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Halloween Bingo 2020: TA’s Game Preparation Post

Note When updating this post during the game, the books actually selected will be highlighted in bold print and with a check mark (√) next to them. Updates Spell invoked: Bingo Flip with Lora — STONE COLD HORROR replaced by READ BY FLASHLIGHT OR CANDLELIGHT Also, as our game hosts have made it clear that […]

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Ngaio Marsh: Scales of Justice

Et in Arcadia ego. Scales of Justice is a book from the middle segment of Ngaio Marsh’s Inspector Alleyn series and a superb example of the “serpent [even] in Paradise” type of Golden Age mysteries.  Marsh goes to great lengths to establish the book’s seemingly idyllic rural setting, beginning with its name, Swevenings (which we […]

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Halloween Bingo: Book Selections — UPDATED

Like virtually all of my book consumption this year, my Halloween Bingo books are more or less necessarily going to have to be primarily audiobooks.  So I had a look at my Audible and CD collections what might fit the bill for my card, and here’s what I’ve come up with (mostly new-to-me books but […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post — Blackout! (And bingos Nos. 12 and 13.)

  Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before! Witih today’s call, I’ve blacked out my card, in addition to collecting my final bingos (nos. 12 and 13). Somewhat to my surprise, after completing my books for my […]

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Bingo Call: 10/28/2019 – Magical Realism

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Magical Realism: a style of fiction that paints a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements Book list linked here. Supernatural square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1979039/bingo-call-10-28-2019

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Bingo call: 10/27/19 – Shifters

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   Shifters: werewolves, skin-walkers and all other therianthropes. Book list linked here. Supernatural square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1978737/bingo-call-10-27-19

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Bingo Call: 10/22/2019 – Grave or Graveyard

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Grave or Graveyard: Books that have a grave or graveyard on their covers, in their titles, or any book primarily set in a graveyard. Book list linked here. Non-genre-specific square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1974989/bingo-call-10-22-2019

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Bingo call: 10/17/19 – Thirteen

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   Thirteen (13): any book that relates to bad luck, superstition, or the number 13, either in the title/book/series/page count. Booklist linked here. Non-genre-specific square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1971750/bingo-call-10-17-19

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post — Bingo No. 3 and Reading Blackout

* Triple Bingo Happy Dance * Well, that went by much faster than I had anticipated … Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before! I’ll continue tracking my bingos of course — and since we now have […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019: The Second Week

A day late (though hopefully not a dollar short), here’s my “second bingo week” summary; and it’s a summary of a much better week than the first one turned out to be.  (So, yey!)  For one thing this is due to the books, all of which were either outright winners or at least enjoyable on […]

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Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The week’s longest read and, perhaps surprisingly, not its best one.  To start with the plus side, this novel’s most interesting characters (and its single most outstanding feature) are the cats — not merely Rowl, the feline protagonist, but all of them; not least also Naun, the giant black tomcat leader of a tribe of […]

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Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut’s Windlass — Reading Progress Update: 288 of 768 Pages

“‘I should think it would reduce one’s chances of being preyed upon by footpads,’ she observed. Benedict grinned. ‘Oh, of course.  Crews like that never pick on anyone from their home habble.  Too easily identified to the authorities.  And their leaders would never allow it.’ ‘Leaders?’  Bridget asked.  ‘ They aren’t just … like, packs […]

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Bingo Call: 9/12/109 – Creepy Carnivals

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Creepy Carnivals:  horror/mystery/supernatural set in or concerning a carnival, amusement park, or other party/festival – think Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Joyland by Stephen King or Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie; Book list linked here. Non-genre-specific square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1950847/bingo-call-9-12-109

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Bingo Call: 9/10/2019 – A Grimm Tale

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   A Grimm Tale:  any fairy tale or retelling of fairy tales, folklore, legends, etc. Book list linked here. Non-genre-specific square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1949647/bingo-call-9-10-2019

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Bingo Call: 9/8/2019 – Black Cat

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Black Cat: We haven’t seen this square since our first bingo game, back in 2016! Any book that has a black cat in the title, on the cover, or in the story. Book list linked here. Non-genre-specific square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1949303/bingo-call-9-8-2019

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Halloween Bingo 2019: My Markers

Of course Sunny and (in particular) Charlie will be part of this game, but I also wanted to include the wonderful gifts I received just in time for this year’s bingo.  So this is what I’ve come up with: Called Squares:   My marker for called squares is inspired by LA’s beautiful Halloween-themed handmade bookmark. […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019 PreParty — Question for 08/05 (Day 5): Favorite Series with Supernatural Elements

Hmmm, are we talking “series” as in “including trilogies and quartets” here, or does it have to be more than that number?  Also, what about works that were intended as one (very long) book but are traditionally broken up into several parts that are published separately (like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings) and books originally […]

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Crowdsourced: More Books with a Difference — Fiction

You asked, Moonlight Reader?  To quote from one of my additional entries below:  “As you wish …” Without any further ado: Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies When Lillelara added A Place of Greater Safety to her list, I could have kicked myself —  because Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell books were definitely among […]

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If Muhammad won’t come to the mountain … (the feline version).

While Sunny and Charlie are having great fun helping me pick books for BL-opoly (and enjoying their repeated snack breaks), they’ve had to do without me in their favorite parts of our home a lot lately because I was spending long hours at my desk.  So they decided they needed to check out what exactly […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Final Tally

The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed Joker cards used:   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that […]

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