Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” 

 

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Today's call. :)

Bingo Call: 10/15/18

Reblogged from Obsidian Black Plague:

 

 

Genre: Horror: anything that fits into the horror genre.

And... here is today's call:

Bingo Call: 10/11/18

Reblogged from Obsidian Black Plague:

 

 

Darkest London: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London.

 

 

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #15 - BINGO!! (finally)

 

Hooray! Finally got my first bingo!!

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

9/15 Modern Masters of Horror

9/17 Creepy Carnivals

9/19 Relics and Curiosities

9/21 Diverse Voices

9/23 Murder Most Foul

9/25 Amateur Sleuth

9/27 Genre: Suspense

9/29 Supernatural

10/1 Ghost Stories

10/3 Doomsday

10/5 Shifters

10/7 13 (not on my card)

10/9 Terror in a Small Town (not on my card)

 

 

Read:

 

Doomsday - Not a Drop to Drink

Relics and Curiosities - Strange Weather

Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

Free Space - Murder House

Creepy Carnivals - Full Tilt

Terrifying Women - The Creek

Country House Mystery - Ten

Genre: Suspense - Glimpse

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

 

 

Not a Drop to Drink

Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

 

Lynn was nine the first time she killed to protect the pond, the sweet smell of water luring the man to be picked off like the barn swallows that dared to swoop in for a drink.

- first sentence

 

I couldn't wait to see how this one would end. It is the story of a young girl raised in the wilderness by her mother. In this world, water is more than scarce. The only water Lynn and her mother have comes from their pond and they will do anything to defend it. Her mother taught her not to trust anyone and to be entirely self-reliant. But how long can they survive this way?

 

I enjoyed the wild west feel of this one. I loved Lynn and enjoyed watching her mature and adapt emotionally as the book progressed. Her life is full of struggles and the constant threat of death, but Lynn is strong and she doesn't give up. There was a devastating event towards the end that I totally didn't see coming - it was tough.

 

Apparently, there is a "companion book",  In a Handful of Dust, that I look forward to reading after Halloween Bingo concludes.

 

I read this one for the Doomsday square:

 

Today's bingo call.

Bingo Call: 10/9/18

Reblogged from Moonlight Madness:

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #14

So, when I finish the books I'm reading for Doomsday and Ghost Stories I will finally have bingos. :)

 

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

9/15 Modern Masters of Horror

9/17 Creepy Carnivals

9/19 Relics and Curiosities

9/21 Diverse Voices

9/23 Murder Most Foul

9/25 Amateur Sleuth

9/27 Genre: Suspense

9/29 Supernatural

10/1 Ghost Stories

10/3 Doomsday

10/5 Shifters

10/7 13

 

 

Read:

 

Relics and Curiosities - Strange Weather

Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

Free Space - Murder House

Creepy Carnivals - Full Tilt

Terrifying Women - The Creek

Country House Mystery - Ten

Genre: Suspense - Glimpse

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

 

 

Strange Weather - audiobook

Strange Weather  - Wil Wheaton, Joe Hill, Kate Mulgrew, Stephen Lang, Dennis Boutsikaris

 

 

 

 

 

Snapshot

Performed by Wil Wheaton.

This story features a creepy man (The Phoenician) with a Polaroid camera that steals memories. A teenage boy stumbles across the man and becomes tangled up in his plan.

The story is told from Michael’s memories of what happened. The narration is excellent; it was fun to listen to “Wesley Crusher” perform the story. The idea of a camera that steals memories by taking pictures is frightening. Hill relates it to Alzheimer’s in the way the Phoenician takes away pieces of the older woman’s memories and gradually destroys who she is. I liked that there wasn’t a simple fix. But I kept thinking the story was over and waiting for something cool to happen, and that was a bit of a letdown. (3 stars)

 

Loaded

Performed by Stephen Lang

With all the gun violence in our country, this one was hard to listen to. The story follows a mall shooting and how it affects the security guard involved. I liked the reporter character who helped figure out what really happened in the mall that day. But the story was a bit too dark for me and the ending didn’t help. (2 stars)

 

Aloft

Performed by Dennis Boutsikaris

This is a quirky story about a guy on his first skydiving excursion who somehow lands on a sentient cloud that doesn’t want to let him go. I have an open mind and appreciate fantasy as much as the next reader, but I didn’t love this story. The main problem was I couldn’t stand the main character. (2 stars)

 

Rain

Performed by Kate Mulgrew

In this story, one day instead of water, it rains crystal nails that shred anyone who is left out in the open. Honeysuckle tries to find her girlfriend’s father and, in the process, finds clues leading to the cause of the deadly rain. I liked following Honeysuckle’s journey and her interactions with other survivors, but there were too many coincidences and the final conclusion seemed highly unlikely. I did enjoy the narrow scope of the story and how it focused on Honeysuckle’s journey as opposed to the effects of the overall apocalypse. I must say that I love Kate Mulgrew and will happily listen to any story she performs, so that may affect my rating. (3 ½ stars)

 

I listened to this one for the Relics and Curiosities square.

Today's call - not on my card. Though this is only the second one so far. I've been lucky. :)

Bingo Call: 10/07/18

Reblogged from Obsidian Black Plague:

 

 

13: any book that relates to bad luck, superstitions, including (but not limited to) black cats, ravens or crows, or the unlucky number 13, either in the title, series, book cover or page count.

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #13

 

I'm close to a Bingo in three different places. I'm currently reading a book for Relics & Curiosities. I guess my next pick should be either Doomsday or Ghost Stories. 

I'm doing much better than last year. :)

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

9/15 Modern Masters of Horror

9/17 Creepy Carnivals

9/19 Relics and Curiosities

9/21 Diverse Voices

9/23 Murder Most Foul

9/25 Amateur Sleuth

9/27 Genre: Suspense

9/29 Supernatural

10/1 Ghost Stories

10/3 Doomsday

 

 

Read:

 

Diverse Voices - The Girl From the Well

Free Space - Murder House

Creepy Carnivals - Full Tilt

Terrifying Women - The Creek

Country House Mystery - Ten

Genre: Suspense - Glimpse

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

 

 

The Girl from the Well

The Girl from the Well - Rin Chupeco

 

 

I am where dead children go.

- first sentence

 

Murdered deads live in storms without season, in time without flux. We do not go because people do not let us go.

- Chapter 1

 

Okiku is a spirit who was murdered hundreds of years ago. She takes vengeance on child killers and releases the souls of their victims. Tark is a teenager with an evil spirit locked inside him. When they find each other, they become part of a battle between good and evil.

 

This book is fantastic. It was scary, bloody, and suspenseful. It is told from the point of view of Okiku and is a bit disjointed at times. It combines the troubles of teenage life with a Japanese ghost story. There is a lot of Japanese culture throughout the story, especially towards the end when the family returns to Japan.

 

I liked Okiku and Tark and their relationship. Okiku really knows how to deal some bloody vengeance. It's cool that Tark and his cousin are some of the few people who can see Okiku and she is able to communicate with them. I liked hearing her backstory. And the ending was perfect.

 

I read this book for the Diverse Voices square.

Today's call. :)

Bingo Call: 10/03/18

Reblogged from Obsidian Black Plague:

 

 

Doomsday: anything related to the end of the world, doomsday cults, or a post-apocalypse world. 

The first October call.

Bingo Call: 10/1/18

Reblogged from Moonlight Madness:

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #12

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

9/15 Modern Masters of Horror

9/17 Creepy Carnivals

9/19 Relics and Curiosities

9/21 Diverse Voices

9/23 Murder Most Foul

9/25 Amateur Sleuth

9/27 Genre: Suspense

9/29 Supernatural

 

 

Read:

 

Free Space - Murder House

Creepy Carnivals - Full Tilt

Terrifying Women - The Creek

Country House Mystery - Ten

Genre: Suspense - Glimpse

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

 

 

And today's call is...

Bingo Call: 09/29/31

Reblogged from Obsidian Black Plague:

 

 

 

Supernatural: mystery, suspense or horror books which include elements that defy current understanding of the natural world, including magic, witchcraft and/or crypto-zoological aspects.

Yesterday's bingo call.

Bingo Call: 9/27/18

Reblogged from Moonlight Madness:

Halloween Bingo Tracking Post #11

 

 

 

Called:

 

9/1   Classic Horror

9/3   Cryptozoologist

9/5   Cozy Mystery (not on my card)

9/7   New Release

9/9   Southern Gothic

9/11 Terrifying Women

9/13 A Grimm Tale

9/15 Modern Masters of Horror

9/17 Creepy Carnivals

9/19 Relics and Curiosities

9/21 Diverse Voices

9/23 Murder Most Foul

9/25 Amateur Sleuth

 

 

Read:

 

Free Space - Murder House

Creepy Carnivals - Full Tilt

Terrifying Women - The Creek

Country House Mystery - Ten

Genre: Suspense - Glimpse

New Release - Obscura

Cryptozoologist - The Jersey Devil

Southern Gothic - The Elementals

Classic Horror - The Exorcist

Murder Most Foul - Hunting Fear by Kay Hooper

 

 

 

Currently reading

The Fifth Season
N.K. Jemisin, Robin Miles
Progress: 278/927 minutes
Ghost Story
Peter Straub

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Truly Madly Guilty
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UnWholly
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
UnSouled
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
UnDivided
The Nerdy Dozen
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Iron Giant
Awkward
Brave
The Slippery Slope


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