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.

Friday, November 12, 2010

241. Gossip Girl Vol. 1: For Your Eyes Only

Gossip Girl Vol. 1: For Your Eyes Only by HyeKyung Baek. Based on Cecily von Ziegesar

Pages: 245
Ages: 18+
Finished: Nov. 6, 2010
First Published: Aug. 2010
Publisher: Yen Press
Genre: manga, YA, chick lit
Rating: 0/5

First sentence:

Hey people! Ever wondered what the lives of the chosen ones are really like?

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from the Calgary library while on vacation.

Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist.

I'm not writing one of my usual reviews for this manga because, I'm sorry to say, I've never said this about a book before, but this was simply "trash". Follow the lives of rich high school students with no adult supervision who party, drink, smoke and sleep with each other as they plan devious revenge against anyone who ticks them off, whether it's their BFF or not. The publisher recommends for Older Teens; in my estimation that would be adult (18,19 and up). If it weren't for the Cybils I wouldn't have read the book in the first place. The title was a good clue, but turn the book over and the picture on the back cover is similar to something from a girlie magazine. And to prove my point on calling the book trash, in my estimation, (I can't believe I'm going to write this) but an example is that one of the girl's mother's gives her boyfriend a bj under a table in a restaurant. The rest of the book is no better. I have not read the books or seen the TV show so cannot make any comparison. The end.


  1. Yep, that's pretty much what the tv show is like. Somehow the pretty people on the tv seem to help you how trashy the show is but this season I've been really noticing how awful it really is.
    I've never read the book but I've heard it's just as bad if not worse.

  2. yuck, well i know what show to stay away from now, for sure! I just can't believe i made it through the entire book.