Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!
Please just report, first, second, third, and blackout bingos. Thanks all!
First Bingo Calls:
15. Linda Hilton
16. Murder by Death
19. Tea, Rain, Book
20. JL's Bibliomania
21. Rane Aria
Second Bingo Calls:
7. Linda Hilton
Third Bingo Calls:
Blackout Bingo Calls:
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
I really need to get a timeline down on the events that have happened to our main character and the villagers of Three Pines. Both seem tied together in my head, but you realize that things have occurred to Chief Inspector Armand that colors how he investigates now. I really wish we had gotten more detail about that. It sounds like a terrible case he was involved with that is now causing repercussions to his family. Three Pines is still the picturesque village that has a darkness on the fringes of it though. Another murder takes place and Armand is called in to investigate. Honestly though, most of the book is about Armand's former case and who is out to get him. Things get somewhat wrapped up in this one.
Without trying to fully recap the book. We have the villagers of Three Pines along with familiar characters dealing with the annual Easter egg hunt. Ruth is being a pain, everyone is ignoring her, and people are at odds with each other due to a seance that is going to be happening later. The seance leads to another one that leads to a death. We don't know for sure if it's murder, but Armand and his team is called onto the scene to investigate.
We deal with a lot of things this book, but ultimately Penny focuses on love and jealously. We see love via Armand for his wife and family, for his friends (or those he counts as them) and for his protegee Jean Guy Beauvoir. Heck, we even see the love Armand has for Three Pines and the inhabitants there. But ultimately we get to see his love for justice in this one. It's been alluded to that Armand has been through the wars so to speak and we finally get some minor details about what case did Armand close which caused him to be an enemy of most of the senior officers.
We also see jealously play out again and again in this book. Peter's jealousy of the fact that his own wife is better at him in painting. Other characters jealously of Armand and several side characters jealously of one another. It's definitely one of those, hey just take a walk in someone else's shoes for a moment and quit thinking things are rosy.
The writing was good in this one. I just got a bit bored at times. Probably because there were two story-lines going on and honestly I was not interested that much in the murder. I was interested in Armand coming out ahead of those who are trying to ruin his name. The flow was pretty good though. I think I only got bored because I was just over the Three Pines characters at certain points. Some of these characters have been dealing with murder for a good decade I think. At that point you have to wonder how many of them like it when heartbreak comes around.
The setting of Three Pines is definitely a village that seems to attract darkness. We hear the fact that the village itself is a warm and loving place, but that is why bad things keep occurring to blot it out so to speak.
The ending left things up a bit in the air though about what is Armand going to do next. I am glad we finally get to see some of the guilty parties unmasked in this one. But it doesn't seem like Armand is going to have an easy go of it.
This one was a little slow going for me. But I still loved it.
I don't like Peter. I love Clara and am scared for her in future books. Penny's omnipotent narrator alludes to the fact in books #1 and #2 that Clara's work would become well known and we see now that it is happening, how much Peter sucks.
I don't care for Ruth, but felt sorry for her in this one. And I have no idea if I would have been able to restrain the urge to pop her one for throwing Easter eggs at me.
I want a story centered around Mryna. Now.
Three Pines is straight up book form of Cabot Cove (Murder She Wrote) people need to stop being killed there.
I don't know how this leaves Chief Inspector Armand Gamache since he has now made even more enemies. Love the twist. Did not see any of that coming.
Please welcome a book lover and blogger - Obsidain Blue!
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What was the very first book that made you a book lover?
Oh this is such a hard question for me to answer! According to family lore, I fell in love with Peter Pan (Disney version) and demanded that it be read to me every night before bed time. I loved the idea of going to a place called Neverland and being able to fly due to fairy dust. While growing up I used to have dreams about flying and Tinkerbell was always there to sprinkle fairy dust on me.
What made you start writing about books/book blogging?
I started blogging when I joined BookLikes. I initially moved all of my reviews from Amazon over to Goodreads. However, once Goodreads started what I like to call the “shelf wars” I decided to join BookLikes after I heard about this site from a couple of mutual friends and checked it out. I loved the whole site and got very excited about being able to not only post updates and reviews, but to also just share my thoughts about books and other topics. I also really love that we can upload pictures and gifs without getting angry and wanting to throttle our computers. Or maybe that’s just me that gets angry at trying to upload gifs anywhere else.
Did blogging have an impact on your (reading) life?
Yes. Due to blogging I found a lot of authors that I have never heard of before and fell in love with due to recommendations from fellow bloggers that I must stop what I am doing and read this book. I found myself also reading a lot of different genres due to seeing what fellow bloggers are reading and them making the book/author sound awesome.
What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?
I am going to say romance, mystery, and horror. I find all three genres special because in the right hands a book that is written well can sing to me. I tend to re-read a lot of old school romance titles, but thank goodness someone suggested Courtney Milan to me when I first joined BookLikes. I found myself falling in love with the genre all over again. Mystery books are fun since I am always trying to figure out who did it. Give me a locked room mystery book and I am thrilled. Horror books are special since I often think some of the best horror books become classics because it shows you how terrible sometimes other human beings can be to each other. “The Girl Next Door” made me cry after I finished it. Knowing that it was based on a real life case broke my heart.
Moonlight Reader and I love making up games for everyone on BookLikes to play. She and I will bounce ideas back and forth and decide what we think others will like. We did Halloween Bingo last year and we had a request to do another one this year so that was easy for us to do.
She was the brains behind BookLikes-opoly. We both wanted to play a board game, but she hit upon taking Monopoly and including Disneyland together.
Moonlight is definitely the artist in our dynamic duo though. Have you seen the bingo cards? They are beautiful. Maybe next year you guys can join in with us!
Yes we have another game coming this way and I am not going to tell you! Just watch our blogs to see!
What are your three favorite book covers?
I will keep this to my three favorite book covers for 2017!
You’ve reviewed over 1K books on your BookLikes blog! Congratulations! Do you review all books your read? How does you review process look like?
Yes. I post reviews for every book I read. I will admit though that I re-read a lot during the course of the year, I just don’t post reviews for those books. My review process works with me trying to think of a high level summary for why I rated the book the way that I did. And then I provide a mini-synopsis to explain who the characters are and what their motivations are in the book. From there I go into character development, how I found the writing, the flow of the book, the setting, and the ending. I will sprinkle some gifs in there if I feel so inclined.
Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?
What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)
I love my bed. I have a lot of pillows and just snuggle up with a book, a throw, and a cup of tea. When winter comes, my next favorite spot comes into play. That is my couch right next to the fireplace.
A paper book or an e-book?
Both. I still buy paper books. If I like a book enough, I like to buy it for my permanent book shelves. E-books are great for traveling. Since I am constantly on work travel and take several vacations during the course of a year, it just makes more sense to have a Kindle or other reading device so I can download a ton of books before I go. Before e-readers, when I traveled, I used to pack about 10 books to take with me.
Are you reading one book or several at a time?
I always read one at a time. That said, if a book I am reading is not working for me I skip to the next book on my list.
A book that changed your life?
I am going to go with The Babysitters Club series. When I started reading that series I had to have every book. I loved the special editions that included pictures of all of the girls (Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn). To this day I am so mad that my mom took my books and donated them because she thought I was done with them.
If you could dine with one literary character, who would it be? And what would you order? ;)
Wow this is hard. Okay, I would think that if I could dine with anyone, it would be with Dumbledore. I think he would make a great dinner party companion and I would order butterbeer and cauldron cakes.
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Someone tell me Inspector Gamache is not about to be brought down because of some bs pettiness by corrupt officers?!!! I am stressed out. He is back in Three Pines because the villagers are not that bright. Sorry, I had to say that. Doing a seance in the home of a former friend who tried to murder them, and than the other family who went to live there in book #2 had a death. That place should be burned to the ground and the Earth salted.
That said, I am glad Gamache is on the scene.
Skull means read and not called.
Ghost means called and not read.
RIP will mean read and called.
The bolded squares show what I read for my second unofficial card.
9/5/17-In the Dark, Dark Woods
9/9/17-Locked Room Mystery
9/11/17-Murder Most Foul
9/17/17-Modern Masters of Horror
9/25/17-Serial Spree Killer
9/27/17-Terror in a Small Town
10/17/2017-Country House Mystery
Books read so far:
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada, e.p. 320, read 9/1/17 (Locked Room Mystery)
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, e.p. 208, read 9/1/17 (In the Dark, Dark Woods)
The Narrows (Harry Bosch #10) by Michael Connelly, e.p. 456, read 9/1/17 (Murder Most Foul)
Zone One by Colson Whitehead, e.p. 338, read 9/2/17 (Diverse Voices)
On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt, e.p. 336, read 9/3/17 (Gothic)
I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll, e.p. 302, read 9/4/17 (Free Space)
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, by Colin Dickey, e.p. 331, read 9/6/17 (Haunted Houses)
A Beautiful Blue Death, by Charles Finch, e.p. 324, read 9/8/2017 (Darkest London)
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donahue, e.p. 288, read 9/9/17 (Genre: Horror)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, e.p. 192, read 9/9/17 (Country House Mystery)
Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, e.p. 196, read 9/10/17 (Ghost)
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch, e.p. 396, read 9/12/17 (Magical Realism)
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, e.p. 448, read 9/14/17 (Witches)
Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu, e.p. 110, read 9/15/17 (Vampires)
The Thin Man by Dashiel Hammett, e.p. 210, read 9/17/17 (Classic Noir)
Night Shift by Stephen King, e.p. 368, read 9/17/17 (American Horror Story)
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs, e.p. 335, read 9/18/17 (Werewolves)
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, e.p. 278, read 9/20/17 (Terrifying Women)
Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag, e.p. 407, read 9/21/17 (Terror in a Small Town)
The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, e.p. 60, read 9/21/17 (Classic Horror)
Hellraiser Volume 1 by Clive Barker, e.p. 128, read 9/21/17 (Demons)
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, e.p. 352, read 9/27/17 (The Dead Will Walk)
The Bad Seed by William March, paperback 205 pages, read 9/28/17 (Chilling Children)
Stinger by Robert McCammon, e.p. 542, read 10/1/2017 (Aliens)
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler, e.p. 288, read 10/2/2017 (Supernatural)
The Secret Woman by Victoria Holt, e.p. 379 pages (Gothic)
Iron Kissed by Patrica Briggs, e,p. 321 pages (Supernatural)
On the Prowl (Alpha & Omega #.5) only read the Patricia Briggs story by Patricia Briggs, e.p. 61 pages (Werewolves)
77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz, e.p. 466 (Haunted Houses)
Miss Marple 3-Book Collection 1: The Murder at the Vicarage, The Body in the Library, The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie, e.p. 667 (Locked Room Mystery)
Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson, e.p. 218 (Terrifying Women)
Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children 0.5) by Ransom Riggs, e.p. 192 (Free Space/Creepy Raven)
Total amount of pages read for Halloween Bingo 2017: 9,722 pages.