Nightwing and Robin are on the cover of Nightwing, Vol. 3: Nightwing Must Die, and both of them wear masks.
Book themes for Saturnalia: The god Saturn has a planet named after him; read any work of science fiction that takes place in space. –OR– Read a book celebrating free speech. –OR– A book revolving around a very large party, or ball, or festival, –OR– a book with a mask or masks on the cover. –OR– a story where roles are reversed.
I didn't actually realize Long Way Down was poetry until after I had checked it out. I'm not typically one for poetry, but I liked a book by the author and got this one because of that. I listened to the audiobook version, which was read by the author himself. I'm very glad I did that because it let the author share the work exactly as he meant it. I find poetry works best for me when I listen to it, rather than read it.
Book themes for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: Read a book of poetry, or a book where the events all take place during the course of one night, or where the cover is a night-time scene.
I read Honey So Sweet, Vol. 8, which was originally written in Japanese, which is not my mother tongue. With volume 8, I also finished the Honey So Sweet series. It's absolutely adorable from start to finish.
Book themes for International Human Rights Day: Read a book originally written in another language (i.e., not in English and not in your mother tongue), –OR– a book written by anyone not anglo-saxon, –OR– any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused. –OR– Read a book set in New York City, or The Netherlands (home of the U.N. and U.N. World Court respectively).
In a funny bit of coincidence, potato leek soup was actually planned for early November before the 16 Festive Tasks were announced. This was a new recipe, and it was delicious.
The recipe came from www.onceuponachef.com. We changed the recipe a bit by halving the number of leeks, using dried thyme instead of fresh, and using half-and-half instead of heavy cream.
Tasks for Calan Gaeaf: If you’re superstition-proof, inscribe your name on a rock, toss it in a fire and take a picture to post –OR– Make a cozy wintertime dish involving leeks (the national plant of Wales) and post the recipe and pictures with your thoughts about how it turned out.
I ran out of time in October to read Murder on the Orient Express, but I sped right through it once I started it. It had been quite a while since I had read the book, and I didn't remember anything about it. But I wanted to reread it before I see the movie next week, so mission accomplished there. The book was great, and I'm very excited for the movie now.
Book themes for Calan Gaeaf:
Read any of your planned Halloween Bingo books that you didn’t end up reading after all, especially if it features witches or witchcraft. Alternatively, read a book with ivy or roses on the cover, or a book with “Ivy” or “Rose(s)” in the title or as character names.
I read 31 books for October. 13 were audio books and 7 were graphic novels. More than half of my books were for Halloween Bingo, so I had quite a few mysteries this month. It was a pretty great reading month with no books that I disliked and quite a few that I loved. I'm hoping that continues.
To start off, a big thank you to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for putting this together. I had a blast playing and loved seeing what everyone was reading for it.
My plan for the game was to only read books that were already on my TBR list, so I went through it and put together a list of all mystery, horror, thriller, and other books I thought might fit a square. I got a decent number of books read off that list, although I still have quite a few left. I think I'll be working on continuing to read off that list going forward, but at a slower rate.
I did manage to get a blackout on the final day, so I'm happy with that.
I had quite a few great reads. My favorites were:
Half of those are murder mysteries. The other half are a vampire romance, a faerie fantasy, and a tearjerker. I loved all of them.
My least favorite was, luckily, my only bad read.
It grossed me out more than anything. And the ending was weird.
I got through the entire Nailbiter series, which stayed consistently good until that last book. The last book wasn't bad. It just wasn't a strong ending for the series.
I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the Southern Vampire Mysteries until I started reading them again for this. I'm up to book 6 out of 13 now. I need to keep working on these.
Agatha Christie was my go-to author for the game. I used 4 of the 6 I read for squares. I'm already planning on reading a few more of her books soon.
Below are all the books I read for Halloween Bingo. I've included books that I didn't end up using because I had the square filled by the time I read it. If you want to see which books were used for which squares, you can check here.
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)
Lover Revealed - J.R. Ward - Vampires (9/10/17)
White Night - Jim Butcher - Supernatural (9/12/17)
Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris - Gothic (9/14/17)
Bleeding Earth - Kaitlin Ward - Genre: Horror (9/17/17)
The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter - Terrifying Women (9/2/17)
The Adventure of the ‘Western Star': A Short Story - Agatha Christie - Darkest London (9/27/17)
The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie - Free Space (9/28/17)
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Siobhan Dowd - Magical Realism (9/28/17)
Razorhurst - Justine Larbalestier - Ghost (10/8/17)
Dark Star - Bethany Frenette - Demons (10/9/17)
The Demon Trappers: Forsaken - Jana Oliver - Witches (10/10/17)
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners) - Libba Bray - Haunted Houses (10/17/17)
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas - Monsters (10/21/17)
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie - Locked Room Myster (10/23/17)
Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris - Werewolves (10/24/17)
Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris - Romantic Suspense (10/30/17)
A Line in the Dark - Malinda Lo - Diverse Voices (10/31/17)
I continued the Southern Vampire Mysteries with Dead as a Doornail. This book had a number of supernatural beings in it, including vampires, werepanthers, fairies, shifters, and weretigers. And werewolves, of course. The werewolves featured prominently with Sookie getting pulled into a dispute over who will be the new packmaster. I used this for the Werewolves square.
Today's call of Amateur Sleuth got me my second bingo on the far left column!
Books read for this bingo:
Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners) - Libba Bray - Haunted Houses
Long May She Reign - Rhiannon Thomas - Murder Most Foul
Little Monsters - Kara Thomas - Amateur Sleuth
4:50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie - Cozy Mystery
My pick for the Haunted Houses square was Before the Devil Breaks You. The city in this book is being overrun by ghosts, so there are quite a few haunted buildings that the Diviners have to deal with. The most prominent haunted building was a hospital, but there were several houses that were haunted as well.