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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 1, 2016

2016 Master ARC List



This is my updated ARC list for 2016. I did fantastic last year in keeping up with all incoming arcs. I only had three actual requests that didn't get read, then some mangas piled up when I had to rush out to Calgary when my dad had a stroke in November.  Then, of course, I was bombarded with graphic novels for the Cybils judging. Towards the end, my reading was geared towards our discussions so I still have plenty left that I'm looking forward to. 2012 is the last year on my list with a bad backlog; I've been keeping things under control since then. So we'll see what I can do with those and my plan is to eliminate the Library Thing backlog this year.  That is why I've separated them out prior to this year. 




Library Thing 2011-2015
1. Miracleville by Monique Polak
2. Bound by Antonya Nelson
3. A Mind of Winter by Shira Nayman
4. December Park by Ronald Malfi
5. Millhouse by Natale Ghent

6. We are all Made of Molecules by Susin Nielson
7. Shattered Glass by Teresa Toten
8. Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City's First Century by Matthew J. Prigge


2012
9. The Intercept by Dick Wolf
10. Five Farthings by Monica Redich
11. The Adventures of Jewell Cardwell: Hydra's Nest by Fumi Hancock
12. Don't Feed the Boy by Irene Latham
13. Watching Jimmy by Nancy Harty
14. A Note From An Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker
15. Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell
16. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer
17. The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
18. Vincent Shadow: The Top Secret Toys by Tim Kehoe
19. Beyonders #2: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandom Mull
20. The Inquisitor by Mark Allan Smith
21. The Space Mission Adventure by Sharon M. Draper
22. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
23. Leaving Fishers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
24. Black Heart by Holly Black
25. The Red House by Mark Haddon
26. The Opposite of Tidy by Carrie Mac
27. Heroes of Olympus by Philip Freeman; adapted by Laurie Calkhoven
28. The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker
29. Brachman's Underworld by Vlad Vaslyn
30. No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz
31. Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price
32. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
33. Home by Toni Morrison
34. Anteater-Boy by Dean Ammerman
35. XO by Jeffrey Deaver
36. Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley by J.D. Davis
37. Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl
38. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
39. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
40. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
41. Long Lankin by Lindey Barraclough
42. The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
43. The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams
44. Toby's Room by Pat Barker
45. Lot's Return to Sodom by Sandra Brannan
46. Widow's Might by Sandra Brannan
47. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susan Nielsen
48. Genocidal Organ by Project Itoh
49. Gold Mountain Blues by Ling Zhang
50. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
51. The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma
52. Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft
53. Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
54. The Black Heart Crypt by Christ Grabenstein
55. Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
56. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legraand
57. The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo
58. Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth
59. Bookweirdest by Paul Glennon
60. The Twelve by Justin Cronin

2013
61. Buried Prey by John Sandford
62. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
63. Far Far Away by Tom MacNeal
64. Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
65. The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy
66. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin &
67. These Fragile Things by Jane Davis
68. Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
69. Songs of the Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
70. The Magical Fruit by Jo Nesbo
71. The Tree of Story by Thomas Wharton
72. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
73. Wise Acres by Dale E. Basye

2014
74. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
75. Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry
76. The Belief in Angels by J. Dylan Yates
77. Middle School: Ultimate Showdown by James Patterson
78. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 
79. Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
80. The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
81. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
82. Middle School: Save Rafe! by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts
83. 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajama's by Marie-Helene Bertino
84. The Sandman by Lars Kepler
85. The Broken Hours by Jacqueline Baker
86. The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
87. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
88. A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker
89. The Job by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
90. Motherless by Erin Healy
91. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
92. Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Rift Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang
93. The Sixth Gun Dlx Ed Volume 1 HC by Cullen Bunn



2015
94. A Beauty by Connie Gault
95. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
96. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

97. Livingstone 1 by Tomohiro Maekawa
98. Fairy Girls 1 by Boku
99. Fairy Tail Master's Edition Vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima
100. Orpheus in the Underworld by Yvan Pommaux
101. The Widow by Fiona Barton
102. Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper (DNF)
103. Fantasy Sports #1 by Sam Bosma
104. Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
105. Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre  (DNF)
106. Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet! by Scott McCormick
107. Lumberjanes #2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson  (DNF)
108. Ariol: Where's Petula? by Emmanuel Guibert
109. Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes and Other Tales by Metaphrog
110. Sanjay and Craig #1: Fight the Future with Flavor! by Eric Esquivel
111. A Year Without Mom by Dasha Tolstikova
112. World War Two: Against the Rising Sun by Jason Quinn
113. Drink Dirt Eat Stone by Kyle Fleishman (DNF)
114. Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook by Marissa Moss
115. Bad Machinery 4: The Case of the Lonely One by John Allison

2016
129. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
130. Devil Survivor 2 by Satoru Matsuba
131. The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
132. The Seven Deadly Sins 12 by Nakaba Suzuki
133. Noragami: Stray God Vol. 10 by Adachitoka
134. Fairytail: Ice Trail 1 by Yuusuke Shirato
135. Inuyashiki 3 by Hiroya Oku
136. Noragami: Stray God 11 by Adachitoka
137. Devil Survivor 3 by Satoru Matsuba
138. Shylock Is My Name by Howard Jacobson
139. UQ Holder 7 by Ken Akamatsu
140. Noragami: Stray God 12 by Adachitoka
141. Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni's Ice Machine by Monica Kulling
142. Livingstone 2 by Tomohiro Maekawa
143. School Judgment Vol. 2 by Nobuaki Enoki
144. Trial By Fire by Norah McClintock
145. Your Lie In April 7 by Naoshi Arakawa
146. Fairy Girls 2 by Boku
147. Fairy Tail Master's Edition Vol. 2 by Hiro Mashima
148. This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart  (DNF)
149. Legendary Worlds: Adult Coloring Book by Witek Radomski
150. Noragami: Stray God 14 by Adachitoka
151. The Seven Deadly Sins 14 by Nakaba Suzuki
152. Clayface's Slime Spree (Batman & Robin Adventures) by Laurie S. Sutton
153. Scarecrow's Nightmare Maze (Batman & Robin Adventures) by J. E. Bright
154. Far Out Fairy Tales edited by Sean Tulien
155. Real Account 2 by Okushou
156. Noragami: Stray God 15 by Adachitoka
157. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
158. Insidious by Catherine Coulter
159. Fairy Tail Ice Trail 2 by Yuusuke Shirato
160. Inuyashiki 4 by Hiroya Oku
161. The Big Picture: Brendan and Erc in Exile, Volume 2 by Amadeus
162. The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim by Shane Peacock
163. The Seven Deadly Sins 15 by Nakaba Suzuki
164. Your Lie in April 8 by Naoshi Arakawa
165. QQ Sweeper, Vol. 3 by Kyousuke Motomi
166. Everyone's Getting Married, Vol. 1 by Izumi Miyazono
167. By Gaslight by Steven Price
168. Queen Emeraldas 1 by Leiji Matsumoto
169. Barracuda by Sigmund Brouwer
170. Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill
171. Clayface Returns (You Choose Stories: Batman) by John Sazaklis
172. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
173. In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett
174. Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting -- or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System (Especially Judges) by Christie Blatchford
175. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
176. A Murder for Max by John Lawrence Reynolds
177. Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
178. Only the Hunted Run by Neely Tucker
179. Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton
180. Everyone's Getting Married, Vol. 2 by Izumi Miyazono
181. Haiku!!, Vol. 3 by Haruichi Furudate
182. The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
183. Word of Mouse by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
184. I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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