Halloween Bingo Update - Bingo!

I've got my first bingo with today's call on the first column.



Called: Pumpkin

Read: Ghost


Books Read:

All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris - Gothic (8/31)

Goldie Vance Vol 4 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Sarah Stern,Elle Power - Baker Street Irregulars (9/1)

The Unfortunates - Cathy Liggett - Modern Masters of Horror (9/2)

The Beast Is an Animal - Peternelle van Arsdale - Genre: Horror (9/4)

Truly Devious - Maureen Johnson - Country House Mystery (9/8)

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken - Doomsday (9/8)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase - Cynthia Hand - Ghost Stories (9/10)

How to Hang a Witch - Adriana Mather - Spellbound (9/12)

The Perfect Mother - Aimee Molloy - New Release (9/12)

The Call - Peadar Ó Guilín - Cryptozoologist (9/13)

Uncaged - Michele Cook,John Sandford - Genre: Suspense (9/15)

A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab - Relics and Curiosities (9/19)

Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire - Supernatural (9/25)

From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris - Southern Gothic (9/25)

Mirror Mirror - Cara Delevingne,Rowan Coleman - Terrifying Women (9/26)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire - Terror in a Small Town (9/27)

Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire - Deadlands (9/27)

A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab - Creepy Carnivals (10/1)

Into the Drowning Deep - Mira Grant - Fear the Drowning Deep (10/3)

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White - Free Space (10/5)

Halloween Bingo - Free Space

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein - Kiersten White

I'm using The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein for the free space. It's a retelling of Frankenstein from Elizabeth's perspective.




Halloween Bingo - Fear the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep - Mira Grant

For the Fear the Drowning Deep square, I'm going with Into the Drowning Deep. It having a similar name to the square was why it originally caught my eye. It being a horror story about mermaids was why I ultimately chose it. Definitely a good pick for the square.




Halloween Bingo - Creepy Carnivals

A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab

I continued the Shades of Magic series with A Gathering of Shadows. A large part of the book revolves around magical tournament held in Kel's London. Since the whole thing is treated as a giant festival when the actual tournament isn't happening, I decided to use is for the Creepy Carnival square.




September Books

 I read 41 books this month with an average score of 3.63. 23 of my books were young adult and 12 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were fantasy, contemporary, and romance. I was expecting mystery to break into my top three with Halloween Bingo, but looking over the books I read, I can see I tended to default to fantasy books to fill squares, which does not surprise me at all.


My favorite books were The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library - The Daily Show With Trevor NoahMy Brother's Husband, Volume 1 (Pantheon Graphic Novels) - Gengoroh Tagame,Anne Ishii, and Batman Vol. 5: Rules of Engagement (Rebirth) - Tom King,Joelle Jones. My least favorite book was The Boyfriend Bracket - Kate Evangelista.



5 Stars

Batman Vol. 5: Rules of Engagement (Rebirth) - Tom King,Joelle Jones The Governess Game - Tessa Dare  The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library - The Daily Show With Trevor Noah  My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 (Pantheon Graphic Novels) - Gengoroh Tagame,Anne Ishii  



4.5 Stars

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.2 - Brian Michael Bendis,Chris Samnee,Sara Pichelli,David Marquez Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating - Christina Lauren  


4 Stars

Sleepless Vol 1 - Deron Bennett,Leila del Duca,Sarah Vaughn,Alissa Sallah  Goldie Vance Vol 4 - Hope Larson,Jackie Ball,Sarah Stern,Elle Power  How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child - Sandra Uwiringiyimana,Abigail Pesta  The Unfortunates - Kim Liggett  All-New Wolverine, Volume 2: Civil War II - Ig Guara,Marcio Takara,Tom Taylor  The Afterlife of Holly Chase - Cynthia Hand  The Perfect Mother - Aimee Molloy  Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar - Joëlle Jones,Tom King,Mikel Janin  Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3: Dark Jem - Ross Campbell,Kelly Thompson  A Date with Darcy - Tiffany Schmidt  From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris  Hot Head - Damon Suede  


3.5 Stars

The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump - Michiko Kakutani The Towering Sky - Katharine McGee How to Hang a Witch - Adriana Mather  A Kiss in the Dark - Gina Ciocca  The Call - Peadar Ó Guilín Uncaged - Michele Cook,John Sandford  A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab All-New Wolverine Vol. 3: Enemy of the State II - Tom Taylor,Djibril Morissette-Phan,Nik Virella Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire  Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 5: Truly Outrageous - Gisèle Lagacé,Kelly Thompson,Maria Victoria Robado  


3 Stars

The Beast Is an Animal - Peternelle van Arsdale  Truly Devious - Maureen JohnsonUltimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.3 - Brian Michael Bendis,David Marquez  Wildcard - Marie Lu  Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire  Mirror Mirror - Cara Delevingne,Rowan Coleman  Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire  The Hardest Fall - Ella Maise  Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 4: Enter The Stingers - Kelly Thompson,Maria Victoria Robado,Meredith McClaren,Jen Bartel  



2.5 Stars

Furyborn - Claire Legrand  The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken  The Boyfriend Bracket - Kate Evangelista  The Unbinding of Mary Reade - Miriam McNamara  



Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 30
  • Male/Female Mix: 2


Books by format:

  • Physical: 24
  • Audio: 17

Halloween Bingo - Deadlands

Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire

The third book of the Wayward Children series returns to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children where Riri suddenly drops from the sky. That is not the most interesting thing about her though. The most interesting thing about her is that she is the daughter of Sumi who died before ever giving birth to her. Riri spends the book working to raise her mother from the dead so that she can be born. I'm using it for the Deadlands square.



Halloween Bingo - Terror in a Small Town

Down Among the Sticks and Bones - Seanan McGuire

I continued with the Wayward Children series. While the first book was a mystery, the second was a horror. It takes place before the first book and explores Jack and Jill's world with most of the story taking placing in a small village there. I'm using it for the Terror in a Small Town square.



Halloween Bingo - Terrifying Women

Mirror Mirror - Cara Delevingne, Rowan Coleman

When Naomi, a member of the band Mirror, Mirror, is pulled unconscious from a river, her fellow band mates don't believe it when the police say it was probably a suicide. Along with her sister, they try to find out what truly happened to her. I used this mystery for the Terrifying Women square.



Halloween Bingo - Southern Gothic

From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris

I finished the 8th book of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series with From Dead to Worse. I'm using it for the Southern Gothic square.



Halloween Bingo - Supernatural

Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

All the children at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children have returned from different worlds, each magical in its own way. The school is meant to be a safe place that helps the children adjust back to life in this world, but when someone starts to target them, they must figure out who is behind the attacks before it is too late. I'm using Every Heart a Doorway for the Supernatural square.



Halloween Bingo - Relics and Curiosities

A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

In A Darker Shade of Magic, much of the plot revolves around a powerful magical stone that the main characters gain possession of. They then find themselves the targets of others who want its power for their own purposes. I'm using it for the Relics and Curiosities square.




Halloween Bingo - Genre: Suspense

Uncaged - Michele Cook, John Sandford

When Shay's brother gets involved with a group of animal rights activists that raid Singular Corp, a corporation doing experiments on animals, Shay gets drawn into the fight when they uncover more than expected and have to go on the run. Unfortunately, Singular Corp is willing to do anything to stop them. I'm using this one for the Genre: Suspense square.



The Boyfriend Bracket

The Boyfriend Bracket - Kate Evangelista

Stella has had a crush on Will, her big brother's best friend for years. However, because of the two of them, she's been unable to date anyone since they chase off any guys who might try. The two of them have just graduated, leaving Stella finally free to date. With the help of her best friend, Franklin, the two concoct a plan to get a Stella a boyfriend - the Boyfriend Bracket. But when Will ends up being around a lot more often than expected, Stella finds herself focusing on him more than any of the guys in the bracket.


I picked this book up for the "boyfriend bracket" concept, so it was disappointing to see just how early on it was dropped. The little the book did have of it was rushed through or told in summary after the fact. The majority of the guys were never even on page. I knew what direction the book was ultimately going to take based on the synopsis, but I thought the eponymous bracket would at least play a bigger role in the book.


The romance didn't particularly do it for me. Will had spent years chasing other guys away from Stella because he didn't want anyone else to have her, even though he had no intention of asking her out at that point. He goes along with overprotective and possessive behavior on Stella's brother's part to keep other guys away from her. I'm just not a fan of that type of behavior.


I was disappointed the book quickly discarded a unique premise for a romance with the big brother's best friend who participated in overprotective and possessive behaviors. The tossing of the unique premise wouldn't have necessarily ruined the book for me since I love a good romantic comedy regardless of how cliched it is. But throw in an overprotective/possessive love interest and there has to be some incredibly strong writing with some killer chemistry to sell the story to me. And this just didn't deliver.

Ultimate Comic Spider-Man, Vol. 3

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol.3 - Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez

After being blackmailed into teaming up with his uncle, Spider-Man had to figure out how to stop his uncle while keeping his parents safe. And Spider-Man's actions had drawn the attention of Captain America who was not happy that someone so young was fighting crime.


Spider-Man's story with his uncle continued to be great in this book. There's a lot of emotional turmoil as Miles dealt with his conflicting feelings over wanting to go to his parents, but not trusting that they'd accept him as Spider-Man after comments his father had made about Spider-Man and others with powers. Plus this was his uncle blackmailing him who he looked up to for so long, so there's that extra betrayal as well. And the resolution to this story line just opened up even more conflict for Miles in the future.


Then I flipped a page and was suddenly informed that the US was falling apart, Texas had seceded, Washington DC was in ruins, and anti-government militia were wreaking havoc all over. I knew I'd stepped into a crossover event that I had no information about. For the rest of the book, the major events of the book were disjointed as big things kept happening off-screen that had a huge effect on this book, but I had no context for. Miles' story was at least fairly straightforward and not missing chunks of plot that left it impossible to follow, as sometimes happens in comics taken over by crossover events. However, the events outside of Miles were harder to follow since they were missing a lot of information.


The third volume of the series continued a great run before being taken over by a crossover event that demonstrated why those can be so frustrating for people who aren't reading every issue in the crossover.

Halloween Bingo - Cryptozoologist

The Call - Peadar Ó Guilín

In The Call, every teen in Ireland will be summoned at some point to the Grey Land for 3 minutes where they will be hunted by the Sidhe fae who will torment, change, or even kill them. There is no way to prevent this, so the children are trained in the hope they can survive this. I'm using this for the Cryptozoologist square.



Halloween Bingo - New Release

The Perfect Mother - Aimee Molloy

The Perfect Mother is a suspense novel published in 2018 about a woman whose baby is kidnapped when she leaves him with a babysitter to go out for drinks with a group of friends from a new mothers group. I'm using it for the New Release square.



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My Solo Exchange Diary Vol. 1: The Sequel to My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Kabi Nagata
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku 1 by Maki Fujita
Silver Spoon, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
The Prince in His Dark Days 1 by Hico Yamanaka
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 1 by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court
Laid-Back Camp, Vol. 1 by Afro
Kiniro Mosaic, Vol. 1 by Yui Hara
NEW GAME! (1) (まんがタイムKRコミックス) by Shotaro Tokuno
Blue Morning, Vol. 1 by Shoko Hidaka
Oresama Teacher , Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki