This summer, I've been reading and reading and reading . . . but only just recently got my first Book BINGO!
Let's check out that middle column, going down, shall we?
With 200 pages or fewer - For this square, I read My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. I loved this book! It was spare and elegant; it didn't fill in all the blanks for you (my favorite kind of book), and allowed you to connect the dots for yourself. An excellent selection. Five stars!
A tale of survival (fiction or non-) - If you've followed my Book Bingo blog posts in the past, you might already know that I (ahem) take liberties with the squares. I love to read. I love to participate in Book Bingo. But I will NOT read something I don't otherwise want to read. So I tend to . . . be creative sometimes with my squares. I am not a fan of what you normally think of as "survival" books. But, I did read Louise Erdrich's wonderful new novel, LaRose. And if you've read it, you will certainly see that it fits into this "tale of survival" square --- even if it is a bit unexpected. Another excellent read. Five stars!
That you've pretended to have read meant to read but haven't gotten around to it yet - Another thing I do with Book Bingo . . . is modify some of the prompts that I don't like. "Pretending" to have read something is just not my style. But there are many books that "everyone" has read but me. You know. Books that were Very Popular - but I didn't have time to read them when "everyone else" was reading them. So I decided to revise the square accordingly. I read another Elizabeth Strout book -- that one that "everyone" read way back when it was first out: Olive Kitteridge. I never pretended to have read it. But I've always meant to. I'm glad I finally gotten around to it. Four stars!
Historical fiction - For this square, I read A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton. This one, from the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction longlist, held much promise -- taking on the difficult and heavy-heavy-heavy subject of the bombing of Nagasaki. (Let's just say . . . lots of guilt and regret in this one.) It was quite good - and I certainly learned a lot about Nagasaki and how the bombing impacted the community and its survivors - but it fell just a bit flat. Still, worth the read. Three stars!
Happy weekend to all of you. Hope you get some time to curl up with a book!