Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post — Blackout! (And bingos Nos. 12 and 13.)

 

Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before!

Witih today’s call, I’ve blacked out my card, in addition to collecting my final bingos (nos. 12 and 13).

Somewhat to my surprise, after completing my books for my official bingo card at the end of September, I even managed to read enough extra books to put together a supplemental inofficial card throughout the month of October, so this year’s game has really exceeded my wildest expectations in every conceivable way!

 

My Official 2019 Bingo Card:

Weekly Status Updates and Reviews:

First Week
Second Week
Third Week
Fourth Week

 

The Books:

International Woman of Mystery: Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments – finished September 29, 2019.
Locked Room Mystery: Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat – finished September 23, 2019.
Murder Most Foul: Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased – finished September 13, 2019.
Psych: Sofi Oksanen: Fegefeuer (The Purge) – finished September 17, 2019.
Read by Flashlight or Candle Light: The Lady Detectives: Four BBC Radio 4 Crime Dramatisations – finished September 20, 2019.

DeadLands: Terry Pratchett: Monstrous Regiment – finished September 26, 2019.
Fear the Drowning Deep: Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing – finished September 25, 2019.
Relics and Curiosities: Patricia Wentworth: Eternity Ring – finished September 10, 2019.
Dark Academia: James Hilton: Was It Murder? – finished September 1, 2019.
Modern Noir: Joy Ellis: The Guilty Ones – finished September 21, 2019.

Ghost Stories: Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten – finished September 1, 2019.
Gothic: Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor – finished September 9, 2019.
Free (Raven) Space: Agatha Christie: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories – finished September 7, 2019.
Truly Terrifying: Bob Berman: Earth-Shattering – finished September 12, 2019.
Amateur Sleuth: Priscilla Royal: Wine of Violence – finished September 5, 2019.

Cryptozoologist: Terry Pratchett: Guards! Guards! – finished September 18, 2019.
Diverse Voices: Toni Morrison: Beloved – finished September 22, 2019.
Black Cat: Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut’s Windlass – finished September 16, 2019.
Creepy Crawlies: Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow – finished September 7, 2019.
Country House Mystery: Anthony Rolls: Scarweather – finished September 14, 2019.

Spellbound: Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown – finished September 6, 2019.
A Grimm Tale: Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling (eds.): The Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales – finished September 4, 2019.
Creepy Carnivals: Fredric Brown: The Dead Ringer – finished September 12, 2019.
Paint It Black: Trudi Canavan: The Magicians’ Guild – finished September 20, 2019.
Cozy Mysteries: Margery Allingham: The White Cottage Mystery – finished September 19, 2019.

 

My Square Markers

 

Called but not read

Read but not called

Read and Called

Center Square: Read and Called

 

The Extra Squares / Card and Books:

13: Rex Stout: And Be a Villain
Supernatural: Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen
New Release: Sara Collins: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Genre: Mystery: Catherine Louisa Pirkis: The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective
Romantic Suspense: Georgette Heyer: The Unfinished Clue
Terror in a Small Town: Ann Cleeves: Raven Black
Halloween: Agatha Christie: Hallowe’en Party
Monsters: Terry Pratchett: Pyramids
Shifters: Joan D. Vinge: Ladyhawke
Sleepy Hollow: Dennis Lehane: The Given Day
Film at 11: J.B. Priestley: An Inspector Calls
In the Dark, Dark Woods: Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Free (Raven) Square: Various Authors: The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes’ Rival Detectives
Grave or Graveyard: Kathy Reichs: Grave Secrets
Genre: Suspense: Tony Medawar (ed.) & Various Authors: Bodies from the Library 2
Southern Gothic: Sharyn McCrumb: The Unquiet Grave
Baker Street Irregulars: Joanne Harris: Gentlemen & Players
Darkest London: J.V. Turner: Below the Clock
Magical Realism: Joanne Harris: Chocolat
It was a dark and stormy night: Peter May: The Lewis Man
Full Moon: Edmund Crispin: Glimpses of the Moon
King of Fear: John Le Carré: Absolute Friends
Serial / Spree Killer: Steven Kramer, Paul Holes & Jim Clemente: Evil Has a Name
Classic Noir: Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train
Classic Horror: Matthew G. Lewis: The Monk

Note: With regard to the extra squares, I added the image for the relevant square for every book completed (= “read”); and I am using my “called” markers for the main card to indicate “called and read”.

 

My Spreadsheet:

My Book Preselections Post: HERE

 

My Transfiguration Spells

Not used.

 

My “Virgin” Bingo Card:

Posted for ease of tracking and comparison.

 

 

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post — Bingo No. 3 and Reading Blackout

* Triple Bingo Happy Dance *

Well, that went by much faster than I had anticipated … Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before!

I’ll continue tracking my bingos of course — and since we now have so many more great squares than can possibly fit on one person’s card, I’ll just continue reading for a few of the extra squares that didn’t make it onto mine.

And I hope everybody else is going to continue / start collecting bingos soon as well!

 

Weekly Status Updates and Reviews:

First Week
Second Week
Third Week

 

The Books:

International Woman of Mystery: Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments – finished September 29, 2019.
Locked Room Mystery: Clayton Rawson: Death from a Top Hat – finished September 23, 2019.
Murder Most Foul: Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased – finished September 13, 2019.
Psych: Sofi Oksanen: Fegefeuer (The Purge) – finished September 17, 2019.
Read by Flashlight or Candle Light: The Lady Detectives: Four BBC Radio 4 Crime Dramatisations – finished September 20, 2019.

DeadLands: Terry Pratchett: Monstrous Regiment – finished September 26, 2019.
Fear the Drowning Deep: Delia Owens: Where the Crawdads Sing – finished September 25, 2019.
Relics and Curiosities: Patricia Wentworth: Eternity Ring – finished September 10, 2019.
Dark Academia: James Hilton: Was It Murder? – finished September 1, 2019.
Modern Noir: Joy Ellis: The Guilty Ones – finished September 21, 2019.

Ghost Stories: Nina Blazon: Siebengeschichten – finished September 1, 2019.
Gothic: Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor – finished September 9, 2019.
Free (Raven) Space: Agatha Christie: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories – finished September 7, 2019.
Truly Terrifying: Bob Berman: Earth-Shattering – finished September 12, 2019.
Amateur Sleuth: Priscilla Royal: Wine of Violence – finished September 5, 2019.

Cryptozoologist: Terry Pratchett: Guards! Guards! – finished September 18, 2019.
Diverse Voices: Toni Morrison: Beloved – finished September 22, 2019.
Black Cat: Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut’s Windlass – finished September 16, 2019.
Creepy Crawlies: Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Gods of Jade and Shadow – finished September 7, 2019.
Country House Mystery: Anthony Rolls: Scarweather – finished September 14, 2019.

Spellbound: Zen Cho: Sorcerer to the Crown – finished September 6, 2019.
A Grimm Tale: Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling (eds.): The Wolf at the Door and Other Retold Fairy Tales – finished September 4, 2019.
Creepy Carnivals: Fredric Brown: The Dead Ringer – finished September 12, 2019.
Paint It Black: Trudi Canavan: The Magicians’ Guild – finished September 20, 2019.
Cozy Mysteries: Margery Allingham: The White Cottage Mystery – finished September 19, 2019.

 

My Square Markers

 

Called but not read

Read but not called

Read and Called

Center Square: Read and Called

 

My Spreadsheet:

My Book Preselections Post: HERE

 

My Transfiguration Spells

Not used.

 

My “Virgin” Bingo Card:

Posted for ease of tracking and comparison.

 

 

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Images Speak Louder Than Words

… they do, they really do.  This one just feels so perfect — to me, right now, anyway, and not only in light of yesterday’s election results, either.

 

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And no, it’s not my photo — though I dearly wish it were.  It’s a pro’s, and visitors of their blog are not only encouraged to share their favorite among a group of photos; they may even end up owning a canvas print version thereof.

I’m not just posting the image here to fulfill the conditions of the photographer’s Christmas Giveaway, however.  To me, it comes as the perfect visual response to Grim’s “Ray of Light” post — the blazing light of the sun breaking through a mass of dark, sharp-edged blades (never mind that those are actually leaves and it’s only the photographer’s art that makes them look this way in the first place).  A symbol of hope, as only bright light can be, almost archetypal in its language.  And lest I go on waxing poetically, I’ll shut up now … Anyway, I really, really wanted to share this image, and I’m very glad I’m officially allowed to do so.

 

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REBLOG: Light for our darkest hour…

Reblogged from my BookLikes friend Grimlock ♥ Vision

It’s a wonderfully expressed sentiment; the most heartfelt, honest and uplifting one I’ve come across in the hours since the official election results were published.  So, thanks very much, Grim, for letting me share it here (in addition to reblogging on BookLikes).  If anything is going keep America great, it’s a spirit like yours!

 


 

 

I’m too numb to really comment on the election results right now.

We’ll move forward as individuals and as a country, because there’s nothing else we can do.   My personal faith and spirituality believes in calling out what’s wrong when I see it, and acting when I can.  I did.  I voted. I encouraged others to vote.

I’ll continue to call out Trump when he’s a racist, sexist asshole.   With small hands.   Tiny hands.  (I’m curious to see what the tipping point is; when do I get the pictures with the hands circled going ‘SEE, NOT SO SMALL!!!!1!!!’)

I didn’t think we’d survive Bush Jr and we did.   I didn’t think I’d survive a lot of things, and I did.

We’ll take one step at a time, when we’re ready.   I’m trying to see a bright side, but it’s dismally dark right now.   I keep chanting that there’ll be peace at the end, which isn’t a comment about the end of Trump’s reign.   In the end, at my end, I’ve finally come to believe that there’ll be peace, which may sound morbid, but as a mantra has helped me keep calm.

Even as the numbness wears off, even as depression leads to my faith in humanity being slowly peeled away, I’m starting to settle into a deep, dark resignation: I will deal with this because I have to.

But just to let so much of America know, I’m disappointed.   You’ve allowed racism and sexism and misogyny to win.   You’ve done so because you believe the swagger of a narcissistic man, and you’ve done so because you believe he cares about you at all.  I believe that man is incapable about caring about anyone but himself: iI believe if he cares at all for his children, it’s because he sees them as extensions of himself. I believe if he cares for his wife, it’s because she’s a trophy.

But Trump is only the tip of the iceberg.   Even if he were to go underground, never to be seen from again, his supporters believe in his brand of racism and sexism.   That scares me more than anything else.  What a long road humanity has ahead of it, I can see that more clearly than ever now.

I hope that those who believe in dignity and kindness share that belief, because all we can do is use our own inner light to help spark that light in others.   I was afraid last night that this news would come to pass and it would snuff out my inner light: my hope, my belief in others, my love and my happiness.   But it shines brighter now, because it has to shine on.  It has to be able to make a difference.

It has to be able to spark in someone else, too.   So to everyone who sees how ugly this is, I ask that you take time today to tend to yourselves.   Preserve that light, that goodness, that happiness and love.   Find someone who you believe in and cling to them.   Find something you believe in and focus on that.  Tend to yourselves, make your light shine brighter, and try to spark happiness and peace within others.   We all need that comfort right now, and others will need our light soon enough.   Tend to it, spark it, make it grow brighter, make it fierce, make it blinding.  Do it because no one else can, not without your effort and consent.

Love one each other.  Love the world.  Love when it’s the hardest, because it’s not the hate outside that defines you.  It’s everything inside, and so love because there’s so much hate out there already.

Don’t do it for me.   Do it for yourself.  Just love.   Just shine.

And I’m sorry: I’m getting preachy and weepy, and kinda all woo.  But I need this to hold onto for myself right now and it feels better putting it down in words.  I hope it helps anyone else who needs this.

If you need to talk, I’ll be working this morning, but you can reach me here, PM me or e-mail me.   I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

I love you all.   I’ll be reading comics today to tend to myself.  After work and maybe cleaning up some leaves in the backyard.   Because life still goes on and love still goes on and I still go on, and I need this right now.

 

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