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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, July 31, 2014

8th annual Canadian Book Challenge - FINISHED



I've already signed-up but I'm a little late getting this post up.  I had plans to read a bit more than I got around to this month but oh, well.  Here we go!

I've been in this challenge of John's since day 1 and while he always mixes things up and makes it fun for us every year the challenge is always the same.  Running from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 read 13 books by Canadians, about Canadians or set in Canada.  I don't usually have a theme or anything that organized but this year I am going to try and read a "Dear Canada" book each month, doubling up once for a total of 13 Dear Canadas.  Big fail for July, though technically it is July 31, and I've just started my first one :-)

Post reviews here.

1. Two Issues of Teen Titans Go! by J. Torres
2. Dear Canada: Winter of Peril : The Newfoundland Diary of Sophie Loveridge, Mairie's Cove, New-Found-Land, 1721 by Jan Andrews  (DC 1)
3. Trillium by Jeff Lemire
4. The Hollow Tree by Janet Lunn
5. Dear Canada: A Country of Our Own: The Confederation Diary of Rosie Dunn, Ottawa, Province of Canada, 1800 (DC 2)
6. Bigfoot Boy 3: The Sound of Thunder by J. Torres & Faith Erin Hicks
7. Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948 by Carol Matas (DC 3)
8. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 4: The Kill Machine by Jeff Lemire
9. Dear Canada: A Trail of Broken Dreams: The Gold Rush Diary of Harriet Palmer, Overland to the Cariboo, 1862 by Barbara Haworth-Attard (DC 4)
10. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 5: The Outsiders War by Jeff Lemire
11. This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki
12. Dear Canada: All Fall Down: The Landslide Diary of Abby Roberts, Frank, Alberta District, 1902 by Jean Little (DC 5)
13. Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
FINISHED
Challenge completed but still working on personal challenge of 13 Dear Canadas.  I'm currently at 5/13 and am reading one right now. (Nov. 25, 2014)

14. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
15. Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart: The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-Ling, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1922 by Gillian Chan (DC 6)
16. To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful by Shane Koyczan
17. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
18. Dear Canada: A Sea of Sorrows: The Typhus Epidemic Diary of Johanna Leary, Canada East, 1847 by Norah McClintock (DC 7)
19. Creatures of the Rock: A Veterinarian’s Adventures in Newfoundland by Andrew Peacock
20. Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
21. Dear Canada: Banished from Our Home: The Acadian Diary of Angélique Richard, Grand-Pre, Acadia, 1755 by Sharon Stewart (DC 8)
22. Dear Canada: A Desperate Road to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson, Virginia to Canada West, 1863-1864 by Karleen Bradford (DC 9)
23. No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
24. No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
25. Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood
26. Dear Canada: Days of Toil and Tears: The Child Labour Diary of Flora Rutherford, Almonte, Ontario, 1887 by Sarah Ellis (DC 10)
27. Chinese Turkestan: A Photographic Journey Through an Ancient Civilization by Ryan Pyle
28. Button Hill by Michael Bradford
29. Deadly Appearances by Gail Bowen
30. Dear Canada: If I Die Before I Wake: The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, Toronto, Ontario, 1918 by Jean Little (DC 11)
31. Crime Seen: Stories from Behind the Yellow Tape, From Patrol Cop to Profiler by Kate Lines
32. At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
33. Dear Canada: Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein by Carol Matas (DC 12)
34. Least I Could Do 5: Yield To Me by Ryan Sohmer
35. Dear Canada: Whispers of War: The War of 1812 Diary of Susanna Merritt by Kit Pearson (DC 13)
FINISHED - Personal challenge 13/13 Dear Canadas!










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