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text 2017-08-24 01:36
Bingo information!

You can find further information/ask questions about bingo in the bingo group. Some helpful threads:


Rules thread: This is the place where you find the rules. If you have a question about one of the bingo rules or a question about game format, post it here!


Questions about squares: All of the discussion related to the squares and which books fit/don't fit the squares can be found in this thread. If you have a specific question about a book/space, post it here!


Request your card: This is the place to put your card request. If you don't post here, you will not get a card! This is also where I will post your card.


If you have more questions about where to find things, comment below!

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text 2017-08-24 01:20
Halloween bingo 2017: the spaces





This is the bingo card I created for myself, by way of example. Each card has 24 spaces, with a free space in the middle. Readers can fill the free space with any book that qualifies for any of the 31 squares listed below. You don't have to wait for the call to fill that space!


The 31 spaces:


  1. Locked room mystery: A subgenre of detective fiction in which a crime—almost always murder—is committed under circumstances which it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime and/or evade detection in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene.
  2. Country house mystery: A closed circle mystery, occurring at a gathering like a house party. 
  3. Classic noir: A subgenre of mystery that includes authors such as Dashiell Hammett, James Cain, Raymond Chandler and Cornell Woolrich. Anything that also qualifies as "hard-boiled" will work for this square.
  4. Murder most foul: any murder mystery!
  5. Amateur sleuth: this mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement.
  6. Romantic suspense: any romance which has a significant sub-plot that involves mystery, thriller or suspense.
  7. Serial/spree killer: any book that involves a serial killer or a spree killer, no matter what genre/sub-genre it involves.
  8. Cozy mystery: a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.
  9. American horror story: horror, set in the USA.
  10. Genre: horror: this seems obvious.
  11. Gothic: any book with significant: a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance.  
  12. Darkest London: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London.
  13. Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000.
  14. Supernatural: mystery, suspense or horror books which include elements that defy current understanding of the natural world, including magic, witchcraft and/or crypto-zoological aspects.
  15. Ghost: any mystery, suspense or horror which involves a ghost, or a character who believes that the events involve a ghost.
  16. Haunted houses: any structure or location that is, or is believed to be, "haunted" qualifies - it doesn't need to be a house.
  17. Vampires
  18. Werewolves
  19. Witches
  20. Demons
  21. Classic horror: horror that was published prior to 1980
  22. Chilling children: any book tagged horror, YA horror or MG horror that includes a child or children as a main character.
  23. Aliens: beings from outer space.
  24. Monsters: any crytpozoological or mythological creature that isn't a vampire, werewolf, or demon. Or zombie.
  25. The dead will walk: basically, zombies.
  26. 80's horror: any horror published between 1980 and 1989, or which is set in that time period.
  27. In the dark, dark woods: a mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book in which a forest/woods plays a significant role, or which has a forest/woods on the cover.
  28. Terror in a small town: horror/murder which causes fear, set in a small town.
  29. Magical realism: a genre which  expresses a primarily realistic view of the real world while also adding or revealing magical elements.
  30. Terrifying women: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book written by a woman.
  31. Diverse voices: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book written by an author of color.


All card requests will be taken on the "card requests" thread in the bingo group, which you can find here. I will be posting the spaces on that thread once I get up - this scheduled to drop at 5:00 a.m. my time, since I am the west coast.


You can identify up to 7 squares that you don't want to have included on your card. If you want to be surprised, let me know, and I will create an individual card by randomly excluding 7 squares.

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text 2017-08-24 01:18
Halloween bingo: game format

I am going to be reposting a few of the bingo posts so that they show up on the feed again! With all of the new people playing, I think it will be helpful to have the posts accessible again!



Game Format Changes!


We're going to be playing our game a bit differently this year!


The first difference is that all of the players will play with a different bingo card! OB & I have come up with 31 reading "squares" that are focused in four broad categories: mystery/murder, horror, Stranger Things (the television show) and supernatural/creature feature. Each card will have a combination of 24 squares, with a free space!


Custom Cards!


So, how do you get your card? You ask me to create you one! I'll be announcing all of the categories in tomorrow's post, and you will be able to request your card with as much or as little specificity as you desire! You can give me the list of 24 squares that you want, you can identify specific squares that you don't want, you can ask for a focus on one or two of the four broad categories, or you can just let me surprise you! The easiest way to request your card will be in the bingo group, where there will be a thread created for just this purpose!


Bingo Calls!


Next - we're adding bingo calls to the game! Every other day, starting on September 1, 2017, OB or I will post the "square" that we are calling for the day. You do not need to finish the book before the next call & books can be read in any order. However, to "fill" a square, two events must both have occurred - the square must be called & you must have finished the book! Every square will eventually get called, so everyone will be able to "black out" their card by the end of the game!


Group Reads!


Group reads are optional, but are a lot of fun! We'll be doing two group reads this year, one in September & one in October. The September read will be a classic noir mystery & the October read will be classic horror. Further details will be announced on this later - but the good news is that the group reads will operate as universal matches. You can fill any square with the group read if you participate by reading the book and posting in the group discussion at least once!


Bragging Rights!


This game is just for fun - so no prizes. But the winners get full bragging rights, and reading and playing is its own reward!

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text 2017-08-23 17:36
Halloween Book Bingo 2017! Follow Booklikers

Thanks all for the participation in this year's Halloween Book Bingo!

Here are the names of everyone who is participating.

As Moonlight has already said, please follow both of us or you may miss the bingo calls. Also follow one another, since it makes it more fun to see what other books people are reading.


Please use the tag "Halloween Bingo 2017" to read other people's posts and updates. 


1. Moonlight Reader

2. Obsidian Blue

3. Lora's Rants and Reviews

4. Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark

5. Grimlock (heart) Inhumans

6. Chris' Fish Place

7. Rane Aria

8. Ani's Book Abyss

9. Tea, Rain, Book

10. Lillelara

11. Jessica (HDB)

12. Debbie's Spurts

13. A Reciprocal Love Affair With Books

14. WhiskeyintheGraveyard Romance

15. Bark's Book Nonsense

16. Tannat

17. Familiar Diversions

18. Wanda's Book Reviews

19. Char's Horror Corner

20. BrokenTune

21. Obsession with words

22. Linda Hilton

23. Themis-Athena's Garden of Books

24. SusannaG-Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

25. Let's Talk About Books

26. Jennifer's Books

27. isanythingopen

28. Murder by Death

29. Person of Interest

30. JL's Bibliomania

31. Emerjas

32. aimeeerickson

33. Kell's Reading Realm

34. My Never Ending List

35. XOX

36. Kitty Horror

37. Wyvernfriend Reads

38. Book Cupidity

39. Yodamom Finds her Force

40. 100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews

41. wolf cubs

42. The better to see you, my dear

43. Kaethe

44. Cody's Bookshelf

45.  Lori's Little House of Reviews.

46. Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!

47. Benito

48. Murder, She Reads

49. Nighttime Reading Center

50. Fallen Over Book Reviews

51. Horror @ Booker T's Farm


Please let me know in the comments if I accidentally left you off or if you need a card in order to play. 

Don't forget to join the Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club and this is where you can still request a card, Halloween Bingo 2017: Request Your Card!


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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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