Friday, September 22, 2017

Halloween Bingo 2017 | Update #4 - Week Three Ramblings!

Halloween Bingo 2017

Obviously I'm not trying to rush through this Bingo, as half of the squares on my card that have been called have yet to be read for; but I've read five other books for squares that haven't been called.  So much for my initial plan of just following the called squares and reading for them as a guide.

Now, I'm more interested in finishing my Red Eyes Penni Bingo card frame... Although at least two books won't be read until October, so I may end up having a frame with gaps.  On the other hand, I'm considering switching out the book I chose for Amateur Sleuth--the book I chose is also for another reading challenge, the Reading Assignment Challenge, and I can't read it until next month.  But Amanda Stevens' book, Just Past Midnight seems fitting for a Halloween Bingo read... so if I switch out, I'll just have to find another spot for it, I guess.

The other square is Classic Horror, which I was planning on using the October Group Read to fill.

Meanwhile, I'm working on the Haunted House square right now with Nora Roberts' second In the Garden book, Black Rose.  Then I'm thinking of tackling either Magical Realism or Diverse Voices--haven't quite decided which one yet.

And then, instead of reading Red Lily, Nora Roberts' last In the Garden book for the Creepy Raven Free Space, I've moved it to Terrifying Women--with the broader description of this space that now includes mystery, suspense, and supernatural, instead of horror only, it will fit just nicely.  And it will fulfill my need to close up the Penni frame.

Then I moved Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart to the Gothic square, because it seemed more fitting than the Susanna Kearsely book I'd initially chosen.

Meanwhile, I've picked up two other books I've decided to try for the Magical Realism square--I've suddenly lost interest in Amy Tan's Saving Fish From Drowning, so it looks like that book is either going to sit on my shelves for a while longer, or just be given away, unread.  My other two choices right now, are quite different from one another:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, or The Dress Shop of Dreams by Mena van Praag.  I felt like trying something a little different instead of just falling back on Sarah Addison Allen as a default magical realism read.

I love how I keep making plans and then totally abolishing them, though, so a lot of what I've been rambling about... probably going to change again next week...  Reading moods, ya know?

Updated Marked Card:

Called Square:  Green Square Border
Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni
Called and Read Square:  Red Eyes Penni in a Green Box

See also the table below for some spreadsheet goodness.

Reviews pending:  Blue DahliaGarden of Lies, On the Night of the Seventh Moon, Every Secret Thing

Squares/Books/Called Dates/Other Links:

Progress:  10 squares called || 10 books read || 5 squares completed || 0 BINGOs

Bingo Calls Thread
The Best and Worst of Halloween Bingo 2017

September Group Read | Discussion Thread
October Group Read (link coming soon)

Bingo Square
Called (date)
Read (Date)
How it Fits

Magical realism

tagged 'magical realism' on GR

Classic noir

Hammett, Dashiel
hard-boiled, classic noir mystery & group read
Blue Dahlia
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride


Arnett, Mindee
supernatural school for magic creatures

Diverse voices
The Lotus Palace
Lin, Jeannie

author is Chinese

Cozy mystery
Peters, Elizabeth
tagged 'cozy mystery' on GR

Protecting His Witch
Forward, Zoe

female MC is a witch


The Dead Travel Fast
Raybourn, Deanna

Transylvania and vampires

Country house mystery

The Decagon House Murders
Ayatsuji, Yukito

closed circle of suspects

Haunted houses

Black Rose
Roberts, Nora

ghostly Harper Bride haunts mansion


Castle, Jayne
dust bunnies!!

Genre: horror
Smoke and Mirrors
Gaiman, Neil

tagged 'horror' on GR

Free Space


Her Fierce Warrior
Tyler, Paige

female MC is an animal shifter
In the dark, dark woods
On the Night of the Seventh Moon
Holt, Victoria
woods are significant

Amateur sleuth

Just Past Midnight
Stevens, Amanda

female MC is a psychologist

Woods, Alisa

book about wolf shifters


Nine Coaches Waiting
Stewart, Mary

tagged 'gothic' on GR

Romantic suspense

Hit and Run
Brennan, Allison

romance + suspense + mystery present

Darkest London

Garden of Lies
Quick, Amanda
setting = Victorian London

Murder most foul
Every Secret Thing
Cole, Emma
there is a murder and a mystery

Serial/spree killer

Novak, Brenda
summary mentions serial killer

Classic horror

October Classic horror group read

Terrifying women
Red Lily
Roberts, Nora

ghostly Harper Bride; haunting; written by a woman
Locked room mystery
Shimada, Soji
death/murder in a locked room

Currently Reading:

Tentative Bingo Hopefuls:

Magical Realism:
Classic Noir:  The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Ghost:  Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
Supernatural:  The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
Diverse Voices:  The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin

Cozy Mystery:  The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters
Witches:  Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward
Vampires:  The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
Country House Mystery:  The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Haunted House:  Black Rose by Nora Roberts

Aliens:  Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle
Genre: Horror:  Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
Free Space:
Monsters:  Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
In the Dark, Dark Woods:  On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt

Amateur Sleuth:  Just Past Midnight by Amanda Stevens
Gothic:  Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Romantic Suspense:  Hit and Run by Allison Brennan and Laura Griffin
Darkest London:  Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Murder Most Foul:  Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole (a.k.a. Susanna Kearsley)
Serial/Spree Killer:  Dear Maggie by Brenda Novak
Classic Horror:
Terrifying Women:  Red Lily Nora Roberts
Locked Room Mystery:  The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada

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