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, June 21, 2010

Monday: Books in the Mail

Last week brought a few books through the mail, mostly ones I bought online, plus a set of review books and a book win.

From Harper Collins Canada:

The last three Barnes & The Brains books:

When Giles, Tina and Kevin are hired by the rich and eccentric Miss Frost to uncover the mystery of her deep and overgrown swimming pool, they discover not one, but two real live dinosaurs! Miss Frost is wickedly pleased with the discovery — the creatures are priceless! But Giles can see how sad and lifeless they’ve become. Now only the deal of the century will save the dinosaurs and allow them to be set free — Can Barnes and the Brains pull it off? (Canada) only

When Giles's eccentric Aunt Lillian wants to look younger, she invents a gooey cream to make her wish come true. The only problem is that it turns her into a kid! (Canada) only

An old church tower has a problem with bats, but when Tina's homemade Bat Zapper attracts more bats than it repels, the boys take matters into their own hands. Or is it really a vampire they're up against? (Canada) only

Won from the author, a signed edition:

In 1962, when her best friend Lowell begins to hang around new friends who think girls are losers, Juliet, a fearful fifth-grader, teams up with bold, brave Patsy who challenges the boys to a series of increasingly dangerous contests. (Canada) - (USA)

Books I bought from amazon.ca:

My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories is a Catholic family treasure!

With almost 200 stories, this book is an excellent resource for children and families to grow together in their faith and knowledge of Catholic tradition. It uses selections from the actual text of the highly respected and readable New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, including stories from the Deuterocanonical Books.

Along with stories from actual Bible text, My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories includes additional elements. Each of these elements will help encourage the child to talk to God, to understand the meaning of new words from the passage, to learn quotes from saints and other important figures, and to go deeper in their faith by cross-referencing the CCC and applying the lesson to their lives. With its thorough teaching of Catholic faith, Bible stories, and classic art, this Bible Storybook will be a welcome addition to Catholic homes, schools, and churches. (Canada) - (USA)

The first 4 First Modern Classics Pub'd last year (2009).

After Bertie rescues an orphaned lion cub from the African veld, they are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion that ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten. (Canada) - (USA)

New edition of the Smarties-Prize-winning story about a magical horse. Now published into the First Modern Classics list, fantastic stories for young readers. It's Christmas, but Irina's family don't have enough money to buy her the present she wants. Then Irina sees the wooden horse in the junk shop window and all she wants is to take it home with her. Irina is sad and lonely and she knows that the little horse is lonely too. But what Irina doesn't know is that this dusty little horse with the tattered mane is really an enchanted horse who comes to life and takes Irina on magical journeys. (Canada) - (USA)

A wonderful new edition of the classic story of Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru, who was found lost on Paddington Station. Now published into the First Modern Classics list, fantastic stories for young readers. The Browns first met Paddington on a railway station -- Paddington station, in fact. He had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru with only a jar of marmalade, a suitcase and his hat. The Browns soon found that Paddington was a very unusual bear. Ordinary things -- like having a bath, travelling underground or going to the seaside became quite extraordinary, if a bear called Paddington was involved. (Canada) - (USA)

A new edition of the first novel about Little Wolf as he is sent to Uncle Bigbad's Cunning College to learn the nine rules of badness. Now published into the First Modern Classics list, fantastic stories for young readers. All Little Wolf wants to do is stay at home with Mum and Dad and Baby brother Smellybreff. Instead he's packed off to Cunning College to learn the 9 Rules of Badness and earn his Gold BAD Badge from his wicked Uncle Bigbad. He sets off on his journey, sending letters home as he adventures in the big wide world, Little Wolf's Book of Badness won an U.K.R.A. award for making an outstanding contribution to children's literacy; the Birmingham Children's Book award and the prestigious Di Cento prize in Italy for the best children's book of the year. (Canada) - (USA)

The only one of these I've read is Paddington, of course, but I'm such a completest I couldn't have it be the only one I didn't have. It's been ages since I've read it anyway, and I don't have a review on the blog so I have an excuse.


  1. Looks like a batch of fun books. Happy reading!

  2. Good mix of books. I hope you enjoy them all!

  3. Enjoy your new books! I am not familiar with any of them.

    Here is my little mailbox: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/06/mailbox-monday-more-books-for-summer.html

  4. Looks like you'll be doing a lot of reading aloud!

    I have an author interview with the fun an lively Liz Crain posted today, as well as my MM post.

  5. These all look like fun! Enjoy!

    Here's my MM: