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.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

October Wrap Up

October turned out to be a pretty good month. As I had expected the graphic novels I've been reading for the Cybils have helped the numbers come up (along with a wide selection of other children's books). Actual novels are still down (only 8 including a memoir) but I did read some good ones this month. Thanks to everyone for voting in my poll and picking "Testimony" as my October Random read. That was a lot fun and I'll certainly be running another poll for you to pick a book for me to read in the future!

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*****) (FAVOURITE Book of the Month)
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 (Book Tour. review to come Nov. 15)
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****)

And for the first time in months! I actually watched a movie!

October: 1

33. The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) (borrowed through Interlibrary Loan) -We watched this right after reading By the Great Horn Spoon upon which the movie is loosely based. Many liberties have been taken with the book but the major plot points and action scenes are included. We all enjoyed watching the movie. Pleshette's character was an add on so I never really took to her I would have preferred they added on one of Jack's sisters to go with them but then of course the big love story would have been a flop. Still, Roddy McDowell is a fine actor and loads of fun in this part and Karl Malden is perfect for his part as the dastardly, yet cowardly Judge. The highlight of the movie though is the famous fight scene which uses a lot of pre-Matrix camera trick moves. My 9yo thought that was quite funny!


  1. Wow, looks like a great reading month! I hope November is a success, too!

  2. Congrats on having a great month! Hope Nov. treats you well, too. :)

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