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text 2019-10-31 18:55
Halloween Bingo - Card & Books - Planned Reads & Tracking Post

*** BLACKOUT ***


Many thanks to Moonlight Murder for my lovely card for this year's Halloween Bingo.

As with previous years, I will update this post as we go along - with Harriet & Peter covering squares I have read, and The Gang popping up on squares that have been called.

I am also listing the books I plan to read / have read for each square - with () being planned reads, Italics being books in progress, and bold being books I have read:


Row # 1:


Southern Gothic: Sanctuary - William Faulkner

Cozy Mystery: She Died a Lady - John Dickson Carr

Dark Academia: The Incredible Crime by Lois Austen-Leigh

Diverse Voices Genre: Suspense (Transfiguration Card #2): The Taste of Murder - Joanna Cannan

Full Moon:  The Sittaford Mystery - Agatha Christie 


Row # 2:


Genre: Horror: Dracul - J.D. Barker & Dacre Stoker

Amateur Sleuth: The Mystery of the Skeleton Key - Bernard Capes

Halloween: Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie

Darkest London: Two for Sorrow - Nicola Upson

Black Cat:  Katzengeschichten - Patricia Highsmith


Row # 3:


Cryptozoologist Dystopian Hellscape (Transfiguration Card #1):  The Kraken Wakes - John Wyndham 

Locked Room Mystery: The Singing Sands - Josephine Tey

Free Space:  Rule Britannia - Daphne Du Maurier 

Gothic: The Monk - Matthew Lewis

Film at 11 Deadlands (Transfiguration Card #2): Pyramids - Terry Pratchett


Row # 4:


Ghost Stories: The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters

International Woman of Mystery: People Who Knock on the Door - Patricia Highsmith

Relics and Curiosities: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling

13: Busman's Honeymoon - Dorothy L. Sayers

Truly Terrifying: The Remedy - Thomas Goetz


Row # 5:

Spellbound: Circe - Madeline Miller

Sleepy Hollow: Blood Rubies - Michael McDowell

Creepy Carnivals: Watson's Choice - Gladys Mitchell

Fear The Drowning Deep: Danger! - Arthur Conan Doyle

Monsters: Frankenstein - Mary Shelley



Unallocated but in progress:  n/a


Transfiguration Cards available: 0 of 3

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text 2019-10-18 03:27
Halloween Bingo 2019 - My tracking post #6

Another Bingo! I'm on fire now - two, count 'em two bingos.  I should probably report them soon ...


I still have my two squares left for blackout - I can only plead Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke as my excuse, and it doesn't even qualify for either square.  My recent acquisition of Cozy Crime Stories has "Gothic Fantasy" in big embossed letters on the cover, so I might try reading a few of those short stories for my Gothic read.  Suspense ... I have no inspiration, but I still have all three Transfiguration spells so something will present itself.


For my BookLikes tracking post, I'm going to rely on what I did last year, building an overall image as boxes are called.



Squares are greyed out until they're called.  

Called squares will be full-strength.


Read but not called squares will be greyed out below.

Once a square has been called and read, I'll move that piece from below to cover the square. 


My markers this year are pieces of a full image, seen here:




My tentative plan for what I'm reading.  I think there's going to be a lot of re-reads in the mix, given my current mood.  After I've read for a square, I'll hyperlink to the review.



Bingo Square

Date Called

Book Title

Date Read

Row #1






 Sep. 15

Sweep of the Blade

Sep. 3 


Read by flash/candlelight

Sep. 20 

Magic Bleeds

Sep. 23 


Dark Academia

Sep. 24 

Hex Hall

Oct. 3 


Black Cat

Sep. 8 

Murder in the Reading Room

Sep. 19 


Country House Mystery

Sep. 13 

Envious Casca

Sep. 17 

Row #2





Ghost Stories

 Sep. 1

Lost Among the Living

 Sep. 1


Paint it Black

Sep 28 

Dark Triumph

 Sep. 1


In the dark, dark woods

Sep. 26 

Mortal Heart

Sep. 3 




Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

 Sep. 21


Murder Most Foul


St. Peter's Fair

Sep. 9 

Row #3







Clean Sweep

Sep. 7 




Magic Strikes

Sep 20 




Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens’s London

Sep. 11 


Fear the Drowning Deep


Magic Burns

Sep. 19 


Amateur Sleuth

 Sep. 4

The Book Supremacy

Sep. 14 

Row #4






Sep. 22 

Sapphire Flames

 Sep. 5


Creepy Crawlies

 Sep. 3

Kill The Farm Boy (Tales of Pell, #1)

Sep. 19 


New Release

 Oct. 15

Game of Bones

Oct. 7 











Row #5





Magical Realism


Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe

Sep. 9 



Sep 16 

Silence for the Dead

 Sep. 11


Full Moon

 Oct. 2

Magic Stars

Oct. 1 


Darkest London

Sep. 17 

An Act of Villainy

Sep. 25 


Baker Street Irregulars


Demon Glass

 Oct. 4

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text 2019-10-13 23:01
Halloween Bingo - Reading Blackout

I'll update my card and book list shortly but all the books are read and now I am just waiting for calls to come in to complete the card and, of course, I will continue to watch everyone else's HW Bingo posts closely. I've picked up so many great book suggestions from all of the HW Bingo posts already.


It's been a blast.  Thanks to everyone for making it so. 

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text 2019-10-13 22:50
Reading progress update: I've read 398 out of 398 pages.
Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13) - Dorothy L. Sayers

What can I say?

I loved the book.

And I loved finishing this year's Halloween Bingo reads on such a high note. 



And now I shall go wallow in the inevitable book & series hangover...


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text 2019-10-13 21:08
Reading progress update: I've read 317 out of 398 pages.
Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13) - Dorothy L. Sayers

Right, so the latest revelations make me suspect that there will be quite a serious conclusion to this. Not that I mind. If anything, I absolutely adore how Sayers manages to balance serious discourse with ... piffle. 

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