So I didn't get as much reading as I would have preferred over the Labor Day Weekend.  Being out of town was a fifty-fifty chance of getting some reading done, or getting no reading done, and at least I've made some progress.


I may or may not share some pictures of our family weekend in Dallas, Texas, visiting with my eldest brother and his friends.  Let's just say, there was a lot of food involved... and three puppies... well, really, only one of the dogs was a puppy, the other two just acted like puppies!



Meanwhile, here's a very quick update of my Halloween Bingo progress.  Although, be forewarned:  I've been lazy lately, so I will probably not be making very frequent updates--I might just limit myself to once a week, or once every two weeks... or wait until I get a Bingo or... I don't know.


Anyway, I've already talked about what markers I will be using, and decided to do a combination of some Peek-a-Boo Penni Penguin close-ups, and maybe one of Baby with his glowing gold eyes as my markers, for books that have been read.  Taking a page from Tannat, I will be using a simple colored border for squares that have been called.


A completed square will have a combination of colored border and Penni marker.


So as we can see below, I've managed to finish reading one book already, though to be honest, I hadn't really intended to use Canyons of Night for Bingo at all until I gave it some thought after finishing it over the weekend.  I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask to see if it would fit the 'Alien' square, and since it does, I'm super happy!  Now just to kick back and wait for the square to be called for a completion!  =D





Here is also my nifty spreadsheet, which I spent WAY too much time trying to figure out how to make presentable in a blog.  Since I use Google Sheets instead of Excel, the formatting and transfer of the spreadsheet to the blog has been giving me grief.  Formatting is limited in Google Sheets, but I'm much too cheap to buy Excel right now, and I've been using Google Sheets as my main book-tracking spreadsheets since at least 2014.



Bingo Square
Called (date)
Read (Date)
How it Fits
Magical realism
Saving Fish From Drowning
Tan, Amy
tagged 'magical realism' on GR
Classic noir
The Thin Man
Hammett, Dashiel
hard-boiled, classic noir mystery
Blue Dahlia
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride
The Nightmare Charade
Arnett, Mindee
supernatural school for magic creatures
Diverse voices
The Lotus Palace
Lin, Jeannie
author is Chinese
Cozy mystery
The Camelot Caper
Peters, Elizabeth
tagged 'cozy mystery' on GR
The Dead Travel Fast
Raybourn, Deanna
Transylvania and vampires
Country house mystery
The Decagon House Murders
Ayatsuji, Yukito
closed circle of suspects
Haunted houses
Black Rose
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride haunts mansion
Castle, Jayne
dust bunnies!!
Genre: horror
Smoke and Mirrors
Gaiman, Neil
tagged 'horror' on GR
Free Space
Red Lily
Roberts, Nora
ghostly Harper Bride
Her Fierce Warrior
Tyler, Paige
female MC is an animal shifter
In the dark, dark woods
On the Night of the Seventh Moon
Holt, Victoria
woods are significant
Amateur sleuth
Just Past Midnight
Stevens, Amanda
female MC is a psychologist
Woods, Alisa
book about wolf shifters
The Splendour Falls
Kearsley, Susanna
tagged 'gothic' on GR
Romantic suspense
Hit and Run
Brennan, Allison
romance + suspense + mystery present
Darkest London
Garden of Lies
Quick, Amanda
setting = Victorian London
Murder most foul
Every Secret Thing
Cole, Emma
there is a murder and a mystery
Serial/spree killer
Dear Maggie
Novak, Brenda
summary mentions serial killer
Classic horror
Terrifying women
Nine Coaches Waiting
Stewart, Mary
horror/gothic written by a woman
Locked room mystery
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Shimada, Soji
death/murder in a locked room



Books Currently Reading:

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada | Locked Room Mystery

The Camelot Caper by Elizabeth Peters | Cozy Mystery


Next Up:

Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts | Ghost

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett | Classic Noir