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Favorite Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Bonus Task: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads. I suppose it only takes one look at my list of read books this year to determine my favorite rainy day books, as 2020 was essentially one extended rainy day: Golden Age mysteries and […]

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Ian Rankin: A Song for the Dark Times

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Book: Read a book that has the moon, or an ocean, river, lake, or other body of water (larger than a puddle) on the cover, read a manga, or read a book set anywhere in Asia.   As my book for this square, I’m claiming Ian […]

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Val McDermid: Broken Ground

So what happened at the end there, Val?  Why that infernal rush?  Did you suddenly become aware that you were on your way towards producing a minor brick, or did your publisher tell you to cut it short?  There we were, sailing nicely along in the usual 4-stars-or-higher bracket into which this series typically falls […]

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Ann Cleeves: White Nights

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Book: Read a book set in Scotland.   Rather easy choice, this one … And notwithstanding the fact that there’s a fairly obvious giveaway to the “who” very early on — and I’m beginning to clue in on Cleeves’s approach in terms of construction, writerly perspective […]

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Six Favorite Scottish Writers

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – St. Andrew’s Day, Task 1: Tell us: Who is your favorite Scottish (or Scots-born / -descendant) writer?   Six favorite Scottish writers: Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary. Robert Louis Stevenson: For Kidnapped alone — though his Edinburgh Picturesque Notes, even 150 years after their first publication, remain one of the […]

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My Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Task 1: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads.   Any- and everything that — with or without a mug of hot tea and some chocolate or other snacks — makes me feel all warm and comfortable (while still engaging my brain cells, […]

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Bingo Call: 10/31/19 – Genre: Suspense

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   Last Call! Bingo is officially over.   Genre: Suspense: anything that fits into the suspense genre. Book list linked here.   Original post: http://moonlightreader.booklikes.com/post/1942289/bingo-call-10-31-19

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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: 10/30/2019 – Murder Most Foul

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Murder Most Foul: any murder mystery. Book list linked here.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1980295/bingo-call-10-30-2019

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Bingo Call: 10/26/2019 – Terror in a Small Town

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Terror in a Small Town: any horror book where the action primarily occurs in a small town or village. Examples would include: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, It by Stephen King. Book list linked here. Horror square.  (But mysteries & suspense featuring terror / horrific events may […]

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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: 10/21/19 – Serial / Spree Killer

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   Serial/Spree Killer: a sub-genre of crime fiction that involves the detection of serial or spree killers. Book list linked here.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1974141/bingo-call-10-21-19

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Bingo call: 10/19/19 – Genre: Mystery

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   Genre: Mystery: anything that fits into the mystery genre. Book list linked here.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1973347/bingo-call-10-19-19

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Twentieth Extra Square – It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

    Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1973218/halloween-bingo-2019-twentieth-extra-square

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Bingo call: 10/15/19 – New Release

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   New Release: mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural that was published after 10/31/18. Non-genre-specific square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1969946/bingo-call-10-15-19

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Sixth and Seventh Extra Square – Terror in a Small Town & Halloween

      Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1964626/halloween-bingo-2019-sixth-and-seventh-extra-square

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Bingo Call: 9/28/2019 – Paint It Black

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Paint It Black: Any book with a cover that is primarily black or has the word black in the title, was written by a black author, or relates to rock and roll music.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1959748/bingo-call-9-28-2019

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Bingo call: 9/25/19 – Slasher Stories

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   Slasher Stories: books that share the tropes of classic slasher movies: teen characters, indestructible killers and/or multiple victims. Book list linked here. Horror square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1957966/bingo-call-9-25-19

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Bingo call: 9/21/19 – Modern Noir

Reblogged from: Moonlight Murder   Modern Noir:  mystery with noir elements, including authors like James Ellroy, Ian Rankin, anything that falls generally under the category of Nordic Noir, Tartan Noir, Granite Noir, etc; Book list linked here. Mystery square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1955670/bingo-call-9-21-19

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