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.
A bat means I've read a book for the square. A pumpkin means the square has been called.
4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie - Cozy Mystery (9/1/17)
Little Monsters - Kara Thomas - Amateur Sleuth (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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:(show spoiler)