Welcome to the Fourth Annual game of Halloween bingo! This is the time of year to read horror and mystery, scary books with gothic themes and other dark fiction.
This prequel to Practical Magic was released two Halloween Bingos ago, and I had planned to read it then, but didn't want to spend the $12.99 to buy it for my kindle, and the library list was dozens of holds long so I back-burnered it.
While I was casting about for something to read for the Spellbound square, I remembered that I had wanted to read this, so I looked on library2go and lo and behold, it was available without a wait. Downloaded at 5:00, finished at 8:30.
I really enjoyed it, and returning to the world of the Owens clan was delightful. It's been years since I read Practical Magic, or anything by Alice Hoffman, and I was reminded by The Rules for Magic how much I enjoy her story-telling and her use of magical elements.
This book will fill many squares as well, and I decided to use it for Relics and Curiosities instead of Spellbound, since it is generally easier to fill broader squares versus narrower ones. There is a grimoire that plays a prominent part of the book, which fits with the category. In addition, there is a Black Cat named Wren, for anyone looking to fill that square. There are also some events that occur on Halloween, so it would satisfy that one, and, off the top of my head, it would also fit Full Moon, Sleepy Hollow, Fear the Drowning Deep, and Magical Realism.
I am back from vacation and updating my card! This was a highly active vacation, so I didn't get a ton of reading done and I am far away from a bingo! This is probably the slowest start I've ever had for Halloween Bingo, & I definitely have some catching up to do!
Category name in bold: called
Book title in bold: read
Book title in italics: currently reading
Planned books in parentheses
Film at 11: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Magical Realism: All The Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle.
Modern Noir: Fallen by Karin Slaughter
Dark Academia: Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
International Woman of Mystery: Shadow on the Fens by Joy Ellis
Creepy Crawlies: Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon
In the Dark, Dark Woods: (Odd and True by Cat Winters)
Paint it Black: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Gothic: The Singing Stones by Phyllis Whitney
Free square: Hunted on the Fens by Joy Ellis
A Grimm Tale: (The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden)
Country House Mystery:
Locked Room Mystery:
Relics and Curiosities: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Psych: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Black Cat: Black Cat Crossing by
Sleepy Hollow: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
New Release: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Baker Street Irregulars:
Read but not called: uncarved pumpkin
Called but not read: orange frame
Read & called: carved pumpkin
I fell in love with Moira Fowley-Doyle's style when I read her first book, The Accident Season. I enjoyed her second book as well.
This book blew me away.
Ireland's troubled and abusive history + queer kids + feminism + rage + reproductive rights + magical realism.
Gorgeous words and a powerful story. Highly recommended.
Read for the Magical Realism square of Halloween Bingo 2019.
Catch up on the bingo calls here!
9/1: Ghost Stories; 9/2: 9/2/19: Genre: Horror; 9/3/19: Creepy Crawlies;
9/4/19: Amateur Sleuth; 9/5/19: American Horror Story; 9/6/19: Dystopian Hellscape; 9/7/19: Fear Street; 9/8/19: Black Cat; 9/9/19: Relics and Curiosities;
9/10/19: A Grimm Tale; 9/11/19: Stranger Things; 9/12/19: Creepy Carnivals;
9/13/19: Country House Mystery; 9/14/19: Classic Horror; 9/15/19: Supernatural;
9/16/19: Psych; 9/17/19: Darkest London; 9/18/19: Cozy Mystery
I won't be around much for the next week or so - we're on the family vacation! I'll be checking in briefly, but I probably won't post much.
My sweet boy crossed the rainbow bridge this afternoon at 4:30 PST. It's been coming for awhile as you know. He stopped eating 3 days ago and the time had come to do what was right by him, and ease his passing.
We were able to have a vet tech come to the house, and he passed gently, surrounded by the friends who loved him best. I will always be grateful for the extra time we had he with him. He was almost 14 when he left us for the last time.
Here he is, young and strong.