The remaining, non-genre specific squares - you can read anything that is horror, mystery, suspense or supernatural that otherwise fits the square prompt.
39. Thirteen (13): any book that relates to bad luck, superstition, or the number 13, either in the title/book/series/page count. Booklist linked here.
40. A Grimm Tale: any fairy tale or retelling of fairy tales, folklore, legends, etc. Book list linked here.
41. Aliens: any mystery, horror, suspense or supernatural book that includes aliens, either here on earth, or in space. Book list linked here.
42. Creepy Carnivals: horror/mystery/supernatural set in or concerning a carnival, amusement park, or other party/festival - think Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Joyland by Stephen King or Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie; Book list linked here.
43. Creepy Crawlies: this is a throw back from 2016! Books with bugs, snakes, spiders, worms and other things that slither, scuttle or crawl, includes viruses and other parasites. Book list linked here.
44. In The Dark, Dark Woods: a mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book in which the forest/woods plays a significant role, or which has a forest/woods on the cover. Book list linked here.
45. Darkest London: mystery, horror, supernatural, or suspense set in London. Book list linked here.
46. Demons: Any book involving demons, demonic possession or other such elements. Book list linked here.
47. Diverse voices: written by an author of color. Book list linked here.
48. Doomsday: anything related to the end of the world, doomsday cults, or a post-apocalypse world. Book list linked here.
49. Fear the Drowning Deep: books with sea-related elements: sea creatures, ships, and sharks. Book list linked here.
50. Full Moon: a book with an image of the moon on the cover, the word moon in the title, or where a full moon figures prominently in the story. Book list linked here.
51. Gothic: any book with significant: a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. Book list linked here.
52. Grave or Graveyard: Books that have a grave or graveyard on their covers, in their titles, or any book primarily set in a graveyard. Book list linked here.
53. Halloween: This is a combination of the "pumpkin" and the "halloween" squares from 2016. so, any book set on halloween or has halloween in the title or that has a pumpkin on the cover, or in the title, etc.. will work for this square. Book lists linked here: pumpkins and halloween.
54. Monsters: This square covers any crytpozoological or mythological creature that isn't a vampire, werewolf, or demon. Or zombie. Book list linked here.
55. New Release: mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural that was published after 10/31/18.
56. Read by Flashlight or Candlelight: Back by popular request! Any mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror book - the trick here is to spend an hour or so reading by flashlight or candlelight. Take a picture and share it with us, if you want to!
57. Relics and Curiosities: concerning magical, supernatural or haunted objects, such as spell-books, talismans or swords; Book list linked here.
58. Sleepy Hollow: this is the new version of set in New England, with a shout-out to that most New England of all stories, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Book list linked here.
59. Free square: Our friend, Poe, is back for his fourth outing!
60. Black Cat: We haven't seen this square since our first bingo game, back in 2016! Any book that has a black cat in the title, on the cover, or in the story. Book list linked here.
61. It Was A Dark and Stormy Night: This is another throwback to 2016 - any book that takes place on "a dark and stormy night." Book list linked here.
Stranger Things: this is a twist on the past 80's Horror square, with elements of the television show - any horror that has supernatural elements, portal/parallel universes, government plots gone awry, or is set or was written in the 1980's.
Being more of a mystery than a horror reader, of course I like all of the mystery squares -- as well as the squares adding diversity to the game ("Diverse Authors", "Terrifying Women", and the new "International Women of Mystery") and the squares that allow me to sneak in a Terry Pratchett book or three ("Supernatural", "Witches" / "Spellbound" -- the latter also for other reasons).
But truth be told, the squares I am enjoying the most are those calling for a specific topical reading prompt, e.g. "Full Moon", "Creepy Carnivals", or "In the Dark, Dark Woods"; as well as those calling for a specific regional or calendarial setting ("Darkest London", "Southern Gothic", "Set on Halloween", etc.). For one thing, these are the prompts that particularly showcase our bingo hosts' creativity, and for another, what always amazes me is the wide selection of books that fit these categories -- for each of them, you can go all the way from romantic suspense to the most gruesome and terrifying horror and still find something that matches the square's requirements. They're also the squares that make me take the closest looks at the books on my TBR, reading book descriptions etc. and looking for matches, which in turn increases my anticipation of the game!
Here's a compilation of my favorite squares from bingos past (in alphabetical order, regardless of year) ... added to which, I have to say that I also love every single one of the new squares MR has so far introduced in connection with this year's game. To mark the fact that yet another thing about bingo I'm truly enjoying are the group and (impromptu) buddy reads, I'm also including the "Reads with BookLikes friends" square from the 2016 bingo card -- even if group and buddy reads are by now such an ingrained part of the game that a square specifically calling for them seems highly superfluous at this point.
Paint it Black: Any book with a cover that has a lot black or has the word black on the cover, in the title, author or as a character name, or involves rock and roll in some way.
I may be tempting fate (especially since I really liked the book I just finished), but I decided to roll one more time after all:
... which takes me to square 35, European Vacation -- and I think that means the BL-opoly gods really, really want me to use up all of my novelty cards, because that is a square I've already visited twice before and, hence, the perfect square to use my final novelty card, the race car, since I'd really rather read my final book of the game for a square I haven't visited yet at all.
So, passing "GO" one last time, too, I race to the one railroad I haven't visited yet, the Silk Road (square 5): Read a book set in or by an author from one of the 40 countries along the Silk Road.
I decided to go with Banine's childhood memoirs in Azerbaijan, Days in the Caucasus. Length: 288 pages -- so if I finish it before August 10, that will give me another $3, which together with the $5 for passing "GO" will bring my total bank balance to $181 (vastly more than I expected to collect at the start of the game).
And now I'm going to watch the movie all over again.
The nice thing about having the audio is that it is not only read by Mr. Elwes; it also features almost the entire cast, reading the comments that they contributed to his book.
The nice thing about having the print version is that it includes a section of behind-the-scene photos. I also like the makeup of the book, which is printed on slightly thicker paper than usual; imitating the weight of medieval parchment.
Truly inconceivable that this movie took 13 years to be made, had been considered "unfilmable" for as long, and would almost have been buried by botched marketing even after it had been produced. Thank Heaven for small mercies and the home video market.
This one is fairly obvious and is a twist on the "Terrifying Women" of years past - the only question is what does "international" mean? Basically, it means international to you - the reader. I'm in the U.S., so "international" means women mystery authors from Europe, South America, Asia, etc...
Going by the list of my favorite reads from years past, my favorite Halloween authors so far have been (in alphabetical order and not entirely surprisingly):
* Raymond Chandler
* Agatha Christie
* Arthur Conan Doyle
* James D. Doss
* Daphne Du Maurier
* E.T.A. Hoffmann
* Shirley Jackson
* Ngaio Marsh
* Peter May
* Sharyn McCrumb
* Edgar Allan Poe
* Terry Pratchett
All of these feature with anywhere from two to five favorite reads over the course of the past three bingos.
That said, Joy Ellis was a bingo 2018 discovery (perhaps the biggest discovery of last year's bingo, in fact), and I've read several other books by her in the interim already, so I'm definitely going to try and wiggle another one of her mysteries into bingo 2019 as well. Similarly Fredric Brown's Ed & Am Hunter mysteries, another one of last year's great discoveries (huge hattip to Tigus!). And even just generally speaking, I'm definitely planning to make room for some classic mysteries from both sides of the Atlantic.
On the other hand, it's very much going to depend on the makeup of my card how much horror I'm going to (re)visit, be it classic or otherwise. So even though I read two novellas by E.T.A. Hoffmann for bingo 2016, it's not a given that I'll return to his oeuvre this year; and the same is true for Poe (and virtually all other horror writers).
Ended my visit to the Existentialist Café, and am allowed to roll again -- for the last or, at most, penultimate time.
This lands me on the Nordic Express square (#32), for which I'm going to use my final Scottie Dog card -- separate post to come.
* Sofi Oksanen: Fegefeuer (The Purge)
* Cary Elwes et al.: As You Wish
* Jo Nesbø: Macbeth
* Barbara Vine: Asta's Book
Since we are coming to the end of the first round of pre-party prompts, I thought I'd better get the second round up and ready!
Psychological thrillers, plot twists and suspense, unreliable narrators and other mind-fuckery. And, as an aside, any Halloween Bingo book that takes place within or related to an insane asylum, haunted or otherwise, would qualify!
These are books I've read, but my editions have other covers than those shown here ... which are so much more seasonal than mine!