Halloween Bingo 2017
I was hoping I'd have all but one of my Bingo books read by now, but I got distracted. As it stands, I'm still working on the last two books for this card, which, to be honest, is much better progress than I'd made last year. I do believe that it took me right up to the very last day of October to finish my last Bingo book the previous year.
I think it might have to do with the fact that I had more audio books this year, even though I had more short stories last year.
And maybe... I might have also overwhelmed myself with another ongoing challenge at this time the previous year, and was a bit adamant about reading a few library books I didn't want to put off until later. And also, some of the books I'd chosen might not have been novella or short story length, but it wasn't like they were brick-sized tomes either since at least two that I can think of were barely 250 pages long.
And, this year, my main focus was Halloween Bingo for these past two months, and the truth is, I think all was quite excellently planned!
There are a few of my squares that I'd been contemplating swapping out books for, but wasn't sure if I really wanted to do so. I DID, however, shuffle some of my book selections around, but all the squares I'm shuffling have been read for, so it doesn't really change my card any, really.
I flipped Every Secret Thing into the 'Amateur Sleuth' square, and went ahead and placed Just Past Midnight into the 'Murder Most Foul' square. I feel like this flip-flop fits a little bit better, since I can't determine whether or not the characters in Just Past Midnight count as law enforcement or not: one MC is a lawyer, and the other MC is a psychologist, who does freelance work with law enforcement as a forensic expert.
So... using Every Secret Thing for 'Amateur Sleuth' instead, I now have an investigative reporter as my MC, who spends the entire book investigating the deaths of different people who have a connection to something that happened two generations ago. And Just Past Midnight has murders, so it fits 'Murder Most Foul.' The proper edits have been written into my review of Every Secret Thing.
I also went ahead and flipped the book I'd chosen for 'Romantic Suspense' with the book I just finished reading for the Creepy Raven Free Space. Hit and Run really did NOT strike me as having much romance in it, though it was there in the background, and so I couldn't justify (to myself), using it for this square, even if there's suspense and murders and mystery. In contrast, Deep As The Dead is definitely a Romantic Suspense book.
Will I shuffle more books around? I don't know. Again... I might get lazy.
However, with this shuffling, and this finishing of all but two books, as well as the most recent square calls, I now have 6 BINGOs!!
The card looks a little messy with all the orange lines running through all the Penni's faces, but there are three going vertical, one horizontal, and the big 'X' going through the Free Space. I decided not to put orange rectangles around the Bingo lines because that had started to look even messier!
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 Green Boxes with Orange Lines Through the Faces
See also the table below for some spreadsheet goodness.
Reviews pending: Just Past Midnight, Protecting His Witch, Hit and Run, Jaxson, The Dead Travel Fast, Deep As The Dead
Squares/Books/Called Dates/Other Links:
Progress: 22 squares called || 23 books read || 21 squares completed || 6 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
10/21 - Demons
Bingo Calls Thread
The Best and Worst of Halloween Bingo 2017
Report Your Bingos!
September Group Read | Discussion Thread -- The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
October Group Read | Discussion Thread -- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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
closed circle of suspects
ghostly Harper Bride haunts mansion
Poe, Edgar Allan
tagged 'horror' on GR:
classic horror by EAP
Hit and Run
murder mystery w/ suspense
female MC is an animal shifter
In the dark, dark woods
woods are significant
female MC is a reporter
book about wolf shifters
Nine Coaches Waiting
tagged 'gothic' on GR
Deep As The Dead
romance + suspense + serial killer + murder mystery
setting = Victorian London
Murder most foul
Just Past Midnight
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:
Gothic: Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Classic Horror: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James