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BINGOs: Fast and Furious

I've been reading and reading all summer (which, really, is nothing new) -- and, finally, those BINGOs are coming.  Fast and furious.

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Shall we check them out?

First column on the left:

Banned book - I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird.  Loved it when I read it as a kid; loved it when my own kids were reading it; loved it now.  Highly recommended. (And, just for the record, I'm not reading Go Set a Watchman.)

Revolves around a holiday - I read Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney.  I wasn't expecting much with this little book (chosen for the title alone, truth be told), so I was completely surprised to love it as much as I did!  Highly recommended -- and especially if you're a fan of short stories, because although there is a common family history thread throughout the book, it's really a collection of short stories.  (Follow the link above for a free ebook download.)

From the Harvard Classics 5 Foot Shelf - I read the play She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith.  Delightful!  I can see why this classic has endured on the stage and in classrooms.

That your parents didn't/wouldn't have let you read as a kid - I read Lolita, and you can read about it in a previous BINGO post here.

With only words on the cover - I read Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg. If you're interested in beginning or expanding a daily meditation practice (and I am), this is your book.


Third row down:

From the Harvard Classics 5 Foot Shelf - See above.

Romance or love story - I read The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman for my book group, and it was (sort of) a love story, so I'm counting it here.  (I'm not big on the romance genre, generally, so needed some poetic license for this square.)  This one was . . . meh.  (And I usually like Alice Hoffman.)

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Recommended in a BOTNS episode - I read In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume.  The fact that I finished this book at all is a testament to Judy Blume's storytelling skills.  (And that's all I'm going to say about this one.)

Short story anthology - I read This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.  I thought it was fabulous, but I will guess it's just not going to be for everyone.  


Last column on the left:

That you've pretended to have read - I read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.  This was one of those goofy squares for me -- because I've actually read enough books that I don't need to pretend to read books.  Y'know?  But I chose Tinker Creek for this square because I have frequently quoted from the book even though I hadn't read it.  Anyway, it's a classic for a reason, and I'm glad to have finally actually read it.

Set Before 1800 - I read Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors.  Or . . . I should say I read HALF of Beneath a Marble Sky before giving up in utter frustration.  Just not my story.  The books is highly rated nearly everywhere you look, though, so it is clearly many people's story.  Just not mine. (And I'm counting it for a bingo square even though I didn't read the whole thing because pain and suffering.)

Short story anthology - See above.

That involves magic - I read Buried Giant, and you can read about it in a previous BINGO post here.

Sports related - I read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach.  This is another book I've had in my "to read" queue for several years.  What a delightful book filled with fabulous characters.  I highly recommend this one.


And, finally . . . Diagonal, from the upper right hand corner:

That you've pretended to read - See above.

With food as the theme - I read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (who was also born in the same year as me, so bonus points for that).  Eye-opening, fascinating, and rather gruesome.  Let's just say I will never eat a fast food ANYTHING again.

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With a protagonist/narrator over the age of 50 - I read A God in Ruins, and you can read about it in a previous BINGO post here.

With only words on the cover - See above.


As you can see, those BINGOs are beginning to pile up.  Surprisingly, I only have 4 squares to go for a total cover.  Don't hold your breath though, because the square I'm working on now . . . is At least 800 pages.  I'm reading Dickens - Nicholas Nickleby.  It's going to take awhile . . . 


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Hooray for multiple bingos! I considered In the Unlikely Event for my "On the Bestseller List" square and am glad I decided against it. Nicholas sounds like a bit of a slog to me, but I'm reading Centennial for my "At Least 800 pages" and James Michener is telling me about Colorado in painstakingly excruciating detail. I can't wait to get past the geology and dinosaurs to some people and their stories!


Wow! It looks like you have read some great books! I've also had fun reading a variety of books for my bingo and have five squares left on my card. Right now I'm reading "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" for the "about royalty" square.


I am much better at playing real Bingo! Ha!! It's fun to see the BOTNS cards, though, and to read about the books you've read!


So many little time. Thank God some of the ones you mentioned were books I had already read.


I like the way you approached the topic and told us about each book - I think I will do that for my next Bingo. Mine are coming fast and furious now, too!


I'm glad you've had some wonderful reads to offset the not-so-greats - and I can't wait to see what you think of Nicholas Nickleby. The only Dickens I've ever read (and that was a listen narrated by Tim Curry) is A Christmas Carol. I can't imagine 800+ pages from his pen....


Thank you for all the good book reviews. I'm always looking for the next good book. You're a dedicated reader to get through any Dickens. Good luck!!


Yay for you! I am reading The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, ~700 pages, but it is keeping me interested. Sometimes I have to stop because it is too depressing, but then it picks up again.

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