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text 2016-09-02 15:55
JOINT POST: MM AND OBD TALK: Halloween Bingo 2016: General Rules and FAQs

 

Well we are less than a day away from starting Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2016!

 

Moonlight Reader (Murder) and I are so happy to see so many people excited about the Halloween Bingo.

 

I love how everyone is trying to help each other out with finding books that can complete a square. I think we mentioned the rules here and there for how we were planning on doing this bingo, but we thought it be good to have it all spelled out before the bingo kicks off tomorrow.

Start Date of Bingo: September 1, 2016. That means that a review posted to fit the bingo has to occur after September 1, 2016. I know that means some of us are going to be reading the night before (yeah I am, I can hardly wait to dive into my books).

End of Bingo: October 31, 2016. So please make sure that you have your bingo card all filled out so we can include your name for the drawings.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

1. If you are going to be participating in the bingo, please add a comment down below. That way Moonlight Murder and I can follow you on Booklikes. Also follow each other! That way you can see what other people are reading, just in case you get stuck trying to find a book that will fit a bingo square. 

2. We are going to be using "Halloween Bingo 2016" as the tag for the bingo contest. That way you can use the tag to follow other Booklikers who are also participating in the contest.

3. Only one book counts towards a bingo square. The middle square (Raven reading a book) we decided does need a book to fill it otherwise some people will be able to get a bingo after just reading four books. We want it to be fair for everyone. So we decided that the free space you can read any book in there that you want as long as it is related to Halloween in some way. It doesn't have to be horror, it doesn't have to be young adult. Heck I just noticed some children's books that would fit in nicely.

4. You can get a bingo by reading five books across or down. You can get a bingo by going diagonally as well. I saw some people saying that they thought you could get a bingo by just reading the four corner squares, but for the purposes of our bingo, that doesn't count. You would need to do four corners and the middle square in order to bingo (5 books).

5. You do not need to black out the whole card to participate in the bingo contest. If you do though, you can join in for the blackout contest.

6. Each bingo that you get is good for one entry in the contest with a maximum of five entries per person. We plan on having drawings for the bingo every other Thursday. That means we are going to have drawings on 9/15, 9/29, 10/3, & 10/27. We will have a final drawing for blackouts only on 10/31. We plan on having a total of five drawings.

7. Once you win, you are out of the bingo drawing. That way we can make sure that everyone reasonably has a chance to win.

8. For the blackout drawing we are still deciding if we are going to include prior winners or not. It really depends on how many people are going to play to get the blackout bingo card.

9. Moonlight and I are obviously participating, but we are not playing to win.

10. If you have any questions concerning a book that you think should count towards a bingo square or just general questions, feel free to comment here, or message us on Booklikes or in the group discussion Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club.

11. Re-reads absolutely do count. I know a lot of people wanted to read new books for the bingo, and that is fine, but it is not a rule.

12. There is the second annual Dewey Readathon on October 22, 2016. Moonlight and I participated last year and had a blast. We want to remind other readers about it so that way in case you find yourself behind, you can always set aside some time to participate in the readathon as well as do the bingo at the same time.

13. Have fun! I hope no one is going to stress too much over this. I loved the Summer Bingo because it was just fun to read books and see how they would fit with the bingo. I actually did not plan for that square at all and still managed to find a ton of books that I really enjoyed (except Alphas because that book still haunts me to this day).

 

See below for the bingo card! 

 

 

 

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text 2016-08-31 15:56
JOINT POST: MM AND OBD TALK: Halloween Bingo 2016: General Rules and FAQs

 

Well we are less than a day away from starting Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2016!

 

Moonlight Reader (Murder) and I are so happy to see so many people excited about the Halloween Bingo.

 

I love how everyone is trying to help each other out with finding books that can complete a square. I think we mentioned the rules here and there for how we were planning on doing this bingo, but we thought it be good to have it all spelled out before the bingo kicks off tomorrow.

Start Date of Bingo: September 1, 2016. That means that a review posted to fit the bingo has to occur after September 1, 2016. I know that means some of us are going to be reading the night before (yeah I am, I can hardly wait to dive into my books).

End of Bingo: October 31, 2016. So please make sure that you have your bingo card all filled out so we can include your name for the drawings.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

1. If you are going to be participating in the bingo, please add a comment down below. That way Moonlight Murder and I can follow you on Booklikes. Also follow each other! That way you can see what other people are reading, just in case you get stuck trying to find a book that will fit a bingo square. 

2. We are going to be using "Halloween Bingo 2016" as the tag for the bingo contest. That way you can use the tag to follow other Booklikers who are also participating in the contest.

3. Only one book counts towards a bingo square. The middle square (Raven reading a book) we decided does need a book to fill it otherwise some people will be able to get a bingo after just reading four books. We want it to be fair for everyone. So we decided that the free space you can read any book in there that you want as long as it is related to Halloween in some way. It doesn't have to be horror, it doesn't have to be young adult. Heck I just noticed some children's books that would fit in nicely.

4. You can get a bingo by reading five books across or down. You can get a bingo by going diagonally as well. I saw some people saying that they thought you could get a bingo by just reading the four corner squares, but for the purposes of our bingo, that doesn't count. You would need to do four corners and the middle square in order to bingo (5 books).

5. You do not need to black out the whole card to participate in the bingo contest. If you do though, you can join in for the blackout contest.

6. Each bingo that you get is good for one entry in the contest with a maximum of five entries per person. We plan on having drawings for the bingo every other Thursday. That means we are going to have drawings on 9/15, 9/29, 10/3, & 10/27. We will have a final drawing for blackouts only on 10/31. We plan on having a total of five drawings.

7. Once you win, you are out of the bingo drawing. That way we can make sure that everyone reasonably has a chance to win.

8. For the blackout drawing we are still deciding if we are going to include prior winners or not. It really depends on how many people are going to play to get the blackout bingo card.

9. Moonlight and I are obviously participating, but we are not playing to win.

10. If you have any questions concerning a book that you think should count towards a bingo square or just general questions, feel free to comment here, or message us on Booklikes or in the group discussion Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club.

11. Re-reads absolutely do count. I know a lot of people wanted to read new books for the bingo, and that is fine, but it is not a rule.

12. There is the second annual Dewey Readathon on October 22, 2016. Moonlight and I participated last year and had a blast. We want to remind other readers about it so that way in case you find yourself behind, you can always set aside some time to participate in the readathon as well as do the bingo at the same time.

13. Have fun! I hope no one is going to stress too much over this. I loved the Summer Bingo because it was just fun to read books and see how they would fit with the bingo. I actually did not plan for that square at all and still managed to find a ton of books that I really enjoyed (except Alphas because that book still haunts me to this day).

 

See below for the bingo card! 

 

 

 

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text 2016-08-31 14:22
JOINT POST: MM AND OBD TALK: Halloween Bingo 2016: General Rules and FAQs

 

Well we are less than a day away from starting Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2016!

 

Moonlight Reader (Murder) and I are so happy to see so many people excited about the Halloween Bingo.

 

I love how everyone is trying to help each other out with finding books that can complete a square. I think we mentioned the rules here and there for how we were planning on doing this bingo, but we thought it be good to have it all spelled out before the bingo kicks off tomorrow.

Start Date of Bingo: September 1, 2016. That means that a review posted to fit the bingo has to occur after September 1, 2016. I know that means some of us are going to be reading the night before (yeah I am, I can hardly wait to dive into my books).

End of Bingo: October 31, 2016. So please make sure that you have your bingo card all filled out so we can include your name for the drawings.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

1. If you are going to be participating in the bingo, please add a comment down below. That way Moonlight Murder and I can follow you on Booklikes. Also follow each other! That way you can see what other people are reading, just in case you get stuck trying to find a book that will fit a bingo square. 

2. We are going to be using "Halloween Bingo 2016" as the tag for the bingo contest. That way you can use the tag to follow other Booklikers who are also participating in the contest.

3. Only one book counts towards a bingo square. The middle square (Raven reading a book) we decided does need a book to fill it otherwise some people will be able to get a bingo after just reading four books. We want it to be fair for everyone. So we decided that the free space you can read any book in there that you want as long as it is related to Halloween in some way. It doesn't have to be horror, it doesn't have to be young adult. Heck I just noticed some children's books that would fit in nicely.

4. You can get a bingo by reading five books across or down. You can get a bingo by going diagonally as well. I saw some people saying that they thought you could get a bingo by just reading the four corner squares, but for the purposes of our bingo, that doesn't count. You would need to do four corners and the middle square in order to bingo (5 books).

5. You do not need to black out the whole card to participate in the bingo contest. If you do though, you can join in for the blackout contest.

6. Each bingo that you get is good for one entry in the contest with a maximum of five entries per person. We plan on having drawings for the bingo every other Thursday. That means we are going to have drawings on 9/15, 9/29, 10/3, & 10/27. We will have a final drawing for blackouts only on 10/31. We plan on having a total of five drawings.

7. Once you win, you are out of the bingo drawing. That way we can make sure that everyone reasonably has a chance to win.

8. For the blackout drawing we are still deciding if we are going to include prior winners or not. It really depends on how many people are going to play to get the blackout bingo card.

9. Moonlight and I are obviously participating, but we are not playing to win.

10. If you have any questions concerning a book that you think should count towards a bingo square or just general questions, feel free to comment here, or message us on Booklikes or in the group discussion Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club.

11. Re-reads absolutely do count. I know a lot of people wanted to read new books for the bingo, and that is fine, but it is not a rule.

12. There is the second annual Dewey Readathon on October 22, 2016. Moonlight and I participated last year and had a blast. We want to remind other readers about it so that way in case you find yourself behind, you can always set aside some time to participate in the readathon as well as do the bingo at the same time.

13. Have fun! I hope no one is going to stress too much over this. I loved the Summer Bingo because it was just fun to read books and see how they would fit with the bingo. I actually did not plan for that square at all and still managed to find a ton of books that I really enjoyed (except Alphas because that book still haunts me to this day).

 

See below for the bingo card! 

 

 

 

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text 2016-08-29 15:15
JOINT POST: OBP & MR talk Pumpkin
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories - William L. Hedges,Washington Irving
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie
Dark Harvest - Norman Partridge
Halloween - Walter Scott,William F. Nolan,E. Nesbit,Peter Straub,Tina Rath,John Shirley,Charles de Lint,Esther M. Friesner,Gary A. Braunbeck,Caitlín R. Kiernan,Norman Partridge,F. Paul Wilson,Nina Kiriki Hoffman,Peter Crowther,Joe R. Lansdale,Chelsea Quinn Yarbro,Ste

 

 

 

There are a number of different ways to fill this square: pumpkin on the cover, someone whose pet name is pumpkin, a book where the characters eat pumpkin pie. The easiest to find are the ones with pumpkins on the cover, and a lot of those tend to be cozy mysteries, for some reason! You can find a good compilation of possibilities in Murder By Death’s Pumpkin Square post - title of post links you to the original!

 

OBSIDIAN BLUE

 

This was a fun one for me. Pumpkins pretty much equal Halloween.

Also I had no idea until recently how many books out there have pumpkins on the cover or deal with a pumpkin. Is the book loving world obsessed with pumpkins? I swear doing this bingo has me falling into all kinds of research black holes. I will be thrilled when we start in a few days.

So here are my three suggestions plus what I chose to read for the bingo.

1. Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #36) by Agatha Christie. The book cover has a pumpkin on it. The central mystery/murder occurs on Halloween, there are mention of pumpkins and bopping for apples. I was actually tempted to re-read this one since it is one of my favorite Poirot books.

2. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. The cover has multiple pumpkins on it. This book also has Halloween tales, fits the horror square, and the young adult square too.

3. Halloween by by Paula Guran (editor). This is a collection and has stories from Stewart O'Nan, William F. Nolan, Walter Scott, Peter Straub and more. If it wasn't so long (528 pages) I would just pick it and read it for the bingo. The reviews I saw mentioned that the editing wasn't so great, so check it out via the library if you can if you are inclined to get this one.

My pick is Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. I keep reading rave reviews about this book so I am really excited to read it. This book also fits the Halloween square since it takes place on Halloween and is considered horror for those who are still looking for a horror book to read.

 

MOONLIGHT READER

 

In addition to those books, these will also work:

 

1. The Haunted Season by G. M. Malliet. This is the fifth of the Max Tudor series, and is the second set in the fall. This series has a strong seasonal theme. I know it isn’t the first in the series, but it’s the only one with a pumpkin on the cover, and sometimes I just don’t feel like I need to start at the beginning

 

2. Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. This is book one of the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series, set in Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire. I’m not going to lie - I stumbled on this one when I was searching for books to fit this square, but, honestly, it sounds charming. It’s a middle grade mystery. The plot summary from Goodreads:

 

Now that Truly Lovejoy's father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy's Books, a struggling bookstore that's been in the family for one hundred years.

 

With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy's Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte's Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What's inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.”

 

3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: This one is pretty obvious, I’ll admit, strongly featuring a pumpkin at the end of the book. It’s also a very fast read, and there is a wonderful audio version available on audible that is only $6.95 (even for non members) and is narrated by Tom Mison. This would be a fantastic way to fill a square in an hour and fifteen minutes! Link to audible version here.


I will be re-reading Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, unless I decide to give Absolutely Truly a go.

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text 2016-08-28 16:54
JOINT POST: MR AND OB TALK: SET ON HALLOWEEN
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie
Dark Harvest - Norman Partridge
Trick or Treat - Richie Tankersley Cusick

 

Today's topic is "Set on Halloween". I had a lot of fun with this one and it took a lot for me to not set aside a bunch of books right now. After the bingo I think I am going to be up to my eyes in books. 

 

MOONLIGHT MURDER

 

I think that this actually ended up being the hardest square for me to fill, which really surprised me! I thought it would be easy-peasy to find books partially set/related to Halloween, but, it's turned out to be much more difficult than I expected. Here are some suggestions:

1. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury: this novella-length work is set on Halloween. It is available on audio, and has received really good reviews! As an aside, Bradbury has two other books that will work for this square: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Green Town #2) (which is set a few days before Halloween, but is close enough as far as I am concerned, as this is the one I am planning to read) and The October Country

(short stories set during the festive Halloween season).

2. Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #36) by Agatha Christie: I am actually reading this one for my pumpkin square, but it will work here as well!

3. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. This one will work for multiple squares as well, including set in New England. I will be listening to this one on audio.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1 by J.K. Rowling. "Troll in the Dungeon. Thought you ought to know." At least the first two or three Harry Potter's specifically mention Halloween at Hogwarts. So, if you are a fan of The Boy Who Lived, and just can't fill this square, there's always Harry!

I am pretty sure that there are probably cozy mysteries/romance novels in which Halloween makes an appearance, but I don't have them identified! If you do, comment below and tell us!

 

 

OBSIDIAN BLACK DEATH

 

 

I love Halloween. Maybe because I was not allowed to ever partake in the festivities as a kid. But I love something about being out at night on what is supposed to be the darkest day of the year.

I love Halloween because all of the movies on Lifetime that are so cheesy but are my secret guilty pleasures.

I love Halloween because though I will complain, I do love dressing up in a costume.

I love Halloween because watching scary movies for that whole month with friends is fun. And heck, I love watching them alone too.

I love the dark nights, the moon, listening to the wind and imagining myself in some castle on a moor somewhere.

Here are my three picks:

1. Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge. I have never read him before but am very excited to start this book. It sounds right up my alley. And for those still looking for a pumpkin square this book cover has a pumpkin.

2. Trick or Treat (Point Horror) by Richie Tankersley Cusick. One of the writers who got me started on reading horror as a kid. I loved this book when it came out in 1989. It also fits the Young Adult horror square. And you can use it for the Genre: Mystery, Genre: Horror, and there is even a cemetery I think that makes an appearance in this one so you got your grave or graveyard square too.

3. Johnny Halloween: Tales of the Dark Season by Norman Partridge. I dithered between my first pick and this one for my Halloween square book but ultimately got the first one instead.

 

Here are some more books that not only fit the Halloween square, but also young adult as well. 

 

4. Halloween Night (Point Horror) by R.L. Stine. Brenda hates her cousin Halley. And Brenda isn't the only one. Because Halley keeps stealing other people's boyfriends. So Brenda and her friends decide to plan the perfect murder. Something to go along with Brenda's perfect Halloween party.

 

5. Halloween Night II (Point Horror) by R. L. Stine.  The chilling sequel to Stine's bestselling Halloween Night.

 

And here are some more Halloween books just because.

 

6. October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween by Richard Chizmar (editor). Classic novellas, never-before-published stories, essays on the history, literature, and films of Halloween, and real-life memories of October 31st-from today's best practitioners of fear: Dean Koontz, Peter Straub and others. 

 

7. A Catered Halloween (A Mystery with Recipes #5) by Isis Crawford. Sisters Bernadette and Libby Simmons are thrilled they've been asked to cater a haunted house fundraiser. But they soon discover that ghosts aren't the only unwanted guests when a murderer strikes...

 

 

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Other posts in the series:

 

Magical Realism

Supernatural

Locked Room Mystery

Mystery

Diverse Authors

Fall Into A Good Book

Dark and Stormy Night

 

Stay tuned tomorrow for "Pumpkin!"

 

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