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.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Top Ten Books of 2009

OK, so I couldn't pick just ten! Shoot me. I read 270 books (see my complete list here) in 2009 and most of them were great to amazing so it is virtually impossible to narrow a list down to my top ten favourite books. Sooo ... my official Top Ten Books Read in 2009 list contains 14 titles. These are in the order I recommend them.

14. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

13. Far North by Marcel Theroux

12. Wake by Lisa McMann

11. American Rust by Philipp Meyer

10. Free Agent by Jeremy Duns

9. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

8. Hell's Horizon by D.B. Shan

7. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

6. Angels of Destruction by Keith Donohue

5. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas

4. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

3. The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert & Didier Lefevre

2. Drood by Dan Simmons

1. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan


  1. Don't worry- I couldn't stop at 10 either, and ended up picking 17! Happy New Year and 2010 to you!

  2. It can be hard to narrow a favorites list down. I think 14 is a good number--you can count yourself as a bit of a non-conformist. :-)

    I will finally be reading American Rust this next year. I signed up for a blog tour so I couldn't put it off any longer. LOL

    I really want to read Cutting for Stone and hope to get to The Day the Falls Stood Still this coming year. Oh, and Drood (I got a copy for Christmas. Yippee!)!

  3. Wow!!!!! 270 books and The Day the Falls Stood Still makes the top ten (okay, 14). A high, high compliment.

  4. I haven't read any of these but I plan to read The Day the Falls Stood Still this year.

    Happy new year!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  5. I've made anote of Fred Vargas. He's a new author to me and I like European crime novels. Also interested in that Keith Donohue one as I really enjoyed The Stolen Child.

  6. Guess what Cath? and I didn't know this for the longest time either ... Fred is a she!!!! It's short for Frederique!

    I haven't read The Stolen Child yet, but I'm going to try and get to it soon.

  7. LOL, Nicola! Yes... I just went to look here:


    ... and found myself looking at a pic of a woman instead of a man. Soooo funny. But I was pleased to discover that my library has The Chalk Circle Man. It's out at the moment but will grab it when it comes back in.

  8. lol I did a top 50... I might narrow it down to a ten as the week goes, but we will have to see.

  9. I agree, a top 50 certainly would have been a lot easier to come up with! I;ll have to go over and check 'em out, see how many I recognize.

  10. I've read none of these! I've read a short story by Slade which I liked, so I'd consider his novel. I read Simmons' The Terror and really didn't like it, so I don't think I'll be trying Drood. Can't wait to read Far North!