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text 2017-10-21 15:25
Halloween Bingo 2017 | Update #8 -- Two Books Left to Read
Halloween Bingo 2017

I was hoping I'd have all but one of my Bingo books read by now, but I got distracted.  As it stands, I'm still working on the last two books for this card, which, to be honest, is much better progress than I'd made last year.  I do believe that it took me right up to the very last day of October to finish my last Bingo book the previous year.

I think it might have to do with the fact that I had more audio books this year, even though I had more short stories last year.

And maybe... I might have also overwhelmed myself with another ongoing challenge at this time the previous year, and was a bit adamant about reading a few library books I didn't want to put off until later.  And also, some of the books I'd chosen might not have been novella or short story length, but it wasn't like they were brick-sized tomes either since at least two that I can think of were barely 250 pages long.

And, this year, my main focus was Halloween Bingo for these past two months, and the truth is, I think all was quite excellently planned!

There are a few of my squares that I'd been contemplating swapping out books for, but wasn't sure if I really wanted to do so.  I DID, however, shuffle some of my book selections around, but all the squares I'm shuffling have been read for, so it doesn't really change my card any, really.

I flipped Every Secret Thing into the 'Amateur Sleuth' square, and went ahead and placed Just Past Midnight into the 'Murder Most Foul' square.  I feel like this flip-flop fits a little bit better, since I can't determine whether or not the characters in Just Past Midnight count as law enforcement or not: one MC is a lawyer, and the other MC is a psychologist, who does freelance work with law enforcement as a forensic expert.

So... using Every Secret Thing for 'Amateur Sleuth' instead, I now have an investigative reporter as my MC, who spends the entire book investigating the deaths of different people who have a connection to something that happened two generations ago.  And Just Past Midnight has murders, so it fits 'Murder Most Foul.'  The proper edits have been written into my review of Every Secret Thing.

I also went ahead and flipped the book I'd chosen for 'Romantic Suspense' with the book I just finished reading for the Creepy Raven Free Space.  Hit and Run really did NOT strike me as having much romance in it, though it was there in the background, and so I couldn't justify (to myself), using it for this square, even if there's suspense and murders and mystery.  In contrast, Deep As The Dead is definitely a Romantic Suspense book.

Will I shuffle more books around?  I don't know.  Again... I might get lazy.

However, with this shuffling, and this finishing of all but two books, as well as the most recent square calls, I now have 6 BINGOs!!

The card looks a little messy with all the orange lines running through all the Penni's faces, but there are three going vertical, one horizontal, and the big 'X' going through the Free Space.  I decided not to put orange rectangles around the Bingo lines because that had started to look even messier!



Updated Marked Card:


Called Square:  Green Square Border
Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni
Called and Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni in a Green Box
Bingos:  Multiple Red Eyes Penni in Green Boxes with Orange Lines Through the Faces

See also the table below for some spreadsheet goodness.

Reviews pending:  Just Past Midnight, Protecting His Witch, Hit and Run, Jaxson, The Dead Travel Fast, Deep As The Dead


Squares/Books/Called Dates/Other Links:

Progress:  22 squares called || 23 books read || 21 squares completed || 6 BINGOs
(on my card only)

Squares called that I do not have:
9/17 - Modern Masters of Horror
9/27 - Terror in a Small Town
10/5 - 80's Horror
10/9 - Chilling Children
10/21 - Demons

Bingo Calls Thread
The Best and Worst of Halloween Bingo 2017
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September Group Read | Discussion Thread -- The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
October Group Read | Discussion Thread -- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Bingo Square
Called (date)
Read (Date)
How it Fits
Magical realism
Gaiman, Neil
tagged 'magical realism' on GR
Classic noir
Hammett, Dashiel
hard-boiled, classic noir mystery & group read
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride
Arnett, Mindee
supernatural school for magic creatures
Diverse voices
Lin, Jeannie
author is Chinese
Cozy mystery
Peters, Elizabeth
tagged 'cozy mystery' on GR
Protecting His Witch
Forward, Zoe
female MC is a witch
The Dead Travel Fast
Raybourn, Deanna
Transylvania and vampires
Country house mystery
Ayatsuji, Yukito
closed circle of suspects
Haunted houses
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride haunts mansion
Castle, Jayne
dust bunnies!!
Genre: horror
Poe, Edgar Allan
tagged 'horror' on GR:
classic horror by EAP
Free Space
Hit and Run
Brennan, Allison
murder mystery w/ suspense
Tyler, Paige
female MC is an animal shifter
In the dark, dark woods
Holt, Victoria
woods are significant
Amateur sleuth
Cole, Emma
female MC is a reporter
Woods, Alisa
book about wolf shifters
Nine Coaches Waiting
Stewart, Mary
tagged 'gothic' on GR
Romantic suspense
Deep As The Dead
Brant, Kylie
romance + suspense + serial killer + murder mystery
Darkest London
Quick, Amanda
setting = Victorian London
Murder most foul
Just Past Midnight
Stevens, Amanda
there is a murder and a mystery
Serial/spree killer
Novak, Brenda
summary mentions serial killer
Classic horror
The Turn of the Screw
James, Henry
classic horror
Terrifying women
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride; haunting; written by a woman
Locked room mystery
Shimada, Soji
death/murder in a locked room


Currently Reading:




Tentative Bingo Hopefuls:

Magical Realism:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Classic Noir:  The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Ghost:  Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
Supernatural:  The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
Diverse Voices:  The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

Cozy Mystery:  The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters
Witches:  Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward
Vampires:  The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
Country House Mystery:  The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Haunted House:  Black Rose by Nora Roberts

Aliens:  Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle
Genre: Horror:  The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
Free Space:  Deep As The Dead by Kylie Brant
Monsters:  Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
In the Dark, Dark Woods:  On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt

Amateur Sleuth:  Just Past Midnight by Amanda Stevens
Werewolves:  Jaxson by Alisa Woods
Gothic:  Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Romantic Suspense:  Hit and Run by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
Darkest London:  Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Murder Most Foul:  Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole (a.k.a. Susanna Kearsley)
Serial/Spree Killer:  Dear Maggie by Brenda Novak
Classic Horror:  The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Terrifying Women:  Red Lily Nora Roberts
Locked Room Mystery:  The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/10/halloween-bingo-2017-update-8-two-books.html
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text 2017-10-21 01:59
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 154 pages.
Vintage: A Ghost Story - Berman, Steve,Steve Berman

I'm reading this for my Chilling Children square. So far it's not exactly to my taste. The main character (whose name has never been mentioned and will therefore be called MC - Main Character) is a mostly closeted gay teen whose past suicide attempt gave him the ability to see ghosts. Something about it reminds me of Maggie Stiefvater's Lament, although thankfully MC isn't nearly as horrible as the main character of that book, just depressing. If someone told him he was a character in a book and asked him to guess what role he was playing, I get the feeling he'd say that his best friend Trace was the main character and that he was her sidekick.


Right now MC, Trace, and several friends are having a gathering where the "fun" activity is drinking something called Jim Joneses: a mixture of different flavors of Kool-Aid, vodka, and, in one special glass, a random ground up pill from the hostess's mother's medicine cabinet.


It looks like MC's choices for things to do are limited to 1) hanging out with friends who have terrible ideas about what counts as fun, 2) hanging out with a sexy ghost who almost killed him the first time they kissed and sort of had sex, 3) going to work, and 4) hanging out with Trace's younger brother, who is probably just as messed up as a lot of the other characters but who seems to be channeling it into his artwork rather than ingesting random pills. I want more scenes with the younger brother.

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text 2017-10-16 22:57
Reading progress update: I've listened 461 out of 461 minutes.
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Audible Audio) - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

My head hurts from trying not to cry over this book while listening to it at work, even though I already knew what would happen. Pff.


The idea that

the actors and their characters would have such a deep connection

(spoiler show)

still bugs me, though.

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text 2017-10-15 19:26
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 200 pages.
Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya

Well, that was disappointing. It gets points for having a few entertaining characters, and I liked that the best characters in the volume, Shogo (Fumi's brother) and Reiko (the secretary), ended up together, even though their relationship made no sense. Then again, very little in this made sense.


I don't think "not rape-y" is too much to ask, and yet even this volume couldn't quite manage it.

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text 2017-10-15 17:20
Halloween Bingo: Updates

I'm up to four bingos with the Romantic Suspense call.


First card is blacked out! Now it's just how much of that second card I can fill by the end of the game!




1. Ghost; 2. Cozy Mystery; 3. In the Dark, Dark Woods; 

4. Horror; 5. Locked Room Mystery; 

6. Murder Most Foul; 7. Witches; 8. Werewolves

9. Modern Masters of Horror; 10. Terrifying Women; 11. Diverse Voices

12. Haunted Houses; 13. Serial/Spree Killer; 14. Terror in a Small Town

15. Aliens; 16. Darkest London; 17. Gothic

18. 80's Horror19. Classic Noir; 20. Chilling Children

21. Magical Realism 22. Romantic Suspense

23. Vampires




Called + Read:


Cozy Mystery: Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer. Read 9.2.17 (320 pages)

GhostThe Looking-Glass Portrait by Linda Hilton. Read 9.4.17 (391 pages)

In The Dark, Dark Woods: Endless Night by Agatha Christie. Read 9.7.17 (303 pages)

Locked Room Mystery: Miraculous Mysteries: Locked Room Murders and Impossible Crimes by Martin Edwards (351 pages)

Murder Most Foul: Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (288 pages)

Genre: Horror: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (512 pages)

Free Space: The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards. Read 9.17.17 (357 pages)

Terrifying Women: Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie. Read 9.20.17 (304 pages)

Witches: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. Read 9.25.17 (652 pages)

Serial/Spree Killer: The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Read 9.26.17 (498 pages).

Terror in a Small Town: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie. Read 9.17.17 (299 pages)

Haunted House: Greygallows by Barbara Michaels. Read 9.29.17 (352 pages)

Diverse Voices: Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older. Read 10.2.17 (326 pages).

Darkest London: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch. Read 9.6.17 (396 pages)

Gothic: Listen For the Whisperer by Phyllis Whitney. Read 9.11.17 (299 pages)

Classic Noir: The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich. Read 9.1.17. (191 pages)

Chilling Children: Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan. Read 9.17.17 (240 pages)

Magical Realism: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (416 pages)

Romantic Suspense: Columbella by Phyllis Whitney. Read 9.16.17 (276 pages)


Read + Waiting for a Call


Monsters: Chaos Choregraphy by Seanan McGuire. Read 9.2.17. (368 pages)

Amateur Sleuth: A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. Read 9.11.17 (108 pages)

American Horror StoryThe Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett. Read 9.16.17 (201 pages) (this is my wild card)

Country House Murder: The Crime at the Black Dudley by Margery Allingham. Read 9.22.17 (224 pages)

Supernatural: Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire. Read 10.5.17 (368 pages)

Classic Horror: Carmilla by Sheridan LeFanu (61 pages) 


Second Card (Blackout Only)




Darkest London: Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston. Read 9.29.17 (320 pages)

Murder Most Foul: Murder at the Museum by John Rowland. Read 10.1.17 (272 pages).

Terrifying Women:  Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie. Read 10.4.17 (352 pages)

Locked Room: Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne. Read 10.7.17 (288 pages)

Gothic: The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt. Read 10.7.17 (379 pages)

Ghost: Woman Without A Past by Phyllis Whitney. Read 10.10.17 (352 pages)

Romantic Suspense: Dream of Orchids by Phyllis Whitney. Read 10.14.14 (279 pages)

Free Square: Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes. Read 10.13.14 (337 pages)


Currently Reading:


Country House Mystery: The Dower House Mystery by Patricia Wentworth


Total pages read for bingo: 10680

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