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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, August 30, 2010

Monday: Books in the Mail

A busy mailbox for me last M-W. It felt like it was raining delivery men! I was thankful Thurs & Fri. gave me some breathing room, though.

Here are the goodies:

From Harper Collins Canada:

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

MY COVER IS DIFFERENT and I can't find my cover online at all. If my scanner weren't broken I'd show you my non-"love story" cover (which they must have changed at the last moment to try and attract the twilight set, but the first one was such a "boy" book, I think the cover I have is excellent!!

Zachariah Thomson has spent the past year getting used to the idea that his best friend, Charlie, and the lovely Luna are now vampires, like him. As they learn to cope with the changes this brings, a mysterious creature appears. Likened to the Beast of the Apocalypse, it begins to dismantle the network of support around Zack, who discovers he is more than just an orphaned vampire – he is the subject of an ancient prophecy that relates to the End of Days. As friends and enemies, old and new, throw his world into chaos, he is forced to re-examine what it means to be good at a time when it seems that only the strong and ruthless can survive.

Where dreams turn into living nightmares! When twin sisters Amber and Jeanie are accepted into an exclusive Australian boarding school, their future looks bright. But the school's halls harbor a terrible secret: students have been known to wander into the surrounding bushlands and vanish...without a trace! No one knows where they went, or why. But as Amber and Jeanie are about to learn, the key to the school's dark past may lie in the world of their dreams... Omnibus collection of all 3 volumes.







From Scholastic Canada:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.






From Belle Bridge Books:

The Blues were born out of need, anger and pride. Murder comes from those same dark places. Memphis has both. One of Memphis' most seductive and notorious socialites has vanished. Either she's off on another drunken escapade or the disappearance is something much more frightening. What begins as an ordinary day's work for Detective Billy Able quickly grows into a complex spider's web of tragedy, mystery, suspicion, and sordid secrets including a few of Billy's own. With the help of Mercy Snow, the estranged sister of the missing socialite, Billy follows a twisted trail of human frailty and corruption to disturbing truths that undermine everything he thought he knew about himself and the people he loves. "Memphis, the Mississippi River, and the underbelly of human nature they're all exposed in the dark brew of this fast-paced Southern Gothic suspense.


From Simon & Schuster Canada:

Meeting Sylvette SuedeLag almost breaks the record time on his Letter Bee test, securing a job as a Letter Bee! But his celebration ends with unwelcome news: the record holder, Gauche Suede, is no longer a Letter Bee! Shocked, Lag seeks out Gauche's little sister Sylvette to learn exactly what happened. But Sylvette has no answers, only memories and a broken heart. Gauche would never abandon his sister like that! Could it be he lost his heart...or his life?!







From Thomas Nelson Book Sneeze program:

This story is for everyone--but not everyone is for this story.

It is a dangerous tale of times past. A torrid love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope, because the heart knows no bounds.

Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And blood will flow.

Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.

But remember, not everyone is for this story.

From The Catholic Company:

Fr. Augustine Tolton (1854-1897) was the first black priest in the United States. Born into a black Catholic slave family, Father Tolton conquered almost insurmountable odds to become a Catholic priest, and at his early death at 43, this pioneer black American priest left behind a shining legacy of holy service to God, the Church and his people.
With the thorough scholarly research and inspirational writing by Sister Caroline Hemesath, the great legacy of this first black priest, and his courage in the face of incredible prejudice within the Church and society, will be a source of strength and hope for modern Christians who face persecution for their faith, especially black Catholics who still experience similar prejudices. In American history, many black people have achieved, against great odds, success and made distinct contributions to our society and their fellowman. But Father Tolton faced a different source of prejudice—an opposition from within the Church, the one institution he should have been able to rely on for compassion and support.

He endured many rebuffs, as a janitor spent long hours in the church chapel in prayer, and attended clandestine classes taught by friendly priests and nuns who saw in his eyes the bright spark of the love of God, devotion to the Church and a determination to serve his people. Denied theological training in America, these friends helped him to receive his priestly education, and ordination, in Rome. He later became the pastor of St. Monica's Church in Chicago and established a center at St. Monica's which was the focal point for the life of black Catholics in Chicago for 30 years.

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And finally a box FULL of Stone Arch Books early reader graphic novels plus a few chapter books, from Capstone Press. Most of these my son will be reading himself, though there are a few too advanced for him which will be read to him. There are too many books to list or show here but you'll start seeing them in reviews soon.

13 comments:

  1. What a great mix of books. Enjoy!

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  2. What a great selection! I really want to read Room, I'm waiting for my library to get the BOCD of Mockingjay so I can listen to it, and I have A Little Death in Dixie on my eReader. I'm looking forward to all of them. I'll be watching for your reviews.

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  3. Great books! Hope you like them all. I've heard great things about Room. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

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  4. Room really sounds good--but creepy. I have to wait for my daughter to finish Mockingjay before I can read it.

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  5. You have some great ones to choose from..enjoy!

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  6. Great mailbox. I've been interested in The Room. And, I should be getting Immanuel's Veins this week!

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  7. I was "talking" to someone about Room the other day. It looks like it will be quite an interesting read.

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  8. Wow! Room and Mockingjay both in the same week! I bet you were doing the happy dance! Enjoy!

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  9. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Room. I hope you enjoy Mockingjay as much as I did!

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  10. Oh, Room sounds so good, I'm a bit envious right now. I really want to read this one. I loved Monckingjay but wow, that book was depressing. I hope you enjoy your new reads! :)

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  11. I loved Room! It's the best book I've read this year - even better than Mockingjay!

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  12. HOW DID YOU GET THE DREAMING OMNIBUS?!?!!? I saw this on Amazon or somewhere a few weeks ago, and I flipped out. Is it even released yet? So jealous! It was a good, quick and creepy read. Unfortunately, I borrowed them from my friend, so I don't have them in possession and have thus only read it once.

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  13. Cass, I review for TokyoPop so fortunately get some awesome review copies. I haven't read The Dreaming at all yet but am really looking forward to it. Glad to hear you call it a creepy read! And yes it has been released now, though only for a few days.

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