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text 2017-08-23 02:59
A Few Bingo Suggestions!

I doubt that I will get to suggestions for every square, but it's always fun to come up with suggestions of books that I've already read and recommend for the various categories.


I am not a serious horror reader, so I am always on the lookout for books that fill the squares without being overly scary. I'm easily frightened!


So, here goes!



My first recommendation is a book that I read earlier this year: Triptych by Karin Slaughter. If you've not read Slaughter, she writes solid police procedurals. This is the first in her Will Trent series, and it's good. She employs misdirection beautifully, and surprised me three different times before the end of this book.


If you're not into modern mystery thrillers which can be legitimately gory, then I'd recommend The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie, which is one of her strongest Poirot mysteries. And Then There Were None would also qualify as a "serial killer" narrative.


Jack the Ripper is probably the most famous serial killer of all time, and Lyndsey Faye wrote a very entertaining Jack the Ripper/Sherlock Holmes mash-up called Dust and Shadow. In addition, she wrote a retelling of Jane Eyre, Jane Steele, with a main character who is a multiple murderess that both Obsidian Blue and I loved.



Who doesn't love a good ghost story? For the players who didn't read along with our group read of Ammie Come Home last year, it was pretty widely enjoyed as an old school gothic romance/ghost story from the 1960's. Barbara Michaels was an extremely prolific and accomplished writer who knew how to entertain her readers. An Inquiry Into Love And Death by Simone St. James is a more recent release in this same genre. 


If you are a fan of YA lit, Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star is the first book in her Shades of London trilogy, which is good fun. And Jackaby, which is billed as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Sherlock Holmes" has a main character who is a ghost. 


I also loved The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman when I read it last year for Halloween Bingo. It is sweet, charming and a bit harrowing - an absolutely lovely book.



There are a minimum of one million qualifying books set in London, so I'm going to mention four series that I love that are set there. First, V.E. Schwab wrote A Darker Shade of Magic, a series that is set in not one, but four, Londons: Gray London, Red London, White London and Black London. I adore this entire series. The Alex Verus series, written by Benedict Jacka and beginning with Fated, is an urban fantasy series in the vein of Harry Dresden, set in London. Ben Aaronovitch writes the beloved and well-regarded Peter Grant series, which starts with Rivers of London. This is the only one I've read, but I plan to read book two - The Moon Over Soho - for this square this time around! London Falling is the first book in the Shadow Police series by Paul Cornell, and is basically a police procedural/urban fantasy combination that is a bit more gory than the rest of the books on this list, but is very good.


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman fits this square perfectly, if you are looking for a stand-alone, and Sherlock Holmes is nearly always a fit for this one - except for The Hound of the Baskervilles, which is set on the moors.



This square has given people a bit of trouble so far, and I only have a few identified that will fit! Uprooted by Naomi Novick is a no brainer, with a corrupted Wood featuring prominently. In the Woods by Tana French is a very good mystery. I have enjoyed all three books in her Dublin Murder Squad series, although the first one is the only one that will fit this square. In addition, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite fairy tale retellings, set in the mysterious Sevenwaters Forest.


I am planning on reading Endless Night for this one - by Agatha Christie. If my memory serves me correctly, there is a folly in a woods that is integral to the story.


Please feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below!

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text 2017-08-22 21:47
Bingo book list!

There is a good chance that I will change up this list.  However, by row, my tentative reading plans:



Supernatural: The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle

American Horror Story: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Ghost: The Dire King by William Ritter

Gothic: The Looking Glass Portrait by Linda Hilton

Terrifying women: Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith



Monster: Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire

Classic Noir: The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich

Genre: Horror: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (this is a wild card b/c I am doing the classic noir group read)

Classic Horror: Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

Diverse Voices: Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older



Chilling Children: Down A Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

Murder Most Foul: The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey

Free: Leaving open for spontaneity

Terror In A Small Town: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Magical Realism: The Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle



Haunted Houses: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Amateur Sleuth:  The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

Serial/Spree Killer: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Country House Mystery: The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

In The Dark, Dark Woods: Endless Night by Agatha Christie



Witches: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Cozy Mystery: A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh

Locked Room Mystery: Cover Her Face by P.D. James

Romantic suspense: This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart

Darkest London: Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch

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text 2017-08-22 11:17
Halloween Bingo Card (and provisional book choices)

Moonlight Reader made me this beautiful card for this Haloween Bingo (I'm so thankful, it is so much work!)



And now that I'm done with the Ripley read-along I've been thinking on my picks for the squares. This is what I have so far


Romantic Suspense: The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johansen or Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Murder Most Foul: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie or The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett or In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Ghost:   The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson or The Woman in Black by Susan Hill or The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold or What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
Country House Mystery: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
In the Dark, Dark Woods: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan or In the Woods by Tana French

American Horror Story:  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving or The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Amateur Sleuth: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Vampires: Nice Girls Don Bite their Neighbors by Molly Harper
Supernatural: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson or Just After Sunset by Stephen King
Demons: Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland or The Devil You Know by KJ Parker or Doctor Faust by Christopher Marlowe or Paradise Lost by John Milton

Hauted Houses: House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski or The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson or Hell House by Richard Matheson
Alien: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin
Free: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Classic Horror: The Invisible Man by HG Wells or The Yellow Wallpapaer by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Diverse Voices: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Chee or something by Octavia Butler

Monsters: The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells
Werewolves: The Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon or one of the Kate Daniel's World books by Ilona Andrews or Wolfshead by Robert E. Howard
Magical Realism: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen or The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman or Rayuela by Julio Cortázar
80's Horror: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Modern Masters of Horror:

Chilling Children: Something Wicked This Way Comes or Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury or The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey
Horror: Santuario by HP Lovecraft
Witches: The Crucible by Arthur Miller or The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elisabeth George Speare or The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop
Darkest London:The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins or The Curious Incident of th Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon or something of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Terrifying Women: Chalsea Quinn Yarbro or Shirley Jackson or Agatha Christie or Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train


This is as far as I gotten, and since I'm mostly a mood-reader, it's very tentative. I'm still combing other reader's posts and my shelves for ideas. Suggestions?

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text 2017-08-22 03:30
Halloween Bingo Lists

For last year's (Inaugural) Halloween Bingo, many of the participants contributed to lists by square, as a resource for anyone struggling to find books that fit.


This year, several of the squares/categories are similar to last year's, so I thought I'd post them here again.


These lists can definitely be added to; just leave your suggestions in the list's comment section.


(Scary) Women Authors square - Same as this year's "Terrifying Women"


Classic Horror Square


Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses Square - this was a combined square last year, but hopefully the list is still useful (can a house be haunted without ghosts?).


Diverse Authors Square - same as "Diverse Voices"


Gothic Square


Locked Room Mystery Square


Magical Realism Square


Supernatural square


Witches Square


Mystery Square - there are books in this list that would work for "Cozy Mystery", "Amateur Sleuth", and "Murder Most Foul"


Vampires vs. Werewolves square - this was another combined square last year, but looking over the list briefly, most of them are marked whether they are vampires, werewolves or both.  The list also seems to be clear of shifter books.


If time permits, I'll try to create a few more lists for the new categories (zombies, demons, Romantic Suspense, etc.)  Please, if you have any suggestions, help a girl out and let me know.  :)



Edited to add:  New lists created for 2017 squares:





Romantic Suspense


Country House Mystery 


In the Dark, Dark Woods

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text 2017-08-22 01:43
More about Halloween Bingo books...

First of all, thanks to a fortuitously timed $5 off a best selling book code from Google Play, I was able to get The Thin Man for $0.99. :D


Also, I've decided to replace my initial Magical Realism book with this one:


The Watchmaker's Daughter - C.J. Archer  The google books page for it lists Magical Realism as one of its genres. AND, I'd downloaded it for free only a few days before I got my bingo card.


I have some Agatha Christie books I can use on a few squares on tap, too.


I got the following audiobook as part of the 2-for-1 sale, and I'm thinking of using it for the Ghosts square:


Night of the Living Deed - E.J. Copperman,Amanda Ronconi,Audible Studios 


Could also work on Cozy Mystery.


I stll need to do some digging around on my shelves and such to see what else I can find.

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