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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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 Master Challenge List

These are the challenges I participated in during 2012 and my official books read.  For the challenges I finished I usually read many more books than I signed up for and you can see my complete lists by clicking on the challenge title links.  These are my official stats only.

Did Not Finish (only 2)

Read Dystopia Challenge 2012 - read 7-10 dystopian or post-apocalyptic
(I usually read a lot of dystopia so this one was unexpected, but I was only one book away from completion so not bad at all)

1. When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
3. Library Wars: Love & War, vol. 7 by Kiiro Yumi
4. Orchid: Vol. 1 by Tom Morello
5. Last Days of an Immortal by Fabien Vehlmann
6. The Bridge by Jane Higgins


2012 Picture Book Reading Challenge - read 24 picture books
(another one I thought would be a breeze.  close but no cigar, 20/24)

1. It's A Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph by Monica Kulling
2. Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace by Linda Granfield
3. Irena's Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan
4. Brundibar by Tony Kushner & Maurice Sendak
5. Silver Threads by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
6. One Moon, Two Cats by Laura Godwin
7. The Hedgehog Boy by Jane Langton
8. The Beatles Yellow Submarine adapted by Charlie Gardner
9. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
10. The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel
11. Peg and the Yeti by Kenneth Oppel
12. Peg and the Whale by Kenneth Oppel
13. What Make's Day and Night by Franklyn M. Branley
14. The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer
15. Anna`s Red Sled by Patricia Quinlan
16. Nightsong by Ari Berk
17. Batula by Steaven T. Seagle
18. Laura Secord: A Story of Courage by Janet Lunn 
19. Going Up! Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top by Monica Kulling
20. Santa Claus Around the World by Lisl Weil

I'm currently involved in these perpetual challenges or projects

Chronological Stephen King -
wanted to accomplish: read "The Dead Zone", get up to date on "The Stand" graphic novels.  Watch "The Stand" mini-series.

accomplished: read "The Dead Zone" and "Firestarter"

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


Newbery Challenge (ongoing) - I intend on continuing this never-ending quest to read all the Newbery winners. However this year, unlike last year (and the year before), I pledge to read more than just the new winner ;-P
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." This is what I said at the beginning of 2011 and I still have those 2 Canadian Provinces left, so this year I will finish them off; I already have one book lined up.  Otherwise I'm making good progress as far as the States and Countries are going.

The Random Reading Bookshelf Project - Hoping to do better than last year's reading of 6 books and removing 2 of those from the house :-( see progress here

Finished in 2012

A to Z Challenge V (2012) - read a book that begins with every letter of the alphabet for title and author for a total of 52 books  (FINISHED)


AtoZ Challenge V (2012)

AUTHORS

A ~ Asada, Heroyuki (Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 7)
B ~ Briggs, Raymond (When the Wind Blows)
C ~ Caldwell, Sylvia (Women of the Titanic Disaster)
D ~ Dahl, Michael (Dungeon of Seven Dooms)
E ~ Early, Pete (The Serial Killer Whisperer)
F ~ Finley-Day, Gerry (Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth, Vol 01)
G ~ Grabachuk Family, The (14 Valentine Puzzle Quizzes)
H ~ Hill, Susan (The Betrayal of Trust)
I ~ Ibrahim, Humayoun (Jack Vance The Moon Moth)
J ~ Jensen, Jeff (Green River Killer: A True Detective Story)
K ~ King, Stephen (The Dead Zone)
L ~ Lemke, Donald (Drop In, Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution #1)
M ~ McCann, Jessica (All Different Kinds of Free)
N ~ Nesbo, Jo (Phantom)
O ~ Osuga, Megumi (MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7)
P ~ African-American Cassics (Graphic Classics Vol. 22) by Tom Pomplun
Q
R ~ Reeve, Philip (No Such Thing As Dragons)
S ~ Shiibashi, Hiroshi (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 6)
T ~ Terrell, Brandon (Riptide Pride)
U ~ Ungerer, Tomi (The Three Robbers)
V ~ Vaughan, Marcia (Irena's Jars of Secrets)
W ~ Wharton, Thomas (The Fathomless Fire)
X ~ X. Stork, Francis (intro.) (Two and Twenty Dark Tales:Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes edited by Georgia McBride)
Y ~ Yolen, Jane (The Last Dragon)
Z ~ Zoe S. Roy (Butterfly Tears)

TITLES

A ~ Aliens and Energy by Agnieszka Biskup
B ~ Brundibar by Tony Kushner & Maurice Sendak
C ~ The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
D ~ Dragon Seer's Gift by Janet McNaughton
E ~ Ethel & Ernest: A True Story by Raymond Briggs
F ~ Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
G ~ Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
H ~ How Do We Know About Dinosaurs? A Fossil Mystery by Rebecca Olien
I ~  It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph by Monica Kulling
J ~ Jellaby by Kean Soo
K ~ The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel
L ~ Lex Luther and the Kryptonite Caverns by J.E. Bright
M ~ MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 8 by Megumi Osuga
N ~ Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 5 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
O ~ Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace by Linda Granfield
P ~ Power at the Plate by Scott Ciencin
Q ~ A Quick Journey Through the Bible: Student Workbook by Sarah Christmeyer
R ~ Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon
S ~ Super Dinosaur, Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman
T ~ The Translation of the Bones by Frances Kay
U ~ (50) Underwear Questions: A Bare-All History by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
V ~ Vampires and Cells by Agnieszka Biskup
W ~ Who Cut the Cheese? by Jo Nesbo
X ~ X 3-in-1, Vol. I by CLAMP
Y ~ The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Z ~ Zig and Wikki in The Cow by Nadja Spiegelman



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Memorable Memoirs 2012 - read 1-4 memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, letters, etc. (FINISHED)

1. Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary M. Talbot
2. Ethel & Ernest: A True Story by Raymond Briggs
3. War Stores: An Enlisted Man in Vietnam by Sephen G. Macdonald
4. Growing Up Bronx: A Memoir of my Shapers and Shakers by H.A. Hargreaves

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6th Canadian Reading Challenge - July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013 (read 13 books by Canadian authors) (FINISHED)

1. Emma's Emu by Kenneth Oppel
2. The King's Taster by Kenneth Oppel
3. Peg and the Yeti by Kenneth Oppel
4. Butterfly Tears by Zoe S. Roy
5. Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O'Malley
6. Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires
7. White Lies by Jeremy Bates
8. This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
9. A Door in the Wall by Inger Ash Wolfe
10. Jake and the Big Hairy Lie by Phil Calloway
11. Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 2: vs the World by Brian Lee O'Malley
12. Lost Dogs by Jeff Lemire
13. Peg and the Whale by Kenneth Oppel


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2nds Challenge 2012 - read 3 books that are either the 2nd in a series or the 2nd book you've read by the author. (FINISHED)

1. Dragon Seer's Gift by Janet McNaughton (2nd series & 2nd author)
2. No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve (2nd by author)
3. The Fathomless Fire by Thomas Wharton (2nd series & 2nd author)

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Graphic Novels Challenge 2012 - read 12 graphic novels (FINISHED)
1. Power at the Plate by Scott Ciencin
2. Riptide Pride by Brandon Terrell
3. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 5 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
4. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 6 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
5. MOAH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7 by Megumi Osuga
6. MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 8 by Megumi Osuga
7.Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen
8. Super Dinosaur, Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman
9. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen
10. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 7 by Hiroyuki Asada
11. African American Classics (Graphic Classics, Vol. 22)
12. Jellaby by Kean Soo
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War Through the Generations: WWI - read 1-3 books with WWI as a theme (FINISHED)

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2012 ARC Reading Challenge - read 35 or more ARCs (FINISHED)
1. Drop In (Tony Hawk's 900 Revolution #1) by Donnie Lemkie
2. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 5 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
3. Who Cut the Cheese? by Jo Nesbo
4. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 6 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
5. MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7 by Megumi Osuga
6. The Translation of the Bones by Frances Kay
7. MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 8 by Megumi Osuga
8. Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen
9. No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve
10. Super Dinosaur, Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman
11. 50 Underwear Questions: A Bare-All History by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
12. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen
13. The Fathomless Fire by Thomas Wharton
14. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 7 by Hiroyuki Asada
15. African-American Classics edited by Tom Plumplun
16. The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill
17. 101 Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuk Family
18. Nicholas St. North and the Nightmare King by William Joyce
19. The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
20. The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
21. Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 1 by Yumi Tsukirino
22. The Flint Heart by Katharine & John Paterson
23. Titanic 2012 by Bill Walker
24. Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon
25. X, 3-in-1, Vol. I by CLAMP
26. All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCann
27. Judge Anderson: the Psychic Crime Files by Alan Grant
28. Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
29. Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
30. The Secret World of Arrietty, Vol. 1 by Studio Ghibli
31. The Secret World of Arrietty, Vol. 2 by Studio Ghibli
32. Cinder by Marissa Myer
33. A Rare Titanic Family by Julie Hedgepeth Williams
34. Library Wars: Love & War, vol. 7 by Kiiro Yumi
35. Tegami Bachi, Letter Bee, Vol. 8 by Hiroyuki Asada

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100th Anniversary Titanic Reading Challenge - read/watch 6 Titanic related books/movies

1. That Fatal Night by Sarah Ellis
2. Deadly Voyage: RMS Titanic by Hugh Brewster
3. Titanic 2012 by Bill Walker
4. Women of the Titanic Disaster by Sylvia Caldwell
5. A Rare Titanic Family by Julie Hedgepeth Williams
6. Story of the Titanic by DK Publishing

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Clocks, Cogs, and Mechanisms Reading Challenge 2012 - read 1-3 steampunk books

1. Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce
2. The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
3. E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core by William Joyce
Brass Gears (1-3) Finished



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Victorian Challenge 2012 - anything Victorian, books or movies, total of 2-6

Books/Movies:

1. The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure
2. The Best Ghost Stories, 1800-1849: A Classic Ghost Anthology edited by Andrew Barger
3. The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee
4. The Puppet by Eva Wiseman
5. Sacre Bleue: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore
6. The Yard by Alex Grecian

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The Telling Tales Reading Challenge 2012 - read 10+ fairytales/mythology anything goes

1. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen
2. The Flint Heart: A Fairy Story by Katherine & John Paterson
3. Brundibar by Tony Kushner & Maurice Sendak
4. Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O'Connor
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
6. The Hedgehog Boy: A Latvian Folktale by Jane Langton
7. Rudyard Kipling's How the Camel Got Its Hump: The Graphic Novel by Louise Simonson
8. Rudyard Kipling's How the Leopard Got His Spots: The Graphic Novel by Sean Tulien
9. Tall: Great American Foltales: The Comics Anthology edited by Donald Lemke
10. Jack of Fables Vol. 9: The End by Bill Willingham
Level 2 Finished
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2 comments:

  1. Good luck with your challenges! I went a bit crazy in joining too many for 2012, but I'm going to have fun with them.

    Happy New Year!

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  2. Same here, but I think I'm good! Happy New Year!

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