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24 Festive Tasks - Melbourne Cup Day Task 2

Rabbit, Run - John Updike

Task 2: Roses are the official flower of Flemington Race Track; write your own “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue” poem for one of your favorite or most hated books of all time.

 

 

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

My worst school assignment

Was definitely you.

24 Festive Tasks - Melbourne Cup Day Task 4

Task 4: Prepare your favorite dessert – in a cup! Post a photo of it for us to enjoy vicariously.

 

 

 

I love peanut butter banana smoothies, so I knew what I was making the moment I saw this task.

24 Festive Tasks - Dia de Los Muertos Task 3

We Know It Was You - Maggie Thrash

Task 3: Write an epitaph for the book you most disliked this year.

 

 

24 Festive Tasks - Japanese Culture Day Task 4

Task 4: If you like Japanese food, treat yourself to a favorite dish.

 

 

So I usually love making Japanese food, but I just didn't feel like making my favorite dishes to fix, katsudon or sushi, or doing any of my other recipes. Instead, I decided to go the dessert route and just buy some pocky. I hadn't had it in a while, so this was a nice treat for myself. And I bought a big box of it, so I can continue to enjoy it.

 

24 Festive Tasks Melbourne Cup Day - Task 3

Task 3: Aussies shorten everything, so Melbourne Cup Day is just called “Cup Day” – post a picture of your favorite cup or mug for your daily fix of coffee, tea or chocolate.

 

To answer the question of my favorite cup, it's important to say what kind of cup we're talking about. If we're talking about favorite mug, then that's my Batman mug. If we're talking travel mug for when I'm not at home, then that's Wonder Woman. And if we're talking alcoholic drinks, that's my "It's not drinking alone if your cat's home" cup. All three of these were gifts from different people who all clearly know me well.

 

October Books

I read 40 books this month with an average score of 3.69. 9 were graphic novels and 25 were YA. My most-read genres were fantasy, romance, and contemporary. Fantasy absolutely dominated my books this month. Over half of my books were fantasy.

 

My favorite books were Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death - Terry Moore and Not Even Bones  - Rebecca SchaefferRachel Rising was a reread as I plan on finally finishing the series by first rereading the books I did read and then continuing all the way through. Not Even Bones was a dark story with a main character who loved performing dissections on the bodies her mother brought her. I don't think there was a truly good character in the book, and I loved every moment of it. I can't wait to read the sequel.

 

My least favorite book was The Third Wife - Lisa Jewell. I just didn't like the characters at all.

 

 

5 Stars

Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death - Terry Moore Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style - Benjamin Dreyer Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters) - Rebecca Schaeffer 

 

4.5 Stars

InSEXts Volume 1: Chrysalis - Marguerite Bennett,Mike Marts  Stepsister - Jennifer Donnelly  The Faerie War - Rachel  Morgan  The Faerie Prince - Rachel  Morgan  A Dream So Dark - L. L. McKinney  

 

4 Stars

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio,Matt Thorn The Stars and the Blackness Between Them - Junauda Petrus  The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms - Nagabe,Adrienne Beck  In The Hall With The Knife - Diana Peterfreund The Faerie Guardian - Rachel  Morgan 

Lock Every Door - Riley Sager  Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella Bloom - Kevin Panetta,Savanna Ganucheau Out of Salem - Hal Schrieve  The Secret of a Heart Note - Stacey Covington-Lee  Find Me - Tahereh Mafi 

Missing, Presumed Dead - Emma Berquist A Little Light Mischief: A Turner Novella - Cat Sebastian 

 

3.5 Stars

Part of Your World  - Liz Braswell  Again, But Better - Christine Riccio  Things I'm Seeing Without You - Peter Bognanni  No Judgments - Meg Cabot  The Demon World - Sally Green  Ink and Bone - Rachel Caine  Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy - Serena Valentino  

 

3 Stars

Frankly in Love - David Yoon Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Volume 1 - Hiroyuki Asada Avatar: The Last Airbender - Team Avatar Tales - Ron Koertge,Michael Heisler,Carla Speed McNeil,Gene Luen Yang,Lark Pien,Faith Erin Hicks,Cris Peter,Jenn Manley Lee,Ryan  Hill,Dave Scheidt,Sara Goetter,Natalie Riess,Little Corvus,Kiku Hughes,Coni Yovaniniz  The Near Witch - Victoria Schwab  Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats - Laura Allred,Joëlle Jones,Fernando Blanco We Hunt the Flame - Hafsah Faizal 

Romanov - Nadine Brandes Losing Brave - Bailee Madison,Stefne Miller  Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris  

 

2.5 Stars

Batman: Damned - Brian Azzarello,Lee Bermejo 

 

2 Stars

The Third Wife - Lisa Jewell Sophia, Princess Among Beasts - James Patterson,Emily Raymond 

 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 28
  • Nonbinary: 1
  • Male/Female Mix: 2

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 18
  • Audio: 22

 

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post - Blackout

 

 

Serial/Spree Killer - Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel - Meg Gardiner - Read 9/1

Halloween - Pumpkinheads - Rainbow Rowell,Faith Erin Hicks - Read 9/1

Amateur Sleuth - Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris - Read 9/3

Murder Most Foul - The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor - Read 9/4

In The Dark, Dark Woods - The Lovely and the Lost - Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Read 9/5

Creepy Crawlies - Parasite - Mira Grant - Read 9/6

Gothic - Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris - Read 9/8

Paint It Black - Middlegame - Seanan McGuire - Read 9/10

Spellbound - The Lost Coast - Amy Rose Capetta Read 9/10

Free Square - The Mother-in-Law - Sally Hepworth - Read 9/13

Cryptozoologist - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell - Jordie Bellaire,Joss Whedon,Dan Mora - Read 9/14

Dystopian Hellscape - The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) - Margaret Atwood - Read 9/14

Fear the Drowning Deep - Symbiont - Mira Grant - Read 9/18

County House Mystery - Murder in the Mews - Agatha Christie - Read 9/18

Cozy Mystery - The Under Dog and Other Stories - Agatha Christie - Read 9/21

Dark Academia - Killing November - Adriana Mather - Read 9/22

Darkest London - Loki: Where Mischief Lies - Mackenzi Lee - Read 9/22

Creepy Carnivals - His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined - Kendare Blake,Fran Wilde,Lamar Giles,Stephanie Kuehn,Emily Lloyd-Jones,Hillary Monahan,Rin Chupeco,Dahlia Adler,Tessa Gratton,Marieke Nijkamp,Caleb Roehrig,Amanda Lovelace,Tiffany D. Jackson - Read 9/26

Truly Terrifying - The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World - Sarah Weinman - Read 9/26

Deadlands - Wayward Son - Rainbow Rowell - Read 9/30

A Grimm Tale - Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy - Serena Valentino - Read 10/1

Film at 11 - Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris - Read 10/2

Ghost Stories - Missing, Presumed Dead - Emma Berquist - Read 10/9

Shifters - Out of Salem - Hal Schrieve - Read 10/13

Black Cat - Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats - Laura Allred,Joëlle Jones,Fernando Blanco - Read 10/18

Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats - Laura Allred, Joëlle Jones, Fernando Blanco

As expected of Catwoman, she has a lot of cats. 5 of those cats are on the cover, but none of them are black. However, many more of her cats are in the pages of Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats, and several of them are black. I'm using the book for the Black Cat square.

 

 

 

 

Shifters

Out of Salem - Hal Schrieve

One of the main characters of Out of Salem is a werewolf, so I'm using it for the Shifters square. The book would have fit several other squares on my card - Cryptozoologist; Deadlands; Spellbound; In The Dark, Dark Woods; and Fear the Drowning Deep.

 

 

 

Ghost Stories

Missing, Presumed Dead - Emma Berquist

The main character of Missing, Presumed Dead can see ghosts and has a ghost for a roommate. That makes this book perfect for the Ghost Stories square. It would have also worked for the Amateur Sleuth, Serial/Spree Killer, Murder Most Foul, and Spellbound squares.

 

 

 

 

First Bingo!

 

I didn't check what squares were called over the weekend until today, so I just found out that Saturday's call of Halloween earned me my first bingo on the far left column. And I'm only three squares away from reading for every square on my card.

 

September Books

I read 35 books this month with an average score of 3.87. 7 were graphic novels and 14 were YA. My most-read genres were mystery, contemporary, and sci-fi. Fantasy and thriller were right behind. It's been a while since romance didn't make that list. Horror actually tied it for sixth.

 

I just realized all my favorite books were graphic novels this month. It was a really good month for those. Of those, I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell might have been my favorite, but it's really close with Pumpkinheads and Go For It, Nakamura!. All three of those had great art and I had a smile on my face the entire time I read them.

 

My least favorite was Bring Me Back - B.A. Paris. The main character frustrated me for the entire book and I just wanted him to stop and actually think things through.

 

 

4.5 Stars

Go For It, Nakamura! - Syundei 春泥  Pumpkinheads - Rainbow Rowell,Faith Erin Hicks  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell - Jordie Bellaire,Joss Whedon,Dan Mora  The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) - Margaret Atwood  Astra Lost in Space, Vol. 1 - Shinohara Kenta  

 

4 Stars

Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel - Meg Gardiner The Lovely and the Lost - Jennifer Lynn Barnes  Parasite - Mira Grant  The Boys Omnibus, Vol. 1 TPB - Darick Robertson,Garth Ennis,Peter Snejbjerg  Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris  Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World - Ashley Herring Blake  The Grief Keeper - Alexandra Villasante  

The Mother-in-Law - Sally Hepworth  Keep This to Yourself - Tom   Ryan  My Sister, the Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite  Symbiont - Mira Grant  Let Me Hear a Rhyme - Tiffany D. Jackson  Chimera (Parasitology) - Mira Grant  Killing November - Adriana Mather

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass - Steve Pugh,Mariko Tamaki  His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined - Kendare Blake,Fran Wilde,Lamar Giles,Stephanie Kuehn,Emily Lloyd-Jones,Hillary Monahan,Rin Chupeco,Dahlia Adler,Tessa Gratton,Marieke Nijkamp,Caleb Roehrig,Amanda Lovelace,Tiffany D. Jackson  The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World - Sarah Weinman  The Perfect Wife - J.P. Delaney  A Duke by Default - Alyssa Cole  Wayward Son - Rainbow Rowell  

 

3.5 Stars

The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date #3) - Jasmine Guillory  You Must Not Miss - Katrina Leno  The Chalk Man - C.J. Tudor  The Lost Coast - Amy Rose Capetta  Middlegame - Seanan McGuire  Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage - Amy Klobuchar,In This Together Media  Murder in the Mews - Agatha Christie

Loki: Where Mischief Lies - Mackenzi Lee  

3 Stars

The Under Dog and Other Stories - Agatha Christie 

 

2.5 Stars

Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris 

 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 4
  • Female: 28
  • Nonbinary: 1
  • Male/Female Mix: 2

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 14
  • Audio: 21

 

Film at 11

Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning is part of The Southern Vampire Mysteries series which got turned into the True Blood show, so I'm using the book to claim the Film at 11 square. It's an adaptation that got further from the original the longer it ran and this particular book came out right in the middle of True Blood's run, but the show was still an adaptation of the book series regardless of how far it eventually got from its roots. The book would have also worked for the Amateur Sleuth, Cryptozoologist, Deadlands, Shifters, and Spellbound squares.

 

 

 

 

A Grimm Tale

Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy - Serena Valentino

Mistress of All Evil is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a number of other fairy tales thrown in there as all their stories are interconnected. I'm using it to claim the A Grimm Tale square. It also would have worked for the Cryptozoologist and Spellbound squares on my card.

 

 

 

Deadlands

Wayward Son - Rainbow Rowell

One of the main characters of Wayward Son is a vampire and the group encounter quite a few more vampires over the course of their trip (and kill a number of them). Because of that, I'm using this book to claim the Deadlands square. The book would have also worked for the Cryptozoologist and Spellbound squares on my card.

 

 

 

Truly Terrifying

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World - Sarah Weinman

To claim the Truly Terrifying square, I decided to go with The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World. It covers the true crime kidnapping of Sally Horner and the potential influence that case had over the writing of Lolita. There was more focus on Lolita than I expected, but there was still plenty of attention given to Sally Horner's story from start to tragic end.

 

 

 

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