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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.


I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

ARCS Received and Read in 2009

I finished the ARC Reading Challenge which I'm going to post next and it is such a great resource list that I decided to start a separate post to continue keeping up-to-date with review books as I receive them and adding links as I review them. Helps me see how I'm making progress.

I'm certainly keeping up this year. I have a new plan! I scrapped last years plan of reading them in the order in which they came in and am instead reading them by publishing due dates. I read all books the month after publication date, hence this month April I am reading all the March books. This way I can see how many books I have to read each month. If it's a small pile like last month I have time to add in some older arcs that are overdue or some library books or pleasure reads and if it is a large pile like March is then I buckle down and only read those arcs till they are done. I basically have them piled up in order by due date but I'll take them out of order if I feel like it. For ex. I don't like reading two emotionally heavy books one after another and making the switch from adult to YA has to be done with the correct combination of books. But this is working for me so far this year. Lets take a look at the stats. Ratio of books read to books in is 32:58 not bad plus I always have two on the go ( 1 fic and 1 nonfic). My math tells me that 55% of my arcs are read. At least it's a passing grade and I'm going to be an arc reading woman of fire this month, so watch out. (LOL)

My list of arcs currently not read and in possession as of Dec. 31, 2008.

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. a mercy by Toni Morrison
Added after above date:
21. Fool by Christopher Moore
22. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
23. Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss
24. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes
25. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
26. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas.
27. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
28. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
29. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
30. Drood by Dan Simmons
31. A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock
32. Portobello by Ruth Rendell
33. Wanting by Richard Flanagan
34. Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth
35. She Always New How: Mae West by Charlotte Chandler
36. Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson
37. The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
38. Bloodprint by Kitty Sewell
39. Fade by Lisa McMann
40. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by e. l. konigsburg
41. Unpolished Gem by Alice Pung
42. The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
43. Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
44. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro
45. BoneMan's Daughter by Ted Dekker
46. Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
47. Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd
48. Starfinder by John Marco
49. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
50. The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
51. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
52. Etta by Gerald Kolpan
53. The Side-Yard Superhero by Rick Niece
54. Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue
55. Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean
56. The Third Eye by Mahtab Narsimhan
57. Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison
58. Clara's War by Clara Kramer 55% read April 7
59. The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho
60. The Wonderful O by James Thurber
61. The Robe of Skulls by Vivien French
62. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
63. The Dragon of Trelian by Michelle Knudson
64. The Daring Adventures of Penhaligan Brush by
65. The Secret Holocaust Diaries by Nonna Bannister
66. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
67. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
68. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alex Bradley
69. Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher
70. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
71. The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine
72. Saints in Limbo by River Jordan
73. Don't Call Me a Crook! by Bob Moore
74. Hell's Horizon by D.B. Shan
75. Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson
76. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
77. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
78. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
79. Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
80. Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Lyndsay Faye
81. Anything But Typical by Nora Raliegh Baskin
82. Sea Monsters and Other Delicacies by David Sinden
83. Werewolf versus Dragon by David Sinden
84. The House of Power by Patrick Carmen
85. Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carmen
86. The Dark Planet by Patrick Carmen
87. Cemetery Dance by Douglas Prestan
88. Science Fiction Classics by Tom Pomplun
89. The Demon's Lexicon by Sara Rees Brennan
90. The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
91. Oracles of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie
92. The Beacon by Susan Hill
93. Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw
94. Shaghai Girls by Lisa See
95. Far North by Marcel Theroux
96. Valeria's Last Stand by Marc Fitten
97. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
98. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
99. Afraid by Jack Kilborn
100. Relentless by Dean Koontz
101. Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGintly Told Me by Nan Marino
102. The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
103. Die For You by Lisa Unger
104. The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
105. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
106. Zamora's Ultimate Challenge by M.K. Scott
107. Roadside Crosses by Jeffrey Deaver
108. Prairie Tale by Melissa Gilbert
109. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
110. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
111. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
112. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
113. Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton 52% read June 15
114. The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe
115. Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon 58% read June 29
116. Matchless by Gregory Maguire
117. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
118. Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo
119. Undone by Karin Slaughter
120. The Texicans by Nina Vida
121. Innocent War by Susan Violante
122. The Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams
123. The Dragon's Pearl by Devin Jordan
124. The Rapture by Liz Jensen
125. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
126. Intertwined by Gina Showalter
127. Crush by Alan Jacobson
128. Rapacia by Dale E. Basye - 63% read July 27
129. Free Agent by Jeremy Duns
130. The Curse of the Romany Wolves by S. Jones Rogan
131. Grimpow: The Invisible Road by Rafael Abalos
132. The Hollow People by Brian Keaney
133. The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein
134. Meridian by Amber Kizer
135. The Kid Who Saved Superman by Paul Kupperberg
136. Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri
137. The Child Thief by Brom
138. Ghost Song by Sarah Rayne
139. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
140. Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard
141. Hamlet and Ophelia by John Marsden
142. Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black
143. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
144. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
145. Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey
146. Bovine by Libba Bray
147. The Bag of Bones by Vivian French
148. Hoodoo Sea by Rold Hitzer
149. Voices in the Dark by Catherine Banner
150. The Midnight Charter by David Whitley
151. Bang Goes a Troll by David Sinden
152. Defenders of the Scroll by Shiraz
153. Genesis by Bernard Beckett
154. Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown
155. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
156. The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason
157. High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips
158. The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe
159. Angel Time by Anne Rice
160. Paul McCartney: A Life by Peter Ames Carlin
161. Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
162. Spellbinder by Helen Springer
163. Claim to Faim by Margaret Peterson Haddix
164. The Gates by John Connolly
165. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
166. I am Not a Psychic by Richard Belzer
167. Irredeemable Vol. 1 by Mark Waid
168. The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy
169. Hatter M: Mad with Wonder by Frank Beddor
170. The 3-2-3 Detective Agency: The Disappearance of Dave Warthog by Fiona Robinson
171. Binky The Space Cat by Ashley Spires
172. Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones: Girl Genius Book 8 by Kaja Foglio
173. Kith by Holly Black
174. The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
175. The Shadow Door by Nykko
176. T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani
177. Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Chris Grimly
178. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not so Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell
179. Constance and the Great Escape by Pierre Le Gall
180. Fallen by Lauren Kate
181. The Incredible Rockhead by Scott Nickel
182. The Emperor's New Clothes by Stephanie True Peters
183. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
184. We Were There Vol. 1 by Yuki Obata
185. Children of the Sea by Daisuke Igarashi
186. Stitch by Tommy Kovac (looked at; not reading)
187. The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
188. King Lear by Gareth Hinds (looked at; not reading)
189. The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
190. Outlaw, the Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee
191. Artemis Fowl 2: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
192. Crogan's Vengeance by Chris Schweizer
193. Black is for Beginnings by Laurie faria Stolarz
194. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 2 by Svetlana Chmakova
195. Avalon High Coronation Vol. 3: Hunter's Moon by Meg Cabot
196. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales Vol 1: Sancturary by Melissa Marr
197. Gunnerkrigg Court Vol 1: Orientation by Thomas Siddell - 69% read Dec. 16
198. the road to god knows ... by Von Allen
199. The Silver Anklet by Mahtab Narsimhan
200. The Dreamer Vol. 1: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes
201. The Dreamland Chronicles Vol. 1 by Scott Christian Sava
202. Calamity Jack by Sharon Hale
203. The Junglen Vampire by Dick Sinden

2 comments:

  1. Goodness!! Sounds like you have a great system for keeping track of them all. Enjoy! :)

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  2. This is a great idea, Nicola! I've started keeping better track of my ARC's as well. I'm not sure my progress is quite as high as yours, but I'm working on it. :-)

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