Halloween Bingo 2020: September 29 update

I’m shaking things up a bit.  I’ve decided, after actually sitting down and looking at my card, to switch my Cozy Mystery read over to the Genre: Mystery square, as that gives me 4 called squares in a row in the 4th column.  I’ve also switched my Spell Pack Wild Card Author from Conan Doyle to Patricia Briggs, because I should get something out of my recent re-read binge.  So that takes care of A Grimm Tale.  I have another author wild card I can use, but I’m going to hold that up my sleeve for now.

I’m currently reading Staked by Kevin Hearne for my Dead Lands square.  If I had any sense of strategy, I’d hunker down and get Southern Gothic, Romantic Suspense (my Psych) and Trick or Tread read, as that would give me Bingo.  Alas, mood reader.  Perhaps after Staked I’ll make Phyllis Whitney’s Turquoise Mask next and knock off that Romantic Suspense/Psych square.

Calls made so far that are on my card:


*Note: I’ve removed Psych in favour of Romantic Suspense, as it’s the square I flipped, and American Horror Story has been transfigured into Spellbound

How it works:

If I read a square that hasn’t been called yet, a ghost of stickers-yet-to-come will appear; once the square has been called, the sticker will become fully corporeal.  (Alas, this only works in regular browsers, but I’m in too deep to try to do something different now.)  As the squares get ticked off, a fully formed image will appear.  Previously, I posted the finished image, but this year I’m going to leave it a mystery.

Below is the table that will summarise the books I’ve read for each square, and note if I took advantage of one of the Spell Pack cards, and which one.  Book Titles link to my review of the book here.

Bingo Square Date Called Book Title Date Read
Row #1
Genre: Suspense
Ghost Stories The Sun Down Motel Sept. 13
Dark Academia Murder 101 Sept. 2
Southern Gothic Sept. 15
Row #2
Darkest London
Black Cat
Cozy Mystery
X Genre: Mystery Sept. 3 Quick Study Sept. 5
X International Women of Mystery Sept. 7 The Betel Nut Tree Mystery Sept. 10
Row #3
Grave or Graveyard Sept. 14
Deadlands Staked
X In the Dark, Dark Woods Sept. 13 Imaginary Numbers Sept. 12
Psych / Romantic Suspense Sept. 6 Turquoise Mask
Row #4
American Horror Story/Spellbound Ink & Sigil Sept. 17
A Grimm Tale Burn Bright Sept. 27
It was a Dark and Stormy Night
X Monsters Sept. 18 Half-off Ragnorok Sept. 25
Trick or Treat Sept. 16
Row #5
Country House Mystery
X 13 Sept. 1 The Thirteen Problems Sept. 6
Locked Room Mystery
X Murder Most Foul Sept. 5 Extracurricular Activities Sept. 3

The Spell Pack cards are below – I’ve used a border in the same color as the card to mark the squares where I’ve used one.

Cards used:
Bingo Flip:  Lillelara has agreed to trade my Psych square for her Romantic Suspense square.

Transfiguration Spell: Used to transform American Horror Story into Spellbound

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