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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.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 ARC Master List

I implemented a new strategy in 2013 using the inventory control method of LIFO (last-in, first-out) while reading my ARCs and managed to read 79% of all ARCs received during the year 2013.  That's a great turnover as far as I'm concerned since some of those books were unsolicited and yet I chose to read.  On top of that I also read widely across the previous years' backlog of ARCs that I still have every intention of reading someday.

For 2014 I'm down 10% to 69% of all books read that came in for review but am not worried as that is easily explained by the 75 or so books that came Oct/Nov as I was a Cybils judge.  Last year at this point I had 174 waiting in backlog, I'm just a tad over this and again it's because of the ton of gns I received at the end of the year, so I'm feeling like I'm keeping things on track here.

So in all its awesome glory, here are the remainders of my ARC list from 2011-2014 with new 2015 arrivals being added to the bottom.  I will again be using the LIFO method and will see if I can reach around 80% read rate for this years ARCs.

2011
3. Bound by Antonya Nelson
7. How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend  by Gary Ghislain
9. Miracleville by Monique Polak
10. No Safe Haven by Kimberley Woodhouse (DNF)

2012
49. The Intercept by Dick Wolf
50. Five Farthings by Monica Redich
51. The Adventures of Jewell Cardwell: Hydra's Nest by Fumi Hancock
52. Don't Feed the Boy by Irene Latham
53. Watching Jimmy by Nancy Harty
54. Saint Kaateri: Lily of the Mohawks by Matthew E. Bunson (DNF)
55. A Note From An Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker
56. Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell
57. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer
58. The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
59. Vincent Shadow: The Top Secret Toys by Tim Kehoe
60. Beyonders #2: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandom Mull
61. The Inquisitor by Mark Allan Smith
62. The Space Mission Adventure by Sharon M. Draper
63. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
64. Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur & Carly Fleischmann (DNF)
65. Leaving Fishers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
66. Black Heart by Holly Black
67. The Red House by Mark Haddon
68. The Opposite of Tidy by Carrie Mac
169. Heroes of Olympus by Philip Freeman; adapted by Laurie Calkhoven
70 The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker
71. Brachman's Underworld by Vlad Vaslyn
72. Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter edited by Leonard S. Marcus (DNF)
73. No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz
74. Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price
75. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
176. Home by Toni Morrison
77. Anteater-Boy by Dean Ammerman
78. My Afghanistan: The Adventures of an American School Teacher Before the Taliban by Jean Boyce-Smith (DNF)
79. XO by Jeffrey Deaver
80. Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley by J.D. Davis
81. A Mind of Winter by Shira Nayman
82. Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl
83. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
84. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
84. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
86. Long Lankin by Lindey Barraclough
87. The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
88. The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams
90. Toby's Room by Pat Barker
Lot's Return to Sodom by Sandra Brannan
91. Widow's Might by Sandra Brannan
92. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susan Nielsen
3. Genocidal Organ by Project Itoh
4. Gold Mountain Blues by Ling Zhang
The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
95. The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma
96. Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft
97. Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
98. The Black Heart Crypt by Christ Grabenstein
99. Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
100. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legraand
101. Until We All Come Home: by Kim de Blecourt (DNF)
102. The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo
103. Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
104. Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth
105. Bookweirdest by Paul Glennon
106. The Twelve by Justin Cronin

2013
107. Buried Prey by John Sandford
108. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
109. Far Far Away by Tom MacNeal
110. Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
111. The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy
112. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin &
113. These Fragile Things by Jane Davis
114. Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
115. Songs of the Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
116. The Magical Fruit by Jo Nesbo
117. The Tree of Story by Thomas Wharton
118. Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth edited by Nicholas Michaud (DNF)
119. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
120. Wise Acres by Dale E. Basye

2014
121. December Park by Ronald Malfi
122. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
123. Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry
124. The Belief in Angels by J. Dylan Yates
125. Middle School: Ultimate Showdown by James Patterson
126. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 
127. Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
128. The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
129. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
130. Ghandi Before India by Ramachandra Guha (DNF)
131. Dragon Ball, Full Color Saiyan Arc Vol. 3 by Akira Toriyama (DNF)
132. Middle School: Save Rafe! by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts
133. How the World Was: A California Childhood by Emmanuel Guibert
134. Millhouse by Natale Ghent
135. 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajama's by Marie-Helene Bertino
136. Graphic Classics: Canine/Feline Classics edited by Tom Pomplun
137. About That Night by Norah McClintock
138. No Safe House by Linwood Barclay
139. Of All the Gin Joints by Mark Bailey
140. The Sandman by Lars Kepler
140. The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker
142. Seconds  by Bryan Lee O'Malley
143. The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
144. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
145. A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker
146. The Color of Courage: A Boy at War, The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski
147. Where I Belong: Small Town to Great Big Sea by Alan Doyle
148. UQ Holder 3 by Ken Akamatsu
149. The Seven Deadly Sins 5 by Nakaba Suzuki
150. So Anyway ... by John Cleese (DNF)
151. Creatures of the Rock: A Veterinarian's Adventures in Newfoundland by Andrew Peacock
152. Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood
153. The Red Baron: The Graphic History of Richtofen's Flying Circus and the Air War in WWI by Wayne Vansant (DNF)
154. The Battle of the Bulge: A Graphic History of Allied Victory in the Ardennes, 1944-1945 by Wayne Vansant (DNF)
155. The Croc Ate My Homework: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis
156. Muddy Max: The Mystery of Marsh Creek by Elizabeth Rusch
157. The Lunch Witch by Deb Lucke
158. The Job by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
159. Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob by Jenny Jaeckel
160. Norigami: Stray God 2 by Adachitoka
161. Motherless by Erin Healy
162. Starlette Universe, Book 2: Eva From E-Ville by Kathy Johnson (DNF)
163. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
164. Bad Houses by Sara Ryan
165. Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang
166. Aw Yeah Comics! And... Action! by Art Baltazar & Franco
167. Satan's Prep: A Graphic Novel by Gabe Guarente
168. The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
169. The Rise of Aurora West (Battling Boy) by Paul Pope
170. The People Inside by Ray Fawkes  (DNF)
171. Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers by Zac Gorman
172. The Sixth Gun Dlx Ed Volume 1 HC by Cullen Bunn
173. Megagogo Volume 001 by Wook Jin Clark
174. A Boy & a Girl by Jamie S. Rich
175. Mermin Volume 2: The Big Catch by Joey Weiser
176. Mermin Book Three: Deep Dive by Joey Weiser
177. Buzz! by Ananth Panagariya
178. Down. Set. Fight! by Chad Bowers
179. Meteor Men by Jeff Parker


2015
180. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
181. Button Hill by Michael Bradford
182. The Seven Deadly Sins 6 by Nakaba Suzuki
183. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
184. The Middle Kingdom Ride by Colin & Ryan Pyle (DNF)
185. Chinese Turkestan: A Photographic Journey Through an Ancient Civilization by Ryan Pyle
186. A Beauty by Connie Gault
187. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
188. At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
189. The Seven Deadly Sins 7 by Nakaba Suzuki
190. Norigami: Stray God 3 by Adachitoka
191. UQ Holder 4 by Ken Akamatsu
192. The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War edited by Candlewick Press (DNF)
193. Crime Seen: From Patrol Cop to Profiler, My Stories from Behind the Yellow Tape by Kate Lines
194. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo
195. Your Lie in April Vol. 1 by Naoshi Arakawa
196. The Heroic Legend of Arslan 3 by Yoshiki Tanaka
197. Noragami: Stray God 4 by Adachitoka
198. Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
199. The Seven Deadly Sins 8 by Nakaba Suzukie
200. Andreo's Race by Pam Withers
201. We are all Made of Molecules by Susin Nielssnn
202. I.O.U. Dead by Michelle Wan
203. Noragami: Stray God 5 by Adachitoka
204. Your Lie in April Vol. 2 by Naoshi Arakawa
205. UQ Holder 5 by Ken Akamatsu
206. Pardon My Hearse by Alan & GregAbbott
207. Armada by Ernest Cline
208. Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten
209. Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America 1957-1972
by Mark Voger
210. Surprise Attack!: Nickolas Flux and the Attack on Pearl Harbor by Terry Collins
211. Flight to Freedom!: Nickolas Flux and the Underground Railroad by Mari Bolte
212. The Seven Deadly Sins 9 by Nakaba Suzuki
213. Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Graphic Novel by Charles Bowen
214. Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Graphic Novel by Michael Burgan
215. Ninja Slayer Kills 1 by Kotaro Sekine
216. Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
217. Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell
218. Noragami: Stray God 6 by Adachitoka
219. Teen Titans Go! Thunder and Lightning Strike! by J. Torres
220. Teen Titans Go!: Mad Mod Is in Vogue! by Adam Beechen
221. Catwoman's Nine Lives (Batman) by Matthew K. Manning
222. The Real Man of Steel (Superman) by Laurie S. Sutton
223. Inuyashiki 1 by Hiroya Oku
224. Fairy Tail Blue Mistral 1 by Hiro Mashima
225. Your Lie in April 3 by Naoshi Arakawa
226. The Heart Goes on by Margaret Atwood
227. Devil Survivor 1 by Satoru Matsuba
228. The Seven Deadly Sins 10 by Nakaba Suzuki
229. Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories edited by Audrey Niffenegger
230. Vinland Saga 6 by Makoto Yukimura
231. The Amazing Adventures of Superman! Creatures from Planet X! by Yale Stewart
232. The Amazing Adventures of Superman!: Battle of the Super Heroes! by Yale Stewart
233. DC Super Friends: Season of Light by Sholly Fisch
234. DC Super Friends: Starro and the Pirates by Sholly Fisch
235. Scarface is Gonna Go Boom! (Batman Strikes!) by Bill Matheny
236. Frozen Solid by Mr. Freeze! (Batman Strikes!) by Bill Matheny
237. The World's Mightiest Mortal! (Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!) by Mike Kunkel
238. Magic Words! (Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!) by Mike Kunkel
239. Batman: Attack of the Man-Bat! Jake Black
240. Superman: Lex Luthor's Power Grab! by Louise Simonson
241. DC Super Heroes Origami by John Montroll
242. Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol: A Graphic Novel by Benjamin Harper
243. The Amazing Adventures of Superman! Bubble Trouble! by Benjamin Bird
244. Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City's First Century by Matthew J. Prigge
245. Your Lie in April 4 by Naoshi Arakawa
246. Livingstone 1: Soul Savers by Tomohiro Maekawa
247. Fairy Girls 1 by Boku
248. Fairy Tail Master's Edition Vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima
249. Orpheus in the Underworld by Yvan Pommaux
250. The Widow by Fiona Barton
251. Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
252. Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper
253. Prison Island: A Graphic Memoir by Colleen Frakes
254. Fantasy Sports #1 by Sam Bosma
255. Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, The Assassin Who Ignited World War I by Henrik Rehr  (DNF)
256. Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
257. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
258. Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
259. Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet! by Scott McCormick
260. Yo, Miss: A Graphic Look at High School by Lisa Wilde
261. Lumberjanes #2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
262. Frustrated Witness! The Story of the Adam Walsh Case and Police Misconduct by Willis Morgan
263. Ariol: Where's Petula? by Emmanuel Guibert
264. Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes and Other Tales by Metaphrog
265. Sanjay and Craig #1: Fight the Future with Flavor! by Eric Esquivel
267. The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
268. A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova
269. World War Two: Against the Rising Sun by Jason Quinn
270. Calls Across the Pacific by Zoe S. Roy
271. Drink Dirt Eat Stone by Kyle Fleishman
272. Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook by Marissa Moss
273. Courtney Crumrin Volume 7: Tales of a Warlock by Ted Naifeh
274. Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Book 1: A Brave is a Brave by Greg Smith & Michael Tanner
275. Bad Machinery 4: The Case of the Lonely One by John Allison
276. Oyster War by Ben Towle
277. Noragami: Stray God Vol. 9 by Adachitoka
278. Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde by Robert Venditti
279. The Courageous Princess Vol. 1: Beyond the Hundred Kingdoms by Rod Espinosa
280. The Courageous Princess Vol. 2: The Unremembered Lands by Rod Espinosa
281. The Courageous Princess Vol. 3: The Dragon Queen by Rod Espinosa
282. Your Lie in April 5 by Naoshi Arakawa
283: Die Wergelder 1 by Hiroaki Samura





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