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, January 4, 2010

2010 Master Challenge List

My plans for the new year are pretty simple: read arcs, work on series that I've started, do not start any new series unless they are graphic novels, do not start any new authors, and only join challenges that include books I will already be reading.

I'm currently involved in these perpetual challenges or projects:

Chronological Stephen King - This is my own personal project and I got stuck at The Stand. It's just such a huge book (I'm reading the revised 1500 pg edition) that every time I looked at it I just thought how many other books I could read in the same time. I vowed to read it in 2009 (didn't happen) so I'm trying again and will vow to read this book in 2010 and hopefully continue on with this project. I have read the first 5 books so far and will start again this year with The Stand.

1. Carrie
2. 'Salem's Lot
3. Rage
4. The Shining
5. Night Shift

Newbery Challenge (ongoing) - I intend on continuing this never-ending quest to read all the Newbery winners.
see progress here

A-Z Challenge - link
fit in books as I read them

Geographical Project - link
fit in books as they are read


Graphic Novel Challenge (Jan-Dec 2010 Expert 10+books)
1. Irredeemable by Mark Waid
2. Fables: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham
3. Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott edited by Tom Pomplun
4. Graphic Classics: Special Edition edited by Tom Pomplun
5. Calamity Jack by Shannon & Dean Hale
6. Angel: After the Fall by Joss Whedon & Brian Lynch
7. Fables: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham
8. Angel: After the Fall: First Night by Joss Whedon & Brian Lynch
9. Copper by Kazu Kibuishi
10. Children of the Sea, Vol. 2 by Daisuke Igarashi

2010 ARC Reading Challenge (Jan-Dec 2010 Gold 25+ books)
1. The Levee by Malcolm Shuman
2. Irredeemable Vol. 1by Mark Waid
3. The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
4. Innocent War by Susan Violante
5. Fallen by Lauren Kate
6. The King's Legacy by Jim Stovall
7. Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott edited by Tom Pomplun
8. The Jungle Vampire by David Sinden
9. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
10. The Silver Anklet by Mahtab Narsimhan
11. Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham
12. Calamity Jack by Shannon & Dean Hale
13. Burn by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy
14. The Dragon Book edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois
15. Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker
16. Defenders of the Scroll by Shiraz
17. Gone by Lisa McMann
18. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
19. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
20. An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor
21. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
22. A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz
23. A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
24. Copper by Kazu Kabuishi
25. Children of the Sea, Vol. 2 by Daisuke Igarashi

Random Reading Challenge (Aug. 1 2009 - Jul. 31 2010) (12 books)
1. The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl (Aug)
2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Sept)
3. Testimony by Anita Shreve (Oct.)
4. Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri (Nov.)
5. BoneMan's Daughter by Ted Dekker (Dec.)
6. Innocent War by Susan Violante (Jan.)
7. Defenders of the Scroll by Shiraz (Feb.)
8. Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Mar.)
9. The Texicans by Nina Vida (Apr.)
10. Meridian by Amber Kizer (May)
11. Claim to Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Jun.)
12. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Jul.)

Canadian Book Challenge (Jul.1, 2010 - Jun. 30, 2011) (13 books) FINISHED
1. An Incredible Case of Dinosaurs by Kenneth Oppel
2. A Weird Case of Super-Goo by Kenneth Oppel
3. A Creepy Case of Vampires by Kenneth Oppel
4. Terry Fox: A Story of Hope by Maxine Trottier
5. Neil Young's Greendale by Joshua Dysart
6. Wilfred Grenfell: Adventurer to the North by Vernon Howard
7. The Secret Fiend by Shane Peacock
8. Lukey Paul from Labrador by Adelaide Leitch
9. Death on the River by John Wilson
x. The Wright Brothers: A Flying Start by Elizabeth MacLeod
10. The Dark Deeps by Arthur Slade
11. Brain Camp by Susan Kim. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
12. Hudson by Janice Weaver
13. The Body in the Tower by Y.S. Lee

RIP V (Sept. 1 - Oct. 31) (4 books) FINISHED
1. City of Snakes by Darren Shan
2. The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan
3. The Dark Deeps by Arthur Slade
4. The Agency: The Body in the Tower by Y. S. Lee

Middle Grade Book Challenge (Sept. 2010 - Aug. 2011) (12 books)
1. Hudson by Janice Weaver
2. All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling
3. Ticket to Curlew by Celia Barker Lottridge
4. Brainstorm! The Stories of Twenty Amrican Kid Inventors by Tom Tucker
5. The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines by Jo Ann Yhard
6. Earthquake! A Story of Old San Francisco by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
7. In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
8. An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
9. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future by Dave Pilkey
10. Amulet 3: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi
11. Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye
12. Heart of Glass by Vivian French

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