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, January 21, 2012

2nds Challenge 2012 (FINISHED)

ETA: I'm officially finished this challenge as I signed up for the first level to read 3 books and have completed that.  I will now consider the challenge completed, however, I will continue on and see how far I can move up through the levels.  Books read listed below.

ETA: June 7 - I have finished all levels having read 20 books and will now continue adding the (and more) titles

This challenge is hosted by Katy and sign-ups are here.  A year long challenge to read either 2nd books in series or second books by authors you've only read once.  This easily fits in with my goals and I already see books on my shelves that fit the bill. 

These are the levels:
  • Just a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
  • A few more bites - Read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
  • A full plate - Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
  • All you can eat - Read 20 books (or more) that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
I'll choose Just a spoonful to start with and read three as my main goal but we'll see if I can move up to higher levels.

Post reviews here.
Total Books read:

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

(FINISHED main goal - continuing on)

4. 101 Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuk Family (2nd by author)
5. Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce (2nd in series & 2nd by author)
6. Jellaby: Monster in the City by Kean Soo (2nd by author & 2nd in series)
(A few bites more: 6 books)

7. Irena's Jars of Secrets by Marcia Vaughan (2nd by author)
8. Horrid Henry's Underpants by Francesca Simon (2nd by author; 2nd in series)
9. Prisoners in the Promised Land by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (2nd by author)
10. When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs (2nd by author)
11. Zig and Wikki in the Cow by Nadja Spiegelman (2nd by author; 2nd in series)
12. The Secret World of Arrietty, Vol. 2 (2nd in series)
(A full plate: 12 books)

13. Salamander Smackdown by John Sazaklis (2nd by author)
14. Judge Dredd: Crusades & Frankenstein Division by Grant Morrison (2nd in series)
15. Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, vol. 2 by Yumi Tsukirino (2nd in series)
16. Titanic: Disaster at Sea by Martin Jenkins (2nd by author)
17. Volcanoes! by Renne Gray-Wilburn (2nd by author)
18. Leviathan by Ian Edington (2nd by author)
19. Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity by Michael Coren (2nd by author)
20. X, 3-in-1, Vol. II (vol. 4,5,6) by Clamp (2nd in series; 2nd by author)
(All you can eat: 20 +books)

And More
21. Hyena in Petticoats by Willow Dawson (2nd by author)
22. Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book Two by Tom Sniegoski (2nd in series)
23. The Puppet by Eva Wiseman (2nd by author)
24. Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell (2nd by author)
25. Cinderella #2: Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson (2nd in series, 2nd by author)
26. Bink & Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo (2nd in series)
27. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey (2nd by author)
28. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2nd by author)
29. Butterfly Tears by Zoe S. Roy (2nd by author)
30. Voltron Force #2: Tournament of Lions by Brian Smith (2nd by author, 2nd in series)
31. Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn (2nd by author)
32. Disgrace by Jussi Adler_Olsen (2nd in series, 2nd by author)
33. Scott Pilgrim vs the World by Brian Lee O'Malley (2nd in series, 2nd by author)
34. Peg and the Whale by Kenneth Oppel (2nd in series, 1st actually but I read them backwards)
35. Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery by David A. Adler (2nd in the series, 2nd by author)
36. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 01 by John Wagner (2nd by the author)
37. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (2nd in a series)
38. Thief of Thieves, Vol. 1: "I Quit" by Robert Kirkman (2nd by author)
39. Captain Awesome vs. Nacho Cheese Man by Stan Kirby (2nd by author, 2nd in series)
40. Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey (2nd by author)
41. Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories by Steve Niles (2nd by author, 2nd in series)

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