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Discussion: Halloween Bingo 2018: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
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created by: Moonlight Reader
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Tell us about your experience! Are you having fun? How about your books? Favorite read, least favorite read, all that good stuff!
I think I enjoy the pre-bingo anticipation almost as much as the actual reading. It makes my favourite time of year even better.
I'm new to this. I have an undisciplined, curiosity / impulse / mood driven approach to reading. I habitually avoid competitive games. So clearly, Halloween Bingo isn't for me. Except I'm enjoying myself. Touching my shadow as the Myers Briggs folks say. AND I'll get lots of reading done.

One thing I realised today.

This is not going to sound plausible.

I've never played Bingo so I had to look up the rules.

I'd assumed I just had to read every book for every square on my card and then I'd be done.

It turns out I'm supposed to think about horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines.

I'm not sure I can be bothered with that (see what I mean about avoiding competitive games) but I would like to read every book for every square on my card before Halloween. That's my personal Bingo.
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Mike - what you are talking about is a "blackout" bingo. You can play anyway you want, be your own independent self.
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A Blackout Bingo. So it's a thing. Who knew? Thanks. I'll tootle along, ignoring straight lines as usual.

Thanks for all the work you've put into this. I don't know how you get it all done.
I'll add my thanks to Mike's--I so enjoy this event each year and I appreciate all the time and effort that goes into making it happen.
Mike, since a lot of my reading is booked ahead of time, (I read a lot of advance review copies, which are due by publication date, generally), I try my best to fit what I'm reading into the game. The categories allow a lot of wiggle room, and that's what allows me to take part. If what I'm reading doesn't fit, fine-if it does-GREAT!

So you don't have to be bothered with reading for certain squares if you don't want to be. This allows for your reading mood, my reading obligations, etc..That's one of the things that makes this game fun. (At least for me, and hopefully you too!)

Thanks once again to Moonlight and to OB for taking the time. It's my favorite challenge of the year!
I'm looking forward to my first ever Bing with you guys, but as I was looking over my books I found out one of my books is over 900 pages ,yah me .lol
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This is where the strategies start to play in...do you start it first, leave it for last, etc...
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LOL Good luck with that Spooky! Most of the fun involved is watching everyone's cards change and what they're reading. At least for me it is. If I get a bingo, great! If not, that's okay too. :)
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So true
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So true , all ready thank about changing that book out for another one
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I just read what takes my fancy at the time without worrying about rows and columns. I just mark 'em as I go, although I do try not to duplicate squares. The first year I filled in 18 squares I think it was before finally getting a bingo.
I would have to pick out a strange one for my Doomsday book , lol
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I ended up with a lot of marked squares and no bingo for the longest time last year. IT made no impact on how much fun I had. :)
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