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[Cover Characteristic] Bunnies and Rabbits

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Bunnies in the Bathroom by Ben M. Baglio

Mandy’s new friend John has his heart set on buying two baby rabbits in the local pet shop. But before he has a chance, Barney and Button are gone. Mandy and James decide to get the bunnies back for John. But will they be able to find the new owner?

Bunny Bonanza by Ben M. Baglio

Mandy and James are excited to take part in a national fundraiser for animals. But how can they help? James has a great idea — hold a gathering of pet rabbits. Owners can pay to join the group! But will there be enough members to make it a bunny bonanza?

Rabbits on the Run by Lucy Daniels

Farmer Sam Western is threatening to destroy the rabbits in a nearby warren, as they keep going onto his land to eat his crops. Mandy, James and their friend John Hardy are desperate to save the hungry rabbits. The question is, how? Then Mandy has a radical idea: relocate them. But will it work?

Bunny in a Basket by Ben M. Baglio

Mandy is thrilled to be staying at James’s cousin Nadia’s house for a week, and to hear that Nadia has a gorgeous lop-eared rabbit named Pixie. Pixie has entered a competition for the chance to be the model for a chocolate Easter bunny! But when Pixie suddenly falls ill, Mandy must use her veterinary experience to determine what’s wrong with him. Can Mandy cure Pixie’s mystery illness in time for the competition?

Bunny on a Barge by Lucy Daniels


[Book Review] Claudia and Mean Janine (The Baby-sitters Club, #7) by Ann M. Martin

Claudia’s sister is mean! She’s too busy being smart to be nice. Even Claudia’s grandmother, Mimi, can’t get close to Janine. Plus, Mean Janine puts down the Baby-sitters Club. And that makes Claudia MAD!

This summer the members of the Baby-sitters Club are starting a playgroup in the neighborhood. Claudia can’t wait for it to begin. But then Mimi has a stroke.. and the whole summer changes.

Now Claudia has to spend her time “Mimi-sitting” instead of baby-sitting. And things with Janine are going from bad to worse. One of the Kishi sisters has to start being nicer. And it’s sure not going to be Claudia!

Claudia and Mean Janine, the seventh book in The Baby-sitters Club, follows almost immediately from where the previous book, Kristy’s Big Day, left off. Rather than the month or more time skips Martin’s been delivering so far, there’s only a week long gap here, and the plot of the book goes on to cover much of the rest of the summer. Now, I have to admit that kind of bums me a bit, as I know what’s going to happen at the end of the summer. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler!) After the girls make it to the eighth grade, they’re going to get lost in “not allowed to grow up” territory. Holidays are going to keep passing ’em by, but they’re never going to make it out of the friggin’ eighth grade. (Well, not for a few hundred books, at least.) That’s one trope that really pisses me off, and I look forward to counting just how many Christmas vacations and Spring breaks they manage to squeeze into one infinite school year. It’s gonna be rough.

But more on that when I get to it. For now, the BSC series has turned its focus to Claudia Kishi for one of its first “serious business” plotlines. While The Truth About Stacey, Mary Anne Saves the Day, and Dawn and the Impossible Three each dealt with serious topics (diabetes and its stigma in Stacey, responsibility and a minor health crisis in Mary Anne, and child neglect in Dawn), Claudia and Mean Janine offers up the most serious subject yet… though the title would have you believe this is just another book about bitchy sisters.

Claudia Kishi, the youngest of two sisters in a Japanese-American household, is a definite subversion of the oft-seen “Asian Genius” stereotype. Her older sister Janine, on the other hand, is every bit of a pressured overachiever and teen prodigy. Needless to say, these two girls don’t exactly see eye to eye–hence the sisterly rivalry. Because while the Kishi parents are pressuring Janine to become a physicist and glowing with pride over her accomplishments, they’re strict with their second daughter. They monitor her homework, and, apparently, they monitor her extracurricular activities and hobbies as well. There’s a scene in this one that describes Claudia hiding Nancy Drew books from her parents, as they somehow don’t approve of her reading these classic mysteries. (To which I have to ask, why? In what universe is Nancy Drew considered “guilty pleasure” material? What the hell is she supposed to be reading instead!?)

All of this is information we see through Claudia’s eyes, of course, and I think anyone familiar with sisterly/brotherly rivalry tropes should know where I’m going with this. Janine’s life isn’t exactly any more joyous than Claudia’s, but the younger Kishi spends the majority of the book ragging on her ostensibly perfect, “mean” older sister. And ignoring the fact that Janine never does a single mean thing in the book… wow, my perspective on the Claudia versus Janine rivalry has changed from when I first read these as a child!

My first experience with The Baby-sitters Club was when I was in elementary school, and at that point, I didn’t totally mesh with Claudia, but I had no qualms taking her side against Janine. Reading this as an adult, though… damn, I feel bad for that poor girl. She doesn’t do anything wrong, she’s facing the full brunt of Claudia’s envy and hostility at all times, she’s quite obviously just as envious of Claudia, and she doesn’t seem to have any idea of how to get close to her sister. It’s pretty darn sad.

But with all that said… the rivalry between Claudia and Janine isn’t the real issue of Claudia and Mean Janine. Not only is Janine not, in fact, mean, but the conflict between Claudia and Janine actually plays second fiddle to the much more serious plotline of the novel: that of Mimi’s stroke.

Mimi is Claudia and Janine’s grandmother, a Japanese emigrant who lives with the Kishi household. And she’s the sweetest frickin’ thing; she’s a grandmotherly figure to the entire babysitter’s club, but especially the two who grew up on the same street as the Kishis (Kristy and Mary Anne). It’s impossible not to like Mimi… and Mimi’s life falls apart right here, right now.

It’s a great plotline with a lot of emotion, and I completely enjoyed reading it regardless of how sad and/or frustrated it made me at certain moments… but I think it suffers a bit for being in this book. I would have much preferred the “Claudia versus Janine” and “Mimi’s stroke” plotlines to be disentangled. The Claudia/Janine conflict and reconciliation, despite being the subplot described in the title, got overshadowed and shortchanged by Mimi’s plotline and ultimately served as a distraction. And since the series certainly isn’t about to put the Kishi sister war behind it anytime soon, I really think it would’ve been a better idea to spend a different book focusing on the girl’s interpersonal interaction and spend this one focusing on their reactions to their grandmother’s situation.

Still, though, it’s a great story, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of the series. So far, the balance between charm/frivolity and serious plotlines has been great, and I’m looking forward to more of both. I’d definitely like to be able to eventually say I’ve read every BSC universe book!

In search of a book for the young reader in your life? Check out this or another Baby-Sitter’s Club book below!
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Reading Challenges

2015 Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge: I’m In!

This year, Falling for YA is hosting their Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge for the second year, and I’m taking the plunge. Since I have absolute mountains of books long overdue for a review from both Netgalley and Edelweiss, I’d like to make 2015 the year that I tackle those books.

Here’s a brief run-down of how the challenge works; for more information or to join in yourself, check out the sign-up page here.

The challenge runs the entirety of 2015, and the goal is simple: read your damn eARCs! It doesn’t matter if they’re books you’ve requested this year or last or, gods forbid, even before that–if you got it from Netgalley or Edelweiss, it falls under the umbrella of acceptable books. Obviously, books must be reviewed in some sense to count for the challenge, but you need not be a blogger to participate.

There are five levels to the challenge, and these are Bronze with a goal of ten books, Silver with a goal of twenty five books, Gold with a goal of fifty books, platinum with a goal of seventy five books, and Diamond with a goal of one hundred books. I hope to read at least twelve eARCs this year (and would love to fly past that number if at all possible!), so I will be aiming for Bronze.

And again, if you’re interested in participating in this challenge, you can sign-up here.

10 / 10 (100.00%)
  1. Play Dead (A Dog and His Girl Mysteries, #1) by Jane B. Mason and Sara Hines Stephens | Review
  2. Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure by Lynelle Woolley | Review
  3. Made in China: A Story of Adoption by Vanita Oelschlager | (Mini!) Review
  4. Baby Santa by M. Maitland DeLand | (Mini!) Review
  5. Baby Santa’s Worldwide Christmas Adventure by M. Maitland DeLand | (Mini!) Review
  6. Baby Santa and the Lost Letters by M. Maitland DeLand | (Mini!) Review
  7. Baby Santa and the Missing Reindeer by M. Maitland DeLand | (Mini!) Review
  8. Magic Words: From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit by Edward Field | (Mini!) Review
  9. A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg | (Mini!) Review
  10. How the Meteorite Got to the Museum by Jessica Hartland | (Mini!) Review

My Short Story Experience

In 2015, there are plenty of places to keep track of what books you’ve read. You can opt for Goodreads, LibraryThing, Shelfari, BookLikes, Leafmarks, LiBib, and probably a ton of others I don’t even know about. But what about short stories? None of these archives, as far as I know, offer a convenient way to keep track of the short stories you’ve read, unless you count shelving the anthology in which you found the story. (And, of course, anthologies aren’t the only places to read short stories!)

So… what to do? I’m putting together the following post, which I’ll update as needed, to keep track of what I’ve read and who I’ve read.

Aickman, Robert
  1. The Cicerones | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
  2. The Inner Room | My Favorite Horror Story
Alvey, J.M.

  1. The Green-and-Gold Bug | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
Amis, Kingsley
  1. Who or What Was It? | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
Arnold, H.F.
  1. The Night Wire | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Arthur, Frances

  1. A Problem of the Dark | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
Arthur, Robert
  1. The Believers | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
Atkins, Peter

  1. King of Outer Space | The Museum of Horrors
Austin, Mary
  1. The Readjustment | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
  1. The Stone Coffin | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Baldwin, Louisa
  1. How He Left the Hotel | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Ball, Clifford

  1. The Werewolf Howls | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
Bangs, John Kendrick

  1. The Mystery of My Grandmother’s Hair Sofa | Spirits of Christmas
Baring-Gould, Sabine
  1. A Happy Release | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
Barker, Nugent
  1. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
Barron, Laird
  1. Black Dog | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
  2. The Redfield Girls | Haunted Legends
Bear, Elizabeth

  1. Boojum | The Book of Cthulhu II
Beaumont, Charles

  1. Fritzchen | Young Monsters
Belitt, Ben

  1. Tzo-Lin’s Nightingales | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
Benjamin, J. Wilmer
  1. Drowned Argosies | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Benson, E.F.
  1. The Confessions of Charles Linkworth | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
  2. The Man Who Went Too Far | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
  3. The Terror by Night | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
  4. Caterpillars | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
Benson, R.H.
  1. Attorney of the Damned | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Bernard, David
  1. The Piper from Bhutan | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Bickle, Laura
  1. From Dust | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
Bierce, Ambrose
  1. The Secret of Macarger’s Gulch | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
  2. The Stranger | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
  3. The Damned Thing | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
  4. Jim Mortonson’s Funeral | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
  5. An Occurrence at Owl-Creek Bridge | My Favorite Horror Story
Bixby, Jerome

  1. The Young One | Young Monsters
Blackwood, Algernon
  1. The Empty House | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
Bloch, Robert

  1. Sweets to the Sweet | My Favorite Horror Story
  2. The Animal Fair | My Favorite Horror Story
Blumein, Michael
  1. Hymenoptera | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
Boothby, Guy
  1. A Strange Goldfield | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Bousfield, H.T.W.
  1. The God with Four Arms | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
Bowen, Elizabeth
  1. Hand in Glove | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
  2. Green Holly | Spirits of Christmas
Bowen, Marjorie

  1. The Prescription | Spirits of Christmas
Bowes, Richard
  1. Knickerbocker Holiday | Haunted Legends
Bradbury, Ray

  1. Homecoming | Young Monsters
Braddon, M.E. (Mary E.)
  1. The Shadow in the Corner | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
  2. The Cold Embrace | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Braunbeck, Gary A.
  1. Return to Mariabronn | Haunted Legends
Brennert, Alan
  1. Ghost Story | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Brintnall, Edna Goit
  1. Dust | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
Buchan, John
  1. Fullcircle | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
    Burden, Bob
    1. You’ve Got Your Troubles, I’ve Got Mine | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
    Burke, Thomas
    1. The Hollow Man | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
    Burks, Arthur J.
    1. Faces | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
    Burleson, Donald R.
    1. The Pedicab | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
    2. Dark Brother | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
    Burleson, Mollie L.

    1. That Only a Mother Could Love | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
    Burrage, A.M.
    1. Smee | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
    2. The Shadowy Escort | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
    Burrough, Loretta
    1. A Visitor from Far Away | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
    Byrne, Brooke

    1. The Werewolf’s Howl | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
    Cadigan, Pat
    1. Between Heaven and Hull | Haunted Legends
    Cage, Hugh B.

    1. Ladies in Waiting | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
    Campbell, Ramsey
    1. Going Under | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
    2. Chucky Comes to Liverpool| Haunted Legends
    3. Out of Copyright | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
    4. Call First | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
    5. Seeing the World | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
    6. The Pattern | My Favorite Horror Story
    7. Worse than Bones | The Museum of Horrors
    Cannon, Peter

    1. The Sky Garden | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
    2. Smudge Makes a New Best Friend | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
    Capes, Bernard
    1. The Widow’s Clock | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
    2. A Ghost-Child | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
    Caselberg, Jay
    1. Angelic | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
      Cave, Hugh B.

      1. Take Me, For Instance | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Chabon, Michael

      1. The God of Dark Laughter | The Book of Cthulhu II
      Chambers, Robert W.
      1. A Pleasant Evening | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Chappell, Fred
      1. Miss Prue | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      Chesbro, George C.
      1. Waco | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
      Chetwynd-Hayes, R.
      1. The Elemental | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Clark, Dale
      1. Behind the Screen | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      Cogswell, Theodore R.

      1. The Cabbage Patch | Young Monsters
      Collins, Nancy A.
      1. Thin Walls | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
      Colvin, Clare
      1. Something to Reflect Upon | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Connolly, Lawrence C.
      1. Pumpkin Head Escapes | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
      Cooper, Brenda
      1. All Hallows in the High Hills | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
      Cooke, John Peyton
      1. The Penitent | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
      Coppard, A.E.
      1. Ahoy, Sailor Boy! | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
      Copper, Basil
      1. Bright Blades Gleaming | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
      2. The Second Passenger | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Counselman, Mary Elizabeth
      1. The House of Shadows | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      Cram, Ralph A.
      1. No.252 Rue M. Le Prince | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Crawford, F. Marion
      1. The Upper Berth | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
      Crispin, Edmund
      1. St. Bartholomew’s Day | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Davidson, Avram
      1. Summerland | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      de la Mare, Walter
      1. Bad Company | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
      Dedman, Stephen
      1. For Those in Peril on the Sea | Haunted Legends
      Derleth, August W.
      1. The Metronome | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      2. Pacific 421 | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      3. The Gentlemen in Black | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      4. Baynter’s Imp | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      5. The Deserted Garden | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      6. The Owl on the Moor | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Devereaux, Robert

      1. Apologia | The Museum of Horrors
      Dick, Philip K.

      1. The Father-Thing | My Favorite Horror Story
      Dickens, Charles
      1. The Ghost in Master B.’s Room | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Dooling, W. Benson
      1. Highwaymen | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      Doyle, Arthur Conan
      1. The Brown Hand | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      2. The American’s Tale | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Drake, H.B.
      1. Yak Mool San | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Dupuy, E. Ernest

      1. The Edge of the Shadow | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Edwards, Amelia B.
      1. The Phantom Coach | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
      Ellis, Elsie
      1. McGill’s Appointment | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      Erckmann-Chatrian (aka Emile Erckmann and Alexandra Chartrian)

      1. Uncle Christian’s Inheritance | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      2. The Murderer’s Violin | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      3. The Spider of Guyana | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Ernst, Paul
      1. Concert to Death | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      2. Waiter Number 34 | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      Ernst, Rex

      1. The Inn | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Etchison, Dennis

      1. The Dog Park | My Favorite Horror Story
      Everett, Walker G.
      1. The Woman in Gray | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      Farrère, Clayde

      1. The Keen Eyes and Ears of Kara Kedi | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Ford, Jeffrey
      1. Down Atsion Road | Haunted Legends
      Frederick, Orlin

      1. The Throwback | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Fry, Susan

      1. The Impressionists in Winter | The Museum of Horrors
      Fullilove, J.B.S.

      1. Ghouls of the Sea | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Fultz, John R.

      1. This is How the World Ends | The Book of Cthulhu II
      Gaiman, Neil

      1. Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar | The Book of Cthulhu II
      Garis, Howard R.

      1. Profession Jonkin’s Cannibal Plant | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Garofalo, Charles

      1. Itching for Action | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Gilchrist, R. Murray
      1. The Return | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      2. The Basilisk | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Glancy, A. Scott

      1. Once More from the Top | The Book of Cthulhu II
      Glasby, John S.

      1. The Black Widow | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
      Godfrey, Darren O.

      1. Inland, Shoreline | The Museum of Horrors
      Goodfellow, Cody

      1. Rapture of the Deep | The Book of Cthulhu II
      Grabinski, Stefan
      1. The Grey Room | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
      2. The White Wyrak | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
      Grant, Charles L.

      1. Whose Ghosts These Are | The Museum of Horrors
        Gray, Arthur
        1. The True History of Anthony Ffryar | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories & 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
        2. The Necromancer | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
        Grendon, Stephen
        1. The Man on B-17 | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
        Grey, Orrin

        1. Black Hill | The Book of Cthulhu II
        Hadley, Allison V.

        1. The Marmot | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
        Hadley, Anne Harris

        1. Exhibit A | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
        Hamilton, Edmond

        1. The Seeds from Outside | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
        Hart, Richard H.
        1. Rendezvous | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
        Hartley, L.P.
        1. A Visitor from Down Under | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
        Harvey, W.F. (William Fryer)
        1. The Clock | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
        2. Across the Moors | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 & 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
        Hawthorne, Nathaniel
        1. The Birth-mark | Haunting Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
        2. Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment | Haunting Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
        3. The Gray Champion | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
        4. Young Goodman Brown | My Favorite Horror Story
        Hearn, Lafcadio
        1. A Dead Secret | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
        2. Jikininki | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
        Henry, O.
        1. The Furnished Room | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
        Hiatt, J.M.
        1. Ghosts of the Air | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Hoang, Lily
          1. The Foxes | Haunted Legends
          Hobson, M.K.
          1. Oaks Park | Haunted Legends
          Hodge, Brian
          1. We, the Fortunate Bereaved | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          Hodgson, William Hope

          1. Demons of the Sea | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Hoffman, Nina Kiriki
          1. Coming Home | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Hoss, Granville S.

          1. The Frog | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Hurst, S.B.H.
          1. The Splendid Lane | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Irving, Washington

          1. Governor Manco and the Soldier | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Jacobs, W.W.
          1. The Monkey’s Paw | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          2. Jerry Bundler | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          James, Henry
          1. The Friends of the Friends | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          James, M.R.
          1. ‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’ | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          2. Rats | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 & 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          3. After Dark in the Playing Fields | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          4. A Warning to the Curious | My Favorite Horror Story
          Jamison, H.F.

          1. Seven Drops of Blood | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Jens, Tina L.

          1. The Gargoyle Sacrifice | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Johns, Talbot
          1. Date in the City Room | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Johnson, Mildred

          1. The Cactus | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Johnson, Roger

          1. Mädelein | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2

          Jones, Stephen Graham

          1. Thirteen | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          Jones, Willis Knapp

          1. Things | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Jordan, Thomas R.

          1. Smoke Fantasy | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Kaminsky, Stuart
          1. Hidden | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          Kapfer, A.W.

          1. The Phantom Drug | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Kaye, Marvin
          1. Our Late Visitor | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Kidd, A.F.

          1. And Turns No More His Head | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Kiernan, Caitlín R.
          1. Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          2. As Red as Red | Haunted Legends
          3. Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Kilpatrick, Nancy
          1. Trick or Treat | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          King, Charles

          1. I’ll Be Glad When I’m Dead | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          King, Stephen
          1. Lunch at Gotham Café | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          2. One for the Road | Young Monsters
          Kipling, Rudyard

          1. By Word of Mouth | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Kitchel, Kelsey Percival

          1. Mummy | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Knapp, Wallace J.
          1. The Honor of Don Pedro | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Koja, Kathe
          1. Pas de Deux | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          Kroll, Harry Harrison

          1. Fairy Gossamer | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Laben, Carrie
          1. Face Like a Monkey | Haunted Legends
          Lane, Joel

          1. The Window | The Museum of Horrors
          Lang, Ralph Allen

          1. The Silver Knife | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Lansdale, Joe R.
          1. The Folding Man | Haunted Legends
          2. Dog, Cat, and Baby | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          3. The Dump | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Lawrence, Margery

          1. The Curse of the Stillborn | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Laymon, Richard
          1. The Maiden | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          2. Hammerhead | The Museum of Horrors
          le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan
          1. Squire Toby’s Will | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          2. The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          3. The Ghost and the Bone-setter | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          4. The Quare Gander | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Lear, Alan W.

          1. Dance! Dance! The Shaking of the Sheets | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Lee, Tanith

          1. Red as Blood | Young Monsters
          Lee, Vernon
          1. A Wicked Voice | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Leiber, Fritz

          1. The Terror from the Depths | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Lewis, L.A.

          1. Haunted Air | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Ligotti, Thomas

          1. The Real Wolf | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Linzner, Gordon

          1. Author, Author | The Museum of Horrors
          Lipinski, Miroslaw

          1. Sacrifice | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Llewellyn, Livia

          1. Take Your Daughters to Work | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Long, Julius
          1. He Walked by Day | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Lovecraft, H.P.
          1. The Terrible Old Man | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. Dagon | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          3. The Unnamable | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          4. The Color Out of Space | My Favorite Horror Story
          5. Rats in the Walls | My Favorite Horror Story
          Maberry, Jonathan
          1. Long Way Home: A Pine Deep Story | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          MacCulloch, Simon

          1. Dummy | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Machen, Arthur

          1. Opening the Door | My Favorite Horror Story

          1. Good-by, Miss Patterson | Young Monsters
          Macready, R.G.

          1. The Plant-Thing | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Malden, R.H.

          1. The Coxswain of the Lifeboat | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Malzberg, Barry / Barry N.
          1. Away | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. Safety Zone| 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          3. Indigestion | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Mantooth, John
          1. Shoebox Train Wreck | Haunted Legends
          Marriott-Watson, H.B.

          1. The Devil of the Marsh | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Mashburn, Kirk W.
          1. The Garret of Madame Lemoyne | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. The Toad Idol | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Matheson, Richard

          1. The Distributor | My Favorite Horror Story
          Maugham, W. Somerset
          1. The Taipan | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Maupassant, Guy de

          1. On the River | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          2. The Mother of Monsters | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          McClusky, Thorp
          1. Black Gold | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. The Considerate Hosts | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          McDonald, George

          1. The Gray Wolf | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Metzger, Th.

          1. Transorbital Love Probe | The Museum of Horrors
          Middleton, Richard
          1. On the Brighton Road | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories & 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Milyer, A.V.
          1. Mordecai’s Pipe | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Mitchell, Albert Page

          1. The Devilish Rat | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Moffat, Len J.

          1. Father’s Vampire | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Moore, J.C.

          1. Things | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Monette, Sarah

          1. Boojum | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Morrow, W.C.
          1. The Haunted Burglar | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Morton, Lisa

          1. Pound Rots in Fragrant Harbour | The Museum of Horrors
          Munby, A.N.L.
          1. An Encounter in the Mist | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Munn, H. Warner
          1. A Sprig of Rosemary| 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Murray, Will

          1. Snail Ghost | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Nesbit, E. (Edith)
          1. Man-Size in Marble | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          2. The Ebony Frame | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          3. John Charrington’s Wedding | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Newman, Kim

          1. The Big Fish | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Nisbet, Hume

          1. The Vampire Maid | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Nolan, William F.
          1. Gibbler’s Ghost | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. Something Nasty | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          3. In Real Life | The Museum of Horrors
          Northcote, Amyas

          1. The Downs | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          O’Brien, Fitz-James

          1. The Pot of Tulips | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          O’Donoghue, Michael
          1. The Psycho | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          O’Sullivan, Vincent

          1. The Burned House | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 & 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Oates, Joyce Carol

          1. The Museum of Dr. Moses | The Museum of Horrors
          Onions, Oliver
          1. The Cigarette Case | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Oursler, Will Charles
          1. Mandolin | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Pain, Barry
          1. Rose Rose | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories & 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. The Moon-Slave | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Pamely, C.D.

          1. The Unfinished Masterpiece | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Parker, Richard

          1. The Wheelbarrow Boy | Young Monsters
          Patridge, Norman
          1. The Mummy’s Heart | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          Peattie, Elia W.
          1. A Grammatical Ghost | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Pendarves, G.G.
          1. The Return | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. The Power of the Dog | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Piccirilli, Tom

          1. Those Vanished I Recognize | The Museum of Horrors
          Pickett, Suzanne

          1. There Was Soot on the Cat | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Pirie, Steven
          1. The Spring Heel | Haunted Legends
          Platt, James

          1. The Witches’ Sabbath | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Poe, Edgar Allen

          1. Metzengerstein | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 & 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          2. The Tell-Tale Heart | My Favorite Horror Story
          Price, E. Hoffman
          1. The Word of Bentley | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Price, Robert M.

          1. Familiar Face | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Prichard, K. and H.

          1. The Story of Saddler’s Croft | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Prior, Percy B.
          1. The Tree-Man Ghost | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Pritchett, V.S.
          1. A Story of Don Juan | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Prout, Mearle
          1. Guarded | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Ptacek, Kathryn
          1. Drive | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          Quick, Dorothy
          1. Edge of the Cliff | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Quiller-Couch, Arthur
          1. The Roll-Call of the Reef | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Quinn, Seabury
          1. Rebels’ Rest | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. The Lesser Brethren Mourn | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Quiroga, Horacio

          1. The Feather Pillow | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Radcliffe, Garnett

          1. The Beetle | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Rainey, Stephen M.

          1. Deep Wood | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Raisor, G.L.
          1. The Night Caller | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Rampo, Edogawa

          1. The Human Chair | My Favorite Horror Story
          Raven, Simon
          1. Bottle of 1912 | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Reed, Kit
          1. Akbar | Haunted Legends
          Reid, Helen M.
          1. Under the Eaves | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Reynaga, Christopher

          1. I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Reynolds, Mack

          1. Optical Illusion | Young Monsters
          Rice, Susan Andrews
          1. The Ghost Farm | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Rich, H. Thompson
          1. The Phantom Express | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Riddell, Mrs. J.H.
          1. The Last of Squire Ennismore | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Robinson, Lennox

          1. The Face | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Roden, Barbara
          1. All Souls Day | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          Rolt, L.T.C.

          1. Bosworth Summit Pound | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Rowlands, David G.

          1. A Fisher of Men | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Rud, Anthony M.

          1. The Place of Hairy Death | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Russell, Robert Leonard

          1. The Amulet of Hell | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Rutherford, Mark

          1. A Mysterious Portrait | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Salmonson, Jessica Amanda
          1. Harmless Ghosts | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          1. The Soul of Laploshka | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. Laura | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          3. Gabriel-Ernest | Young Monsters
          Sampson, Robert
          1. Relationships | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Samuels, Mark

          1. A Gentleman from Mexico | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Sargent, Stanley C.

          1. The Black Brat of Dunwich | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Sarrantonio, Al
          1. Two | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Schiff, Edward E.

          1. Left by the Tide | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Schmidt, Otto E.A.
          1. Shadows Cast Behind | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Schorer, Marc

          1. The Owl on the Moor | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Schow, David J.
          1. Refrigerator Heaven | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          Schwader, Ann K.

          1. Objects from the Gilman-Waite Collection | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Schweitzer, Darrell
          1. Clocks | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. Short and Nasty | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Scott, Walter
          1. The Tapestried Chamber | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Sedia, Ekaterina
          1. Tin Cans| Haunted Legends
          Sellar, Gord

          1. Of Melei, of Ulthar | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Sewell, Pamela

          1. Ward 8 | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Sheehan, Perley Poore
          1. Monsieur De Guise | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Shirley, John
          1. And When You Called to Us We Came to You | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          2. Barbara | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          Simak, Clifford D.

          1. Idiot’s Crusade | Young Monsters
          Sinclair, May
          1. The Victim | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Slesar, Henry

          1. My Father, the Cat | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Smith, A.E.D.

          1. The Coat | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 & 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Smith, Clark Ashton
          1. Thirteen Phantasms | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. Monsters in the Night | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          3. Mother of Toads | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Snyder, Maria V.
          1. The Halloween Men | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          Sologub, Feodor

          1. The White Dog | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Somtow, S.P.

          1. The Bird Catcher | The Museum of Horrors
          Speer, John Rawson
          1. The Light was Green | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Spence, Dermot Chesson

          1. The House on the Rynek | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Spence, Lewis

          1. A Voice in Feathers | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Spencer, William Browning

          1. The Ocean and All Its Devices | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Stanford, Derek

          1. A Dream of Porcelain | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Stephen, Herbert

          1. No.11 Welham Square | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Stephens, Moye W.
          1. Ghosts of the Air | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Stewart, Edith Lichty
          1. The Sixth Tree | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Stockton, Frank R.

          1. The Bishop’s Ghost and the Print’s Baby | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          2. Old Applejoy’s Ghost | Spirits of Christmas
          Stoker, Bram
          1. The Judge’s House | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          2. The Secret of the Growing Gold | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Straub, Peter

          1. Perdido: A Fragment from a Work in Progress | The Museum of Horrors
          Swain, E.G.
          1. Bone to His Bone | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories & 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Taylor, Alvin

          1. Father’s Vampire | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Taylor, Lucy
          1. Heat | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          Tem, Melanie

          1. Piano Bar Blues | The Museum of Horrors
          Tem, Steve Rasnic
          1. Daddy | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. Her New Parents | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          3. Spidertalk | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          4. There’s No Such Things as Monsters | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Tem, Steve Rasnic and Melanie
          1. Lesser Fires | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          2. Shadows in the Grass | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Thomson, H.L.

          1. The Fisherman’s Special | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Tobin, Paul

          1. The Drowning at Lake Henpin | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Tooke, Alfred I.
          1. The Ghosts at Haddon-le-Green | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Turgeon, Carolyn
          1. La Llorona | Haunted Legends
          Valente, Catherynne M.
          1. Fifteen Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku and the Jotai | Haunted Legends
          Valente, Mark

          1. The Ash Track | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Vaughn, Carrie
          1. Unternehmen Werwolf | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
          Visiak, E.H.

          1. In a Nursing Home | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Wagner, Karl Edward
          1. Locked Away | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          2. Sticks | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Wakefield, H. Russel
          1. Old Man’s Beard | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Wallace, Edgar

          1. The Stranger of the Night | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
          Wallace, Matt

          1. Akropolis | The Book of Cthulhu II
          Walpole, Hugh
          1. The Little Ghost | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
          Ward, Harold
          1. The Closed Door | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          Warren, Kaaron
          1. That Girl | Haunted Legends
          Weinberg, Robert
          1. Ro Erg | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
          2. Night Shapes | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          Wellman, Manly Wade
          1. The Theater Upstairs | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
          2. Frogfather | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          3. The Kelpie | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
          4. The Werewolf Snarls | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
            Wells, H.G.
            1. The Red Room | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
            Wharton, Edith
            1. Mr. Jones | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
            2. The Triumph of the Night | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
            White, Edward Lucas

            1. Amina | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
            White, T.H.
            1. Soft Voices at Passenham | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
            Whitehead, Henry S.
            1. The Door | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
            2. The Tabernacle | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
            Wilde, Oscar
            1. The Sphinx Without a Secret | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
            Wilkins, Mary E.
            1. The Lost Ghost | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
            2. The Hall Bedroom | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
            Williams, Charles
            1. Et in Sempiternum Pereant | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
            Williams, Conrad

            1. Imbroglio | The Museum of Horrors
            Williamson, Barbara

            1. The Thing Waiting Outside | Young Monsters
            Williamson, Chet
            1. O Come Little Children… | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
            Williamson, J.N.
            1. Fancy That | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
            Winter, Douglas E.
            1. Loop | Dark Love: 22 All-Original Tales of Lust and Obsession
            Wintle, William J.

            1. The Ghost at the “Blue Dragon” | The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2
            2. The Spectral Spiders | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
            Wise, A.C.
            1. For the Removal of Unwanted Guests | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
            Wolfe, Gene

            1. How the Bishop Sailed to Inniskeen | Spirits of Christmas
            Wolfheim, Donald A.

            1. Mimic | 100 Creepy Little Creature Stories
            Wood, Jonathan

            1. The Nyarlathotep Event | The Book of Cthulhu II
            Woodforde, Christopher
            1. Cushi | The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories
            Wyers, Renier
            1. Attorney of the Damned | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
            2. Kharu Knows It All  | 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories
            Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn
            1. Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still | Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre
            2. Disturb Not My Slumbering Fair | Young Monsters
            Yellowboy, Erzebet
            1. Following Double-Face Woman | Haunted Legends
            Yolen, Jane

            1. Angelica | Young Monsters

            Top Ten 2014 Releases I’d Hoped to Read

            Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This post contains affiliate links.

            “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the
            oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
            This statement was true when H. P. Lovecraft first wrote it at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it remains true at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The only thing that has changed is what is unknown.
            With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this “light” creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow, chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness, as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.
            The best horror writers of today do the same thing that horror writers of a hundred years ago did. They tell good stories–stories that scare us. And when these writers tell really good stories that really scare us, Ellen Datlow notices. She’s been noticing for more than a quarter century. For twenty-one years, she coedited The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and for the last six years, she’s edited this series. In addition to this monumental cataloging of the best, she has edited hundreds of other horror anthologies and won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.
            More than any other editor or critic, Ellen Datlow has charted the shadowy abyss of horror fiction. Join her on this journey into the dark parts of the human heart . . . either for the first time . . . or once again.

            Kenny Manzetti was the new kid in town. His family moved back in to an old house to help take care of his grandfather. Everyone in his new neighborhood is obsessed with zombies–even Grandpa Mo. But then a new family moves in next door and there choice in furniture is… interesting. 
            Kenny is convinced that there is something strange about the new neighbors but his parents won’t listen to him. So Kenny and his friends go in for a closer look. A bad idea on any day but definitely the wrong choice around Halloween. Will Kenny survive long enough to go trick or treating?
            No matter your expectations, the dark is full of the unknown: grim futures, distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams, unnerving nightmares, baffling enigmas, revelatory excursions, desperate adventures, spectral journeys, mundane terrors, and supernatural visions. You may stumble into obsession – or find redemption. Often disturbing, occasionally delightful, let The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror be your annual guide through the mysteries and wonders of dark fiction.
            Magic is BAD.
            As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that’s what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks.
            When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for “troubled” kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.
            But at Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?

            It’s November, and there’s a new mystery to solve. ‘The twins’ new neighbors are up to something! It’s Thanksgiving, and a mysterious couple has moved in next door. Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy must work out the clues: The neighbors have built a tall wooden fence. They’ve bought some strange parts for making . . . something. They’ve even put up a suspicious tent in their backyard, with a big, scary dog to guard it. What could they possibly be hiding?
            In the twelfth book of the Calendar Mysteries- an early chapter book mystery series -Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy find a lost puppy on Christmas Eve. The poor dog was meant to be a present for someone. It has a ribbon with a tag around its neck, but the tag is ripped. Can the kids find out who bought the puppy or who was supposed to receive it?
            Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear’s birthday party at his family’s estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn’t know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems on Fear Island.

            Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

            Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?
            Maybe you should be in school?
            Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them-and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake. 
            The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.
            The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
            In this adventure, Annabeth encounters more oddities in the subway than usual, including a two-headed monster and a younger blond girl who reminds her a little of herself. This is the story fans have asked for, in which Annabeth Chase teams up with Sadie Kane. The demigod daughter of Athena and the young magician from Brooklyn House take on a larger-than-life foe from the ancient world. Perhaps even more disturbing than the power-hungry god they encounter is the revelation that he is being controlled by someone—someone all too familiar to Sadie.
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            Journey to the Volcano Palace (The Secrets of Droon, #2) by Tony Abbott

            Eric, Julie and Neal have a problem. The nasty Lord Sparr has stolen a magic jewel from their friend Princess Keeah. The Princess really needs their help. The good news is the jewel is in Lord Sparr’s secret palace. The bad news is the secret palace is in a volcano!

            The Vampire’s Vacation (A to Z Mysteries, #22) by Ron Roy

            V is for Vampire…

            Grab your garlic! When the kids follow a mysterious pale and dark-haired stranger into Ellie’s Diner, he suddenly vanishes! Then they see a cut on Ellie’s neck. Could it be a vampire bite? And will Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose be his next victims?

            (And be sure to check out my review here!)

            Ponies at the Point by Ben M. Baglio

            Mandy and her friend James are vacationing in Ireland, home of the wild Connemara ponies. A wounded foal offers clues that someone is trying to steal the ponies, and Mandy and James set out to find the horse thieves.

            Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House, #4) by Mary Pope Osborne

            It’s a treasure trove of trouble! Jack and Annie are in for a high-seas adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps—and ruthless pirates! Will they discover a buried treasure? Or will they be forced to walk the plank?

            Season of the Sandstorms (Magic Tree House, #34) by Mary Pope Osborne

            Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East at the behest of Merlin who has given them a rhyme to help on their mission. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live. From camel rides and oases to ancient writings and dangerous sandstorms, here’s another Magic Tree House filled with all the mystery, history, magic, and old-fashioned adventure that kids love to read about.


            Top Ten Most Anticipated 2015 Debuts

            Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The following post contains affiliate links.
            Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

            For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

            Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game—before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.

            The Spider Ring by Andrew Harwell

            A powerful ring. A dangerous web.

            When Maria inherits a strange, spider-shaped ring from her grandmother, she doesn’t realize she’s also inheriting a strange power — the power to control spiders and have them do whatever she wants. This is a pretty cool thing when it comes to fetching objects from another room . . . or if Maria wants to use the spiders to get back at some mean kids in her class.

            But the power comes with a price. Maria has attracted the attention of the Black Widow — who is trying to collect all the spider magic for herself. The Black Widow is not going to let anything stand in her way — especially not Maria.

            The story of the ring is being woven like a web — and Maria is going to have to do everything she can to not get trapped within it.

            Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes

            Josie may live in the most haunted town in America, but all she wants is to earn enough money to go with her brothers Fox and Mason to the state fair in Columbus, Ohio, at the end of the summer. But when they discover a Polaroid camera that prints pictures of the ghost of local recluse John Goodrich, Josie and her brothers are drawn into a mystery that goes back over a hundred years. Haunted houses, cursed jewelry, Victorian duels, natural disasters, and the horrible specter of the Mothman all weave in and out of the puzzle that Josie must solve to break the curse and save her own life.

            Ferals by Jacob Grey

            A sinister threat. A city in danger. A boy with the power to command the crows. Ferals is the first book in a dark, action-packed trilogy that’s part The Graveyard Book, part Batman, and all high-octane adventure.

            Blackstone was once a thriving metropolis. But that was before the Dark Summer–a wave of violence and crime that swept through the city eight years ago, orchestrated by the fearsome Spinning Man. Now the Spinning Man is on the move again, and a boy named Caw is about to be caught in his web.

            Caw has never questioned his ability to communicate with crows. But as the threat of a new Dark Summer looms, Caw discovers the underground world of Blackstone’s ferals–those with the power to speak to and control animals. Caw is one of them. And to save his city, he must quickly master abilities he never knew he had…and prepare to defeat a darkness he never could have imagined.

            The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

            Twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks. The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life.

            Because Moll is more important than she knows… The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure.

            Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

            Set amidst the red soil and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, HOODOO tells the story of twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher, who is born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic, or Hoodoo, as most people call it.

            They use foot-track powder that can go up through your foot to make you sick, a black hen’s egg for getting rid of evil spirits, nutmeg seeds for good luck at gambling and all kinds of other things.
            But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can’t seem to cast a simple spell.

            When a mysterious man called the Stranger shows up in town—all wrapped in black like some kind of holy roller preacher—Hoodoo starts having dreams of a dead man rising from the grave. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo.

            Can he summon the magic to save his town and family?

            Shutter by Courtney Alameda

            Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

            When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before… or die trying.

            None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

            What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

            When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

            But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned–something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

            Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

            Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

            Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.

            Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her Pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

            But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.

            Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

            The Eye of Midnight by Andy Brumbach

            It is the summer of 1929. Cousins Maxine and William arrive at Battersea Manor, the home of their grandfather, Colonel Horatius Battersea, where they soon discover that Colonel Battersea isn’t the sort of grandpa who spends his afternoons napping on the porch swing. When an ancient cult known only as the Hashashin descends on Battersea Manor, the cousins are swept up on a current of intrigue that leads from the hidden passages of the manor to the criminal underground of New York City. Maxine and William must navigate an adult world of mobsters and flappers, swindlers and vagabonds in a desperate bid to recover the elusive parcel and rescue their grandfather from the Hashashin.

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            Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

            Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

            Murder Is Binding (Booktown Mystery, #1) by Lorna Barrett

            When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries-and hunt down someone who isn’t killing by the book.

            Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1) by Barbara Park

            Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones! Remember when it was scary to go to school? In the first Junie B. Jones book, it’s Junie B.’s first day and she doesn’t know anything. She’s so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it’s time to go home, she doesn’t.

            You can read my review here!

            Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park 

            Phoebe’s brother, Mick, was one of the funniest, coolest kids you’d ever meet—the kid who made you laugh until your stomach hurt, even if you were mad at him. The kid who freaked his and Phoebe’s mom out by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken; who went trick-or-treating as Thomas Crapper, the inventor of the modern-day flush toilet; who did a wild solo dance in front of the entire school. He was the kid you’d want to be friends with. So how can he be gone? And how will Phoebe’s family survive without him?

            You can read my review here!

            It by Stephen King

            Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

            They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

            Reading Challenges

            2015 Snagged @ the Library Reading Challenge: I’m In!

            I read a lot of library books. Well, I suppose it’s more accurate to say I check out a lot of library books. See, I have this bad habit of letting books that I’ve checked out sit around in my room… and sit and sit and then sit some more… only to go back to the library, unread, at the end of their check-out periods. I’ve long since realized it’s become something of a problem.

            But even with that said, I do read a lot of library books. More than most people, I’d wager. My budget doesn’t exactly have room for any book buying–at least not at book stores (yard sales, I’m all over)–so the library is my best friend. Whether it be the local library’s shelf of used books for sale, the statewide catalog, or the Overdrive site, most of what I read come from the library in one sense or another. So the Snagged @ the Library Reading Challenge, co-hosted by The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog and The Book Nympho, is right up my alley. This is one I should be able to pass with flying colors!

            Here’s a brief run-down of the rules. To read more about the challenge, check out the sign-up page here.

            The goal of the challenge is to read at least twelve library books during 2015, whether those be physical books, audiobooks, or ebooks. The only requirement here is that they come from the library. If you’re rereading a book or reading it for another challenge, it can count, too!

            This challenge has four levels: Dewey Decimal with a goal of twelve books, Thrifty Reader with a goal of twenty-four books, Overdrive Junkie with a goal of thirty-six books, and Stalking the Bookstacks with a goal of fifty or more books. I will be aiming for  Dewey Decimal, but I fully expect to move past it. I’m hoping to make it to Stalking the Bookstacks!

            If Snagged @ the Library sounds like something you’re interested in participating in, or if you’d like to learn more about the challenge, you can find more information and the sign-up page here at The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog.

            And here’s what I’ve read for this challenge so far!

            75 / 50 (150.00%)
            1. Spaniel in a Stocking (Animal Ark) by Ben M. Baglio
            2. Hamster in the Holly (Animal Ark) by Ben M. Baglio
            3. Terrier in the Tinsel (Animal Ark, #34) by Ben M. Baglio
            4. Aliens Don’t Wear Braces (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, #7) by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
            5. The Blessing Way (Joe Leaphorn, #1) by Tony Hillerman
            6. Lizzie at Last by Claudia Mills
            7. The Haunting at Stratton Falls by Brenda Seabrooke
            8. Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions, #1) by Lemony Snicket
            9. Power to the Purple! (The Ultra Violets, #2) by Sophie Bell
            10. The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn
            11. Something’s Wicked in Those Woods by Marisa Montes
            12. Christina’s Ghost by Betty Ren Wright
            13. The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
            14. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
            15. Sweet Miss Honeywell’s Revenge by Kathryn Reiss
            16. The Haunted Playground by Shaun Tan
            17. All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
            18. The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
            19. The Monsters Next Door (The Bailey City Monsters, #1) by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
            20. Cam Jansen and the Spaghetti Max Mystery (Cam Jansen, #33) by David A. Adley
            21. Amy, Number Seven (Replica, #1) by Marilyn Kaye
            22. The Ghost of Raven Hill (Raven Hill Mysteries, #1) by Emily Rodda
            23. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Raven Hill Mysteries, #2) by Emily Rodda
            24. Riding the Storm (Dolphin Diaries, #3) by Ben M. Baglio
            25. Time for Andrew by Mary Downing Hahn
            26. Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
            27. Dark Waters by Cathy MacPhail
            28. Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining (The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, #1) by Anne Mazer
            29. The Wizard’s Apprentice (The Keepers, #2) by Jackie French Koller
            30. Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
            31. The Haunting of Holroyd Hill by Brenda Seabrooke
            32. Witch Catcher by Mary Downing Hahn
            33. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
            34. Party Games by R.L. Stine
            35. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
            36. Terror at the Zoo by Peg Kehret
            37. Colt in the Cave (Animal Ark Hauntings, #4) by Ben M. Baglio
            38. Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time, #1) by Kate Messner
            39. Husky with a Heart (Animal Ark) by Ben M. Baglio
            40. Beagle in a Backpack (Animal Ark) by Ben M. Baglio
            41. Out of the Dark by Betty Ren Wright
            42. Gustav Gloom and the People Taker (Gustav Gloom, #1) by Adam-Troy Castro
            43. Sidewalk Flowers by Jon Arno Lawson and Sydney Smith
            44. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
            45. Float by Daniel Mirayes
            46. Your Baby’s First Word Will be Dada by Jimmy Fallon
            47. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
            48. Goodnight, Already! by Jor John and Benji Davies
            49. The Declaration of Independence (The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, #2) by Anne Mazer
            50. Under the Stars (Dolphin Diaries, #4) by Ben M. Baglio 
            51. I’m Not by Pam Smallcomb
            52. The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye by Jane Yolen
            53. Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates
            54. Dog Loves Counting Louise Yates
            55. Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker
            56. If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
            57. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
            58. I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems
            59. Otter in Space by Sam Garton
            60. A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan
            61. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
            62. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
            63. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
            64. Waiting by Kevin Henkes
            65. The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
            66. This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary
            67. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
            68. Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff
            69. A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins
            70. Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming
            71. How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
            72. All You Need for a Beach by Alice Schertle
            73. Beach Day by Karen Roosa
            74. The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram
            75. Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko
            Level Progress:
            1. “Dewey Decimal” reached February 7
            2. “Thrifty Reader” reached March 15
            3. “Overdrive Junkie” reached August 10
            4. “Stalking the Bookstacks” reached December 31

            2014 End of Year Book Survey

            This survey is the idea of Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner.
            Wanna participate? Check her post out here!

            Number of Books Read: 159
            Number of Rereads: 59
            Genre You Read the Most Of: Mystery (37) and Picture Books (37)

            Best Book I Read in 2014
            What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
            Illustrated by Mae Besom
            Book I Was Most Let Down By

            Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park

            Most Surprising (In a Bad Way)

            Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1) by Amanda Carlson

            For a book about a woman, written by a woman, and intended for a female audience, this was startlingly misogynistic. And since it’s my first experience with the non-YA paranormal romance/urban fantasy subgenre… bad choice, I guess.

            Book I Recommended Most

            The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest, #1) by Emily Rodda

            Best Series

            Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda

            Best Sequel

            Dragon’s Nest (Dragons of Deltora, #1) by Emily Rodda

            Best Series Finale

            Changes for Kirsten: A Winter Story (American Girl: Kirsten, #6)
            by Janet Beeler Shaw
            Favorite New Author: Tony Abbott, for his The Secrets of Droon series. I’m not far into it, so there’s always the possibility that it’ll lose my interest or I’ll eventually decide that Abbott’s writing isn’t for me after all, but of all the new authors I read this year, he’s the only one whose book pleasantly surprised me and whose other books I expect to eventually read.
            Runner up here would be Kobi Yamada, whose book I loved but didn’t inspire me to seek out more of his work.
            Best Book Outside My Comfort Zone

            Destiny, Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
            Most “Unputdownable” Book of the Year

            Moonlight Secrets (Fear Street Nights, #1) by R.L. Stine

            Favorite Cover

            Shadow Breakers (Shadow Runners, #1) by Daniel Blythe
            Most Memorable Character: Jasmine of Deltora Quest, Deltora Shadowlands, and Dragons of Deltora. She’s an abrasive, stubborn action heroine survivalist, and she’s freakin’ awesome. You’ll find no Faux Action Girl or Chickification here. As far as kidlit fantasy goes, Jasmine (and the series she comes from) stands above the rest.

            Most Beautifully Written Book

            The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

            Most Thought-Provoking Book

            What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
            Illustrated by Mae Besom

            Book I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Read Sooner

            The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet
            (The Secrets of Droon, #1)
            by Tony Abbott

            Favorite Quote: This passage from The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2) by Lemony Snicket, which I used in my one and only Quotable Thursday post of 2014.

            Longest Book [426 pages]

            The Book of Cthulhu II

            Book That Shocked Me the Most

            The Book of Cthulhu II
            OPT of the Year: Spike and Drusilla of Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row by Christopher Golden

            Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year: Kirsten Larson and Singing Bird of Kirsten Learns a Lesson (American Girls: Kirsten, #2) by Janet Beeler Shaw
            Favorite Book by An Author I’ve Read Before

            The Castle Crime (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, #6)
            by Ron Roy
            Best Book Found Via Recommendation: Thanks, Grimlock for…

            Spike and Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row
            by Christopher Golden
            Newest Fictional Crush: Nope!

            I reject your attempts at wooing me, please get out.

            Best 2014 Debut: That’s a joke, right?

            Oh god, does this make me some kind of book hipster?

            Best Worldbuilding

            Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
            A Book That Made Me Smile

            The Third Wish (Fairy Realm, #3) by Emily Rodda
            A Book That Made Me Cry

            Not a bleeding one…
            Hidden Gem of the Year

            Traitor in the Shipyard: A Caroline Mystery
            by Kathleen Ernst
            Book That Crushed My Soul

            What soul?
            Most Unique Book

            The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
            Book That Angered Me the Most

            Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1)
            by Amanda Carlson

            New Favorite Blog: …you expect me to pick?

            Favorite Review: How about my American Horror Story: Coven review? (Spoiler alert!)
            Best Event: #BookBlogWriMo, hosted by Book Bumblings during November 2014
            Best Blogging Moment: Successfully completing #BookBlogWriMo after months of stagnation was pretty great!
            Most Popular Post This Year: How about a top ten instead?
            Post I Wish Got a Little More Love: Is all of them a valid answer? It’s obviously my fault for not being more social myself, but…

            Best Bookish Discovery: Readgeek
            Pushed Back to #1 Priority of 2015

            Spirits of Christmas
            Most Anticipated Book of 2015

            The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)
            by Rick Riordan
            Most Anticipated Debut of 2015

            Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
            Most Anticipated Sequel of 2015

            The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6) by George R.R. Martin

            I have no doubt that this isn’t actually going to be coming out in 2015, but I do think it’d be hilarious if he managed to shock everyone by revealing it is!

            Not that I’m caught up with this series anyway…

            One Thing I Want to Accomplish in 2015: Honestly, I’d like to finish a first draft of one of my own projects this year. I’m hoping to do that during NaNo ’15, but… procrastination and I are very good friends. Or worst enemies. However you want to look at it.

            2015 Release I’ve Read and Can Recommend: Aw, you think I’m caught up with my ARCs? How cute!