Several stray thoughts I had while choosing the tags for this one:
It's not really romance-done-right. While the title is scrupulous, there is little romance to all the types of "loves" (because there is always that doubt, of what is and is not love, what is selfish use, or abuse, and whether that frontier is concrete) weaved into the tapestry of the story. Most are too real or too fantastical, or grotesque (and still real, maybe more so), and the ways they happen are written just so; with all the anxiety, the terror, hesitation, thoughtlessness, doubts, crudity or day-to-day boredom that merits the occasion.
Wanted to tick better-than-expected but I still don't know why I am surprised by his writing.
This one is not magical-realism. Actually, leaving aside One Hundred Years of Solitude , I don't know that any of his other books would fit that one. Might be the grandiose, nearly mythic proportions of the stories he pieces together in his novels.
It is an odd and frankly ambitious book. It immerses you into the story by way of an octogenarian last chapter no less, and after it wraps you in, tells you how two seventy-somethings traveled through 50 years of other loves to re-meet as lovers. It meanders through the years and the relationships, and the depictions when gathered turn into a tapestry that is nothing less than epic in scope.
I can't say that I truly liked any of the characters, and yet, maybe I loved them all, in their terrible intensities. They are certainly memorable.
As always, I take off my hat to his opening and closing sentences, to the strange feats and acrobatics he manages from the language, to the way he depicts the shiny and the rotten side by side, making something amazing and nostalgic of a nature core of reality.
I've just realized I've not yet posted my tentative picks for this round of Bingo. Some of the squares could use a bit more love and options, so I'd welcome suggestions (Stranger Things, I'm looking at you)
13: Small gods - Terry Pratchett ; The Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster Bujold ; The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield ; Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz ; Year One - Nora Roberts ; Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
Grave or Graveyard: I'm thinking of using a Transfiguration Spell into: A Grim Tale: Beauty - Robin McKinley ; Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier ; Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik ; The Hazel Wood - Melissa Albert
Suspence: The Ivy Tree - Mary Stewart ; The African Queen - C.S. Forester ; The Ugly Duckling - Iris Johansen
Stranger Things: Help?
Gothic: The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins ; The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins ; The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe ; Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Dystopian Hellscape: The Minority Report - Philip K. Dick ; Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler ; V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore
It was a dark and stormy night: The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe ; Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Sleepy Hollow: The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne ; A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving ; The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft
Cryptozoologist: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld - Patricia A. McKillip ; Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey ; The BFG - Roald Dahl ; Metamorphoses - Ovid
Diverse Voices: Something by Octavia Butler or Tanarive Due; The Decagon House Murders - Yukito Ayatsuji ; Beloved - Toni Morrison
Halloween: My second transfiguration turns this into Supernatural: Hell House - Richard Matheson ; Mort - Terry Pratchett ; The Hunger - Alma Katsu
Slasher Stories: Third and last spell to Film at 11: that I'm likely to fill in as the humor strikes
Dead Lands: The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey Blood Games - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Feed - Mira Grant The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
Darkest London: The Secret Adversary - Agatha Christie ; Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L. Sayers ; Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz ; The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
Classic Horror: Uncle Silas - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu In a Glass Darkly - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Modern Noir: Mystic River - Dennis Lehane Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
American Horror Story: Flowers in the Attic - V.C. Andrews
Spellbound: The Pillars of the World - Anne Bishop Taliesin - Stephen R. Lawhead
Creepy Carnivals: Full Tilt - Neal Shusterman NOS4A2 - Joe Hill The Prestige - Christopher Priest Caraval - Stephanie Garber
Aliens: Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke All You Need Is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka Sundiver - David Brin
Amatheur Sleuth: El nombre de la rosa - Umberto Eco Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz
Stone Cold Horror: Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist Snowblind (Dark Iceland) - Ragnar Jónasson
Vampires: Blood Games - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Whenever I read another of his books, It's like I rediscover the weird ways he uses words and how damn good the writing paints things in your head. I don't know how well that's is captured in translation though. Like:
.... la ayudó a acostarse en una cama de sábanos tersas y almohadas de plumas que le infundieron de pronto el pánico instantáneo de la felicidad.
... porque su pretendida era la más preciada de una familia típica de la región: una cábila intrincada de mujeres bravas y hombres de corazón tierno y gatillo fácil, perturbados hasta la demencia por el sentido del honor.
Which are two bits from the same page.
Also, I love how the daily made grandiose resonates with our family legacy stories. I mean, the little tortures that culminate in an absent bar of soap that almost terminates a marriage of 30 years? A man holding a torch for 50? Dying for a parrot? Keeping an affair secret for decades just because? It hits something close to funny, like there is an implausible and grotesque air to them, but in the end you laugh because goodness, did the elders of your family have stories to share in lazy afternoons.
I like my horror reads to be absolutely chilling and of the mind-fuck variety, so I'd say very scary for any title here.
It - Stephen King : Beyond how inherently scary a concept a boggart is, and one written by King at that, what terrified me in this book is the truth of how helpless children are against adults, their power and their belief in other adults. It's always that scene where Bev is running from her not-dad, and no adult even stopping, because it rings so creepily real.
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov : I don't get why anyone would mistake this one for a romance. Ever. That's the ickiest, most compelling and therefore scariest, unreliable narrator of literature. Real horror.
Misery - Stephen King : This one gave me palpitations. It gets violent and there are lasting consequences.
Ponies - Kij Johnson : Maybe horror is not the genre one would put it, but this little does cause horror. I never read it again, but I still feel like crying when I remember it.
6/25 female authors
I'm focusing on new-to-me for the most part, but there is a mix.
Katherine Addison: The Goblin Emperor
Ann Aguirre: Enclave (08/07)
Katherine Arden: The Bear and the Nightingale (05/23)
Tomi Adeyemi: Children of Blood and Bone
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun
Sarah Addison Allen: The Peach Keeper
Julia Alvarez: En el tiempo de las Mariposas
Leigh Bardugo: Ruin and Rising
Katherine Blake: The Interior Life
Liliana Bodoc: Los días del Fuego
Charlotte Brontë: Shirley and Villete have been there some 10 years on my tbr but I've been procrastinating because I did not care for Jane Eyre when I was a teen.
Lois McMaster Bujold: I owe to myself to try her. Almost did for Bingo (twice), but couldn't get my hands on one of her books on time.
Octavia E. Butler: Ditto
Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
Joy Chant: Red Moon and Black Mountain
Jo Clayton: Diadem from the Stars
Susan Cooper: Over Sea, Under Stone
Pamela Dean: The Secret Country
Daphne Du Maurier: The Birds (01/20)
Diane Duane: The Door into Fire
Tananarive Due: My Soul to Keep
Marguerite Duras: The Lover (*grimace* I did not care for her shorter work, but since I own it...)
Phyllis Eisenstein: Sorcerer's Son
George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans): Middlemarch keeps popping up (Chist, it's massive)
Kate Elliott: King's Dragon
Sylvia Engdahi: Enchantress from the Stars
Karen Joy Fowler: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Cornelia Funke: Inkspell (we bought the whole series! Further heartbreak here I come)
Elizabeth Gaskell: Wives and Daughters
Jessica Day George: Dragon Flight
Molly Gloss: The Dazzle of Day
Jenny Han: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Cynthia Hand: Unearthly
Victoria Hanley: The Seer and the Sword
Robin Hobb (Megan Lindholm)
Elfriede Jelinek: The Piano Teacher
Diana Wynne Jones: Howl's Moving Castle
Phyllis Ann Karr: The Idylls of the Queen
M.M. Kaye: The Far Pavillions
Maggie Shen King: An Excess Male
Barbara Kingsolver: The Poisonwood Bible
Nancy Kress: Beggars in Spain
Ellen Kushner: Swordspoint
Mercedes Lackey: Arrows of the Queen
Selma Lagerlöf: (Nobel)
Marghanita Laski: The Victorian Chaise Longue
Clarice Lispector: I think mom added one of her books to our library
Guadalupe Loaeza: Las Niñas Bien
Ann Leckie: Ancillary Justice
Megan Lindholm (Robin Hobb)
Juliet Marillier: I've heard so amazing things about her, and fantasy is my love
Carson McCullers: scared to, but have The Heart is a Lonely Hunter somewhere around
Collen McCullough: The Thorn Birds (... yeah, another scary prospect)
Sandra McDonald: The Outback Stars
Vonda N. McIntyre: Starfarers (08/18) (Dreamsnake might get kicked to next year)
Toni Morrison: Funny thing here: I've had it on my "author to try" list for a long while, but thought her male
Anchee Min: Empress Orchid
Kanae Minato: Confessions
Miyuki Miyabe: Crossfire
Judith Moffett: Pennterra
Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Blue Castle
Ann McCaffrey: Dragonflight
Linda Nagata: Vast
Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife
Anais Nin: Delta of Venus has been waving at me, but... another massive one
Amelie Nothomb: another on mom's wish-list that I can't remember if we bought
Joyce Carol Oates: Bellefleur is one I took a stab at when I was 14 and never finished. Might rectify this year (and how did I come to the conclusion Joyce was a male name then? maybe my brain associated James Joyce?)
Yoko Ogawa: Revenge... Or maybe The Housekeeper and the Professor
Lauren Oliver: Liesl & Po
Wendy Orr: Nim's Island
Ann Patchett: Bel Canto
Katherine Paterson: Bridge to Terabithia... if I'm feeling brave or wanting a good bawl
Barbara Paul: Pillars of Salt
Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz): Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody 1)
Rachel Pollack: Unquenchable Fire
Eleanor Porter: Pollyana (05/08)
Katherine Anne Porter
Barbara Pym: Excellent Women
Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho
Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea
Veronica Rossi: Never finished her saga. Might go for it if in the mood for YA
Mary Doria Russell: The Sparrow
Carrie Ryan: The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Jessica Amanda Salmonson: Tomoe Gozen
Sofia Samatar: Stranger in Olondria (read a short story of hers in Clarkesworld magazine, and oh, my!)
Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis (reading)
Dorothy L. Sayers
Alice Sebold: maybe. The Lovely Bones did a lot of noise
Lisa See: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (some group discussed a buddy read when I was still on goodreads, and the movie renewed my interest)
Mary Shepard: Mary Poppins
Betty Smith: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Dodie Smith: I Capture the Castle
Mary Stewart: The Crystal Cave
Josephine Tey: Brat Farrar was brought to my attention during the games, and will read as soon as I can get a copy
Megan Whalen Turner: The Thief
Catherynn M. Valente: In the Night Garden is one I want to buy and savor
Sara Varon: Robot Dreams
Joan D. Vinge: The Snow Queen
Winifred Watson: Mrs Petigrew Lives for a Day
Martha Wells: All Systems Red (03/27) Artificial Condition (03/13)
Edith Wharton: pure author faith (even if she rips my heart)
Connie Willis: keeps popping up on my radar
Virginia Woolf: sure I have a couple of hers back at home
Banana Yoshimoto: Kitchen is a book that keeps popping up and haven't gotten to yet
Jane Yolen: I had Tam Lin on my list, but reading up on her... over 365 books! Woman!
Marguerite Yourcenar: Have Memories of Hadrian on my bed-table
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Other Original Languages
Julia Alvarez: En el tiempo de las Mariposas
Jorge Amado: Gabriela, Clavo y Canela
Roberto Arlt: Los 7 locos
Honoré de Balzac: Pere Goriot
Erique Barrios: Civilizaciones internas (leyendo)
Simone de Beauvoir: El segundo sexo
Liliana Bodoc: Los días del Fuego
Ítalo Calvino: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore
Fernándo de Rojas: La Celestina (this one I have on hand, but it's such an archaic Spanish, it gave me head-aches the one time I attempted it. We'll see)
Marguerite Duras: L'Amant
José María Eça de Queirós: El Crímen del Padre Amaro
Umberto Eco: El Nombre de la Rosa (bought it too, will have leisure to read)
Juan Ramón Jiménez: Platero y Yo (leyendo)
Yasunari Kawabata: Snow Country (07/19)
Cixin Liu: The Three-Body Problem
Guadalupe Loaeza: Las Niñas Bien
Facundo Manes: Usar el Cerebro
Kanae Minato: Confessions
Miyuki Miyabe: Crossfire
Haruki Murakami: Kafka en la Orilla
Kezaburo Oe: Memushiri kouchi (Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring)
Yoko Ogawa: Revenge
Banana Yoshimoto: Kitchen
Marguerite Yourcenar: Memorias de Adriano
... Those are over a 100 books I'm hyped to read... doubling my challenge already... Lol, I always bite more than I can chew
I still take the wide range of the cast as the best part of this.
If you take the "scientists car-jack a self-sustaining space base and go exploring" plot thing away. Because you can't say that isn't all-around BAMF and likely the main reason why one would land in this series. (Oddly enough, it was not my case, but the fact that it was listed in a Tor article about books with older women in a central part of the plot).
And that's a maybe... I still like the fact that is scientists, mostly older, and mostly women characters, that compose the cast on a freaking space heist. For science!
Anyway, that comes late in the book. Mostly, we build on the political climate and the personal motivations that lead to that situation, and if you want action packed and get bothered by very flawed characters the book will loose you before then. I felt like shaking most of the people inside those pages more than once, and enjoyed myself immensely.
I though there was a lot of unbelievable political naivete in the alien contact expert (wouldn't you have to be good at politics, social studies and what-not for that?) and some stereotyping is going on that makes the whole feel a bit pulpy. But it's good pulp and I'm still wavering between four and five stars.
So far I'm loving the widely diverse cast and relationships, and all the way characters rub awkward, sometimes awesome, sometimes sweet, often making me impatient (and in Griffith's case, like wanting to maul him till death) and all around very human.
And there are these bits:
“Every time the argument about evolution comes along again, I start wondering what would happen if it were true that god invented fossils to fool us with. What if god’s got a sense of humor? If I were god, I’d plant a few fossils that wouldn’t fit into the scheme, just for fun.”
“And that’s what these are? Does that mean you’re playing god?”
“Artists always play god,” Crimson said.
“Don’t you believe in evolution?”
“That’s a tough word, ‘believe.’ Believing, and knowing what the truth is — you’re talking about two different things. Human beings are perfectly capable of believing one thing metaphorically, and accepting evidence for a completely different hypothesis. That’s the simplest definition of faith that I know. It’s the people who don’t have any faith, who can’t tell the difference between metaphor and reality, who want to force you to believe one thing only.”
That had me laughing and remembering Good Omens, and also parallels some of my vaguely agnostic thoughts.
Or things like this:
Under ordinary circumstances, they would never have had a hope of buying their house. Nobody living on ordinary incomes — even three ordinary incomes — could afford to buy property.
Which is wildly unfunny by how real it is.
Some of these will be obvious or widely read already, but...
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
1984 by George Orwell
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Matched by Ally Condie
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
International Woman of Mystery:
In the Woods by Tana French
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kessey
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Truly Terrifying: Since I don't read much non-fiction, I'll skip this one.
Paint it Black:
Stranger Things: Guys? I am in need of suggestions for this one. The only ones I can think from the parallel world aspect (and have already read those) are:
IterWorld by Neal Gaiman and Michael Reaves.
The Langoliers by Stephen King
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
Film at 11:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Dracula by Bram Stocker
The Shining by Stephen King
Pet Sametary by Stephen King
Misery by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Sphere by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Stardust by Neal Gaiman
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Princess Bride
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Scott Fitzgerald
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
The War of the Worlds by HG Wells
The Day of the Triffids by Wyndham
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
So many more... this list from Goodreads has books that have been turned into movies
King of Fear: Most of the titles I see look like the page turning variety, and I'm likely to read several, but lord, some of those look... not good. That said, beyond the few semi classics sprinkled around, I'd steer towards these:
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Gravity by Tess Gerritsen
Since I'm such a fan of fairy-tale retellings, magic, and weird wee creatures, it is little surprise that these would turn up to be my favourites.
I'm also partial to those squares that push me to fulfill my yearly reading projects and clean up the long languishing titles of my tbr
Joining the Halloween Bing pre-party a bit on the late side, but having a blast with all the traffic on my feed. Now, let's see:
Mystery or Horror?: Horror all the way
Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies or Other?: I'm partial to Witches, though the hodgepodges where everything simmers on the same pot are mighty fun.
Favourite Ghostly Tales:
The Everlost Series by Neal Shusterman and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. They are all written for that nebulous gap between children books and adult, and they are the that perfect balance of cruel and kind that often becomes emotional.
Favourites from Halloween Bingos Past:
Lol! This might get long.
It took me 1 page to realize I had a new favourite author with Nights at the Circus, by Angela Carter. Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1) amply jumped my expectation's bar. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt surprised me by how engrossed I got into a book where there is not exactly something like a plot.
The year before last, I was happy to find that Murder on the Orient Express and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie are as good as promised. And horrified by how excellent and still current The Crucible by Arthur Miller is. I was also surprised by The Haunting of Hill House, after what I felt was a lackluster experience with Shirley Jackson's We've Always Lived in the Castle, and so very glad that I took the game's reviews to heart. Joyland by Stephen King ended up being a campy and perfectly nostalgic read. I also read The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, that while polarizing, is still my favourite of hers (well, maybe fighting for top with Four Ways to Forgiveness)
Favourite Series with Supernatural Elements:
Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. Takes a couple of books to find some polish, but they are immensely entertaining. On a darker bent, I quite liked the Darkfever Series by Karen Marie Moning, but they are more of a problematic-elements guilty pleasure.
Favourite Seasonal Covers:
Favourite Halloween Bingo Authors:
Since I always end up picking at least one more book, Stephen King. If I search for number of entries during the game, John Wyndham and Agatha Christie too. And Illona Andrews, because I'm always up for a re-read.
All of the new squares (and scares) have been revealed, and I got these posts put together over the past few days, so I'm ready to reveal ALL OF THE SQUARES!
Buckle up, butter cup.
A note on book lists: where we have already got a working book list, I've linked to it. However, word of clarification: the rules have changed a bit in the last 3 years - so not every book on the booklists is necessarily a horror, supernatural, mystery or suspense book. If it shows up on a booklist it has been approved for game play on that space and is "grandfathered in" to eligibility.
The new categories don't have a book list associated with them yet.
I am going to do this in three posts, because they are going to be very long! You've seen the 9 new squares:
1. Dark Academia: Any mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror that takes place at a school - high school, college, boarding school, etc.
2. Dystopian Hellscape: This is a multi-genre square! Any book that relates to the fictional depiction of a dystopian society, such as The Handmaid's Tale or The Hunger Games, would qualify!
3. International Woman of Mystery: 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...
4. Psych: 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!
5. Truly Terrifying: Non-fiction that has elements of suspense, horror or mystery, including true crime, both contemporary and historical. Examples would be The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, or The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson. If you have another idea, run it by me - just remember that it has to fit into the general Halloween Bingo criteria of mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural!
6. Paint It Black: Any book with a cover that is primarily black or has the word black in the title, was written by a black author, or relates to rock and roll music.
7. 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.
8. Film at 11: The idea for this new space comes courtesy of Linda Hilton! Generally, in order to qualify for Halloween bingo, all books must fit into one of the general genres of horror, mystery, suspense or supernatural. This space is filled by any Halloween bingo book that has been adapted to film or television. For extra fun, you can watch the adaptation - although this is an optional add on!
9. King of Fear: You can read anything written by Stephen King or Joe Hill, or recommended by Stephen King (as long as the recommendation is otherwise eligible for Halloween Bingo).
The "horror" squares:
10. Genre: Horror: Anything that qualifies as horror. Book list linked here.
11. Southern Gothic: horror set in the Southern part of the United States; Book list linked here
12. Modern Masters of Horror: horror published in or after 2000. Book list linked here. See horror booklist - notes identify sub-categories.
13. Fear Street: 1980's and 1990's vintage pulp-style series horror, targeted to teens, such as Point Horror, Fear Street and horror fiction that is written/published primarily for a YA or MG audience. Examples would include The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. Book list linked here
14. Terror in a Small Town: any horror book where the action primarily occurs in a small town or village. Examples would include: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, It by Stephen King. Book list linked here
15. Slasher Stories: books that share the tropes of classic slasher movies: teen characters, indestructible killers and/or multiple victims. Book list linked here
16. Classic Horror: horror fiction that was published prior to 1980; Book list linked here
17. American Horror Story: horror set in the United States. See horror booklist - notes identify sub-categories.
19. Stone Cold Horror: this is a late addition because I had too much YA horror, so I combined a couple of categories into Fear Street & needed something else for the horror genre! Horror that takes place primarily in a winter/cold/snow type setting.
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.