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text 2018-10-14 23:57
Reading progress update: I've read 201 out of 271 pages.
On Borrowed Time - Jenn McKinlay

Every time Lindsey has lied to Emma in order to protect her brother, I'm reminded of the previous book. Wasn't Emma in on the whole thing with Robbie? If she could handle that without any of it showing on her face even a little, she could handle this. This newest revelation makes all of that even more frustrating.

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text 2018-10-14 20:49
Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #4



So I think I've made all of my decisions for my squares now... not that it'll stay that way, because I've already changed my mind twice this weekend about what books I will read for which squares.  Having recently finished reading LynDee Walker's Front Page Fatality (review coming soon), I suddenly found myself determined to finish reading the rest of the books available for this series and wondering how I can incorporate all of them into Bingo.

After deciding which squares will work and thinking that I'd use Walker as my Wild Card Author... I received a ping from an e-mail that a book I had on hold was ready for check-out.  Barbara Michaels' Houses of Stone had been a recommendation I put into the library's e-book system and they decided to add that book to their collection.  I really, really want to read this book after having seen some really good reviews.  So now I had to figure out how to include this book into my Bingo.

THEN, I finally got to reading Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (which I will be finishing pretty soon, probably within the next few hours after posting this update), and so I'm considering continuing that series... but how to incorporate it into Bingo...

I finally decided to make a few compromises and so now we have a more solid plan for the rest of October... sort of.  I figure that as long as I have some sort of list to grab from as I finish each book, I might, just might, be able to Black out my card.  Maybe.  I'm still not entirely sure that I'll be able to Black out, but it's a better possibility than I'd had at the end of September after having only read about six Halloween Bingo books.

Anyway... very, very long story short:

I'm planning on reading, at least, the first three Nichelle Clarke books for Halloween Bingo.  It just so happens that the third book is called Small Town Spin, and what better square than 'Terror in a Small Town.'  The second book, Buried Leads will go into the 'Murder Most Foul' square.


Next, I'm choosing to insert Houses of Stone into the 'Terrifying Women' square.  That seems simple enough.


Finally, I'm totally dropping The Devil in the White City for now.  I'm not sure I can handle such a hefty book at this time, and I'm not really getting into it either.  Why I even chose to read it in the first place, I'm not sure, aside from the fact that it sounded interesting and I still needed a book for 'Creepy Carnivals.'  I'll probably come back to this book another time, because it still sounds quite interesting to me.  Had I had better progress in September for Bingo, I might have just stuck with it.  So instead, for 'Creepy Carnival', I'm going to be reading a short story by Seanan McGuire called Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea, from the Carniepunk anthology.


And now that I've rambled everyone's ears off... well, I guess I'm off to read so I can get caught up!



Updated Marked Card:



Dino Baby!  Rawr!  for Called Squares


Read Squares will simply be a book cover to the left of the square.



Currently Reading:






Squares/Books/Called Dates/Update Post Links:

Progress on my card:  19 squares called || 13 books read || 8 squares completed

Squares called that I do not have:
09/15/18 - Modern Masters of Horror
09/25/18 - Amateur Sleuth
09/29/18 - Supernatural

Halloween Bingo 2018: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Report Your Bingos!

October Group Read | Discussion Thread -- Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #1
It's Monday! Plus a Halloween Bingo Update, Just Because... | 09/17/2018
Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #2
Halloween Bingo 2018 | Book Rambles at Mid-game
Halloween Bingo 2018 | Update #3

*And also, when I've posted them, the book covers will link to my reviews.


Called:  10/01/18
Called:  09/21/18
Called:  10/09/18
Called: 09/09/18
Read:  10/05/18
Called: 10/05/18
Read:  09/18/18
Called: 09/05/18
Read:  10/11/18
Called: 09/03/18
Called:  09/27/18
Read:  10/13/18
Called: 09/17/18
Read: 09/03/18
Called: 09/01/18
Called: 09/23/18
Called:  09/19/18
Read:  10/01/18
Read:  10/09/18
Read:  10/11/18
Read:  10/06/18
Called:  10/07/18
Read:  09/27/18
Called:  09/13/18
Called:  10/13/18
Read:  09/24/18
Called:  09/11/18
Called:  10/03/18
Read:  09/22/18
Read: 09/06/18
Called: 09/07/18
Halloween Bingo 2018
Ani's Book Abyss



Wild Card Author:


I haven't decided which author to use as my Wild Card yet, but I've been considering using Nora Roberts, as she is a writer of a lot of crime thrillers, romantic suspense, and supernatural, including the Circle trilogy I've chosen for this year's bingo.

Other authors I'm also considering are: Susanna Kearsley, who writes Gothic with a bit of supernatural; Elizabeth Peters, who has a lot of cozy mysteries; or another obvious option, Agatha Christie!



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/10/halloween-bingo-2018-update-4.html
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text 2018-10-13 22:55
Reading progress update: I've read 316 out of 316 pages.
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

I wish I'd been able to keep up my original momentum on this, because reading it over the space of a week or two probably would have been better for the overall flow than the multi-week break I ended up taking. Still, I enjoyed this. I'm also glad that I didn't read it when it first came out, because the ending was easier to deal with knowing that there's a sequel and that it's already out. I don't know when I'll end up reading it, but I do plan to get to it at some point.


I was originally going to use this for my Ghost Stories square, but that's long since been taken by something else. So I'll be using this for my Supernatural square instead, which means I have an exciting Halloween Bingo update post coming up.

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text 2018-10-13 20:54
Halloween Bingo Update #12

My 19th Book Read is for Terror in a Small Town



Book Read/Listened:  Wayward by Blake Crouch



I'm also so happy that I figured out that the Wayward Pines Series is considered Neo-Noir, so I can finish the series with The Last Town and use it for Modern Noir Square.


My Called And Read





I have another Bingo...#2 


Books Used for Bingo:


13 {Wild Card}:  The Swan & the Jackal by JA Redmerski

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch

A Grimm Tale:  

All the Ever After's: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons



My Bingo Card





9/1- Classic Horror (not on my card)
9/3- Cryptozoologist (not on my card)
9/5- Cozy Mystery

9/7- New Release

9/9- Southern Gothic

9/11- Terrifying Women

9/13- A Grimm Tale

9/15- Modern Masters of Horror (not on my card)

9/17- Creepy Carnivals

9/19- Relics and Curiosities

9/21- Diverse Voices

9/23- Murder Most Foul

9/25- Amateur Sleuth

9/27- Genre: Suspense

9/29- Supernatural

10/1- Ghost Stories
10/3- Doomsday
10/5- Shifters

10/7- 13

10/9- Terror in a Small Town

10/11- Darkest London

10/13- Gothic








1~ Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Fear the Drowning Deep)

2~ Contagion by Erin Bowman (Dead Lands)

3~ Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher (Romantic Suspense)







Free Space:  Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

New Release:  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Cozy Mystery:  A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey

Terrifying Women:  City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

A Grimm Tale:  

All the Ever After's: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

Southern Gothic:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

Creepy Carnivals:  Fantasticland by Mike Bockoven

Relics and Curiosities:  The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

Murder Most Foul:  A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer

Ghost Stories:  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Doomsday:  In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Supernatural:  Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

13 {Wild Card}:  The Swan & the Jackal by JA Redmerski

Genre: Suspense:   An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Darkest London:  Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Diverse Voices:  Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Gothic:  Alice by Christina Henry

Terror in a Small Town:  Wayward by Blake Crouch





My Currently Reading:


I'm listening to Pack for Mike Bockoven for Shifters Square




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review 2018-10-13 00:04
What the hell did I just read?
The Devil at Saxon Wall - Gladys Mitchell

This was my second Mrs. Bradley mystery, after The Saltmarsh Mystery, and I think that I can say at this point that Mrs. Bradley is quite unlike any of the other golden age mystery series that I’ve read so far. The book begins with a long preliminary tale about the ill-fated Constance who marries the enigmatic, possibly psychotic, Hanley Middleton.


The first section of the book is identified as “First Manifestation: Domestic Interior,” which describes the abusive marriage of Constance and Hanley, and the ultimate death of Constance in child birth after she returns to her home in Saxon Wall, having previously fled back to her parents. Hanley follows Constance in death a short time later.


The second section of the book is titled “Second Manifestation: Conversation Piece“. I have no idea why it’s called this, actually, because there is precious little intelligent conversation in this book, and a whole lot of garbled confusion. At the beginning of the section, we are introduced to the main character of the book, one Hannibal Jones, described thus:


Hannibal Jones had earned a dishonest livelihood for seventeen years by writing sentimental novels. It was the less excusable in Jones to get his living this way in that he knew—none better, since he had lectured in Abnormal Psychology for a year or two in an American university before taking up his rather more nefarious career as author—that such novels as he wrote tended to encourage morbid daydreaming on the part of their readers, and that cooks and dressmakers, mothers of families, spinsters in all walks of life—even his own female relatives—were developing, because of him and his works, a Cinderella-complex of the most devitalising, time-consuming type.


Hannibal, who is quite rich as a result of his success as a writer, has some sort of a nervous breakdown when he accepts a large publishers advance for a book he doesn’t really want to write. He consults Mrs. Bradley, and she gives him advice to “get out your third-best car and travel until you find a sufficiently interesting and secluded village. Make yourself part of it. Study the people, but resolve never to write about them in a novel. Love them. Quarrel with them. Begin a lawsuit. Play village cricket.”


Somehow, he has the misfortune to end up in Saxon Wall, which must be the most terrible place in all of England, full of villagers who are downright creepy, baby-switchers, a psychotic vicar, and a drought which means that they are all, apparently, going to die of dehydration. Jones realizes that he is in the middle of some kind of devilish psychodrama and invites Mrs. Bradley in to help him solve the crimes, of which there are many.


The plot of this book made almost no sense. It was so convoluted that I couldn’t follow the thread at all, much less unravel it. Saxon Wall is a singularly horrible place, and the denizens of Saxon Wall are singularly horrible people. There wasn’t a single non-horrible person living there. Jones himself was confounding – why he didn’t just get in his car and drive the hell out of that place I cannot begin to imagine. Mitchell brings in witchcraft, folklore, and beer to add to the altogether strange tale. Mrs. Bradley shows up at about the 50% mark to untangle the skeins of the mystery, but even at the end I was left somewhat puzzled by everyone’s behavior.


“The temperament,” repeated Mrs. Bradley. “Yes, child. As good psychologists, we ought not to lose sight of that important item. The temperament for murder—an inexhaustibly interesting subject. I have it, you have it, the vicar has it. Mrs. Tebbutt has it, Doctor Mortmain has it. To how many other people in Saxon Wall would you say it has been vouchsafed?”


Everyone, dear reader. Everyone.


The third section contains some brief End Notes, which try to explain the book. They clear up a few things. But only a few things.


One of the most curious and interesting features of the general mentality, if such a term is permissible, of the inhabitants of Saxon Wall, was a noticeable inability to distinguish between essential good and essential evil.


I can’t say that I really enjoyed this book, but it did keep me interested, even if it was totally bananas.

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