With today's call of Magical Realism, I've got a bingo diagonally!



Books read for the bingo:

Bleeding Earth - Kaitlin Ward - Genre: Horror

Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris - Gothic

The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie - Free Space

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Siobhan Dowd - Magical Realism

4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie - Cozy Mystery

Halloween Bingo - Witches

The Demon Trappers: Forsaken - Jana Oliver

Initially I thought I'd read Forsaken for the Demons square, but I ended up reading another one for it earlier. I wasn't sure if I had an unused square that it would work for, but I had the book, so I read it anyways. And it turned out there was a witch in it. It took a while for her to show up (or for the books to let us know witches even existed in this world), and she was only there for a little bit, but she was there, so I'm using this for the Witches square.



Halloween Bingo - Demons

Dark Star - Bethany Frenette

My book for the Demons square was Dark Star. The lead, Audrey, has a superhero mom who goes out at night to fight crime. At least, that's what Audrey thought. In fact, her mom actually battles demons. And Audrey learns this after getting attacked by one.


Halloween Bingo - Ghost

Razorhurst - Justine Larbalestier

I went with Razorhurst for the Ghost square. It features two leads who both can see ghosts in a town filled with them.



September Books

 I read 36 books this month. 9 of them were graphic novels, and 11 were audio books. While I had a couple of bad books, I had quite a few excellent ones. I read more mystery and horror books than usual since I'm playing Halloween Bingo, and a majority of my picks for the game have worked out very well for me.



5 Stars

If We Were Villains: A Novel - M. L. Rio Lover Revealed - J.R. Ward The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter  The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian  A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Siobhan Dowd  


4 Stars

4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie  Little Monsters - Kara Thomas  Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood - Joshua Williamson  The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie  The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie  Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris  Nailbiter Vol. 2: Bloody Hands - Mike Henderson,Joshua Williamson  What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers - Richard N. Bolles  Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman - Anne Helen Petersen  Nailbiter Volume 3: Blood in the Water (Nailbiter Tp) - Joshua Williamson,Mike Henderson,Mike Henderson  The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie  


3.5 Stars

Long May She Reign - Rhiannon Thomas Three Truths and a Lie - Brent Hartinger  A Map for Wrecked Girls - Jessica Taylor  Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo  The Wish Granter - C.J. Redwine  


3 Stars

The Archived - Victoria Schwab The Forgetting - Sharon Cameron  White Night - Jim Butcher  Unfollow Vol. 1 - Rob Williams,Michael Dowling  The Flash Vol. 2: Speed of Darkness (Rebirth) - Joshua Williamson  The Seafarer's Kiss - Julia Ember  A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir  Champions Vol. 1: Change the World - Mark Waid,Humberto Ramos  The Adventure of the ‘Western Star': A Short Story - Agatha Christie  


2.5 Stars

Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick (Young Animal) - Gerard Way,Nick Derington The Problem with Forever - Jennifer L. Armentrout  The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One - Irene Koh,Various  


2 Stars

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Vol. 3 - Various  Bleeding Earth - Kaitlin Ward  Mask of Shadows - Linsey Miller  

Halloween Bingo - Magical Realism

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd

For the Magical Realism square, I went with A Monster Calls. It's a YA horror book, but it wasn't scary at all. Definitely sad though.



Halloween Bingo - Free Space

The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie

I decided to use The A.B.C. Murders for my free space. It's another Hercule Poirot mystery, and I didn't have another open space that it could fit.



Halloween Bingo - Darkest London

The Adventure of the ‘Western Star': A Short Story - Agatha Christie

My book for the Darkest London square is The Adventure of the 'Western Star' by Agatha Christie. It's a short Hercule Poirot mystery that takes place entirely in London.



Halloween Bingo - Terrifying Women

The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter

I read The Good Daughter for the Terrifying Women square. I absolutely loved this mystery.



Halloween Bingo - Genre: Horror

Bleeding Earth - Kaitlin Ward

I read Bleeding Earth for the Genre: Horror square. It's a YA horror. I can't say that I liked it. I'm not even sure how exactly it ended up on my TBR list.




Halloween Bingo - Gothic

Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris

The Gothic square was the other one where I knew which book I'd be reading. I continued The Southern Vampire Mysteries with Dead to the World. The whole series is in the gothic genre (specifically Southern gothic).



Halloween Bingo - Supernatural

White Night - Jim Butcher

I decided to continue the Dresden Files series with White Night. Since this is a mystery with a wizard lead and had vampires, ghouls, and magic involved in the case, I'm using it for the Supernatural square.



Halloween Bingo - Vampires

Lover Revealed - J.R. Ward

Going into the game, I only had 2 squares figured out for which books I'd be reading, and the Vampires square was one of them. I had started reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series a while ago, but hadn't gotten far with it, even though I'd loved every book, so I decided to use Halloween Bingo to get back to it with the next book in the series, Lover Revealed. And since almost every character is a vampire, I figured it was perfect for the Vampires square.




Halloween Bingo - In the Dark, Dark Woods

Three Truths and a Lie - Brent Hartinger

My book for the In the Dark, Dark Woods square was Three Truths and a Lie where a group of teens go on a weekend retreat in a cabin in the woods. Since the genres on this include mystery, thriller, and horror, you'd be safe in assuming things do not go well for them.


Halloween Bingo - Country House Mystery

If We Were Villains: A Novel - M. L. Rio

I read If We Were Villains where the crime is committed after a party at the Castle, the isolated building on the campus of Dellecher Classical Conservatory where the 7 fourth-year theater students live. Because they live on the other side of a lake from the rest of the student body, the only suspects for the case are the fourth-years since everyone else had left the party long before the actual crime takes place. And each fourth-year has means, motive, and opportunity to have done it. I decided to use this for the County House Mystery square.



Halloween Bingo - Serial/Spree Killer

Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood - Joshua Williamson

Nailbiter, Vol. 1 was one of the few books going into Halloween Bingo that I knew I was going to use. It's a book about an FBI investigator who goes missing while looking into a town that has given birth to 16 serial killers. It seemed like the perfect book to use for the Serial/Spree Killer square.


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