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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, March 8, 2014

7th Graphic Novels & Manga Challenge 2014 - FINISHED


MARCH 8, 2014 - FINISHED 52/52 (but I will continue to add books all year long.)


I'll be joining this challenge again as I'm addicting to this format and well ... I'm the host!  For all the details  you can find them here and sign-up as well.

I will be joining the top level and listing my books below:

Post reviews here:

Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 (2014) Goal: 52 books
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year

1. Button Man: Get Harry Ex by John Wagner
2. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 1 by Konami Kanata
3. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 2 by Konami Kanata
4. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 3 by Konami Kanata
5. Judge Dredd: Mutants in Mega-City One by John Wagner
6. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland Vol. 3 by Raven Gregory
7. Vinland Saga: Book One by Makoto Yukimura
8. One Piece, Vol. 4 by Eiichiro Oda
9. One Piece, Vol. 5 by Eiichiro Oda
10. One Piece, Vol. 6 by Eiichiro Oda
11. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 06 by John Wagner & Allan Grant
12. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 3 by Shinobu Ohtaka
13. Classics Illustrated: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll by Kyle Baker
14. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 18 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
15. Ghosted Vol. 1: Haunted Heist by Joshua Williamson
16. Dragon Ball (3-in-1), Vol. 3 by Akira Toriyama
17. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 4 by Konami Kanata
18. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 5 by Konami Kanata
19. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 6 by Konami Kanata
20. Classics Illustrated: The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allen Poe
21. Classics Illustrated: Hamlet by William Shakespeare by Steven Grant
22. Vinland Saga Book Two by Makoto Yukimura
23. Into the Volcano by Don Woods
24. Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol. 2 by Maki Minami
25. Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol. 3 by Maki Minami
26. Legendz 1: The Tornado Comes! by Rin Hirai
27. Legendz 2: Burnout! by Rin Hirai
28. Legendz 3: Necrom Menace by Rin Hirai
29. Legendz 4: Legendz Become Legends by Rin Hirai
30. Half Past Danger by Stephen Mooney
31. Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London by Sylvain Cordurie
32. Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth 02 by Gerry Finley-Day
33. Justice League (New 52) Vol. 1: Origin by Geoff Johns
34. Justice League International (New 52) Vol. 1: The Signal Masters by Dan Jurgens
35. Justice League International (New 52) Vol. 2: Breakdown by Dan Jurgens & Geoff Johns
36. Bleach (3-in-1) Vol. 19-20-21 by Tite Kubo
37. Wonder Woman (New 52) Vol. 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello
38. The Flash (New 52) Volume 1: Move Forward by Francis Manapul
39. Justice League Unlimited #6 & #7 by Adam Beechen
40. Aquaman (New 52) Vol. 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns
41. Aquaman (New 52) Vol. 2: The Others by Geoff Johns
42. Justice League Dark (New 52), Vol. 1: Into the Dark by Peter Milligan
43. Justice League Dark (New 52), Vol. 2: The Books of Magic by Jeff Lemire
44. Justice League Dark (New 52), Vol. 3: The Death of Magic by Jeff Lemire & Ray Fawkes
45. Zatch Bell!, Vol. 6 by Makoto Raiku
46. Zatch Bell!, Vol. 7 by Makoto Raiku
47. Zatch Bell!, Vol. 8 by Makoto Raiku
48. Three Issues of Superman Family Adventures by Art Baltazar
49. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, V19 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
50. Essex County 1: Tales From the Farm by Jeff Lemire
51. Dragon Ball Full Color: Saiyan Arc, Vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama
52. Zombie War Complete by Kevin B Eastman

AND MORE:
53. Justice League (New 52), Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey by Geoff Johns
54. Justice League (New 52), Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns
55. Aquaman (New 52), Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns
56. Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem by Steve Niles
57. Chi's Sweet Home Volume 7 by Konami Kanata 
58. Chi's Sweet Home Volume 8 by Konami Kanata 
59. Chi's Sweet Home Volume 9 by Konami Kanata 
60. Chi's Sweet Home Volume 10 by Konami Kanata
61. Justice League of America (New 52), Vol. 1: World's Most Dangerous by Geoff Johns
62. Super Girl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, #5 & #6 by Landry Q. Walker
63. Batman: Li'l Gotham Vol. 1 by Derek Fridolfs
64. D-Day: June 6, 1944 by Agnieszka Biskup
65. Defend Until Death!: Nickolas Flux and the Battle of the Alamo by Nel Yomtov
66. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Realm Knights by Pat Shand
67. Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini edited by Tom Pomplun
68. Magi, Vol. 4 by Shinobu Ohtaka 
69. Tiger & Bunny Vol. 4 by Mizuki Sakakibara
70. Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 1 by Jinsei Kataoka
71. One Piece (3-in-1) Vol. 7-8-9 by Eiichiro Oda
72.  Mr. Puzzle Super Collection! by Chris Eliopoulos
73. The Seven Deadly Sins 1 by Nakaba Suzuki
74. Naruto (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 4-5-6 by Masashi Kishimoto
75. Dragonball (3-in-1) Vol. 10-11-12 by Akira Toriyama 
76. Naruto (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 7-8-9 by Masashi Kishimoto
77. Helheim: The Witch War, Volume One by Cullen Bunn
78. Nobrow 9: It's Oh So Quiet edited by Alex Spiro
79. Bohemians: A Graphic History edited by Paul Buhle
80. Courtney Crumrin:The Witch Next Door by Ted Naifeh
81. Gangsta., Vol. 1 by Koshke
82. Batman: Death Mask by Yoshinori Natsume
83. Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World by Ian Edginton
84. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 07 by John Wagner
85. My Amazing Dinosaur by Grimaldi
86. Tao, The Little Samurai: Pranks and Attacks! by Richard Lawrence
87. The Other Dead by Joshua Ortega
88. Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 1 by Arina Tanemura
89. D.Gray-man (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 7, 8 & 9 by Katsura Hoshino
90. The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights by Michael Uslan
91. Zero, Vol. 1 An Emergency by Ales Kot
92. Graphic Classics: Oscar Wilde edited by Tom Pomplun
93. Ghost Stories by Jeff Lemire
94. Tegami Bachi, Vol. 16 by Hiroyuki Asada
95. Noah by Aronofsky, Darren
96. Zatch Bell!, Volume 9 by Makoto Raiku
97. Zatch Bell!, Volume 10 by Makoto Raiku
98. Zatch Bell!, Volume 11 by Makoto Raiku
99. Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells (3rd Ed.) edited by Tom Pomplun
100. X-Files Season 10 Volume 2 by Joe Harris
101. Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill
102. UQ Holder V1 by Ken Akamatsu
103. Aphrodite: Goddess of Love by George O'Connor
104. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 20 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
105. Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
106. Dragon Ball, Full Color Saiyan Arc Vol. 2 by Akira Toriyama
107. Essex County Vol. 3: The Country Nurse by Jeff Lemire
108. Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 2 by Jinsei Kataoka
109. The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
110. Sunny, Vol. 3 by Taiyo Matsumoto
111. Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier
112. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 11 by Kiiro Yumi
113. Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
114. Zatch Bell, Volume 12 by Makoto Raiku
115. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Oz by Joe Brusha
116. Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe
117. Zatch Bell Vol. 13 by Makoto Raiku
118. Zatch Bell Vol. 14  by Makoto Raiku
119. Social Smarts Privacy the Internet and You by Mark Slutsky
120. Sweet Rein, Vol. 2 by Sakura Tsukuba
121. Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama by Eric Hobbs
122. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 5 by Ohtaka Shinobu
123. LEGO Legends of Chima #1: High Risk! by Yannick Grotholt
124. Ariol #1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me by Emmanuel Guibert
125. Monster Soul Vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima
126. Ariol #2: Thunder Horse by Emmanuel Guibert
127. Ariol #3: Happy as a Pig... by Emmanuel Guibert
128. Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 2 by Arina Tanemura
129. Banzai Battalion: Just Another Bug Hunt by John Wagner & Alan Grant
130. Green Lantern, (New 52) Vol. 1: Sinestro by Geoff Johns
131. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 1: The Midas Touch by Dan Jurgens
132. Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 22, 23 & 24 by Tite Kubo
133. Detective Comics, Vol. 1: Faces of Death by Tony S. Daniel
134. Ro-Busters: The Disaster Squad of Distinction by Pat Mills
135. Suicide Squad (New 52) Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass
136. Batgirl (New 52), Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone
137. Ariol #4: A Beautiful Cow by Emmanuel Guibert
138. Vinland Saga 3 by Makoto Yukimura
139. Penguin: Pain and Prejudice by Gregg Hurwitz
140. Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures by Matt Dembicki
141. Superman Action Comics, Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel by Grant Morrison
142. Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Vol. 1 by Paul Dini & Derek Fridolfs
143. Gangsta, Vol. 2 by Kohske
144. The Cage by Martin Vaughn-James; Introduction by Seth
145. Sand Land by Akira Toriyama
146. Wonder Woman (New 52), Vol. 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello
147. Gotham City Sirens, Volume 1: Union by Paul Dini & Scott Lobdell
148. Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics by Mike Madrid
149. Gentleman Jim by Raymond Briggs; Introduction by Seth
150. Birds of Prey, Vol. 1: Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski
151. The Seven Deadly Sins 2 by Nakaba Suzuki
152. Classics Illustrated #19: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Michael Ploog
153. Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson
154. Nightwing (New 52), Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins
155. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Code Red Volume 1 by Patrick Shand
156. Seraph of the End, Vol. 1: Vampire Reign by Takaya Kagami
157. I, Vampire (New 52), Vol. 1: Tainted Love by Joshua Hale Fialkov
158. Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae
159. Doubt, Vol. 1 by Yoshiki Tonogai
160. Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison 
161. Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1 by Chris Dingess 
162. The Stand Volume 2: American Nightmares by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa 
163. Andy, Also by Maxwell Eaton III 
164. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 2: Triple Threat by Ann Nocenti
165. Green Arrow (New 52), Vol. 3: Harrow by Ann Nocenti
166. Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy
167. Doubt, Vol. 2 by Yoshiki Tonogai
168. I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin
169. Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine, July 15 2013
170. Batman Adventures, Volume 1: Rogues' Gallery by Dan Slott & Ty Templeton
171. Batman Adventures, Volume  2: Shadows and Masks  by Dan Slott & Ty Templeton
172. Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson
173. Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol. 1: Redemption by Scott Lobdell
174. Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
175. Millennium Snow (2-in-1) , Vol. 1: Includes Vols. 1 & 2 by Bisco Hatori
176. Codename: Action Volume 1 by Chris Roberson
177. The Heart of the Beast by Dean Motter & Judith Dupre
178. Classics Illustrated #6: The Scarlet Letter: Graphic Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne  by P. Craig Russell
179. Classics Illustrated #8: The Count of Monte Cristo by Aexandre Dumas by Steven Grant
180. Batman and Robin, Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian by Peter J. Tomasi
181. Classics Illustrated #9: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair by Peter Kuper
182. I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached
183. WWE Superstars #1: Money In the Bank by Mick Foley
184. Red Hood - The Lost Days by Judd Winick
185. Millennium Snow, Vol. 3 by Bisco Hatori
186. The First Mouse on the Moon by Geronimo Stilton
187. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol 21 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
188. DC Universe Presents, Vol. 1: Deadman/Challengers of the Unknown by Paul Jenkins
189. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repulsa's Attitude Adjustment by Stefan Petrucha
190. Arkham Asylum: Living Hell by Dan Slott
191. Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
192. Marx by Corrine Maier
193. Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns
194. Toto Trouble #1: Back to Crass by Thierry Copee
195. Batman Strikes! #1,3&4 by Bill Mathey
196. Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 13, 14 & 15 by Akira Toriyama
197. (In a Sense) Lost and Found by Roman Muradov 
198. The Wraith by Joe Hill
199. Damian: Son of Batman by Andy Kubert
200. UQ Holder 2 by Ken Akamatsu
201. Noir Volume 1 by Victor Gischler
202. Two Issues Teen Titans Go! by J. Torres
203. The Seven Deadly Sins 3 by Nakaba Suzuki
204. Superman & Batman: Generations, An Imaginary Tale by John Byrne
205. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 6  by Shinobu Ohtaka
206. Glory: The Complete Saga  by Joe Keatinge
207. Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1-4 by Matt Wayne
208. Trillium by Jeff Lemire
209. Black Science, Vol. 1 by Rick Remender
210. Batman: Brave and the Bold Vol. 3 - Emerald Knight by Landry Q. Walker
211. Star Wars: Jedi Academy 2, Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
212. Age of Darkness Volume 1 by Patrick Shand
213. Weekly Shonen Jump, July 22 2013
214. Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell by Ted Naifeh
215. The Flash, Vol. 2: Rogues Revolution by Francis Manapul
216. The Flash Vol. 4: Reverse by Francis Manapul
217. Vinland Saga, 4 by Makoto Yukimura
218. Kings Watch Volume 1 by Jeff Parker
219. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
220. Outlaws of the Marsh Volume 1: Spirits and Bandits by Wei Dong Chen
221. Bigfoot Boy 3: The Sound of Thunder by J. Torres & Faith Erin Hicks
222. Amulet, Vol. 6: Escape From Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi
223. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 22 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
224. Young Justice Vol. 1 by Art Baltazar
225. Young Justice Vol. 2: Training Day by Greg Weisman
226. Young Justice Vol. 3: Creature Features by Greg Weisman
227. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
228. Static Shock (New 52) Vol. 1: Supercharged by Scott McDaniel
229. Captain Atom (The New 52), Vol. 1: Evolution by J.T. Krul
230. Young Justice Vol. 4: Invasion by Greg Weisman
231. Zatch Bell, Volume 15 by Makoto Raiku
232. Zatch Bell, Volume 16 by Makoto Raiku
233. The Savage Hawkman (New 52) Vol. 1: Darkness Rising by Tony S. Daniel
234. Monster Soul 2 by Hiro Mashima
235. Superman/Wonder Woman (New 52), Vol. 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule
236. The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro
237. Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift by Greg Rucka
238. Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by Dav Pilkey
239. Creepshow by Stephen King
240. Zatch Bell, Volume 17 by Makoto Raiku
241. Kamen Volume 1 by Gunya Mihara
242. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 4: The Kill Machine by Jeff Lemire
243. Supergirl (New 52) Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton by Mike Johnson
244. Superboy (New 52) Vol. 1: Incubation by Scott Lobdell
245. Teen Titans (New 52) Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight by Scott Lobdell
246. Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 1 by Adachitoka
247. Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
248. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 12 by Kiiro Yumi
249. The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1 by Yoshiki Tanaka
250. El Deafo by Cece Bell
251. Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel
252. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 5: The Outsiders War by Jeff Lemire
253. The Seven Deadly Sins 4 by Nakaba Suzuki
254. Fish by Bianca Bagnarelli
255. Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan
256. Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources by Arthur de Pins
257. Vinland Saga, Omnibus 5 by Makoto Yukimura
258. Weekly Shonen Jump, July 29, 2013 (No. 35)
259. Comics Squad: Recess! edited by Jennifer L. Holm
260. The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
261. Ash and the Army of Darkness by Steve Niles
262. Ernest & Rebecca #5: The School of Nonsense by Guillaume Bianco
263. The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by P. Craig Russell264. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
265. Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood Legend by Patrick Shand
266. This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki
267. Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bass Reeves by Joel Christian Gill
268. 3 Issues of Superman Family Adventures by Art Baltazar
269. LEGO Ninjago #11: Comet Crisis by Greg Farshtey
270. The Heroic Legend of Arslan 2 by Yoshiki Tanaka
271. Colonial Comics: New England, 1620 - 1750 edited by Jason Rodriguez
272. Superman Family Adventures Vol. 2 by Art Baltazar
273. Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
274. Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 11 by Konami Kanata
275. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
276. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
277. The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
278. Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
279. How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
280. The Wake by Scott Snyder
281. Art Schooled by Jamie Coe
282. Clockwork Game: The Illustrious Career of A Chess-Playing Automaton by Jane Irwin
283. The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks
284. Kamen Volume 2 by Gunya Mihara
285. Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner
286. Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination by Dan Mishkin
287. Explorer: The Hidden Doors by Kazu Kibuishi288. The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler
289. Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
290. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
291. Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard
292. Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
293. Hinterkind Vol. 2: Written in Blood by Ian Edginton
294. Princess Ugg Volume 1 by Ted Naifeh
295. The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop
296. Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks
297. Cast Away on the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure (Toon Books) by Fred
298. Classics Illustrated Deluxe #9: A Christmas Carol and the Remembrance of Mugby by Charles Dickens by Rudolphe 
299. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow 
300. Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 1 by Jiro Kuwata
301. The Smurfs Christmas by Peyo
302. The Royals: Masters of War by Rob Williams
303. Dance Class #6: A Merry Olde Christmas by Béka
304. Tune, Book 1: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim
305. Tune, Book 2: Still Life by Derek Kirk Kim
306. Neurocomic by Dr. Hana Ros
307. Garfield & Co. #7: Home for the Holidays by Jim Davis
308. Theseus and the Minotaur by Yvan Pommaux
308. Dance Class #8: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Béka
309. Forever Smurfette by Peyo
310. Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy



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