It's just about time to wrap up another season of Summer Book Bingo. Quietly - and without fanfare - I finished the summer with a coverall.
Here's a quick rundown of the books I read that I haven't already identified:
Outside your comfort zone - I read Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith. Why was this book of poetry outside my comfort zone? Why . . . because I'd never read Tracy K. Smith before. But when she was named the current U.S. Poet Laureate, I decided I needed to check out her poetry. Let me just say -- it is lovely!
Any book (free square) - I could slide a couple of different books into this square (because I actually read a few books beyond the 25 Summer Book Bingo squares) but I decided that another book of poetry would fit perfectly here in this free square. I read Rain in Portugal, a new collection of poems by Billy Collins. What a treat! Billy Collins remains one of my favorite poets of all time.
About art/artists - I read A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass. When it first came out, I read Three Junes, Julia Glass's first novel. It was fabulous, and I hold it up as one of my favorite reads of recent memory. I keep reading her follow-up books as they come out -- hoping for another Three Junes. But . . . nope. This one wasn't it either. Still enjoyable - in that summer, beach-read kind of way. But certainly not another Three Junes. (Oh, well.) (I could have also plugged A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume into this Bingo square. It's a very good book; interesting perspective -- but probably not for everyone, and certainly not a summer beach-read.)
Thriller - I read Magpie Murders by Alan Horowitz. Not exactly a "thriller" . . . really. More like a "cozy mystery," I guess. But the closest thing to a "thriller" I'll read this summer (my bingo; my rules). Although rather light, the concept was interesting and unique -- and it kept me entertained for a couple of days.
Classic - I re-read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I first read this one as Le Petit Prince - en français - as a high school sophomore. It is a very sweet story - although I must admit to being much more taken by it's message as a high school French student than as an adult in her fifties. Still . . . it's fun to re-read beloved books from other eras of your life.
Audiobook narrated by the author - I listened to David Sedaris read his newest book, Theft by Finding. I am a big fan of David Sedaris, so I enjoyed this book. But . . . if you aren't already familiar with his work, this is NOT where I would start. (It starts out very dark, and the whole thing is a bit choppy if you're not already familiar with the people in his life and the stories he tells.)
Set in a place you'd like to know more about - I struggled with this category. Because I just didn't want to choose a book based on setting alone. So . . . (my bingo; my rules). . . I'm going to fill this square with Bear Town by Frederik Backman. (Because I am always interested in knowing more about Sweden.) I loved this book! Excellent writing, a solid story, Sweden . . . and hockey.
And . . . that's a wrap, my friends! Another summer. Another Summer Book Bingo coverall.