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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Jim  Dale

Diving back into the world of Harry Potter has been really fun. I forgot just how much I missed this series. Jim Dale is extraordinary as he reads the book. I am catching so many things that I either skimmed over when I read it the first time because I was inhaling the book, or just plain forgot. It's still as fresh and new to me as it was the first time I read it more than 10 years ago.  


I am using this for the Magical Realism bingo square!


Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 309 pages.

It Takes a Witch - Heather Blake

After reading such heavy murder mysteries lately this has been a very welcome surprise. It's very light hearted and fun, but still has a whodunit mystery that hasn't, so far, been obvious. I am enjoying it.

Agatha Christie The Body in the Library

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

This is my first Miss Marple book and I was a wee disappointed that she wasn't in it more. I haven't read a "cozy" murder mystery in a really long time, if ever, and it was a lot slower than I am used it. It was really good though and I was quite surprised at the end when the murderer was revealed. I will have to go back and add the first Miss Marple book to my want to read list.


I get to cover my second bingo square! I am using this one for Cozy Mystery.


Reading progress update: I've listened 615 out of 1230 minutes.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Jim  Dale

Apparently Jim Dale set a world record when he used 125 different voices for this audio. I can believe it! He is absolutely fabulous! I am going to use this one for the magical realism bingo square for obvious reasons! :)

Reading progress update: I've read 67 out of 191 pages.

The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie

A little slow going but I haven't read a tame murder mystery in a while. I'm used to horrific violence being described in gory detail. I quite like the mystery though! I could either use this for a locked room mystery or a cozy mystery. I think I am going to go with the later.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling

Two of my friends were raving about the audio books of Harry Potter and since I have been wanting to re-read the series for some time now, I decided to get the audios. They are absolutely fantastic! I read the books so quickly years and years ago (because how could you not devour them), and there are small details that I had forgotten. I love that I can experience them again in this different way (after reading and seeing all the movies). The narrative is Jim Dale and he keeps you so engrossed with the subtle changes of his voice for the characters.


I decided to use this one for the werewolves square because of the prevalence of Professor Remus Lupin in this book as the new Dark Arts teacher.


Halloween Book Bingo 2017

My master card for the Halloween Book Bingo 2017. So excited to have finally gotten started! 

Last update:  






Read + Called


Ghost: Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong, completed 9-4-17

Cozy mystery: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie, completed 09-14-17

Werewolves: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (audiobook), completed 9-4-17  


Read (NOT called)

Magical realism: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (audiobook) completed 09-20-17


Currently Reading or Planning to Read

Witches: It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake

Demons: Demons and Deep Dish Pizza by Jordan K. Rose

Serial Spree Killer: Cold Blood by Robert Robert Bryndza

Monsters: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audiobook)

Supernatural: Rituals by Kelley Armstrong

Romantic Suspense: The Looking Glass Portrait by Linda Hilton

Free Space: Reign: The Haunting by Lilly Blake

In the dark, dark woods: The Girl in the Woods by Gregg Olsen


Called (NOT read)

Ghost (09-01)

Cozy mystery (09-03)

In the dark, dark woods (09-05)

Genre: horror (09-07) not on my card

Locked room mystery (09-09)

Murder most foul (09-11)

Witches (09-13)

Werewolves (09/15)

Modern Masters of Horror (09/17)

Terrifying Women (09/19) not on my card

Diverse Voices (09/21)

Haunted House (09/23)

Serial Spree Killer (09/25)

Terror in Small Town (09/27)

Aliens (09/29)



Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong (Ghost square)


The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When Patrick brings him the case of a hitchhiking woman in white, who vanished on a country road, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces.


The only thing his investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker story fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the case, though, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the phantom isn’t the only one who has lost her way.


I have followed this series from book one and I love when the author releases these novellas. It takes the characters out and puts them in a side story that allows them a bit more freedom and dives a bit deeper into their personalities without the weight of the heavy main story. They are always fun reads and this one is no exception. I also love that this was from Gabriel's point of view, for the only reason that he's my favorite. :) 


I am using this one for the Ghost square!




My Halloween Bingo Card! So pretty!

I am so excited! I love this time of year and I had so much fun with last year's bingo. Thanks Moonlight Reader for the lovely bingo card!!


Met one of my very favorite authors yesterday - Kimberly McCreight

Kimberly McCreight was doing a book signing at my local Barnes & Noble yesterday and I was so excited. She is the author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her. I absolutely loved both books. No one ever comes to my city so it was really cool. She talked about her process and her new book and she is really funny.



I purchased her new book Outliers and can't wait to start it. It takes place in Maine (which will work for my New England bingo square).  I highly recommend her books!!

Reign: Hysteria

Reign: Hysteria - Lily Blake

"France is aflame with rumors of witchcraft and treachery. Who will be burn for their transgressions? Find out in this haunting original novel based on the hit CW television show, Reign.


Something sinister has been sweeping the villages surrounding the French court. Rumors of Satan’s horsemen traveling the countryside and claiming the souls of villagers have sent the people reeling into a religious frenzy and soon fear and suspicion lead them to accuse a young girl of witchcraft. After the prisoner is brought to the palace for questioning, Mary, Greer, Kenna, and Lola work to prove her innocence. But there are others who will stop at nothing to see the girl and her secrets silenced forever… "


I wouldn't really call this a haunting original novel but it wasn't bad. I haven't quite finished the first season of the show (because *ahem* a certain Poldark got in the way) so there were some spoilers in this book concerning Lola (who btw didn't do anything to prove anyone's innocence). The characters are written close to the show and it was an interesting story of supposed witchcraft. I am falling more in love with Bash than I already was. I think he may be a favorite character of the writer. 


This of course satisfies the witch bingo square! 



I saw someone else who is partaking in bingo talking about how they must have the most squares without a bingo and I feel their pain. I do have one bingo but I've read 12 books. I must find direction. :) 

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Paul Clifford - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

This book is the first book to use the phrase "It was a Dark and Stormy Night" so I thought it would be fun to read it for that bingo square. Alas, I can't finish it. I feel like a failure but it's not catching my attention at all. :(  I do read classics (Pride & Prejudice is my favorite book of all time) but sometimes they are just not my taste. I feel bad... but I'll save it for another time.


I am going to take the recommendation of my friend, Jenn, and read (or listen to) And Then There Were None for the "It was a Dark and Stormy Night" square. I saw the movie and it was great.

Adventures of a Wimpy Werewolf: Hairy but NOT Scary

Adventures of a Wimpy Werewolf: Hairy But Not Scary - Tim    Collins

Luke Thorpe is a fifteen-year-old wimp. Excellent at math and terrible at sport, he’s not the sort of person you’d expect to see howling at a full moon. Yet he finds himself doing just that – and a host of hairier things – as he slowly discovers his true identity: against all odds, he is a teenage werewolf.


In this, his brilliantly funny diary, Luke describes his new condition and its embarrassing impact on his life, as well as embarking on an extraordinary adventure that brings him into contact with some pointy-toothed familiar faces … Will Luke triumph over a werewolf’s mortal enemies? There’s only one way to find out.  source



This is Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets vampires and werewolves. This is the third book in an extremely funny series for 8-12 year olds. A few years back my son was addicted to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and he didn't have anything new to read and still needed to get his AR points for school. I found this series at our library and he loved it!


The Wimpy Vampire series can be found here: Tim Collins Books


I highly recommend it if you (or your kids) are looking for something light and funny to read!


This fulfilled my Vampire v Werewolves square!


Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 224 pages.

Adventures of a Wimpy Werewolf: Hairy But Not Scary - Tim    Collins

After the 500+ page book I just finished yesterday, I decided to jump into something a bit lighter. This is a re-read for me. My son and I read it a few years back. It is such a fun series and this one in particular is a funny take on the vampire v werewolf conflict.

Three Sisters, Three Queens

Three Sisters, Three Queens - Philippa Gregory

When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined – with Margaret’s younger sister Mary – to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France.


United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.


Released 9 August 2016. (Philippa Gregory Site)


When an author decides to write in first person it really can be a slippery slope for their readers between sympathizing and loathing said character. This book is written from Margaret Tudor's point of view. It follows her from childhood, when she was a Tudor princess, to seeing her son grown and on the thrown.  Unfortunately, there is not much known about her but there is a lot known about the events of those times so Philippa tries to fill in the blanks. Historically, she was quite a woman of her times. She was handed over to her older husband, the King of Scotland, at age 13 and was forced in the middle of the conflict between England and Scotland many times.


This is also a story of the relationship between the three sisters, Katherine of Aragon, Mary, Queen of France (for a few weeks) and Margaret, Queen of Scots, all from Margaret's point of view. Although Margaret is a whiny, envious, materialistic character it is fascinating to read all the events that took place. The most prominent was when Katherine ordered King James killed and his body brought back to England to show off. She did not even let her sister-in-law have his body to bury. This was when it all began to fall apart for Margaret, so how she could even speak with her sister-in-law and brother again is beyond me, but apparently she did, even going to live with them for a time.


I wish better records would have been kept back then about the women of the time, but since they were not, we get a book like this that can only guess what was going on in the heads of these women.


It's a long book and you'll probably end up hating Margaret for a time, but if you love the Tudor era and would like a different perceptive of it, this is definitely a good book for that.


I am using this for "Fall into a good book," bingo square since a lot of it was set in the Autumn.



Reading progress update: I've read 208 out of 464 pages.

Three Sisters, Three Queens - Philippa Gregory

She stopped being envious and whiny and now she's back to it... Ugh.