Halloween Bingo 2017
I've got 18 books read and 15 squares actually completed (called and read), and TWO BINGOS! Of course, I could have had two Bingos a long time ago if I had just made myself read for the 'Genre: Horror' square--every square on my card in the second column from the left has been called, and I had read for all the squares but 'Genre: Horror'.
I just put it off for the longest time.
I had originally intended to listen to Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors, a short story collection, narrated by Gaiman, himself. But then I decided that I wasn't really wanting to sit through 10 hours of horror short stories. So then I thought about maybe just listening to a handful of the short stories and calling it good... but that didn't quite appeal to me either.
So then I thought of the Edgar Allan Poe collection I have, a large tome I picked up at a library sale months ago called The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. For some reason, this appealed to me more, and so I went through the book and decided that I would choose one or two short stories to read for this square. My final decision ended up being The Murders in the Rue Morgue... just because it sounds like my kind of book even though it's horror--it's also a murder mystery, and apparently claimed as the first detective story... ever?
As a short read, it didn't take long to fill that last square in the column... although, as I said in my review of the short story, it didn't really exhibit a whole lot of horror-like quality, but it is tagged as 'horror' on Goodreads. I might read another short story by Poe to make up for it.
Anyway, I also made a choice on the last two squares I had yet to choose a book for: 'Classic Horror' and the 'Creepy Raven Free Space.' I will be reading The Turn of the Screw by Henry James for the 'Classic Horror' square, and Deep As The Dead, Kylie Brant's newest Mindhunters series installation, for the Free Space.
Six more squares to finish reading for, and I will Blackout my card! I hadn't really been planning for a Blackout this year with the book selections I made and my recent mood, but I guess I underestimated myself a bit. A Blackout is going to happen!
Updated Marked Card:
Called Square: Green Square Border
Read Square: Red Eyes Penni
Called and Read Square: Red Eyes Penni in a Green Box
Bingos: Multiple Red Eyes Penni in a Green Box in an Orange Box
See also the table below for some spreadsheet goodness.
Reviews pending: Just Past Midnight, Protecting His Witch, Hit and Run, Jaxson
Squares/Books/Called Dates/Other Links:
Progress: 18 squares called || 19 books read || 17 squares completed || 2 BINGOs
(on my card only)
Squares called that I do not have:
9/17 - Modern Masters of Horror
9/27 - Terror in a Small Town
10/5 - 80's Horror
10/9 - Chilling Children
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How it Fits
tagged 'magical realism' on GR
hard-boiled, classic noir mystery & group read
ghostly Harper Bride
supernatural school for magic creatures
author is Chinese
tagged 'cozy mystery' on GR
Protecting His Witch
female MC is a witch
The Dead Travel Fast
Transylvania and vampires
Country house mystery
The Decagon House Murders
closed circle of suspects
ghostly Harper Bride haunts mansion
Poe, Edgar Allan
tagged 'horror' on GR:
classic horror by EAP
Deep As The Dead
murder; serial killer; small town; written by a woman
Her Fierce Warrior
female MC is an animal shifter
In the dark, dark woods
woods are significant
Just Past Midnight
female MC is a psychologist
book about wolf shifters
Nine Coaches Waiting
tagged 'gothic' on GR
Hit and Run
romance + suspense + mystery present
setting = Victorian London
Murder most foul
there is a murder and a mystery
summary mentions serial killer
The Turn of the Screw
ghostly Harper Bride; haunting; written by a woman
Locked room mystery
death/murder in a locked room
Tentative Bingo Hopefuls:
Vampires: The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
Country House Mystery: The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
Free Space: Deep As The Dead by Kylie Brant
Monsters: Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
Gothic: Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Classic Horror: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James