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text 2018-08-15 17:59
Halloween Bingo 2018 --My Tentative Reading List

I've always wanted to play, I just didn't know if I would be able to find enough books that I want to read considering I don't really like scary books.  Lately, though, I've been branching out with my reading, and I couldn't be happier with that...so why not give this a try.  Thank you, Moonlight Madness & Obsidian Blue for hosting this challenge.  BTW, I've always thought your graphics for your cards are fabulous.








#1~AMATEUR SLEUTH - This mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement.

Planning on Hunting Prince Dracula by Carrie Maniscalco or Looking Glass by Andrew Mayne






#2~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.

Planning on A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Ann Lindsey






#3~MODERN NOIR - Mystery with noir elements, including authors like James Ellroy, Ian Rankin, anything that falls generally under the category of Nordic Noir, Tartan Noir, Granite Noir, etc. 

Tentatively planning on Snow Blind by Ragnar Jonasson or Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.






#4~NEW RELEASE - Mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural that was published after 10/31/17.

Tentatively planning to read Sunburn by Laura Lippman or Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman.






#5~13 - Any book that relates to bad luck, superstitions, including (but not limited to) black cats, ravens or crows, or the unlucky number 13, either in the title, series, book cover or page count.

Planning to read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater






#6~MURDER MOST FOUL - Any murder mystery. 

Tentatively planning on A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer or Ten by Gretchen McNeil or Bone Music by Christopher Rice







#7~ROMANTIC SUSPENSE -Any romance which has a significant subplot that involves mystery, thriller or suspense. 

Tentatively planning on The Swan & The Jackal by J.A. Redmerski







#8~DEAD LANDS - Elements of the undead - zombies, wights, vampires and other revenants. 

Tentatively maybe reading The Burning World by Isaac Marion or Play Dead by Anne Frasier.






#9~CREEPY CARNIVALS - Horror/mystery/supernatural/suspense set in or concerning a carnival, amusement park, or other party/festival.

Planning to read FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven






#10~TERROR IN A SMALL TOWN - Any mystery, supernatural, horror or suspense that takes place in a small town.

Planning on Wayward by Blake Crouch







#11~DARKEST LONDON - Any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London. 

Planning on reading Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan






#12~DOOMSDAY - Anything related to the end of the world, doomsday cults, or a post-apocalypse world.

Planning to read In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis







#13~FREE SPACE - I'm leaving this one open for now...






#14~FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP - Mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror books with sea-related elements: sea creatures, ships, shipwrecks, and/or sharks.

Tentatively planning on Sea Witch by Sarah Henning or Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman






#15~A GRIMM TALE - Any fairy tale or retelling of fairy tales, folklore, legends, etc.  Planning to read  All the Ever After's by Danielle Teller







#16~DIVERSE VOICES - Written by an author of color.

Planning to read Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh






#17~SOUTHERN GOTHIC - Mystery, supernatural, suspense or horror set in the Southern part of the United States. 

Tentatively planning on Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter.







#18~SPELLBOUND - Books containing witches, warlocks, sorcerers, and witchcraft. 

Tentatively planning on A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.






#19~GOTHIC - Any book with significant: a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. 

Tentatively planning on Alice by Christina Henry.







#20~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. 

Tentatively planning on A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa







#21~TERRIFYING WOMEN - Mystery, horror, suspense or supernatural written by women. 

Tentatively planning on City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong or Ten by Gretchen McNeil.







 #22~SHIFTERS - Werewolves, skin-walkers, and all other therianthropes. 

I tentatively haven't planned anything, because I don't really like shifter stories, I am open to suggestions from anyone, though.  I might use the wild card here...

I found one!  Planning to read Winter by Marissa Meyer.







 #23~GENRE: SUSPENSE - Anything that fits into the suspense genre. 

Tentatively planning on An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.






 #24~GHOST STORIES - Any story involving ghosts or hauntings, including haunted houses, buildings, graveyards, etc.

Tentatively planning on Darkhouse by Karina Halle (maybe).  This one I'm not sure on...






#25~RELICS AND CURIOSITIES - Concerning magical, supernatural or haunted objects, such as spell books, talismans or swords. 

Tentatively hoping (Netgalley request) reading The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell or the Lost Codex by Heather Lyons







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text 2018-03-11 00:58
Still Reading
1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up - Julia Eccleshare

So, I stopped posting reviews here after #70 last year. I did manage to read 100 books in 2017, but getting them reviewed, let alone posting the reviews in two places, proved to be too much for me. I knew that "something would have to give" when I became a mom in July, but it's still hard to actually make those choices and decide what to let go.


I am not letting go of this blog, but I will no longer cross-post all my Goodreads reviews here. You can still read them on my Goodreads page, of course.


Although I am writing less about books these days, I am still pursuing various book-ish projects. They include --


  • The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge - Just for fun; I am not going to be crushed if I don't manage to complete it.
  • The Into the Forest Reading Challenge - Into the Forest is a Goodreads group I belong to for fairy tale/mythology enthusiasts. They do a 12-item challenge every year within the genre that is fun to keep me reading widely within one of my favorite book categories.
  • 1001 Books to You Must Read Before You Grow Up - I am working my way through the recommended books in this tome with my son. Right now we are just focusing on the age 0-3 chapter. I am really surprised by how many of these books are NOT in my public library! My plan is to buy my son a big box of any of the books we weren't able to find in the library at the end of the chapter. In the meantime, I've also begun scouring used booksales to help fill in the gap.
  • The cookbook project - In an attempt to actually USE more of my cookbooks, feed my family well, and save money on eating out, I've been marking recipes I want to try since I was pregnant. I rate every recipe I try, and eventually hope to pare down my cookbook collection by getting rid of the books with only a handful of intriguing recipes after I have tried them.


I am also working on a "book adjacent" project, which is listening to all 150 albums on NPR's women's music canon. The reason I consider this to be a book-adjacent project is because a) I am getting most of these albums from my local library and b) I am listening to a lot more music these days because my son is more content on drives with music than audiobooks. I am sad to have fewer audiobooks in this season of my life, but I am excited to start exploring music again, and to, you know, have a baby.

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text 2017-06-01 18:35
May 2017-Round up!
Boo! - David Haynes
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge - David McCullough
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Black Mad Wheel: A Novel - Josh Malerman
Those Across the River - Christopher Buehlman
Saffron And Brimstone: Strange Stories - Elizabeth Hand
Dare Me - Megan Abbott
The Well - Jack Cady,Tom Piccirilli
Between Two Fires - Christopher Buehlman
Skitter - Ezekiel Boone

In May, I read 15 books! 


Graphic Novels:


The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Battle of Tull

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Way Station


Total: 3


Audio Books: 


The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, narrated by Bruce Springsteen

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott



Total: 6




Skitter by Ezekiel Boone

Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman


Total: 2


Random Books: 


Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse

The Well by Jack Cady

Boo! by David Haynes

Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand


Total: 4


Total Books Read in May: 15


Reading Challenges


Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017


January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

Running Count: 5


Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge: 

Goal: Read Horror Books!


January Books: 5

February Books: 3 

March Books: 4

April Books: 9

May Books: 6


Running Count: 27



Graphic Novel Challenge:


(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017  


January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

Running count: 20


Keep Calm and Read On!






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review 2017-03-13 20:55
Shadow Soldiers - Madelaine Montague

Kaitlyn O'Connor is still one of my favorite authors, but in saying that for some reason when she writes under her other pen names she's not as good. This book was like an O'Connor-lite. There wasn't much about the shifting and the guys got along really well for men that are fighting over (well maybe fighting over is too strong - maybe pouting would be better) the affections of one girl. Usual HEA (happy ever after) but sometimes I like those. 3 out of 5 stars.

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text 2017-02-02 15:52
Romance Bingo 2017 | Mid-game Update

As of the first day of February, I finished The Moon-spinners for a total of eight books read for Romance Bingo.  Unfortunately, no BINGO so far.  I had been hoping to read one more Tessa Dare book to fill the Historical Romance square for a BINGO, but for lots of reasons, my reading started to lag behind nearing the end of the month.

I'm working on a series review for Cynthia Eden's For Me trilogy and will have it posted as soon as I finish listening to the last book, Scream for Me.  I'm considering counting this book for Key to My Heart based on our main couple's "I've never felt this way before" monologues along with the whole, "This is the first time I've ever told anyone about my dark, dark past" conversation that just took place mid-book... typical of a lot of Rom-Suspense.

Meanwhile, the review for The Moon-spinners is also forthcoming.  And I'm slowly tumbling through books and hoping that at least one of my Rom-Suspense reads will yield an Insta-love, because those are aplenty in that genre.  =D




(All links lead to my Blogspot reviews, since I haven't posted reviews on BL this year yet.)

Too Stupid To Live:  Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti
"Headless" Woman:
Love is Murder:  Die for Me by Cynthia Eden
New Adult:  Overruled by Emma Chase

Young Adult:
Regency Romance:
Eyeshadow and Heaving Bosom:
Virgin & Best First Time:  A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
Gothic Romance:  The Moon-spinners by Mary Stewart

Blown Away:
Man in a Kilt:
Love (Free Space):
Rogue:  A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare
Historical Romance:

Secret Billionaire:
Fairy Tale Retelling:
Wedding Bells:
Second Chances:  Fear for Me by Cynthia Eden

Key to My Heart:
Pirates Argh:
Guy/Girl Next Door:
Interracial Couple:
Urban Fantasy Romance:  Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

Currently Reading:
Scream for Me by Cynthia Eden || Key to My Heart
The Search by Nora Roberts || Love (Free Space)

Planned Next Reads:
A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare || Historical Romance
That's Amore! anthology || Wedding Bells
Sweet Bea by Sarah Hegger || "Headless" Woman
A Kiss At Midnight by Eloisa James || Eyeshadow and Heaving Bosom
Highlander Claimed by Juliette Miller || Man in Kilt
Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis || Guy/Girl Next Door
The Substitute Sister by Lisa Childs || Twins

Squares Still Undecided:

  • Insta-love -- As I mentioned above, I'm hoping that one of the many Rom-Suspense books I read will have insta-love.
  • Young Adult -- I'd like to read Kasie West's newest book, but I'm hesitant to purchase it.  Chances are, I will probably listen to the audio book version of The Distance Between Us, my first of Kasie West favorites.
  • Regency Romance -- Many options, probably another Tessa Dare... or maybe something by Amanda Quick.
  • Blown Away -- No idea what to read for this square.
  • Secret Billionaire -- Probably going to just steal some ideas from someone else's square.
  • Fairy Tale Retelling -- I was going to read Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.  But at the rate that I'm going, and with the length of this book, I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it and all the other books before the end of this month.  I may just chose another book, like maybe Cybele's Secret also by Juliet Marillier, and also part of my Reading Assignment Challenge this year.
  • Pirates Argh -- Nothing chosen yet.  Will have to steal ideas.
  • Interracial Couple -- I have a Rom-Suspense that has an interracial couple, but I don't know if I want to read that one.  Any ideas?

See Also:  My Romance Bingo 2017 Page



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/02/romance-bingo-2017-mid-game-update.html
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