I've been reading and reading and reading all summer long -- and coloring in the various squares on my Summer Book Bingo card.
But I wasn't getting any Bingos.
Fourth row, across.
Let's check it out, shall we?
That your parents didn't/wouldn't have let you read as a kid - I read Lolita. Pretty much hated it, although I can see why it is considered a literary classic. (And just to clarify, my parents never did look over my shoulder or try to control what I read when I was a kid. I'm sure they wouldn't have been pleased with my choosing to read Lolita when I was young -- but I can't imagine they would have prevented my reading it.)
With a protagonist/narrator over the age of 50 - I read A God in Ruins. How I adored this book -- and the protagonist, Teddy. I was just beginning this book when the Book Bingo started, so this was actually my first square. (I highly recommend this book, by the way. Although I would also suggest first reading Life After Life - the sort-of prequel.)
Has a place-name in the title - I read At the Water's Edge. (Water's edge. It's a place.) (I'm using a lot of poetic license when it comes to these squares.) (I have to make this work for me.) This book? Meh. Can't really recommend it. (I wasn't overly fond of Water for Elephants - by the same author - either. So there is that.)
With a child on the cover - I read She's Come Undone. LOTS of poetic license here. There is a picture of a young woman of indeterminate age on the cover of the version of the book I read. And since the main character spends at least half the book in childhood or adolescence, and because the cover shot presumably represents her, I claim her as a child! (So there.) Anyway. I loved this book, and I'm sorry it took me so very many years to get around to reading it.
That involves magic -- I read Buried Giant. I am not a fan of fantasy or magical kinds of stories to begin with (even when they're written by Kazuo Ishiguro), so this one was a total slog for me.
And there you have it . . .