I started a link tree:
Which has links to all of my various blogs and social media profiles (which establishes that I need to focus)! It was really easy to set up. Has anyone else used it?
I am actually listening to the audiobook because I've been chilling in my craftroom cross-stitching all weekend. I finished up The Moor, and have now moved onto this one.
My thoughts so far -
This is the first thing that I've read by Ruth Ware. I've been interested by some of her books, but I was able to borrow this one, so it's the one that I picked. Overall, I'm pretty convinced that domestic thriller is not a genre for me, because my first impulse is to just start picking apart the behavior of the characters who always seem to be either sociopaths or idiots. (The Girl on the Train, cough, cough, The Girl Before, cough cough).
I will say that the book is creepy af, and listening to it in the evening was definitely giving me the spine-tingles. Ware is doing a really good job building the suspense.
But who moves into a house with surveillance in every room without clarifying with the owners whether or not they will be spying on them during shower time?
I'm probably going to end up putting this one on Psych, although it might qualify for Country House Mystery as well, or I could use a transfiguration card and put it into Ghost Story, Murder Most Foul, or some other mystery square.
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 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