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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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Titanic Challenge Links (July-Dec)

340. The Sandman by William Joyce


The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie by William Joyce (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
The Guardians of Childhood, Book 3.5

Pages: 48
Ages: 5+
Finished: Dec. 18, 2012
First Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genre: picture book, children, fantasy
Rating:  3/5

First sentence: "Of course you know the Guardians of Childhood."

Publisher's Summary: "One foggy night, the Man in the Moon has a startling thought: When the moon is less than full and bright, who will keep children safe at night? He needs a backup plan! Or a backup Guardian, as it were. His keen eye falls upon a sleepy little fellow living on a sleepy little island who is a sweet-dreamer extraordinaire. Since good dreams always trump bad ones, this means Pitch, the Nightmare King, will be further thwarted in his nefarious quest to terrorize children. So Sanderson Mansnoozie seems the perfect choice. But there are two problems. Firstly, given that Sandy has never had a bad dream, how can MiM convince him how important this new role is to the happy-being of children everywhere? And secondly, how can MiM keep this snoozy ally awake long enough to help?"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.

Well, I feel a bit guilty not giving this book a 5* rating but I must be honest, we were somewhat disappointed.  For those not sure how this series works.  It is made up of picture books and chapter books which in the long run are related to each other, same characters, but supposedly could be read apart from one another.  The picture books are called "The Guardians of Childhood" while the chapter books are called "The Guardians".  We are reading all the books in order as they are published and *highly* enjoying this series: the writing, the world-building, the plot and the illustrations.  We came to this book, looking forward very much to the picture book format again, expecting to be taken back to the world of "The Man in the Moon" and perhaps a small insight into the continuing storyline as we know the next chapterbook is titled after the Sandman as well.

First, our disappointment came in that this story is very much a stand-alone.  Yes, the man in the moon (MiM) is briefly present but this is "Sandy's" story of how he came to be in the "Golden Age", a time far in the past before the events taking place in the chapter books.  None of the chapter book characters are mentioned except of course the villain Pitch, neither is any of that plot, nor is the story advanced in anyway.  In truth, while the Sandman is an interesting character, his story is rather boring and feels out of place within the context of the overall series.  Some sort of continuity for readers of the entire series (picture & chapter) would have been appreciated.

On the other hand, William Joyce is an illustrator extraordinaire.  He should be remembered as one of the greats of our time to follow in the footsteps of the likes of N.C. Wyeth and the Hildebrandts.    This book is exquisite.  Each page is simply beautiful and the story, as it is, is fully realized with the fantastical, otherworldly illustrations which use a dark palette of blues, purples and browns contrasted with the bright glimmering yellow/gold light of the sandman, his sand, his star and the moon.  Beautiful, beautiful!  Recommended age is 5+ for reading aloud but quite a bit older for individual reading, perhaps 9/10+.  Not what we had expected storywise, but nonetheless a gorgeous book.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013 TBR Pile Challenge

This challenge will hopefully help me to accomplish my other challenges :-)  I don't usually do challenges where you have to make a read-from list, but I'm going to pick from my Random Bookshelf Project and books already on my bedside table; those are books I intend to read anyway.

Rules: sign up here
must make list of 12 +2 alternates in case of DNFs
books must not be re-reads
must be copyright pre-2012
post links here


UPDATED DEC. 2013: Miserable failure.  Barely made a dent on this challenge :-(

My list:

1. Cezanne Pinto, A Memoir by Mary Stolz (1994)
2. The Weather Witch by Paul Stewart (1989)
3. Let's Kill Uncle by Rohan O'Grady (1964)
4. The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Sparks (1963)
5. Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani (2000)
6. Death Note: Another Note, The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases by Nisioisin (2006)
7. Lizard Music by D. Manus Pinkwater (1976)
8. The Circus is Coming by Noel Streetfeild (1938)
9. Ballet Shoes for Anna by Noel Streetfeild (1972)
10. The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson (1962)
11. The Swamp Robber by Paul Hutchens (1940; revised 1997)
12. The Legend of Tarik by Walter Dean Myers (1981)

+2 alternates
1. As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason (2009)
2. Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black (2009)

344. Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman


Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman. Pictures by Maurice Sendak. Translated by Ralph Maheim (US) - (Canada)


Pages: 102
Ages: 7+
Finished: Dec. 29, 2012
First Published: Original 1816; This Edition  1984 (Reprint: Oct. 30, 2012)
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Genre: Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Rating: 4/5






First sentence: "On the twenty-fourth of December Dr. Stahlbaum's children were not allowed to set foot in the small family parlor, much less the adjoining company parlor - not at any time during the day."

Publisher's Summary:  "The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share.
Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Christmas production of Nutcracker and created even more magnificent pictures especially for this book. He joined with the eminent translator Ralph Manheim to produce this illustrated edition of Hoffmann's wonderful tale, destined to become a classic for all ages.
The world of Nutcracker is a world of pleasures. Maurice Sendak's art illuminates the delights of Hoffmann's story in this rich and tantalizing treasure."


Acquired: Received a review copy from Crown Publishers.

Reason for Reading:  I have never read this classic Christmas story and thought it would be a wonderful addition to my Christmas reading this year.  I am also a huge fan of Maurice Sendak.

I have not ever read the Nutcracker before, nor have I ever seen the ballet.  I am not a ballet-type person.  Neither have I seen a movie version of the story.  I *have* seen some Christmas movies which featured a girl who was in the ballet and have a very basic knowledge of the story from that, so I was very interested to finally read the original story.  But I cannot compare it to the abridged version everyone is more familiar with.  Sendak starts the book off with a very informative Introduction that explains how Hoffman's story got mixed up with a tale by Alexandre Dumas to become the popular tale told in the ballet we know today.  He then goes on to recount how he became involved in both a new ballet production of the original in the early '80s and the illustration of this first true-to-the-original English translation.  Excellent piece of writing.

The tale itself is a product of the Regency Era, albeit from the German counterpart.  This is a tiny bit earlier than the period I most prefer in my reading (post-1830) so I found the style not quite my thing but the story is a fantastical tale.  What is usually referred to as a tale within a tale, the best part, I thought, of the whole story was the little girl's fantasy into the story of the hard nut.  From what I gathered in the Introduction, this is the part left out of the ballet.  By far the best part of the whole story!  Indeed a fairy tale; this is a good translation which reads with the authenticity of its time period and yet is not stilted, taking the modern reader into account with the flow of the language.  An enjoyable story, full of wonder, which would make a very good read aloud to a variety of ages.  The story itself is not scary and Sendak's illustrations are wonderful.  He does not make much use of his "monster" style here except in a few instances, especially in the Nutcracker himself, whom I found quite hideous and his illustration may frighten small children.

I can't understand why this is referred to a Christmas story though.  Yes, the book starts on Christmas Eve, but time passes and Christmas is not a theme here.  I was especially delighted that the children expected their gifts to be delivered to them by the mystery of the "Christ Child"; What a wonderful way to have celebrated Christmas!  Overall, I am glad to have finally experienced this classic children's tale and did enjoy it but would not put it on an equal footing with say "The Christmas Carol" or "The Bird's Christmas Carol".

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 PRE-1960 CLASSIC CHILDREN'S BOOKS READING CHALLENGE



UPDATED DEC. 2013: Miserable failure.  Barely made a dent in this challenge :-(


January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

sign up here

ALL BOOKS MUST HAVE AN ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE OF 1960 or BEFORE.
Minimum length is 60 pages

12 books. (I think)

1. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley - 1941
2. Sugar Creek Gang #1: The Swamp Robber by Paul Hutchens - 1940
3.

339. Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch


How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (US) - (Canada)
Hereville (1)

Pages: 144
Ages: 9+
Finished: Dec. 18, 2012
First Published: Nov. 1, 2010
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Graphic novel, MG, fantasy, Jewish
Rating: 3/5








First sentence: "Mirka liked her stepmother, Fruma, well enough."

Publisher's Summary:  "Spunky, strong-willed eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg isn’t interested in knitting lessons from her stepmother, or how-to-find-a-husband advice from her sister, or you-better-not warnings from her brother. There’s only one thing she does want: to fight dragons!
Granted, no dragons have been breathing fire around Hereville, the Orthodox Jewish community where Mirka lives, but that doesn’t stop the plucky girl from honing her skills. She fearlessly stands up to local bullies. She battles a very large, very menacing pig. And she boldly accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, a challenge that could bring Mirka her heart’s desire: a dragon-slaying sword! All she has to do is find—and outwit—the giant troll who’s got it!
A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions, and preteen commotion, Hereville will captivate middle-school readers with its exciting visuals and entertaining new heroine."


Acquired: Borrowed a copy through Inter-library loan.

Reason for Reading: I read the second book in this series a few months ago and was so taken with it that I had to go back and read the first book right away.  Unfortunately, my library didn't have a copy and I had to wait quite a bit for a copy to come in through ILL.

I will start off by saying I read the Hereville books the wrong way round.  I read book 2 first, then book 1.  I really think had I read this one first I would have liked it better, but since I've read the second one which is highly entertaining, this just didn't live up to "How Mirka Met a Meteorite" where Deutsch really outshines himself.  However, this book is good and I'll try not to compare the two as one should read this first anyway.

Great story of an orthodox Jewish family, actually a whole town inhabited by only Orthodox Jews.  Not your typical fantasy book family!  This starts the book off on a fun note as we meet Mirka, her family, traditions, and footnotes translate the occasional Yiddish or unfamiliar terms.  Mirka is different from her siblings and friends as she is interested in monsters and wants to be a dragon-slayer.  It takes quite some time for the story to turn to the fantastical as a good portion of the book is spent getting to know Mirka and her way of life.  This is all very enjoyable though and very well written, especially the dialogue which flows very naturally.  The fantasy story is delightful and interestingly enough has a knitting theme (I am a knitter, so this tickled me.) Since I had already read the second book I found that both the witch and the troll lacked the humour they had in the other book, which was disappointing, but if I had just been introduced to them I would have found them amusing just so, I think.  A decent start to what proves to be an even better sequel!

2013 ARC Master List


My list of arcs currently not read and in possession as of Dec. 31, 2012.

(ebooks are not included in this list.  They are not taking up shelf space, making them a lot different from the below books, in my mind.  I do however, count them in my books read list.)


2009
1. Portobello by Ruth Rendell
2. The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro
3. Etta by Gerald Kolpan
4. Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean gaveaway unread
5. Cemetery Dance by Douglas Prestan
6. The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
7. Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw
8. Valeria's Last Stand by Marc Fitten
9. The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville
10. The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox
11. The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
12. Intertwined by Gina Showalter gaveaway unread
13. Ghost Song by Sarah Rayne
14. Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black
15. Voices in the Dark by Catherine Banner
16. Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown
17. Spellbinder by Helen Springer
18. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
19. I am Not a Psychic by Richard Belzer
20. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, Dog Days by Jeff Kinney


2010
21. The Time Pirate by Ted Bell
22. The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge by Patricia Duncker
23. The Whisperers by John Connoly
24. A Small Death in the Great Glen by A.D. Scott
25. Red Glove by Holly Black
26. No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve
27. Essential Modern Classics: The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
28. City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell
29. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer gaveaway unread
30. The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
31. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
32. Essential Modern Classics: Ballet Shoes for Anna by Noel Streatfield
33. Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl
34. The Action Bible
35. Started Early Took my Dog For a Walk by Kate Atkinson
36. Sparrow Road by Shelia O'Connor
37. Virals by Kathy Reichs
38. The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
39. Peter and Max by Bill Willingham
40. A Lonely Death by Charles Todd

2011
41. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
42. The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French
43. The Fifth Rule by Don Akers
44. How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
45. Mind Gap by Marina Cohen
46. Miracleville by Monique Polak
47. No Safe Haven by Kimberley Woodhouse
48. Saye: Winter on Valiku by Hasani Walker
49. Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
50.  mothers & daughters by Rae Meadows
51. The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker
52. That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore
53. Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne
54. Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison
55. Ocean of Blood by Darren Shan
56. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Eric Larson
57. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
58. Lot's Return to Sodom by Sandra Brannan
59. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
60. Shut Your Eyes Tight by John Verdon
61. Kiss Her,Kill Her by Lisa Dewar
62. The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
63. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
64. Forbidden by Ted Dekker
65. Pure by Julianna Baggot
66. Season of Darkness by Maureen Jennings
67. Darkness, My Old Friend: A Novel by Lisa Unger
68. The Accident: A Thriller by Linwood Barclay
69. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
70. Inheritance by Lisa Baker
71. Ashtown Burials #1: The Dragon's Tooth by N.D. Wilson
72. Viper by John J. Desjarlais
73. The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman
74. Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman
75. The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy
76. Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
77. Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
78. Burned by Thomas Enger
79. The Infernals by John Connolly
80. Dreamland by Alyson Noel
81. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
82. Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
83. The Alphabet of Vietnam by Jonathan Chamberlain
84. The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women by Deborah J. Swiss
85. Vincent Shadow: Toy Inventor by Tim Kehoe
86. The Shattering by Karen Healing
87. Wicked Good by Amy Lewis Faircloth
88. A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison
89. Bound by Antonya Nelson
90. Fever by Lauren DeStephano
91. Rebirth by Dave Longeuay
92. The Green Man by Michael Bedard

2012
93. A Note From An Old Acquaintance by Bill Walker
94. Kepler's Dream by Juliet Bell
95. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer
96. The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
97. Vincent Shadow: The Top Secret Toys by Tim Kehoe
98. Beyonders #2: Seeds of Rebellion by Brandom Mull
99. The Inquisitor by Mark Allan Smith
100. The Space Mission Adventure by Sharon M. Draper
101. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
102. Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur & Carly Fleischmann
103. Leaving Fishers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
104. Don't You Dare Read This Mrs. Dunphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix
105. Black Heart by Holly Black
106. The Red House by Mark Haddon
107. The Opposite of Tidy by Carrie Mac
108. Heroes of Olympus by Philip Freeman; adapted by Laurie Calkhoven
109. Hooey Higgins and the Shark by Steve Voake
110. Captain Awesome and the New Kid by Stan Kirby
111. Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter edited by Leonard S. Marcus
112. No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz
113. Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price
114. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
115. Home by Toni Morrison
116. Anteater-Boy by Dean Ammerman
117. My Afghanistan: The Adventures of an American School Teacher Before the Taliban by Jean Boyce-Smith
118. XO by Jeffrey Deaver
119. Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley by J.D. Davis
120. A Mind of Winter by Shira Nayman
121. Captain Awesome Takes a Dive by Stan Kirby
122. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
123. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
124. The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
125. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
126. Long Lankin by Lindey Barraclough
127. The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace
128. The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams
129. Toby's Room by Pat Barker
130. Widow's Might by Sandra Brannan
131. Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub
132. Genocidal Organ by Project Itoh
133. Gold Mountain Blues by Ling Zhang
134. The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma
135. Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft
136. Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
137. The Black Heart Crypt by Christ Grabenstein
138. Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
139. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legraand
140. Captain Awesome, Soccer Star by Stan Kirby
141. The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo
142. Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
143. Lost Cause by John Wilson
144. Bookweirdest by Paul Glennon
145. The Twelve by Justin Cronin
146. Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth
147. Until We All Come Home: by Kim de Blecourt
148. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susan Nielsen
149. The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece by Roseanne Montillo
150. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger
151. Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl
152. The Sanctuary by Ted Dekker
153. Brachman's Underworld by Vlad Vaslyn
154. Five Farthings by Monica Redich
155. The Adventures of Jewell Cardwell: Hydra's Nest by Fumi Hancock
156. Don't Feed the Boy by Irene Latham
157. Watching Jimmy by Nancy Harty
158. Saint Kaateri: Lily of the Mohawks by Matthew E. Bunson
159. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney
160. Nura: Rise of the Yokai clan V. 12 by Hiroki Shiibashi
161. Poseidon and the Sea of Fury by Joan Holub
162. Volton Force V.5 by Brian Smith
163. Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors by Anne Rule
164. True Stories of World War II by Terry Collins
165. True Stories of the Revolutionary War by Elizabeth Raum
166. George Washington: The Rise of America's First President by Agnieska Biskup
167. Louis Armstrong: Jazz Legend by Terry Collins
168. A Tour of Your Digestive System by Molly Kolpin
169. A Tour of Your Circulatory System by Karen Ballen
170. The Joker Virus by Scott Peterson
171. Cat Commander by J.E. Bright
172. The Poisoned Planet by Matthew K. Manning
173. Demons of Deep Space by Laurie S. Sutton
174. The Incredible Rockhead: Rock, Paper, Scissorlegz by Scott Nichols  gaveaway unread
175. Zinc Alloy: The Invincible Boy-Bot by Donald Lemke   gaveaway unread
176. Swamp Thing vs The Zombie Pets by John Sazaklis
177. The Cat Crime Club by Steve Korte
178. Deep Sea Duel by John Sazaklis
179. President Batman by Mike Wayne
180. The Attack of the Virtual Villains by Mike Wayne
181. Dinosaur Round-Up by Sholly Fisch
182. Wanted: The Super Friends by Sholly Fisch
183. Young Justice: Haunted by Art Baltazar
184. Young Justice: Hack and You Shall Find by Art Baltazar
185. Tiny Titans vs. the Fearsome Five by Art Baltazar
186. Tiny Titans: Sidekick City Elementary by Art Baltazar
187. Superman Adventures: Men of Steel by Paul Dini
188. Superman Adventures: Distant Thunder by Scott McCloud
189. Batman Adventures: No Asylum by Ty Templeton
190. Batman Adventures: Free Man by Ty Templeton
191. Judge Dredd: The Garth Ennis Collection
192. The Intercept by Dick Wolf
193. Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation by Lou Scheimer
194. Hating Heidi Foster by Jeffrey Blount
195. The Christmas Star by Ace Collins
196. Questions of Life ? by Nicky Gumbel

Books added after the beginning of the year:
197. A Question of Identity by Susan Hill
198. Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
199. The Starry Window by Patricia Bow
200. The Nightmare by Lars Kepler
201. Poseidon: Earth Shaker by George O'Connor
202. 07-Ghost, Vol. 2 by Yuki Amemiya
203. All-Star Future Shocks by Alan Grant et. al.
204. Curses! Foiled Again by Jane Yolen
205. Jerusalem: The Story of a City and a Family by Boaz Yakin
206. The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher
207. Sever by Lauren DeStefano
208. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers by Dav Pilkey
209. Tegami Bachi Vol. 12 by Hiroyuki Asada
210. Redakai Vol.2: The Tiger Terror by Terrance Griep
211. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan V.13 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
212. Iscariot: A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee
213. Buried Prey by John Sandford
214. Barrage V.1 by Kouhei Horikoshi
215. White Shanghai by Elvira Baryakina
216. Night's Child by Maureen Jennings
217. Precocia by Dale E. Basye
218. 07-Ghost 03 by Yuki Amemiya
219. The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook by Shaun Tan
220. Chickenhare by Chris Grine
221. Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book 3 by Tom Sniegoski
222. Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (and Other Good Stuff) by L. Pichon
223. Judge Dredd: Origins by John Wagner
224. Native American Classics edited by Tom Pomplun
225. Volton Force 6: True Colors by Brian Smith
226. Crash by Lisa McMann
227. Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Comics by Matt Kindt
228. American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64 by John Wells
229. The Thirteenth Rose by Gail Bowen
230. Notes From a Coma by Mike McCormack
231. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen
232. Sihpromatum - I Grew my Boobs in China by Savannah Grace
233. Doll Bones by Holly Black
234. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Vol. 14 by Hiroyuki Asada
235. Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses by Bess Lovejoy
236. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
237. Zebrafish: SPF 40 by Sharon Emerson
238. Pepita: Inoue meets Gaudi by Takehiko Inoue
239. Who is AC? by Hope Larson
240. Hades and the Helm of Darkness by Joan Holub
241. Barrage Vol. 2 by Kouhei Horikoshi
242. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan V14 y Hiroshi Shiibashi
243. Library Wars: Love & War V9 by Kiiro Yumi
244. Tiger & Bunny V1 by Mizuki Sakakibara
245. Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 3 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
246. 07-GHOST, Vol. 4 by Yuki Amemiya gave away unread
247. Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 2 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
248. Sunny, Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto
249. Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen
250. Consuming the Word: The New Testament and The Eucharist in the Early Church by Scott Hahn
251. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan V15 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
252. Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama
253. Monsuno Combat Chaos, Vol. 1: The Moto Mutants by Brian Smith
254. Far Far Away by Tom MacNeal
255. Waking Up in Heaven: A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again by Crystal McVea
256. Island of Silence by Lisa McMann
257. Children of the Sea V5 by Daisuke Igarashi
258. War Machine by Dave Gibbons & Will Simpson
259. The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler
260. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
261. Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
262. Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn
263. The Returned by Jason Mott
264. A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
265. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
266. The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy
267. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin &
268. Sleeping Funny: Stories by Miranda Hill
269. Unseen by Karin Slaughter
270. Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
271. D. Gray-man 3-in-1, Vol. 1 by Katsura Hoshino
272. The Truth is Out There Vol. 1 by Amadeus
273. Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad
274. Let Him Go by Larry Watson
275. These Fragile Things by Jane Davis
276. A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
277. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutennt by Tony Cliff
278. Saints by Gene Luen Yang
279. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
280. Judge Dredd: Fatties by John Wagner
281. Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel
282. The Silver Six by A.J. Lieberman
283. Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
284. Help for the Haunted by John Searles
285. The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
286. Red Dragon - White Dragon by Gary Dolman
287. Library Wars: Love & War, V.10 by Kiiro Yumi
288. Tegami Bacchi, V.14 by Hiroyuki Asada
289. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, V.16 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
290. Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire by Joan Holub
291. Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
292. The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman
293. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: The Graphic Novel by Laurence Sach
294. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
295. Joe Victim by Paul Cleave
296. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 1 by Shinobu Otaka
297. Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1, V4 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
298. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 06 by John Wagner
299. 07-Ghost, Vol. 5 by gaveaway unread
300. Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 2 by Mizuki Sakakibara
301. Dragonball 3-in-1 (4,5,6) by Akira Toriyama
302. Monsuno Combat Chaos, Vol. 2 by Brian Smith
303. The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten
304. The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell
305. Battling Boy by Paul Pope
306. Songs of the Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
307. Police by Jo Nesbo
308. The Magical Fruit by Jo Nesbo
309. The Unwanteds: Island of Fire by Lisa McMann
310.The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton
311. Button Man: Get Harry Ex by John Wagner
312. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
313. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
314. Who I'm Not by Ted Staunton
315. The Tree of Story by Thomas Wharton
316. Making Contact! Marconi Goes Wireless by Monica Kulling
317. The Facebook Diet by Gemini Adams
318. Tiger & Bunny, V3 by Sakakibara, Mizuki
319. D.Gray-man (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 4-5-6 by Katsura Hoshino
320. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, V17 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
321. Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vols. 16-17-18 by Tite Kubo
322. Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, Vol. 1 by Maki Manami
323. Sweet Rein, V1 by Sakura Tsukuba
324. Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning (The Movie) Side A by Tsutomu Oono
325. Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning (The Movie) Side B by Tsutomu Oono
326. Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 13 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
327. Magi, V2 by Shinobu Ohtaka
328. Uzumaki (3-in-1, Deluxe Edition) by Junji Ito
329. Frankenstein and Philosophy: The Shocking Truth edited by Nicholas Michaud
330. Tegami Bachi, V15 by Hiroyuki Asada
331. The Future of Catholicism by Michael Coren
332. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
333. Introducing Fascism: A Graphic Guide by Stuart Hood
334. The Sandman and the War of Dreams by William Joyce
335. Sunny, Vol. 2 by Taiyo Matsumoto
336. Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu Earth 2 by Gerry Finley-Day
337. Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
338. Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny by Nick Nicholson M.D.
339. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 3 by Shinobu Ohtaka
340. Judge Dredd: Mutants in Mega-City One by John Wagner
341. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 18 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
342. Dragon Ball (3-in-1), (7-8-9) by Akira Toriyama
343. Typhon and the Winds of Destruction by Joan Holub
344. Wise Acres by Dale E. Basye
345.

Movies/DVDs/TV Seasons/Concerts Watched in 2013



This is a running list for the year. The list will include the movie and indicate whether it is a re-watch otherwise it can be assumed it was my first time watched.

(the year)(owned/rental/library/borrowed/theatre/Netflixed) and a brief review which could be just one word such as good, great, just OK, whatever. If I feel like expounding on the review I will. No rules here just a list with a bit of extra information. I will also note which ones I watched with my 12yo/13yo by starting off with a yellow (#).

January: 4

1. The Colditz Story (1955) (B/W) (British) (at my Dad's) - I'm in Calgary and this is the first movie I watched with my Dad, also my first movie of the year.  Dad let me choose the movie but he has sooooo many DVD's that I said something either epic, war movie or British.  So he brought over a 5-pack of British war movies.  Since I'd heard of this book, I picked this movie.  I usually end up watching a lot of war movies whilst I'm here.  I really enjoyed the movie.  I'm not up on British actors but have seen a lot of British movies so I recognized a lot faces without knowing who the actors were.  Based on a book of a true story of a German POW prison for allied POW's who were prone to escaping this prison was lauded as being escape-proof.  Colditz is famous for being the one prison with the most successful escapes during both world wars combined.The tale tells of the many unsuccessful escape attempts of the prisoners and their morale defeating return to base until eventually they have a success.  The movie ends with the second (assumed) successful escape underway.  Not your usual war movie; no action, blood or killing.  There's a bit of shooting but no war scenes; the entire movie takes place at the Colditz prison.  This is a character tale, with a good story and lots of dry British humour.  One thing I really appreciated about it's production was the use of foreign language.  The prison had prisoners from the UK, France, Denmark & Poland and of course the German guards.  There were many scenes in which the POWs of various nationalities spoke with themselves in their language with no subtitles, only a few select characters of these nationalities spoke English and at the 'meetings' they had, there was a translator for each group.  This made the movie so much more realistic and is not something often found in old movies (or even in newer movies) where we just have to assume they are speaking in their language.  A well done piece of work but would probably be found slow for those looking for the usual 'war movie" fare.

2. The King's Speech (2010) (British) (at my Dad's) - This movie was an easy pick, I just walked over to the many shelves, stopped in front of one, saw this which I had always wanted to see and asked if Dad was agreeable and he said he hadn't watched it yet either, so we were set.  I LOVED THIS MOVIE!  My eldest son was an early talker but he stuttered until he was six, he grew out of it but the cause for it disappeared from his life too but that has given me an affection for stammerers.  I felt so deeply for King George throughout this movie, have always had a soft spot for the Queen Mum (Queen Elizabeth in the movie) and both were played brilliantly by Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter.  But truly this is Bertie and Lionel's story as they form an unlikely friendship and conquer a speech impediment for a man who must speak publicly as his duty to his country through a most grievous time.  I was pleased that Wallis and Edward were shown to be the selfish people they were as their so-called "love" story is often glamorized on the screen when it was in reality pure self-interest.  While I know a lot about King George V, the Wallis Simpson affair and of course the current Queen and her Mum, I've managed to skip over George VI, since his reign was so short but this movie has really intrigued me about the man himself.  Providence seems to have placed him in this role at the right time.  Was he really as duty-bound as portrayed?  I'd like to find out more and shall be looking for books from this time period that focus on him.  A fantastic movie and the scene of the King's Speech at the end is splendid.  A great speech of the 20th century.

3. The Hunger Games (2012) (Netflix) (in Edmonton) - So it's been about three years since I read the book, and details were a bit fuzzy but I absolutely loved the book and had been wanting to watch this movie since it came out.  My niece and I were alone for the evening so we picked this to watch on Netflix even though she had seen it already (she has read the book too).  It's a great movie; I really enjoyed it but they did leave out some important parts of the book.  The love triangle isn't fully explored; we really don't get a chance to know the participants well enough to really care for them and the games start way too soon that we don't get to understand this world they live in properly.  But at 2 1/2 hours they can't fit everything in and they did a decent job.  I'm just not sure people who haven't read the book will understand how much Peeta loves Katniss.  I absolutely loved Josh Hutcherson as Peeta though.  However I  was very surprised at seeing Woody Harrelson as Haymitch as I'd envisioned him as physically looking like Robbie Coltrain but Harrelson grew on me in the part by the end.  Enjoyable, but the book is better and in this case I'd recommend reading the book even if you've already seen the movie as you'll appreciate it even more.  Can't wait for "Catching Fire" to come out this year.

4. The Life of Pi (2012) (at the Theatre) (3D) (in Edmonton) - SPOILERS:  I enjoyed this movie but do wish I had read the book first. I had always intended to, but it was the only movie suitable for the mix of people going that evening. I have the book on my kindle and plan on making sure I read it this month now though. As I said I did enjoy the movie but it didn't have as big an impression on me as it did the others I watched it with nor other people who have been talking about it at church. Some people are saying it is a Christian movie but it is not and I found parts of it disconcerting in that sense. I don't really want to over analyze the thing but I must mention my hesitation. The movie is "spiritual" not Christian. The message is that it is good to have religion and believe in "god" but it doesn't matter which religion you have or what "god" you pray to. Hence the inclusion of Hindu along with the "God of Abraham" religions. Finally, people are asking the question "Which story is true? #1 or #2?  I don't believe this is the correct question. This is not the question asked in the movie. The question and answer are: "Which story do you prefer? #1. And so it goes with God." Hence the movie is suggesting to us that people believe in "God" or religion because it is the "better story". Quite against Christian belief if you think about it seriously, and more attuned with new age spirituality. I like that the movie makes one think about God and religion and it certainly leaves Believers feeling good that they know Christ. But if you are really left asking which story is true, the answer is: both of them. #2 is what "really" happened, while #1 is how God helped him deal with the tragedy and survive the ordeal. One can assume that many parts of #1, once Pi was alone, really did happen, the two stories merge as one. The officials write the tiger into the report because they don't want to write down the atrocity of the reality. What is one crazy story from a boy who survived so many weeks at sea? Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing if my impression of the book is the same.  Any other Christians feel the same way I did?  PS - I hated the 3D, there was absolutely no need for this gimmick and it gave me a headache.

February: 1

5. Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010) (on the computer) - I made dh watch the movie with me the weekend after I`d finished the series thinking it would be his type of movie.  Anyway I had to keep nudging him as he kept dozing off but then all of a sudden *I* woke up and found we were at the 59 min mark so I woke him up again and told him we`d turn off the movie.  We watched TV instead!

March: 0

April: 0

May: 1

6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) (Netflix) - Brilliant british movie with with Maggie Smith and Dame Judy Dent.  Just loved it.  Funny and poignant.  Loved the main Indian actor as well, Dev Patel.  Just an all around great movie.

June: 1

7. World War Z - (2013) (at the Theatre in UltraVox 3D) - I don't have a lot to say about this movie. I really enjoyed it as I am a fan of zombie movies. It was well done, not gross by any means but very, actually tremendously, intense. I am not a big Brad Pitt fan, never have been but he was good in this. His character was cool but low-key. And it certainly was Brad's movie! Not too many scenes without him. LOL. I have not read the book but it has always been on my tbr ever since it first came out. I'm not too bothered I saw the movie first as I've heard it is quite different from the book and even has a different ending. So this makes me interested in getting it read more than ever! Went to the theater with a friend and we decided to try out the UVX 3D experience. More money, cushy comfortable seating, loud sound and 3D, but I'd never choose this over just seeing the regular movie at the regular price.

July: 3

8. Quartet - (2012) (pay per view) (at friend`s) - This wasn`t exactly what I had expected.  I think the original trailer`s presented it much more of a comedy than it is.  So when we were presented with such a touching story, I was surprised.  It is a comedy but with much more to it.  The dignifyed performances by these veteran British actors and musicians is outstanding.  My main interest in the movie was because of Dame Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly.  They did not disappoint and Connolly especially put on a fine performance.  The movie had a bit of a slow start but once it got off the ground I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Not a 5 star but perhaps a 4.

9. The Journey - (1990) (DVD) (own) - Had to search a bit to find anything about this but it is on imdb and was an Australian Children's Network made for TV movie, part of a show called "More Winners".  Anyway this was a cheesy thing about a witch and a curse set back in the 18-somethings, but still we found it amusing.  It was extremely creepy for a kid's show though.  Wouldn't recommend it but it wasn't a waste of my time either.

10. Saint Ralph - (2004) (on TV) (at a friends) - This was on TV last night and a friend and I had planned to get together and have a girls' night in.  She had seen it before but I hadn't and the storyline really appealed to me.  It is so refreshing to watch a positive Catholic movie.  It's also wonderful to see such a good quality Canadian made movie which was set locally, Hamilton, ON.  This was just a fabulous movie.  We laughed, we cried, we yelled at the TV, we were rooting for the boy to win the race.  It was a real interactive, sweet, sad and inspirational movie!  I am sooo glad I watched it and it was waaaaay better than I even imagined it would be.  Stars:  Gordon Pinset, Jennifer Tilly.

August: 1

11. Empire of the Sun (1987) (DVR) (at a friends) - A friend has recorded this and asked me to come over and watch it with.  I saw it on video way back when it first came out and it was one of the first books I ever reviewed on this blog.  Comparing my review of the book to the movie, the movie was not dark at all.  It was touching, sentimental and sad.  We both loved it and found it a great emotional movie to watch.  The only thing I didn't like was that it totally stayed away from even mentioning the atrocities of the Japanese during WWII. (The Asian Holocaust is a major interest of mine).  Christian Bale was magnificent as an eleven year old actor!  Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Joe Pantoliano, Ben Stiller

September: 1

12. We're the Millers (2013) (at the theatre) - I'd never heard of this moie when invited to go see it but I'm always up for a night at the movies since I don't do it very often.  Absolutely roll on the floor hilarious.  But with a capital "B" very vulgar and not for everyone!  Bad language and tons of raunchy situations and jokes, no sex though.  But. OMGosh!  Hilariously funny! I almost wet myself I laughed so hard! If you are not offended easily Go.See.This.Movie! Stars: Jennifer Aniston

October: 0

November: 0

December:  2

13. The Queen's Mother-in-Law (2012) (aired on Canada TV as: The Other Queen Mother) (watched on Channel 4oD): A one hour TV documentary.  This is an absolutely fascinating biography of Prince Phillip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.  It tells of Phillip's strange and unusual childhood and a story not well-known to many at all.  Princess Alice spent much time in mental institutions and ended up becoming a Catholic nun.  Absolutely fascinating story, tragic yet heartlifting and also adds a new dimension to the bumbling, stoic Prince Phillip we all think we know so well.

14. Philomena (2013) (at the theatre) - We actually went to see Catching Fire but there were only three seats left in the theatre so declined them and went to see this instead.  We just loved it.  A very positive Catholic movie.  Of course it deals with tragedy and how things were in orphanges during the fifties, not just Catholic ones but all of them really at that time and the plight of unwed mothers.  Judi Dench was brilliant as usual and her character's unwavering faith through all her hardships is a role model we can all only hope to aspire to ourselves.  The contrast between her and the bitter ex-Catholic was remarkable.  We both loved the film.  Stars: Judi Dench

Books Read in 2013

Books are not rated comparatively to each other but with books of a like nature, from the same field.  For example, I am not comparing an adult literary fiction book rated 5 stars with a children's easy reader rated 5 stars.  I read soooo many different types, styles and genres that I must compare and rate like with like and not compare apples to oranges.

January: 24 + 3 ss

1. Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors by Ann Rule (4/5)
2. Marbles by Ellen Forney (5/5)
3. The Strand Magazine Nov.-Feb. 2013 (3/5)
4. Voltron Force: Dragon Dawn by Brian Smith (4/5)
*  "Daydreams" by Merrill Joan Gerber (5/5)
5. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 12 by Hiroshi Shiibashi (4/5)
*  "Miss Ella" by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (3/5)
6. Judge Dredd: The Garth Ennis Collection (4/5)
7. Roadwork by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) (3.5/5)
*. "Shaming the Devil" by Mary Sergeant (3/5)
8. Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey by Camaren Subhiyah (4.5/5)
9. May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald (4/5)
10. Captain Awesome and the New Kid by Stan Kirby (4/5)
11. Bigfoot Boy: Into the Woods by J. Torres (4/5)
12. Questions of Life ? by Nicky Gumble (5/5)
13. Alabaster: Wolves by Catilan R. Kiernan   (4/5)
14. The Big Beast Sale by David Sinden (The Beastly Boys) (4/5)
15. The Grim Leaper by Kurt J. Wiebe (5/5)
16. Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville (5/5)
17. Cezanne Pinto: A Memoir by Mary Stolz (4/5)
18. Binky Takes Charge by Ashley Spires (5/5)
19. The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux (3/5)
20. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (4/5)
21. The Curse of Dracula by Marv Wolfman (3.5/5)
22. Hating Heidi Foster by Jeffrey Blount (5/5)
23. Thieves & Kings, The Red Book: Volume One by Mark Oakley (5/5)
24. Transformers, Regeneration One: Volume One by Simon Furman (3/5)

February: 34
25. Thieves & Kings, The Green Book: Volume Two by Mark Oakley (5/5)
26. Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (4/5)
27. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown (4/5)
28. The Justice League, Vol. 2: The Villian's Journey by Geoff Johns (5/5)
29. A Tour of Your Circulatory System by Karen Ballen (4/5)
30. A Tour of Your Digestive System by Molly Kolpin (5/5)
31. Louis Armstrong: Jazz Legend by Terry Collins (4/5)
32. The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chersterton (3.5/5)
33. George Washington: The Rise of America's First President by Agnieszka Biskup (3/5)
34. True Stories of the Revolutionary War by Elizabeth Raum (3/5)
35. True Stories of World War II by Terry Collins. Illustrated by Pat Kinsella (3/5)
36. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain (5/5)
37. The Starry Window by Patricia Bow (4/5)
38. Oddkins: A Fable for All Ages by Dean Koontz (5/5)
39. The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece by Roseanne Montillo (5/5)
40. The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks (4/5)
41. Shining Agnes by Sara Banerji (5/5)
42. Wonderland Vol. 1 by Raven Gregory (3/5)
43. Fanfarlo by Charles Baudelaire (2.5/5)
44. Think Tank Vol. 1 by Matt Hawkins. (5/5)
45. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O'Malley (4/5)
46. Demons of Space by Laurie S. Sutton (3/5)
47. The Poisoned Planet by Matthew K. Manning (4/5)
48. A Question of Identity by Susasn Hill (5/5)
49. That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore (5/5)
50. 2000AD Prog 1803 (3/5)
51. 2000AD Prog 1804 (4.5/5)
52. 2000AD Prog 1805 (4/5)
53. The Joker Virus by Scott Peterson (5/5)
54. Cat Commander by J.E. Bright (4/5)
55. Low Life: Paranoia by Rob Williams (4.5/5)
56. Let's Kill Uncle by Rohan O'Grady (4/5)
57. The Spider Vol. 1: Terror of the Zombie Queen by David Liss (5/5)
58. Captain Underpants (#10) and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers by Dav Pilkey (4/5)

March: 28 + 1 ss + 1 DNF
59. Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells edited by Tom Pomplun (5/5)
60. Jerusalem: The Story of a City and a Family by Boaz Yakim (5/5)
61. Iscariot by Tosca Lee (4/5)
DNF. All-Star Future Shocks by Alan Grant et al (DNF)
62. Legend of an Iron Tower and Other Fables... by Natalia Dobzhanska. (4/5)
63. Curses! Foiled Again by Jane Yolen (3/5)
64. Thieves & Kings, Volume Three: The Blue Book by Mark Oakley (5/5)
65. Night's Child by Maureen Jennings (4/5)
66. The Enchanted Forest by Nikolai Leskov (3.5/5)
67. 2000 AD Prog 1806 (4/5)
68. 2000 AD Prog 1807 (5/5)
69. 2000 AD Prog 1808 (3.5/5)
70. Blood Trail: Dawning by Matt Cochran (3/5)
71. Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation by Lou Scheimer with Andy Mangels (5/5)
72. The Devil by Leo Tolstoy (4/5)
**. Killer Charm: The Double Lives of Psychopaths by Linda Fairstein (3/5)
73. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood, Vol. 1 by Pat Shand (3/5)
74. Mind MGMT Vol. 1: The Manager by Matt Kindt. Foreward by Damon Lindelof (5/5)
75. The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher (4/5)
76. Batman Adventures (#1) No Asylum by Ty Templeton & Dan Slott. (5/5)
77. Batman Adventures (#2) Free Man by Ty Templeton & Dan Slott. (3/5)
78. Superman Adventures (#1) Men of Steel by Paul Dini. Art by Rick Burchett (4/5)
79. Superman Adventures (#3) Distant Thunder by Scott McCloud. Art by Rick Burchett (5/5)
80. Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book Three by Tom Sniegoski (4/5)
81. 2000 AD Prog. 1809 (3/5)
82. 2000 AD Prog. 1810 (3.5/5)
83. 2000 AD Prog. 1811 (3.5/5)
84. Poseidon: Earth Shaker by George O'Connor (3/5)
85. Redakai: The Tiger Terror by Terrance Griep & Mike Raicht (2/5)
86. Voltron Force #6: True Colors by Brian Smith (5/5)

April: 33 + 1ss
87. Native America Classics edited by Tom Pomplun, John E, Smelcer & Joseph Bruchac (3.5/5)
88. Island of Doom by Arthur Slade (5/5)
89.  Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley (2.5/5)
90. Criminal Macabre: No Peace for Dead Men by Steve Niles (5/5)
91. Legends From China: Three Kingdoms, Vol. 3: To Pledge Allegiance by Wei Dong Chen (3/5)
92. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola (5/5)
93. More Twisted: 2 by Jeffrey Deaver (4/5)
94. Tiny Titans vs. the Fearsome Five by Art Baltazar & Franco (4/5)
95. Tiny Titans: Sidekick City Elementary by Art Baltazar & Franco (3/5)
96. Woe To Live On by Daniel Woodrell (5/5)
97. Young Justice: Haunted by Art Baltazar & Franco (4/5)
98. Young Justice: Hack and You Shall Find by Art Baltazar & Franco (3/5)
99. The Alienist by Machado De Assis (3/5)
100. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee V12 by Hiroyuki Asada (4/5)
101. Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure by Christopher S. Stewart (3.5/5)
102. The Horla by Guy De Maupassant (5/5)
103. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 13 by Hiroshi Shiibashi (4/5)
104. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (3.5/5)
105. 07-Ghost, Vol. 2 by Yuki Amemiya & Yukino Ichihara (3/5)
106. 07-Ghost, Vol. 3 by Yuki Amemiya & Yukino Ichihara (4/5)
107. The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (5/5)
108. Barrage, Vol. 1: The Piercing by Kouhei Horikoshi (4/5)
109. Lover's Lane: The Halls-Mills Mystery by Rick Geary (4/5)
110. The Thirteenth Rose by Gail Bowen (5/5)
111. Cardboard by Doug TenNapel (3/5)
112. The Woodshed Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner (5/5)
113. The Strand Magazine Feb-May 2013 (4/5)
114. Thieves & Kings, Vol. 5: The Shadow Book by Mark Oakley (5/5)
***. "In Gethsemane" by Stephen Gallagher (4/5)
115. Loyola Kids Book of Saints by Amy Welborn (5/5)
116. Bad Island by Doug TenNapel (4/5)
117. Graphic Classics Vol. 14: Gothic Classics (4.5/5)
118. Trotsky: A Graphic Biography by Rick Geary (5/5)
119. Capote in Kansas by Ande Parks (5/5)

May:  43 + 2 DNF
120. Picturing Disability: Beggar, Freak, Citizen & Other Photographic Rhetoric by Robert Bogdan (5/5)
121. The Nightmare by Lars Kepler (4.5/5)
122. The Great Successor: A Political Cartoon by Ha Tae Keung. (5/5)
123. Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff) by Liz Pichon (3/5)
124. Happy! by Grant Morrison (4/5)
125. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay (5/5)
DNF. Misty Circus by Victoria Frances (DNF)
126. Fever by Lauren DeStefano (5/5)
127. Life in the Ancient World by Bart Winer (5/5)
128. Barrage, Vol. 2 by Kouhei Horikoshi (4/5)
129. Muscle For the Wing by Daniel Woorell (4/5)
130. 2000 AD Prog. 1812 (5/5)
131. 2000 AD Prog. 2013 4(/5)
132. 2000 AD Prog. 1813 (4.5/5)
DNF. Sihpromatum: I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace (DNF)
133. DC Super Friends: Dinosaur Round-Up by Sholly Fisch (4/5)
134. DC Super Friends: Wanted: The Super Friends by Sholly Fisch (4/5)
135. Sever by Lauren DeStefano (5/5)
136. Batman, The Brave and the Bold: The Attack of the Virtual Villains by Matt Wayne (4/5)
137. Batman, The Brave and the Bold: President Batman by Matt Wayne (4/5)
138. Step Into The ... Chinese Empire by Philip Steele (5/5)
139. Chickenhare by Chris Grine (4/5)
140. The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook by Shaun Tan (4/5)
141. Island of Silence by Lisa McMann (4/5)
142. Judge Dredd: Origins by John Wagner (5/5)
143. Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses by Bess Lovejoy (4/5)
144. The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories by Saki (H.H. Munro) (4/5)
145. Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes by Matt Kindt (5/5)
146. Amulet: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi (4/5)
147. Amulet: Prince of the Elves by Kazu Kibuishi (4/5)
148. The Distracted Preacher by Thomas Hardy (5/5)
149. Crash by Lisa McMann (3.5/5)
150. Wars in Toyland by Joe Harris (3.5/5)
151. Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan (4/5)
152. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Sleepy Hollow by Dick Wickline (4/5)
153. Doll Bones by Holly Black (4/5)
154. Jacobs Room by Virginia Woolf (3/5)
155. Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams (4/5)
156. Poseidon and the Sea of Fury by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams (5/5)
157. Hades and the Helm of Darkness by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams (5/5)
158. Wonderland Volume Two by Raven Gregory (5/5)
159. J. Edgar Hoover: A Graphic Biography by Rick Geary. (4/5)
160. Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church by Scott Hahn (5/5)
161. Graphic Classics: Horror Classics by Tom Pomplun (5/5)
162. Thieves & Kings, Vol. 5: The Winter Book by Mark Oakley (5/5)

June: 44
163. Gear by Douglas TenNapel (4/5)
164. 2000AD Prog. 1814 (5/5)
165. 2000AD Prog. 1815 (4.5/5)
166. 2000AD Prog. 1816 (5/5)
167. 2000AD Prog. 1817 (3.5/5)
168. China by Anne Lonsdale (4/5)
169. Energy Makes Things Happen by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (5/5)
170. Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (4/5)
171. DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Novels and Chronology 2013 (4/5)
172. Dive! A Book of Deep-Sea Creatures  by Melvin Berger (5/5)
173. Waking Up In Heaven: A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again.  by Crystal McVea and Alex Tresniowski (5/5)
174. Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventure: The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Sara Pennypacker. Created by Jeff Brown. (3/5)
175. Criminal Macabre Omnibus, Volume 1 by Steve Niles (4/5)
176. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen (5/5)
177. Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen (4/5)
178. Saint Catherine Laboure: Mary's Messenger by Sister Marie-Genevieve Roux & Sister Elisabeth Charpy (5/5)
179. 2000AD Prog. 1818 (4/5)
180. 2000AD Prog. 1819 (4.5/5)
181. 2000AD Prog. 1820 (4.5/5)
182. 2000AD Prog. 1821 (5/5)
183. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 13  by Hiroyuki Asada (5/5)
184 . Saint Colette: In the Footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare by The Poor Clares of Poligny & Sister Elisabeth Charpy (5/5)
185. Zebrafish: SPF 40 by Sharon Emerson (3/5)
186. Who is AC? by Hope Larson (3/5)
187. Saint Vincent de Paul: Servant of Charity by Sister Catherine Ethievant (5/5)
188. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 14 by Hiroshi Shiibashi (3/5)
189. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 15 by Hiroshi Shiibashi (3/5)
190. Precocia: Where the Smartypants Kids Go by Dale E. Basye (5/5)
191. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley (4/5)
192. Lady Susan by Jane Austen (3/5)
193. Saint Anthony of Padua: Proclaimer of the Good News by Marie Baudouin-Croix. (4/5)
194. Notes From a Coma by Mike McCormack (5/5)
195. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 9 by Kiiro Yumi (5/5)
196. Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 1 by Mizuki Sakakibara (4/5)
197. Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell (4/5)
198. Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi (5/5)
199. American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1960s: 1960-1964 by John Wells (5/5)
200. Pepita: Inoue meets Gaudi by Takehiko Inoue (4/5)
201. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol (4/5)
202. Graphic Classics: Mark Twain edited by Tom Pomplun (4/5)
203. The Adventures of Blanche by Rick Geary (4/5)
204. The Cat Crime Club by Steve Korte (3/5)
205. Miracle Hour: A Method of Prayer That Will Change Your Life by Linda Schubert (4.5/5)
206. Thieves & Knights Vol. 6: Aprentices, Part One by Mike Oatley (4/5)

July: 46 +3ss
207. Swamp Thing vs the Zombie Pets by John Sazaklis (3.5/5)
208. Power Up by Doug TenNapel (3.5/5)
209. Deep-Sea Duel by John Sazaklis (2.5/5)
210 . Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray & Elizabeth Gundy (4/5)
211. Bleach 3-in-1, Vol. 1 by Tite Kubo (5/5)
212. The Wonders of the Holy Name by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, O.P. (E.D.M.) (3.5/5)
213. Tib & Tumtum 1: Welcome to the Tribe! by Grimaldi. (4/5)
214. White Shanghai by Elvira Baryakina. (4/5)
215. Purgatory: The Purifying Power of God's Healing Love by Marianne Lorraine Trouve, FSP (3.5/5)
216. A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel by Joseph Joffo (3/5)
217. Barry's Best Buddy by Renee French. (5/5)
218. Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas! by Philippe Coudray (3.5/5)
219. The Returned by Jason Mott (5/5)
220. Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell (5/5)
***. SHORT STORY: The First by Jason Mott (5/5)
221. St. Jude Thaddeus: Patron of Difficult or Hopeless Cases by Donald J. Thorman (3/5)
222. The Reason for Dragons by Chris Northrop (3/5)
223. Zombillenium 1: Gretchen by Arthur de Pins (4/5)
***. SHORT STORY: The Sparrow by Jason Mott (5/5)
224. Persia Blues, Vol.1 by Dara Naraghi (5/5)
225. Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad (5/5)
226. The Truth is Out There Vol. 1: Brendan & Erc in Exile by Amadeus(4/5)
227. The Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner (3.5/5)
228. A Journey Through History: A Guide to the Niagara Parkway from Chippawa to Black Creek by Paul Kreuger (4/5)
229. Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1, Vol. 2 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (5/5)
230. The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler (5/5)
231. Animals of the Bible by Isaac Asimov (3.5/5)
232. Neon Genesis Evangelion 3-in-1, Vol. 3 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (5/5)
233. Sunny, Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto (4/5)
234. Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee (4/5)
235. Captain Awesome Takes a Dive by Stan Kirby (4/5)
236. Captain Awesome, Soccer Star by Stan Kirby (4/5)
237. The Book of Revelation adaptation by Matt Dorff (4/5)
238. Graphic Classics: O. Henry edited by Tom Pomplun (5/5)
239. The Ones You Do by Daniell Woodrell (5/5)
240. Classics Illustrated: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens by Rick Geary (4/5)
241. Hooey Higgins and the Shark by Steve Voake (5/5)
242. Creature Tech by Doug TenNapel  (3/5)
243. Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather (3/5)
244. 2000 AD Prog 1822 (3.5/5)
245. 2000 AD Prog 1823 (5/5)
246. 2000 AD Prog 1824 (5/5)
247. 2000 AD Prog 1825 (5/5)
248. The War Machine by Dave Gibbons and Michael Fleisher (4/5)
249. A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay (4/5)
250. Monsuno: Combat Chaos V. 1 by Brian Smith (2.5/5)
251. Dragonball 3-in-1 (1-2-3) by Akira Toriyama (5/5)
***. SHORT STORY: The Choice by Jason Mott (5/5)
252.  Shark Tooth Tale by Abby Klein (3.5/5)

August: 42 +2DNF
253. The Accident by Linwood Barclay (3.5/5)
254. Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn (3.5/5)
255. Children of the Sea Vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi (5/5)
256. Children of the Sea Vol. 2 by Daisuke Igarashi (5/5)
257. Children of the Sea Vol. 3 by Daisuke Igarashi (4/5)
258. Children of the Sea Vol. 4 by Daisuke Igarashi (4/5)
259. Children of the Sea Vol. 5 by Daisuke Igarashi (5/5)
260. Mr. Happy by Roger Hargreaves (5/5)
261. Asylum by Madeleine Roux (3/5)
DNF. The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
262. Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre by Darwyn Cooke (3.5/5)
263. 50 Below Zero Board Book by Robert Munsch (3/5)
264. Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan by J. Michael Straczynski (4/5)
265. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (3/5)
267. Sleeping Funny: stories by Miranda Hill (5/5)
268. Before Watchmen: Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair by Len Wein (3.5/5)
269. The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg (4/5)
270. A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva (4/5)
271. Chick & Chickie Play All Day by Claude Ponti (5/5)
272. We'll Meet Again: Deathbed Visions - Who You Meet When You Die by Colm Keane (3.5/5)
273. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey (5/5)
274. Lost Cause by John Wilson (5/5)
275. A Distant Soil: The Gathering by Colleen Doran (4/5)
276. Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams (4/5)
277. The Sugar Creek Gang #1: The Swamp Robber by Paul Hutchens (4/5)
278. Jurassic Strike Force 5 by Neo Edmund (1/5)
DNF. Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich Vonkleist
279. Horrendo's Curse: The Graphic Novel by Alison Kooistra (2/5)
280. The Hypnotists by Gordon Kormon (4/5)
281. The Duel by Heinrich Von Kleist (3.5/5)
282. Kafka by Steven T. Seagle (4/5)
283. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) by Dav Pilkey (4/5)
284. The Ticking by Renee French (5/5)
285. Fox on Stage by James Marshall (3/5)
286. Louis L'Amour's Law of the Desert Born: Graphic Novel by Charles Santino (5/5)
287. Let Him Go by Larry Watson (5/5)
288. Tommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel (5/5)
289. The Silver Six by AJ Lieberman (4/5)
290. Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown (5/5)
291. The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth (5/5)
292. A Wilder Rose: Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Their Little Houses by Susan Wittig Albert (3.5/5)
293. Patrick Eats His Peas and Other Stories by Geoffrey Hayes (4/5)
294. Otto's Backwards Day by Frank Cammuso & Jay Lynch (3.5/5)
295. The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers (3/5)

September: 28
296. Give Us a Kiss by Daniel Woodrell (3.5/5)
297. Illustrated Classics: The Invisible Man by Rick Geary (5/5)
298. Graphic Classics: H.P. Lovecraft edited by Tom Pomplun (5/5)
299. Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Pofessor Poopypants (5/5)
300. Praying the Stations with Mary the Mother of Jesus by Richard Furey (5/5)
301. Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood (4/5)
302. Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 2 by Mizuki Sakakibara (3.5/5)
303. Library Wars: Love & War, Volume 10 by Kiiro Yumi (4/5)
304. Tegami Bachi, Letter Bee, Volume 14 by Hiroyuki Asada (4/5)
305. Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Waters (4/5)
306. How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman (2.5/5)
307. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 16  by Hiroshi Shiibashi (5/5)
308. Neon Genesis Evangelion (3-in-1) Vol. 4 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (4/5)
309. The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson (3.5/5)
310. Mind MGMT, Vol. 2: the Futurist by Matt Kindt (4/5)
311. Joe Victim by Paul Cleave (4/5)
312. The Masks, Vol. 1 by Chris Roberson (3/5)
313. Analog: The Best of Science Fiction compiled from Analog Magazine (3.5/5)
314. The Unkindness of Ravens by J. Torres & Faith Erin Hicks (3/5)
315. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey (5/5)
316. Binky: License to Scratch by Ashley Spires (2.5/5)
317. Monsuno Combat Chaos V2: Revenge/Sacrifice by Brian Smith & Cory Levine (3/5)
318. Dragonball (3-in-1) Vol. 2: 4-5-6 by Akira Toriyama (5/5)
319. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 1 by  Shinobu Otaka (5/5)
320. Unseen by Karin Slaughter (5/5)
321. D. Gray-Man (3-in-1) Vol. 1-2-3 by Katsura Hoshino (5/5)
322. Batman (The New 52!) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder (5/5)
322. Micrographica by Renee French (4/5)

October: 31
323. Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown (3.5/5)
324. Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown (3.5/5)
325. Iron West by Doug TenNapel (5/5)
326. Batman (The New 52!) Vol. 2: The City of Owls by Scott Snyder (5/5)
327. The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten (3/5)
328. Battling Boy by Paul Pope (2.5/5)
329. Batman (The New 52!) Night of the Owls by Scott Snyder (5/5)
330. Catwoman (The New 52!) Vol. 3: Death in the Family by Ann Nocenti (3/5)
331. Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorscach by Brian Azzarello (5/5)
332. Benny and Penny in Lights Out! by Geoffrey Hayes (4/5)
333. Patrick in a Teddy Bear's Picnic and Other Stories by Geoffrey Hayes (5/5)
334. Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray (3/5)
335. Maya Makes a Mess by Rutu Modan (3.5/5)
336. Nina in That Makes Me Mad by Hilary Knight (4/5)
337. Batgirl (The New 52) Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Gail Simone (5/5)
338. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte by Rick Geary (4/5)
339. Police by Jo Nesbo. (5/5)
340. Bleach (3-in-1) 4-5-6 by Tite Kubo (4/5)
341. The Duel by Alexander Kuprin (3/5)
342. Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White by Rick Geary (5/5)
343. Bleach (3-in-1) 7-8-9 by Tite Kubo (5/5)
344. The Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady by Betsy Byars (4/5)
345. Original Unity of Man and Woman: Catechesis on the Book of Genesis by Pope John Paul II. Preface by Donald W. Wuerl (5/5)
346. Betty Blues by Renaud Dillies (5/5)
347. Bleach (3-in-1 edition) Vol. 10-11-12 by Tite Kubo (4/5)
348. Close to the Heel by Norah McClintock (5/5)
349. Science: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer (3/5)
350. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff (4/5)
351. Graphic Classics: Jack London edited by Tom Pomplun (2/5)
352. Pirate Mom by Deborah Underwood (3.5/5)
353. Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Peter Tomasi (3.5/5)

November: 55
354. The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell (3/5)
355. X-Men: Battle of the Sentinels by Deborah Hautzig (3/5)
356. Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol 3: Death of the Family by Scott Lobdell (5/5)
357. Bleach (3-in-1) Vol. 13-14-15 by Tite Kubo (4.5/5)
358. Captain Underpants and the big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets by Dav Pilkey (3/5)
359. Making Contact! Marconi Goes Wireless by Monica Kulling (4/5)
360. Captain Underpants and the big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers by Dav Pilkey (4/5)
361. Batman, Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder (4/5)
362. Voice Over! Seiyu Academy, Vol. 1 by Maki Minami (3.5/5)
363. The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford (4/5)
364. Sweet Rein, Vol. 1 by Sakura Tsukuba (4/5)
365. The Titanic: Lost ... And Found by Judy Donnelly (4/5)
366. Pompeii ... Buried Alive! by Edith Kunhardt (4/5)
367. Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vol. 13 by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (4/5)
368. The Cleaner by Paul Cleave (4/5)
369. Tiger & Bunny, Vol. 3 by Mizuki Sakakibara (4/5)
370. The Joker :Death of the Family by Scott Snyder & others (5/5)
371. Daniel's Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla (5/5)
372. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang (5/5)
373. Saints by Gene Luen Yang (4/5)
374. Surprises edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins (3/5)
375. Tiger & Bunny, The Movie: The Beginning, Side A by Tsutomu Oono (3/5)
376. Greg's Microscope by Millicent E. Selsam (4/5)
377. Tiger & Bunny, The Movie: The Beginning, Side B by Tsutomu Oono (3/5)
378. Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice: The Graphic Novel by Laurence Sach (2/5)
379. The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr (3/5)
380. The Facebook Diet: 50 Funny Signs of Facebook Addiction and Ways to Unplug with a Digital Detox by Gemini Adams (4/5)
381. Thor: The Viking God of Thunder by Graeme Davis (4/5)
382. Uzumaki: The Deluxe Edition by Junji Ito (4/5)
383. Thumbprint by Jason Ciaramella, based on Joe Hill (4/5)
384. Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner (4/5)
385. Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano (5/5)
386. Bleach (3-in-1 edition) Vol. 16-17-18 by Tite Kubo (3.5/5)
387. Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson (4/5)
388. Will o' the Wisp: An Aurora Grimeon Story by Tom Hammock (5/5)
389. All About Owls by Jim Arnosky (3/5)
390. Who I'm Not by Ted Staunton (4/5)
391. One Piece, East Blue (3-in-1), Vol. 1-2-3 by Eiichiro Oda (2.5/5)
392. Rocket Robinson and the Pharaoh's Fortune by Sean O'Neill (4/5)
393. All About Deer by Jim Arnosky (3/5)
394. Catechism of the Catholic Church (with modifications from the Editio Typica) by The Catholic Church (5/5)
395. Lazarus: Book One by Greg Rucka (5/5)
396. Volcanoes: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Book by Franklyn M. Branley (4/5)
397. Doomsday.1 by John Byrne (4/5)
398. Giraffes at Home: A Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Book by Ann Cooke (3/5)
399. Five Ghosts Volume 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere (2.5/5)
400. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 2 by Shinobu Ohtaka (5/5)
401. Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Book by Franklyn M. Branley (3/5)
402. Help for the Haunted by John Searles (5/5)
403. Danse Macabre by Stephen King (4/5)
404. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (5/5)
405. Ant Cities: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Book by Artur Dorros (4/5)
406. Mark Waid's The Green Hornet Volume 1: Bully Pulpit by Mark Waid (5/5)
407. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 17  by Hiroshi Shiibashi (5/5)
408. Alfred Hitchcock's A Hangman's Dozen edited by Alfred Hitchcock (3/5)

December: 43 + 1DNF
409. Classics Illustrated: Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson by John K. Snyder III
410. The Black Beetle, Volume 1 by Francesco Francavilla (3/5)
411. Animals in Winter: A Let's Read-and-Find-Out Book by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder (2/5)
412. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 15 by Hiroyuki Asada (5/5)
413. The Great Houdini by Monica Kulling (4/5)
414. Practice to Deceive by Ann Rule (4/5)
415. Zatch Bell! Vol. 1 by Makoto Raiku (4/5)
416. The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek Tiwary (2/5)
417. Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by Dav Pilkey (4/5)
418. Zatch Bell! Vol. 2 by Makoto Raiku (5/5)
419. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey (5/5)
420. Zatch Bell! Vol. 3 by Makoto Raiku (4/5)
421. The Last of Us: American Dreams by Neil Druckmann & Faith Erin Hicks (4/5)
422. h day by Renee French (3/5)
423. I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton (5/5)
424. Teen Titans (New 52) Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Scott Lobdell (3/5)
425. Island of Fire (The Unwanteds #3) by Lisa McMann (5/5)
426. Zatch Bell! Vol. 4 by Makoto Raiku (3/5)
427. The Last Christmas by Gerry Duggan (4/5)
428. Abelard by Renaud Dillies (4/5)
429. Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood: Wanted by Pat Shand (3/5)
430. Ink Me by Richard Scrimger (3/5)
431. Zatch Bell! Vol. 5 by Makoto Raiku (4/5)
432. Bubbles & Gondola by Renaud Dillies (3/5)
433. X-Files Season 10 Volume 1 by Michael Walsh (5/5)
434. D. Gray-Man (3-in-1) Vol. 4-5-6 by Katsura Hoshino (3/5)
435. Evil Ernie Volume 1: Origin of Evil by Jesse Snider (4/5)
436. A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season by Katherine Paterson (3/5)
437. Graphic Classics: Ambrose Bierce edited by Tom Pomplun (3/5)
438. Sunny, Vol. 2 by Taiyo Matsumoto (5/5)
439. Nightwing (New 52) Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Kyle Higgins (5/5)
440. The Killing Hour by Paul Cleave (3/5)
441. Listen Up! Alexander Graham Bell's Talking Machine by Monica Kulling (2.5/5)
442. Don't Go to Sleep by R.L. Stine
443. Monster Zoo by Doug TenNapel (5/5)
444. Advent Meditations with Fulton J. Sheen (3/5)
445. Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman (3/5)
446. The Christmas Star by Ace Collins (4/5)
DNF. Fascism: A Graphic Guide by Stuart Hood (DNF)
447. Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos (4/5)
448. Housebound with Rick Geary (/5)
449. Naruto (3-in-1) Vol.1-2-3 by Masashi Kishimoto (5/5)
450. Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo (4/5)
451. The Initiates: A Comic Artist and a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs by Etienne Davodeau (4/5)