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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

Halloween Bingo


I am so excited about my first Bingo book challenge that I stayed up waaaaay too late last night planning for it, so this morning I am appropriately scarified with my hair standing on end and bags under my eyes. 


My only firm rule is to use books that I either already own or can borrow from the library, prioritizing the owned books. Assuming I'm not supposed to make a single book or story fit more than one square on the bingo card, I had to pick some re-reads for a blackout plan, although I can probably get at least one line without re-reading. I am going to compromise by prioritizing books/stories that I have never written a review for. 


I don't have a "Reads with Booklikes Friend" yet. Any suggestions? Anyone want to do a buddy read? I see the group read for It, but that one is going to be at the bottom of my list, as I've already reviewed it. 


Black cat: The Wednesday Witch; Chew, Ruth


Classic horror: The Tell-Tale Heart; Poe, Edgar Allan


Creepy crawlies: The Moving Finger; King, Stephen


Diverse Authors can be spooky fun: The Good House; Due, Tananarive


Fall into a good book: Fall of the House of Usher; Poe, Edgar Allan


Full moon: The Last Werewolf; Duncan, Glen


Genre: Horror: The Cask of Amontillado; Poe, Edgar Allan


Genre: Mystery: Adventure of Silver Blaze; Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan


Ghost stories and haunted houses: Silence for the Dead; James, Simone St.


Gothic: Diary of Ellen Rimbauer; King, Stephen


Grave or graveyard: Nona; King, Stephen


It was a dark & stormy night: Rainy Season; King, Stephen


Locked room mystery: Murder in the Rue Morgue; Poe, Edgar Allan


Magical realism: Maya's Notebook; Allende, Isabel


Pumpkin: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; Rowling, J. K.


Read by candlelight or flashlight: The Ghost of Blackwood Hall; Keene, Carolyn


Reads with booklikes friends: ?;


Scary women authors: Witch's Broom; Chew, Ruth


Set in New England: The Fireman; Hill, Joe


Set on Halloween: Cycle of the Werewolf; King, Stephen


Supernatural: Unearthly; Hand, Cynthia


Vampires vs werewolves: The Graveyard Book; Gaiman, Neil


Witches: The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children; McGowan, Keith


Young adult horror: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children; Riggs, Ransom