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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Challenges

I would have to go into the html code to fix the white highlighting and I can't be bothered to update this page anymore.  Trying to simplify life in little ways :-)

8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge
ends June 30, 2015
read 13 books by, about or set in Canada/Canadians


2015 8th Graphic Novel & Manga Reading Challenge

runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2015

Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)


2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2015

Bronze - 10 Books


2015 Read Your Freebies Reading Challenge

runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2015


Coupon Clipper: read 12 ebooks
Penny Pincher: read 24 ebooks
Buying in Bulk: read 36 ebooks
Super Saver: read 50 ebooks
Extreme Couponer: read 100+ ebooks

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Jan: 2/12
Feb: 4/12
Mar: 5/12


The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge

runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2015

12 specific books from a list

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Jan: 1/12

Feb: 2/12
Mar: 3/12


2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2015


1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children

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Jan: 1/30

Feb: 3/30
Mar: 7/30


2015 Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge
runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2015


5 books= Inspector Lestrade
10 books = Amelia Peabody
15 books = Flavia de Luce
20 books = Inspector Ian Rutledge
25 books = Detective Simon Ziele
30 books= Miss Marple
35 books= Hercule Poirot
40+ books= Sherlock Holmes

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Jan: 0/10
Feb: 1/10
Mar: 6/10


2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 
runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2015

Renaissance Reader - 10 books


I'm currently involved in these perpetual challenges or projects

Chronological Stephen King - I started this project in 2007, hit a snag for a few years, then since 2011 have started each year off with a Stephen King book.  Other than that this is a long-term project with no goals or objectives other than an "I hope to maybe accomplish "such 'n such" this year. 

2014 was an excellent year for me.  I accomplished everything I set out in my should-be-able-to list.  Evrything was short so I added 5 more to the list and really none of them were true horror except Creepshow but then that's just a comicbook.  

So I'm excited to start 2015 off with a classic horror chunkster "Christine".  The next few books are all good old horror too and I'm just going to try to get to "Pet Cemetary" next as it's a shorter easy read and if I get that one done I should have no problem adding in the novella "Cycle of the Werewolf".  Not going to trya and hit for it but if I did have a great year the next book up or the starter for next year would be his first collaboration with another author, his long time friend, Peter Straub: "The Talsiman".

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
10. Roadwork
11. Danse Macabre
12. Cujo
13. The Mist
14. The Running Man
15. Creepshow (had a very hard time finding a copy to read!)
16. Different Seasons
17. Christine
18. Cycle of the Werewolf


Newbery Challenge (ongoing) - I intend on continuing this never-ending quest to read all the Newbery winners. For the last several years I have been very lame and only read the new winner each year.  Last two years (2013/14) I didn't even manage that ;-P . In 2014 I did make some good progess on reading some older Newbery's and have also started adding the Honors I read to the list as well.  Goal this year is to read the 2013/14/15 winners at least!


Geographical Project - see progress here

In 2014 I'm continuing on my second tour of the Canadian Provinces & Territories.  I've got most provinces done now except some of the Maritimes and the Territories.  It took me 6 years to complete the tour last time.  Hopefully I can get most of the way across the country this year.

I had 7 States left at the beginning of last year and only managed to whittle that down by 3.  So I start 2015 with these 4 States:


I'm actively keeping an eye out for unique countries, I did great in previous years but only added two new countries this!  I will really have to look hard at books' settings to make progress.  It's getting hard to think outside the box now though, so I'm open to any books taking place in obscure parts of the world.  Check to see where I've already been.

A Century of Books - see progress here

My personal imposed rules

0. Start date = Jan. 1, 2015
1. End date = No time limit. Expecting 2-3 years.

2. Any book with or viable for an ISBN counts (ie. yes to picture books & graphic novels, no to comic books & individual short stories)

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