I haven't quite decided on a tracking system yet, and am working out the details in my tables, so this is a little kick off update for Halloween Bingo 2019! Just to let everyone know that I've already finished my first book and am now moving onto my next ones! I've been anticipating starting books all week that I didn't even have it in my to try squeezing in one more book before the end of August.
And so I spent my time watching random YouTube videos and doing some more planning for Halloween Bingo. It was pretty calming, truth be told.
What I Have Finished
I started off Halloween Bingo with a Locked Room Mystery by listening to the audio of The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, which was part of the Complete Sherlock Holmes collection, narrated by Simon Vance. I probably could have benefited from starting a different book, since this was only a three hour audio... and I realized I'd have finished it way before Halloween Bingo starting date, so I had to take my time. I finished the last chapter this morning so I could count it towards the game.
It was an interesting listen, but I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as the other, few, Sherlock Holmes mysteries I've read so far. There didn't seem much of a plot twist or mystery, and I was somewhat taken aback by the way that the Indians were portrayed... although I probably shouldn't have been surprised by that considering the time period this book was written.
And then there was romance... seemingly of the insta-variety, but I'll take it. It was cute, in a way. Almost. If only because it irritated Holmes, and that made me giggle.
I may or may not review this book... or just leave it at this. At this point, I'm just giving the book a 3-Star rating and moving on.
What I'm Currently Reading
I had originally wanted to read the next book of Inspector Hannasyde and Hemmingway by Georgette Heyer, Behold, Here's Poison! for the Country House Mystery, but I changed my mind. A mystery involving a haunted country house seemed like it'd be much more fun. And even though I'd found Death in the Stocks a bit unappealing, I'm only one chapter into Footsteps in the Dark and am already enjoying myself, so I'm glad I made that last minute decision.
I have also started reading The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee, and have not yet formed an opinion of it. I'm so far removed from young adult books that it sometimes takes me a little bit to really get into one, but the premise of this one seems interesting enough, involving Monkey Kings and demons and a high school girl being initiated into saving the world from said demons... or at least that's the impression I got from the summary, so I'm game!
What I'm Planning to Read Next
These are the books I'm considering next, with pre-chosen squares for them as well... except for Fool Moon. Since I didn't really enjoy Storm Front... and am now kicking myself that I didn't save it for the Dark and Stormy Night square, because there's a scene that involves a dark and stormy night, I'm having second thoughts about listening to Fool Moon. I'll make a decision at some point, but audio books tend to be a little easier for me to follow if I'm not sure if I'll like the book or not, so I might just jump into it.
I'll be reading Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire and Firelight by Kristen Callihan for the following squares, and very much looking forward to both books.
And obviously, Fool Moon by Jim Butcher will be for:
Happy Halloween Bingo everyone!