Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween Bingo 2017 | Update #7 -- The Penni Frame is Filling In!

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

Magical realism
Gaiman, Neil
tagged 'magical realism' on GR
Classic noir
Hammett, Dashiel
hard-boiled, classic noir mystery & group read
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride


Arnett, Mindee
supernatural school for magic creatures
Diverse voices
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
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride haunts mansion

Castle, Jayne
dust bunnies!!
Genre: horror
Poe, Edgar Allan
tagged 'horror' on GR:
classic horror by EAP

Free Space
Deep As The Dead
Brant, Kylie

murder; serial killer; small town; written by a woman


Her Fierce Warrior
Tyler, Paige

female MC is an animal shifter
In the dark, dark woods
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
Quick, Amanda
setting = Victorian London

Murder most foul
Cole, Emma
there is a murder and a mystery
Serial/spree killer
Novak, Brenda
summary mentions serial killer

Classic horror

The Turn of the Screw
James, Henry

classic horror
Terrifying women
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:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
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:  The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
Free Space:  Deep As The Dead by Kylie Brant
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
Werewolves:  Jaxson by Alisa Woods
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:  The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Terrifying Women:  Red Lily Nora Roberts
Locked Room Mystery:  The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada

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