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 Progress

A bat means I've read a book for the square. A pumpkin means the square has been called.



Books Read:

4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie - Cozy Mystery (9/1/17)

Little Monsters - Kara Thomas - Amateur Sleuth (9/2/17)

Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick (Young Animal) - Gerard Way,Nick Derington - Aliens (9/2/17)

Long May She Reign - Rhiannon Thomas - Murder Most Foul (9/4/17)

Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood - Joshua Williamson  - Serial/Spree Killer (9/4/17)

The Archived - Victoria Schwab - Chilling Children (9/4/17)

If We Were Villains: A Novel - M. L. Rio - Country House Mystery (9/7/17)

Three Truths and a Lie - Brent Hartinger - In the Dark, Dark Woods (9/8/17)

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.


Halloween Bingo - Chilling Children

The Archived - Victoria Schwab

The Archived is just my type of horror - one that is not actually scary. It's shelved as YA horror (as well as fantasy) and has a main character under the age of 18, so I'm using it for the Chilling Children square.


Halloween Bingo - Murder Most Foul

Long May She Reign - Rhiannon Thomas

I didn't actually intend to use Long May She Reign for Halloween Bingo. I just needed to read it because it's due at the library soon. But as I read it, I realized it would work for the Murder Most Foul square. The main character, Freya, becomes queen after the king and everyone ahead of her in line for the throne, as well as hundreds of other people attending the king's banquet, are murdered. Freya spent the book investigating the murder to bring the culprit to justice as well as to protect herself from a potential assassination attempt.


Halloween Bingo - Aliens

Doom Patrol Vol. 1: Brick by Brick (Young Animal) - Gerard Way, Nick Derington

My next read for Halloween Bingo was Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick by Brick. I'm not really sure what happened in the book because it was very weird. But there were aliens in it, so I'm using it for the Aliens square.


Halloween Bingo - Amateur Sleuth

Little Monsters - Kara Thomas

My second read for Halloween Bingo was Little Monsters. I'll be using this for the Amateur Sleuth square since it focuses on a high school student trying to figure out what happened when one of her best friends goes missing.



Halloween Bingo - Cozy Mystery

4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie

So my first read for Halloween Bingo ended up being one of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple books, 4:50 from Paddington. I got the audio book to listen to at work and was able to get it done in one day. It had been a while since I'd read an Agatha Christie book, but it was just as much fun as I remembered them being. I was surprised that Miss Marple wasn't in it very much, but she still managed to show everyone up when she was around. I'll be using this for the Cozy Mystery square.




August Books

 I read 34 books for August. 13 of those were audio books and and 16 were graphic novels. It was a pretty great month for reading. My worst book was more on the boring side rather than being outright bad. But there were a lot of excellent books to make up for that with the majority of them being 4 stars or above this month.



5 Stars

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay The Alice Network - Kate Quinn  Dating You / Hating You - Christina Lauren  


4.5 Stars

What To Say Next - Julie Buxbaum  Trusting You & Other Lies - Nicole Williams  Noteworthy - Riley Redgate  My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness - Kabi Nagata  



4 Stars

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  Code of Honor - Alan Gratz  Spell on Wheels - Kate Leth,Megan Levens,Marissa Louise  Motor Crush Volume 1 - Babs Tarr,Brenden Fletcher,Cameron Stewart  Falling Over Sideways - Jordan Sonnenblick  Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes  Archie Vol. 3 - Mark Waid,Veronica Fish  Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes  Black Panther: World of Wakanda Vol. 1: Dawn of the Midnight Angels - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Roxane Gay,Yona Harvey,Alitha Martinez,Afua Richardson  You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes  Paper Girls Volume 3 - Brian K Vaughan  Jughead Vol. 1 - Chip Zdarsky,Erica Henderson  Josie and the Pussycats Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett,Cameron DeOrdio,Adurey Mok  


3.5 Stars

The Backstagers Vol. 1 - Rian Sygh, James Tynion IV  Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 2: Don't Stop Me-Ow - Kate Leth,Brittney L. Williams  Green Arrow Vol. 3: Emerald Outlaw (Rebirth) - Benjamin Percy  Lucky in Love - Kasie West  K-On! Volume 1 - Kakifly  


3 Stars

Road to Riverdale - Mark Waid,Chip Zdarsky,Adam Hughes,Marguerite Bennett,Fiona Staples The Ship Beyond Time - Heidi Heilig  New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China (Rebirth) (Super-Man - New Super-Man (Rebirth)) - Gene Luen Yang,Viktor Bogdanovic  Roar - Cora Carmack The Game of Love and Death - Martha Brockenbrough  Girls in the Moon - Janet McNally  Ms. Marvel Vol. 7: Damage Per Second (Ms. Marvel (2015-)) - G. Wilson,Takeshi Miyazawa  Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray  


2.5 Stars

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - Brian Augustyn,Mike Mignola,P. Craig Russell,Eduardo Barreto,Robert Bloch 


Black Panther: World of Wakanda

Black Panther: World of Wakanda Vol. 1: Dawn of the Midnight Angels - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Alitha Martinez, Afua Richardson

When I first started the Black Panther run by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje quickly became the best part of the series for me. So to get a book with a large focus on the two of them was a great surprise. The fact that Roxane Gay wrote this made it even better.


World of Wakanda put the focus on several members of the Dora Milaje from new recruits to veterans as they trained, warded off attacks on Wakanda, and slowly began to question Black Panther and whether he truly was putting Wakanda's interests first. There was a lot of inner conflict for the characters to deal with, and I loved seeing each of them struggle to figure out how to honor their oaths while still doing what they thought was right.


And I just really love Ayo and Aneka. It was nice seeing the start of their relationship and its progression. This book gave me better context for what they're doing and why in the Black Panther series. I now want another book or two (or more) of their adventures.


The only part I didn't like of this book was the very last issue which switched to a story about White Tiger. While I'm sure I've read stuff with White Tiger in it, I didn't remember much about him beyond that he existed, so it didn't help that his story kept referencing things in his past that I wasn't familiar with. This issue read more like a generic superhero story that was completely different from the previous issues. It just felt out of place with the rest of the book.


Despite the last issue, World of Wakanda was excellent. It gave a closer look at some of the most fascinating characters from the Black Panther series and made me want more of them.


Legion - Julie Kagawa

I'm quitting this series with this book. At the end of the last book, there was a cliffhanger that reminded me of the author's previous series. I decided if she pulled the same move, I would be done. It didn't take long into the book to confirm the exact same thing was happening, so I'm going to quit because I think I'll just be frustrated otherwise.


In case you want the specific reason:

this book had a love interest death fake-out. The last book ended with Ember's human boyfriend dying. This book began with him getting saved by getting a blood transfusion from a dragon, so he's perfectly fine and alive. It just made the end of the last book feel cheap. Plus Ember's relationship with him was the weakest element of the series for me, and I just don't feel like reading two more books of it.

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