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.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I'm a Blurb!!!!!

The latest trade paperback edition of Kenneth Oppel's Starclimber hit the stores this month. I've hinted a couple of times at a secret I've been keeping and this is it. I won a contest and came in as the first runner up! Harper Collins Canada ran the contest back in May and Kenneth Oppel himself chose the three winners. I was contacted in August but didn't want to spill the beans publicly until I'd seen the thing with my own eyes to make sure it wasn't some surreal dream. My blurb is printed on the first page when you open the book and just look at the company I'm keeping!! I also received a signed hardcover first edition as a prize (as if seeing my name and words in print wasn't "prize" enough! You can read my whole review here.

If you live in Canada, run to your nearest bookstore and buy one! Heehee!

Kenneth Oppel's Starclimber

Now I can't wait to go the author's booksigning in November!


  1. That is all kinds of awesome! Congratulations!

  2. Wow!! Congrats, that's totally awesome! :)

  3. Hey, very cool! Congratulations!

  4. Thanks so much everyone! It was cool to find the book on the shelves at the bookstore!

  5. WOW! How exciting, Nicola! Congratulations! :)

    (sorry this is so late in coming - I've been extremely busy and unable to comment like I used to)

  6. Thanks, Joy! I'm going through the same thing with commenting myself these days, so I know how it is.

    I still go look for it in bookstores and do a little giggle when I find it!