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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.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2011 Master Challenge List

Challenges I've joined. This will continuously be updated through the year and can be reached through the sidebar link on the right. I will only be joining challenges that run year long and that cover a certain type of book that I figure I read any way.

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

Chronological Stephen King - This is my own personal project that I started in 2007 and I got stuck in 2008 with The Stand. It's just such a huge book (I'm reading the revised 1500 pg edition, since I read the original the first time) that every time I look at it I just think how many other books I could read in the same time. I vowed to read it in 2009 (didn't happen). I vowed again to read it in 2010, but it was the year of the ARC for me and there was no way I could take the time off and not become horribly behind in my ARC reading. SO, here we are 2011 and this is my new vow. Starting Jan. 1, 2011 I will make sure I am finished my current fiction book and will start reading The Stand, while at the same time I will read a graphic novel each day to get myself caught up with the pile of GNs and Mangas that have accumulated while I devoted that genre of my reading to the Cybils '10 nominations. The Stand will be read this year because it will be the first thing I read and then I can proceed forward again!

1. Carrie
2. 'Salem's Lot
3. Rage
4. The Shining
5. Night Shift
6. The Stand
7. The Long Walk

Newbery Challenge (ongoing) - I intend on continuing this never-ending quest to read all the Newbery winners. However this year, unlike last year, I pledge to read more than just the new winner :-0
see progress here

Geographical Project - see progress here
I will make a conscious effort to finish the Canadian provinces this year as every Canadian book I naturally read takes place in the same set of provinces and I only have two left to finish this stage of the project. I should also try and pay better attention to where novels take place, as I seem to have read all the 'popular' places, and most books continue to take place in these same states/countries.
fit in books as they are read

Random Reading Bookshelf Challenge (year of 2011)
see progress here

FINISHED in 2011

2011 Read Your Own Books Challenge (Feb. 17 - Dec. 31. 2011)
1. Toy Story: The Mysterious Stranger by Dan Jolley
x. Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
2. The Hollow People by Briank Keaney
x. Animal Hospital by Judith Walker Hodge
3. The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth by Scott Hahn
4. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
5. Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton
6. Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey
7. Journey to America by Sonia Levitin
8. Plenty of Fish by Millicent Selsam
9. The Cay by Theodore Taylor
10. The Seventh Princess by Nick Sullivan
11. The Joy of Being a Catholic Child by Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.
12. Assassin: The Lady Grace Mysteries #1 by Patricia Finney
13. High Flight: A Story of World War II by Linda Granfield
xx. Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel
14. The Mass for Children by Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.
15. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
16. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
17. Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
18. Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop
19. The Gates by John Connolly
20. Little Henry to the Rescue by Eleanor Graham
21. Genesis by Bernard Beckett
22. John F. Kennedy: The Making of a Leader by the Editors of TIME for Kids
23. Canadian Starters (Moose, Beaver, Emily Carr & Alexander Graham Bell) by various
24. Yokaiden, Vol. 1 by Nina Matsumoto
25. Yokaiden, Vol. 2 by Nina Matsumoto
26. The Imposter's Daughter by Laurie Sandell
27. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
28. Bone 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
29. If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine
30. Bone 2: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith
31. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
32. Bone 3: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith
33. The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of The Little Flower by St. Therese of Lisieux
34. Hanako and the Terror of Allegory, Vol. 3 by Sakae Esuno
35. Chi's Sweet Home, vol. 2 by Konami Kanata
36. Arthur's Honey Bear by Lillian Hoban
37. Twin Spica, Vol. 2 by Kou Yaginuma
38. Batman Returns: The Penquin's Plot by Michael Teitelbaum
39. Human Body by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
40. Canada's Maple Leaf: The Story of Our Flag by Ann-Maureen Owens & Jane Yealland
41. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
42. Fables #15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham
43. Jack of Fables #8: The Fulminate Blade by Bill Willingham
44. The Boxcar Children #2: Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner
45. The Beginner's Bible illustrated by Kelly Pulley
46. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
47. The Long Walk by Stephen King as Richard Bachman
48. Mother Teresa: In My Own Words by Mother Teresa
49. Bone #4: The Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith
50. Bone #5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border by Jeff Smith
51. Marvin Redpost #1: Kidnapped at Birth? by Louis Sachar
52. Bone #6: Old Man's Cave by Jeff Smith
53. Bob and Shirley: A Tale of Two Lobsters by Harriet Ziefert
54. Everything is Grace: The Life and Way of Therese of Lisieux by Joseph F. Scmidt, FSC
55. Nola's Worlds #1: Changing Moon by Mathieu Mariolle
56. Canada, Our History: An Album Through Time by Rick Archbold
57. Nola's World #2: Ferrets and Ferreting Out by Mathieu Mariolle
58. Nola's World #3 Evem for a Dreamer Like Me by Mathieu Mariolle
59. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O. by David Adler
60. Small Pig by Arnold Lobel
61. Down the Yukon by Will Hobbs
62. My First Catechism by Father Lovasik
63. Gargoyles: Monsters in Stone by Jennifer Dussling
64: Bone 7: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith
65. Bone 8: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith
66. Upchuck and Rotten Willy: Running Wild by Bill Wallace
67. Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel
68. Bone 9: Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith
69. Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith
70. Tommy O'Toole and Larry by Anna D. Cordts
AtoZ Challenge IV (Jan-Dec. 2011)

AUTHORS - FINISHED

A ~ Arnason, Kathleen (Falcon's Gold)
B ~ Ba, Gabriel & Moon, Fabio (Daytripper)
C ~ Chantler, Scott (Two Generals)
D ~ Dokey, Cameron (Winter's Child)
E ~ Edginton, Ian (A Study in Scarlet)
F ~ Finney, Patricia (Assassin: The Lady Grace Mysteries #1)
G ~ Gunderson, J. (Fire in the Sky)
H ~ Hoena, Blake A. (Superman: Cosmic Bounty Hunter)
I ~ Igarashi, Daisuke (Children of the Sea, Vol. 4)
J ~ Jerome, Kate Boehm (Who Was Amelia Earhart?)
K ~ King, Stephen (The Stand)
L ~ Lemke, Donald (Batman: Mad Hatter's Movie Madness)
M ~ Mina, Denise (A Sickness in the Family)
N ~ Nickel, Scott (The Incredible Rockhead vs. Papercut)
O ~ O'Reilly, Sean (New Monster in School)
P ~ Pennypacker, Sara (Stuart Goes to School)
Q ~ Quella-Guyot, Didier (Agatha Christie's Peril at End House Graphic Novel)
R ~ Roman, Dave (The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story)
S ~ Schweizer, Chris (Crogan's March)
T ~ Torres, J. (Lola, A Ghost Story)
U ~ Usamaru Furuya (Genkaku Picasso, Vol. 1)
V ~ Vanderpool, Clare (Moon Over Manifest)
W ~ Willingham, Bill (Jack of Fables: The New Adventures of Jack and Jack)
X ~ X.J. Kennedy (Exploding Gravy: Poems to Make You Laugh)
Y ~ Young, C. Coco De (A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt)
Z ~ Zuckoff, Mitchell (Lost in Shangri-La)

TITLES FINISHED

A ~ Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
B ~ Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan
C ~ Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley
D ~ The Dynamic World of Chemical Reactions by Agnieszka Biskup
E ~ Emmett's Pig by by Mary Stolz
F ~ Fire in the Sky by J. Gunderson
G ~ Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel
H ~ How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy & Giulio Maestro
I ~ Incorruptible, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid
J ~ Jimmy on Ice by Adam Beechen
K ~ The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
L ~ Luna Park by Kevin Baker
M ~ MOAH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 3 by Megumi Osuga
N ~ Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 1 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
O ~ The Odyssey: Homer by Tim Mucci
P ~ Plenty Of Fish by Millicent Selsam
Q ~ Quest for the Spark, Book One by Tom Sniegoski
R ~ Rescue in the Bermuda Triangle by Marc Tyler Nobleman
S ~ Saints in Limbo by River Jordan
T ~ Toy Story: The Mywsterious Stranger by Dan Jolley
U ~ Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
V ~ Vermonia #4: The Rukan Prophecy by Yoyo
W ~ The Whirlwind World of Hurricanes by Katherine Krohn
X ~ The X'ed-Out X-Ray by Ron Roy
Y ~ Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
Z ~ The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane
Canadian Book Challenge 5  (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012)
1. Canada's Maple Leaf: The Story of Our Flag by Ann-Maureen Owens & Jane Yealland
2. Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis by Jo Ellen Bogart
3. Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
4. Bone Beds of the Badlands by Shane Peacock
5. The Color of Lightning by Paulete Jilles
6. Sinking Deeper or My Questionable (Possible Heroic) Decision to Invent a Sea Monster by Steve Vernon
7. Canada, Our History: An Album Through Time by Rick Archbold
8. Monster in the Mountains by Shane Peacock
9. The Tiffin by Mahtab Narsimhan
10. The Clockwork Girl by Sean O'Reilly* & Kevin Hanna
11. The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason
12. The Remains of War: Surviving the Other Concentration Camps of World War II by G. Pauline Kok-Schurgers
13. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

Graphic Novel Challenge 2011 (Expert 10+) (Jan-Dec. 2011) FINISHED
1. The Night Owls by Peter & Bobby Timony
2. Thunder from the Sea: Adventure on Board the HMS Defender by Jeff Weigel
3. Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research by Thomas Siddell
4. Incorruptible, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid
5. Agatha Christie's Peril at End House by Didier Quella-Guyot
6. The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane
7. New Monster in School by Sean O'Reilly
8. The Incredible Rockhead vs. Papercut! by Scott Nickel
9. Crogan's March by Chris Schweizer
10. Luna Park by Kevin Baker
11. Lola, A Ghost Story by J. Torres

ARC Reading Challenge (Platinum Level 30+) (Jan-Dec. 2011) FINISHED
1. The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story by Katherine Blanc
2. Free Country by Jeremy Duns
3. Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan
4. Incorruptible, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid
5. Agatha Christie's Peril at End House by Didier Quella-Guyot
6. The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane
7. New Monster in School by Sean O'Reilly
8. The Incredible Rockhead vs. Papercut! by Scott Nickel
9. Luna Park by Kevin Baker
10. A Sickness in the Family by Denise Fuso
11. End Zone Thunder by Scott Ciencin
12. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Matthew K. Manning
13. Two Generals by Scott Chantler
14. Genkaku Picasso, vol. 1 by Usamaru Furuya
15. Fire in the Sky by J. Gunderson
16. MAOH: Junevie Remix,Vol.3
17. Tango and the Maigc Pencil by Sankgo Tomtmot
18. Rescue in the Bermuda Triangle by Marc Tyler Nobleman
19. Escape from Pompeii by Terry Collins
20. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 3 by Kiiro Yumi
21. The Whirlwind World of Hurricanes with MaxAxiom, Super Scientist by Katherine Krohn
22. The Dynamic World of Chemical Reactions with MaxAxiom, Super Scientist by Agnieszka Biskup
23. The Whicharts by Noel Streatfeild
24. Batman: Mad Hatter's Movie Madness by Donald Lemke
25. Unbroken: A Worl War II Story of Survival, Resiliance, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
26. Bubble in the Bathtub by Jo Nesbo
27. Death Note: Black Edition, Volume I by Tsugumi Ohba
28. City in Peril! by Paul Collicutt
29. Rust Attack! by Paul Collicutt
30. The Indestructible Metal Men by Paul Collicutt
31. Murder on the Robot City Express by Paul Collicutt

Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2011 (12 books) (Jan-Dec. 2011) FINISHED
1. Free Country by Jeremy Duns
2. Agatha Christie's Peril at End House by Didier Quella-Guyot
3. A Sickness in the Family by Denise Fuso
4. Death Note: Black Edition, Volume I by Tsugumi Ohba
5. Murder on the Robot City Express by Paul Collicutt
6. Ghostwriter by Travis Thrasher
7. Shantorian: Trackers, Book 2 by Patrick Carman
8. The Hollow People by Brian Keaney
9. The Deadly Conch by Mahtab Narimhan
10. Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
11. A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
12. Quiver by Holly Luhning

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