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 29, 2012

2013 Graphic Novels Reading Challenge - COMPLETED

This is my second year hosting this long running challenge and I've added a bit of fun this year.  I am going to join
Level 2 = 24 books and will be playing the Advanced game meaning I need to read 1 book from each of these categories:

1. manga (#3 - Nura, Vol. 12)
2. superhero (#13 - Justice League V.2)
3. classic adaptation (#55 - Graphic Classics V. 14 {Northanger Abbey})
4. memoir (#1 - Marbles)
5. fantasy (#9 - The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux)
6. translated from a foreign language (#44 - Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 12)
7. a single-issue comic book (#24. 2000 AD Progs 1803-1805)
8. science-fiction (#4 - Judge Dredd)
9. crime or mystery (#5 - Agent Gates)
10. fairytale or mythology (#31 - Robyn Hood)
11. children's boooltron Force 5)
12. anthology  (#27 k (#2 - VGraphic Classics: H.G. Wells)

Link to post reviews

1. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney
2. Voltron Force #5: Dragon Dawn by Brian Smith
3. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 12 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
4. Judge Dredd: The Garth Ennis Collection
5. Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey by Camaren Subhiyah
6. Bigfoot Boy: Into the Woods by J. Torres. Art by Faith Erin Hicks
7. Grim Leaper by Kurtis J. Wiebe
8. Binky Takes Charge by Ashley Spires
9. The Golden Twine, Cat's Cradle Book 1 by Jo Rioux
10. Thieves & Kings, Vol. 1: The Red Book by Mark Oakley
11. Transformers, Regeneration One: Volume 1 by Simon Furman
12. Thieves & Kings, Vol. 2: The Green Book by Mark Oakley
13. Justice League, Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey by Geoff Johns
14. Louis Armstrong: Jazz Legend by Terry Collins
15. George Washington: The Rise of America's First President by Agnieszka Biskup
16. True Stories of the Revolutionary War by Elizabeth Raum
17. True Stories of World War II by Terry Collins
18. Alabaster: Wolves by Catilan R. Kiernan
19. The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
20. Wonderland Vol. 1 by Raven Gregory
21. Think Tank, Vol. 1 by Matt Hawkins
22. The Curse of Dracula by Marv Wolfman
23. Scott Pilgrim`s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O`Malley
24. 2000 AD Progs 1803-1805
Level 2 = Finished

Extras (still working on completing Advanced Play Categories)
25. Low Life: Paranoia by Rob Williams
26. The Spider: Terror of the Zombie Queen by David Liss
27. Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells edited by Tom Pomplum
28. Curses! Foiled Again by Jane Yolen
29. Thieves & Kings, Volume Three: The Blue Book by Mark Oakley
30. 2000 AD Prog 1806-1808
31. Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood by Pat Shand
32. Batman Adventures #1-2 by Ty Templeton
33. Superman Adventures #1&3 by Paul Dini & Scott McCloud
34. 2000 AD Prog, 1809-1811
35. Poseidon: Earth Shaker by George O'Connor
36. Redakai: Conquer the Kairu, Vol. 2, The Tiger Terror by Terrance Griep
37. Voltron Force V6 by Brian Smith
38. Graphic Classics, Vol. 24: Native America Classics edited by Tom Pomplun
39. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley
40. Legends From China: Three Kingdoms, Vol. 3: To Pledge Allegiance by Wei Dong Chen
41. Jerusalem: The Story of a City and a Family by Boaz Yakin
42. (2) Tiny Titans Comics by Art Baltazar
43. (2) Young Justice Comics by Art Baltazar
44. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 12 by Hiroyuki Asada
45. Mind MGMT, Vol 1 by Matt Kindt
46. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 13 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
47. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
48. 07 Ghost Vol. 2 by Yuki Amemiya
49. 07 Ghost Vol. 3 by Yuki Amemiya
50. Barrage, Vol. 1 by Kouhei Horikoshi
51. Lover's Lane: The Halls-Mills Mystery by Rick Geary
52. Cardboard by Douglas TenNapel
53. Thieves & Kings Vol. 4: The Shadow Book by Mark Oakley
54. Bad Island by Douglas TenNapel
55. Graphic Classics V. 14: Gothic Classics edited by Tom Pomplun
Categories Challenge: Finished

And More!
56. Trotsky: A Graphic Biography by Rick Geary
57. The Great Successor: A Political Cartoon by Ha Tae Keung.
58. Happy! by Grant Morrison
59. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay
60. Criminal Macabre: No Peace for Dead Men by Steve Niles & Eric Powell
61. Barrage Vol. 2 by Kouhei Horikoshi
62. Comic books: 2000 AD Prog. 1812, 2013, 1813
63. DC Super Friends 2&3 by Sholly Fisch
64. Batman The Brave and the Bold 2&3 by Matt Wayne
65. Chickenhare by Chris Grine
66. Judge Dredd: Origins by John Wagner
67. Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes by Matt Kindt
68. The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi
69. Prince of the Elves by Kazu Kibuishi
70. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Sleepy Hollow by Dick Wickline
71. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland Vol. 2 by Raven Gregory
72. J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography by Rick Geary
73. Graphic Classics: Horror Classics edited by Tom Pomplun
74. Thieves & Kings Vol. 5: The Winter Book by Mark Oakley
75. Gear by Douglas TenNapel
76. 2000AD Prog. 1814 - 1817
77. Criminal Macabre Omnibus, Volume 1 by Steve Niles
78. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks
79. 2000AD Prog. 1818-1821
80. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 13 by Hiroyuki Asada
81. Zebrafish: SPF 40 by Sharon Emerson
82. Who is AC? by Hope Larson
83. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan V14 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
84. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan V15 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
85. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 9 by Kiiro Yumi
86. Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 1 by Mizuki Shakakibara
87. Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi
88. Graphic Classics: Mark Twain edited by Tom Pomplun
89. The Adventures of Blanche by Rick Geary
90. Thieves & Kings: Apprentices, Part One by Mark Oakley
91. Power Up by Doug TenNapel
92. Bleach 3-in-1, Vol.1 by Tite Kubo
93. Barry's Best Buddy & Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas (Toon Books)
94. Persia Blues Vol. 1: Leaving Home by Dara Naraghi
95. The Truth is Out There Vol. 1: Brendan & Erc in Exile by Amadeus
96. Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan
97. Capote in Kansas by Ande Parks
98. Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1, Vol. 2 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
99. Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1, Vol. 3 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
100. Sunny Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto
101. Wars in Toyland by Joe Harris
102. Tib & Tumtum: Welcome to the Tribe! by Grimaldi
103. Zombillenium 1: Gretchen by Arthur de Pins
104. A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel by Joseph Joffo
105. Graphic Classics, Vol. 11: O. Henry edited by Tom Pomplun
106. Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
107. A Reason for Dragons by Chris Northrup
108. Classics Illustrated: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens by Rick Geary
109. Creature Tech by Doug TenNapel
110. 2000AD Progs 1822-1825
111. War Machine by Dave Gibbons
112. Monsuno: Combat Chaos, Volume 1 by Brian Smith
113. Dragonball 3-in-1 (1-2-3) by Akira Toriyama
114. Children of the Sea Vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi
115. Children of the Sea Vol. 2 by Daisuke Igarashi
116. Children of the Sea Vol. 3 by Daisuke Igarashi
117. Children of the Sea Vol. 4 by Daisuke Igarashi
118. Children of the Sea Vol. 5 by Daisuke Igarashi
119. Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre by Darwyn Cooke
120. Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan by J. Michael Straczynski
121. Before Watchmen: Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair by Len Wein
122. A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva
123. Chick & Chickie Play All Day by Claude Ponti
124. A Distant Soil: The Gathering by Colleen Doran
125. The Book of Revelation adaptation by Matt Dorff.
126. Kafka by Steven T. Seagel
127. The Ticking by Rene French
128. Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel
129. The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman
130. The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
131. Three Latest (2013) Toon Books
132. Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft edited by Tom Pomplun
133. Louis L'Amour's Law of the Desert Born: Graphic Novel by Charles Santino
134. Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 2 art by Mizuki Sakakibara
135. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 10 by Kiiro Yumi
136. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 14 by Hiroyuki Asada
137. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 16 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
138. Neon Genesis Evangelion (3-in-1) Vol. 4 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
139. The Masks, Vol. 1 by Chris Roberson
140. An Unkindness of Ravens by J. Torres & Faith Erin Hicks
141. Binky: License to Scratch by Ashley Spires
142. Mind MGMT, Vol. 2: The Futurist by Matt Kindt
143. Monsuno Combat Chaos V2: Revenge/Sacrifice by Brian Smith & Cory Levine
144. Dragonball (3-in-1) Vol. 2: Collects Vol. 4-5-6 by Akira Toriyama
145. Magi, Vol. 1 by  Shinobu Otaka
146. D. Gray-Man (3-in-1) Vol. 1-2-3 by Katsura Hoshino
147. Batman (The New 52!), Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
148. Micrographica by Renee French
149. Iron West by Doug TenNapel
150. Batman (The New 52!), Vol. 2: The City of Owls by Scott Snyder
151. Battling Boy by Paul Pope
152. Batman (The New 52!): Night of Owls by Scott Snyder
153. Catwoman (The New 52!), Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Ann Nocenti
154. Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach by Brian Azzarello
155. Five Level 2 TOON BOOKS by Various
156. Batgirl (The New 52) Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Gail Simone
157. Classics Illustrated: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte by Rick Geary
158. Betty Blues by Renaud Dillies
159. Science: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer
160. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
161. Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
162. Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
163. Voice Over! Seiyu Academy, Vol. 1 by Maki Minami
164. Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 13 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
165. Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White by Rick Geary
166. Batman & Robin (New 52) Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Peter Tomasi
167. Red Hood and the Outlaws (New 52) Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Scott Lobdell
168. Sweet Rein Vol. 1 by Sakura Tsukuba
169. Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 3 by Mizuki Sakakibara
170. Tiger & Bunny, The Movie: The Beginning, Side A
171. Tiger & Bunny, The Movie: The Beginning, Side B
172. The Joker: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder
173. Uzumaki: The Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito
174. Bleach (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 16-7-18) by Tite Kubo
175. One Piece, East Blue (3-in-1), Vol. 1-2-3 by Eiichiro Oda
176. Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh's Fortune by Sean O'Neill
177. Lazarus, Book One: Family by Greg Rucka
178. The Last Christmas by Gerry Duggan

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