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I blog my reviews and random bookish thoughts over at Booklikes and this fall (autumn for us Aussies) two dear Booklikes pals of mine, Moonlight Murder and Obsidian Black Death are hosting a Booklikes Halloween Bingo!
I’ve decided to take part because my ARCs are at an all-time low and I haven’t seen anything upcoming I’m desperate to review, so I think I’ll have some breathing room over the autumn.
The bingo runs from September 1 to October 31.
Here’s the bingo card I’ll be working on.
For those of you who know me, you might be asking ‘But Nemo, it’s HORROR themed, why on EARTH would you take part?”
Well, because not everything needs to horror or scary. And to prove it, I’m getting organised (because we all know how I love being organised) and posting my book list! Most of the books on my list are YA, the majority of them by women, and almost all of them are owned by me. On occasion, I’m borrowing from my husband, who is a MAJOR horror buff and I asked his advice about filling a few squares.
Read by candlelight or flashlight: ‘Yuri’ from Her Russian Protector by Roxie Rivera. (own, ebook)
Magical Realism: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (own, paperback)
Witches: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated Edition (own, hardback – reread)
Genre Horror: Fat Vampire by Johnny B Truant (recommended and borrowed from my husband, ebook)
Black Cat: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (own, paperback) OR Coraline by Neil Gaiman (own, paperback)
Diverse Authors can be spooky fun: Huntress by Malinda Lo (own, paperback) OR Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (own, ebook/ARC)
Ghost stories and Haunted Houses: Ghost Girl (#1 3rd Freak House) by CJ Archer (own, ebook)
Young Adult Horror: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (own, ebook)
Scary women (authors): Arise (Hereafter #2) by Tara Hudson (own, paperback)
Reads with Booklikes friends: There’s a big readalong of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle which I guess I’ll take part in if no one wants to do anything YA with me. (own, ebook)
Grave or Graveyard: Up From The Grave (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost (own, paperback)
Genre: mystery: We Were Liars by E Lockhart (own, paperback)
Edgar Allen Poe Raven image: Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh (own, hardcover)
Gothic Seared with Scars (#2 2nd Freak House) by CJ Archer (own, ebook)
Creepy Crawlies: Parasite by Mira Grant (recommended and borrowed from husband)
‘Fall’ into a good book: Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) by Maggie Stiefvater (own, hardcover)
Locked room mystery: Dead Famous by Ben Elton (own, paperback – reread)
It was a dark and stormy night: Storm Glass (Glass #1) by Maria V Snyder (own, paperback)
Set in New England: Little Vampire Women by Lynn Messina (own, paperback)
Full Moon: Fire Spell by Laura Amy Schlitz (own, paperback)
Vampires vs werewolves: The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen (own, paperback)
Supernatural: Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (own, paperback)
Classic Horror: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (recommended and borrowed from husband, ebook)
Pumpkin: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (own, paperback – reread)
Set on Halloween: “Ghost Town” by Malinda Lo, short story in Defy The Dark ed by Saundra Mitchell (I’m pretty sure I own this, I need to search my shelves. If not, this will be the only book I purchase for Bingo.)
I have three rereads: Harry Potter #1 and #2, and Ben Elton’s Dead Famous.
I’m borrowing three recommended books from my husband: Fat Vampire by Johnny B Truant, Parasite by Mira Grant, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Number of books I’ve identified written by women: 22
Number of books I’ve identified written by men: 3
Middle grade books: 2
YA books: 15
Adult books: 8
Notes on some obscure references
I’ve chosen ‘Yuri’ from Her Russian Protector by Roxie Rivera as my ‘read by candlelight or flashlight’. I’m actually taking a wide interpretation of ‘candlelight and flashlight’ and reading this on my phone, which I often use as a torch.
I’ve chosen The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black as my Black Cat square because of Holly’s surname.
I’ve chosen Arise (Hereafter #2) by Tara Hudson as my Scary Women (authors) because it’s a ghost story.
I’ve chosen Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh as my Edgar Allen Poe Raven image because the Nevermore trilogy is based on/influenced by Edgar Allen Poe.
I’ve chosen Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater as my ‘Fall into a good book’ because of the title of the series, The Wolves of Mercy Falls.
I’ve chosen Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as my ‘pumpkin’ because they drink pumpkin juice at Hogwarts.
So that’s my plan. I don’t plan on blacking out every one but I do hope to make some progress into books I’ve been putting off forever. Books are still subject to change but I like this lot.