O by James Thurber (3.5***)
88. Eagle Mask by James Houston (3.5***)

May: 13
89. Hell's Horizon by D.B. Shan (5*****)
90. The Lewis & Clark Edpedition : Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory by Carol A. Johmann (2.5**)
91.
Ben and Me: An Astonished Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson (3.5***)
92. The Third Eye by Mahtab Narsimhan (4****)
93.The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho (4****)
94. The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French (4****)
95. Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson (4.5****)
96. The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen (3.5***)
97. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (4.5****)
98. Clara's War: A Young Girl's True Story of Miraculous Survival Under the Nazis by Clara Kramer (5*****)
99. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (4****)
100. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (4****) FAVOURITE Book of the Month
101. Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Lyndsay Faye (3***)

June: 16
102. Starfinder by John Marco (4.5****)
103. The House of Power by Patrick Carman (4.5****)
104. Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin (4****)
105. Don't Call Me a Crook!: A Scotsman's Tale of World Travel, Whisky, and Crime by Bob Moore
106. Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carman (4****)
107. Zamora's Ultimate Challenge by M.K. Scott (3***)
108. The Dark Planet by Patrick Carman (4.5****)
109. Werewolf versus Dragon by David Sinden, Matthew Morgan, Guy Macdonald (3.5***)
110. Neil Armstrong is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino (3.5***)
111. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (5*****) FAVOURITE Book of the Month
112. The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nona Bannister (3***)
xxx. Zinc Alloy vs. Frankenstein
xxx. Eek & Ack vs the Wolfman
113. Science Fiction Classics by Tom Pomplun
114. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (4****)
115. Jed Smith: Trailblazer of the West by Frank Latham (3.5 ***)
116. Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie (4****)
117. The Jumping-Off Place by Marian Hurd McNeely (4.5****)

July: 21
118. The Beacon by Susan Hill (3.5***)
119. Sea Monster and Other Delicacies (3.5***)
120. Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon (4****)
121. Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert (3***)
122. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner (4.5****)
123. Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver (4****)
124. Far North by Marcel Theroux (4****)
xxx. Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Saltz (5*****)
125. Die for You by Lisa Unger (4.5****)
126. The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman (3.5***)
127. A Head Full of Notions: A Story about Robert Fulton by Andy Russell Bowen (3.5***)
xxx. The Fire Cat by Esther Averill (5*****)
128. The Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams & Deborah Beale (4****)
129. Uncovering Jack the Ripper's London by Richard Jones (5*****)
130. Relentless by Dean Koontz (4****)
131. The Lindbergh Child by Rick Geary (4****)
132. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (5*****) FAVOURITE Book of the Month
133. a mercy by Toni Morrison (2.5**)
134. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (5*****)
135. Later, Gator by Laurence Yep (4****)
136. The Trail of Tears by Joseph Bruchac (3.5***)
137. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (4****)
138. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (3***)

August: 21
DNF. Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
139. Undone by Karin Slaughter (5*****)
140. The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine (4.5 ****)
xxx. Billy Blaster: Ice Caves of Pluto by David Orme
xxx. Billy Blaster: Mind Thief by David Orme
141. Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck by Dayle E. Basye (3.5 ***)
142. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham (5*****)
143. The Dragon's Pearl by Devin Jordan (4****)
144. Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan (5*****)
145. Free Agent by Jeremy Duns (4.5****)
146. Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo (5*****)
147. Catholicism for Dummies by Rev. John Trigilio Jr., PhD, ThD (4.5****)
xxx. A Ghost Named Fred by Nathaniel Benchley (3.5***)
148. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl (3.5***)
149. Classic Myths to Read Aloud: The Great Stories of Greek & Roman Mythology by William F. Russell (5 *****)
150. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (4****)
151. Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy (4.5****)
152.Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo (5*****)
153. Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo (3***)
154. Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo (4****)
155. Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig by Kate DiCamillo) (3.5***)
156. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan (5*****) (FAVOURITE Book of the Month)
157. Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard (4.5****)
158. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay (4****)
159. Mercy Watson Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo (3.5***)

September: 15
160. The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein (5*****)
161. A Child's First Book of Poems illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres (4****)
162. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (4.5****)
163. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs (4****)
164. Fables: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham (4****)
165. O Canada! by Isabel Barclay (5*****)
DNF. The Demon's Lexicon by Sara Rees Brennan
166. If You Lived with the Sioux Indians by Ann McGovern (3***)
167. Larger Than Life: True Stories of Canadian Heroes by Janet Lunn (4****)
168. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (4****)
169. A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 by Barbara Greenwood (5*****)
xxx. Recon Academy: Shadow Cell Scam by Chris Everheart
xxx. Recon Academy: Nuclear Distraction by Chris Everheart
170. The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed by Heather Vogel Frederick (5*****) (FAVOURITE Book of the Month)
171. The Drunken Forest by Gerald Durrell (3.5***)
172. The Kid Who Saved Superman by Paul Kupperberg (4****)
173. The Rapture by Liz Jensen (3***)
174. Wild West by Mike Stotter (4****)

October: 21
175. The Child Thief by Brom (5*****)
176. Fables: Homelands by Bill Willingham (5*****)
177. The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis (3***)
178. A Family Treasury: Classic Bible Stories retold by Lise Caldwell (4****)
179. A Pioneer Thanksgiving by Barbara Greenwood (4****)
180. The Bag of Bones by Vivian French (4****)
181. A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld (3***)
182. Alligator Stew: Favourite Poems by Dennis Lee (4****)
xxx. Little Bear's Friend by Else Holmelund Minarik (4****)
183. Testimony by Anita Shreve (3.5***)
184. Wonderland by Tommy Kovac (4****)
185. Up Till Now: The Autobiography by William Shatner (5*****)
186. 20 Bible Verses Every Child Should Know with 20 original Bible memory songs on full-length CD (5*****)
187. Hoodoo Sea by Rolf Hitzer (4****)
188. Perseus and Medusa by Blake A. Hoena (5*****)
189. Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero by Charise Mericle Harper (3***)
190. By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (4****)
191. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (3***)
xxx. The Three Little Pigs by Lisa Trumbauer (5*****)
192. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (3***)
193. Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling (3***)
194. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli (4****)
195. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton (4.5****)

November: 48

196. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade (5*****) (Favourite Book of the Month)
197. Fables: Arabian Days (and Nights) by Bill Willingham (4****)
198. Jason and the Golden Fleece by Nel Yomtov (5*****)
199. Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer & Matthew Holm (4.5****)
200. Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jennifer & Matthew Holm (4****)
201. Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI as Told by a Cat by Jeanne Perego (4****)
202. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (3***)
203. Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (3.5***)
204. Katman by Kevin C. Pyle (4****)
205. Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel (2**)
206. Binky: The Space Cat by Ashley Spires (5*****)
xxx. Rapunzel by Stephanie Peters (5*****)
207. The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe (4****)
208. Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell (3.5***)
209. Yokaiden Vol. 1 by Nina Matsumoto (4.5****)
210. High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips (4.5****)
211. Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri (5*****)
212. The 3-2-3 Detective Agency: The Disappearance of Dave Warthog by Fiona Robinson (4****)
213. Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones: Girl Genius Book 8 by Phil & Kaja Foglio (3.5***)
214. Adventures in Cartooning by James Strum (5*****)
215. Cat Burglar Black by Richard Sala (4.5****)
216. Bang Goes a Troll by Davind Sinden (4****)
217. Constance and the Great Escape by Pierre Le Gall (2**)
218. The Elsewhere Chronicles 1: The Shadow Door by Bannister & Nykko (3.5***)
219. T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani (5*****)
220. The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe (4****)
221. The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi (4****)
222. The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert & Didier Lefevre (5*****)
223. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin (3***)
224. Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin (4****)
xxx. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff (4****)
225. The Heroine of Long Point by Leslie and Lois Benham (4.5****)
226. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh (4****)
227. Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics by Ted Naifeh (5*****)
228. Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom by Ted Naifeh (5*****)
229. Courtney Crumrin's Monstrous Holiday by Ted Naifeh (4****)
230. The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa (4.5****)
231. Joey Eye Private Eye in Creepy Crawly Crime by Aaron Reynolds(5*****)
xxx. The Incredible Rockhead by Scott Nickel (1*)
xxx. The Emperor's New Clothes by Stephanie True Peters (3.5***)
232. Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee (4****)
233. The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan (2.5**)
234. Children of the Sea Vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi (5*****)
235. The Eternal Smile: Three Stories by Gene Luen Yang (4.5****)
236. Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Gris Grimly (5*****)
237. Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (3***)
238. Hatter M: Mad with Wonder by Frank Beddor (4****)
239. Kin by Holly Black (5*****)
240. Kith by Holly Black (5*****)
241. If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine (4****)
242. We Were There Vol. 1 by Yuki Obata (0)
243. The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks (4****)

December: 27
244. Avalon High: Coronation: The Merlin Prophecy by Meg Cabot (2**)
245. Avalon High: Coronation: Homecoming by Meg Cabot (2.5**)
246. Avalon High: Coronation: Hunter's Moon by Meg Cabot (3***)
247. Crogan's Vengeance by Chris Schweizer (4****)
248. Black is for Beginnings by Laurie faria Stolarz (3.5***)
249. Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight (4.5****)
250. The Private Patient by P.D. James (4****)
xxx. Ghosts of the Civil War by Cheryl Harness (4****)
251. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham (4****)
252. Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome (5*****)
253. Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Volume 1: Sanctuary by Melissa Marr (NR)
254. Bride of the Water God Vol. 1 by Mi-Kyung Yun (2.5 **)
255. Bride of the Water God Vol. 2 by Mi-Kyung Yun (3***)
256. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova (3***)
257. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 2 by Svetlana Chmakova (3***)
258. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland (3***)
259. Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Thomas Siddell (4.5****)
260. the road to god knows ... by Von Allan (3.5***)
261. A Pioneer Christmas by Barbara Greenwood (3.5***)
262. BoneMan's Daughters by Ted Dekker (5*****) (FAVOURITE Book of the Month)
263. Matchless, A Christmas Story by Gregory Maguire (3.5***)
xxx. Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel (4****)
264. The Dreamer Vol 1: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes(4.5****)
265. Shadow of Colussus by T.L. Higley (4.5****) .
266. The Dreamland Chronicles Book One by Scott Christian Sava (5*****)
xxx. Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith (4****)
267. Fables: Wolves by Bill Willingham (5*****)
268. The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr (3.5***)
269. Twisted by Andrea Kane (4.5****)
270. Paul McCartney: A Life by Peter Ames Carlin (4****)

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