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

Two ARC Challenges Finished

While I was away on my Lent sabbatical I managed to finished two of my challenges which were very closely related making some books overlapping and thus, making it easier to finish them both.

The Pub Challenge '09 (read 9 books) FINISHED
1. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (Jan.27 2009)
2. The Lost City of Z by David Grann (Feb.24 2009)
3. American Rust by Philipp Meyer (Feb. 24 2009)
4. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas (Jan. 6 2009)
5. A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock (Jan.19 2009)
6. Fool by Christopher Moore Feb.9 2009
7. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Feb.3 2009)
8. Bloodprint by Kitty Sewell (Feb.3 2009)
9. The Vagrants by Yiyun Li (Feb.3 2009)

This was hosted by Michelle and I had a great time. She always runs a fabulous, smooth challenge and is one of the nicest ladies out there plus one of the first book bloggers I met. I have to tell these books were so awesome that I can't pick out a best. I can petty much guarantee that both American Rust and Cutting for Stone will be on my top ten of the year list; they were that good.

2009 ARC Challenge (Level 2: read 25 books) - FINISHED
1. Stalin's Children by Owen Matthews
2. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
3. Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz
4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
5. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
6. American Rust by Philipp Meyer
7. Here's the Story by Maureen McCormick
8. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
9. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
10. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
11. A Dangerous Affair by Caro Peacock
12. Otherwise by Farley Mowat
13. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
14. Fool by Christopher Moore
15. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
16. Pieces of my Heart by Robert J. Wagner
17. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
18. Bloodprint by Kitty Sewell
19. The Vagrants by Yiyun Li
20. Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson
21. Heck: Where All the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye
22. She Always Knew How: Mae West by Charlotte Chandler
23. Fade by Lisa McMann
24. Unpolished Gem: My Mother, My Grandmother, and Me by Alice Pung
25. Drood by Dan Simmons

I'm officially finished this challenge though I am still posting books read over on the challenge page and have entered the Level 3 category of Obsessed which is me to a 'T', just ask anyone who knows me. I either don't do things or I obsess over them. LOL but true. This challenge was hosted by Teddy Rose, whose blog is a joy to read and she's doing this challenge manually! I don't know how she doesn't lose her mind trying to keep everyone's posts straight. You go Girl! Again, so many good books on this long list that it's impossible to pick a winner but with being able to also include YA books for this challenge unlike the above one I was able to read the fantastic Fade by Lisa McMann which is the sequel to her previously published Wake, both must reads!


  1. Congratulations on completing both challenges, Nicola. I'm still working my way through these two.

  2. Congrats on finishing these challenges!

  3. Congrats on finishing both challenges. You go girl, back at ya!