I’ve sort of fallen off the Bingo bandwagon the last couple of weeks; pushed off the back, really, as life has gotten exciting in that dryly ironic kind of way. Drastic improvements in Covid infection rates has meant a lifting of restrictions (Yay!) and a return to working on-site for me (Boo!) and it’s been exhaustingly busy. Then earlier this week, MT got stung by a bee and it was The Bee; the one that pushed his immune system too far and he went into anaphylactic shock, requiring an ambulance, a hospital stay, and a new constant companion in his life, the epipen. After all that, we woke up to find our beloved Eggy – the last of our first chickens – had died overnight. At that point I opted out of coping for a day or two.
Luckily none of this has put me in a reading slump; I’ve been churning through both new books and re-reads. Unfortunately, none of them are useful to my remaining Bingo squares. I have one more Wild Card I can use (Patricia Briggs) so I’ll likely use that on one of the remaining squares I’m struggling to find a read for.
I’ve also, in my own absence, managed a few bingos (6, I think?), as previously read squares got called. So here’s how things stand right now:
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|
|X||Gothic||Sept. 23||The Red Lamp||Oct. 12|
|X||Ghost Stories||Oct. 17||The Sun Down Motel||Sept. 13|
|X||Dark Academia||Sept. 24||Murder 101||Sept. 2|
|Southern Gothic||Sept. 15|
|X||Darkest London||Oct. 11||Capital Crimes: London Mysteries||Oct. 6|
|X||Black Cat||Oct. 20||Murders and Metaphors||Oct. 8|
|X||Cozy Mystery||Oct. 9||The Falcon Always Wings Twice||Oct. 3|
|X||Genre: Mystery||Sept. 3||Quick Study||Sept. 5|
|X||International Women of Mystery||Sept. 7||The Betel Nut Tree Mystery||Sept. 10|
|X||Grave or Graveyard||Sept. 14||Grave Witch||Oct. 16|
|X||Deadlands||Sept. 29||Staked||Sept. 29|
|X||FREE SPACE||n/a||The Leper of St. Giles||Oct. 9|
|X||In the Dark, Dark Woods||Sept. 13||Imaginary Numbers||Sept. 12|
|X||Psych / Romantic Suspense||Sept. 6||Turquoise Mask||Oct. 2|
|X||American Horror Story/Spellbound||Oct. 13||Ink & Sigil||Sept. 17|
|X||A Grimm Tale||Oct. 7||Burn Bright||Sept. 27|
|It was a Dark and Stormy Night||Murder by Death||Oct. 6|
|X||Monsters||Sept. 18||Half-off Ragnorok||Sept. 25|
|Trick or Treat||Sept. 16|
|X||Country House Mystery||Oct. 5||Murder at the Manor||Oct. 8|
|X||13||Sept. 1||The Thirteen Problems||Sept. 6|
|X||Locked Room Mystery||Oct. 6||Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries||Oct. 4|
|X||Halloween||Oct. 15||Sympathy for the Devil||Oct. 4|
|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.
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