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, July 31, 2009

July Wrap Up

Today being the last day of July, and me not having any reviews to publish this morning, I thought I'd post my end of the month wrap up. I am so happy to be back up in the 19+ books range with 21 books read in July. Some, of course, are short books but there are a number over 400 pgs as well making a good cross selection and back to my regular reading schedule. Of course, my son being at day camp for 2 separate weeks during the month certainly helped too! Here are this month's books read: (books marked xxx are not included in totals)

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***)

I have just one more graphic novel to read, then I will have achieved a full doctorate in the graphic novel challenge and I have it on request through ILL and that will make all my 2009 challenges complete. I read my first Canadian Challenge book this month and I have just randomly selected (random.org) from my backlog pile of ARCs my first book for the Random Reading Challenge and was given Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk so that will be my first book to read in August.

I usually include my movie/DVD watching list here too, but July saw me watching nothing ( a big fat 0). Too much time spent sitting outside reading to watch DVDs this month, I guess. I have the mosquito bites to prove it!


  1. Great month of reading, Nicola! I have the audiobook of Sworn to Silence on hold at the library. I would love to read it, but I don't have the time. Squeezing it onto the BOCD lineup works better. :)

  2. Wow! What a month. I'm lucky to get 10 books read in the time you read more than 20. ;)

    Diary of an Eccentric

  3. Lots of good looking books there! Glad you enjoyed many of them. :)