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At Last ... A Book Bingo or Two

I've been reading and reading this summer.  But until I was on my way home from visiting Erin in California earlier this week . . . no actual bingos to report.  

And then, suddenly, there were two!


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Here's what I read for the second column, going down:

Set in more than one time period - Dark Circle (Linda Grant) - While most of this book is set in the early 1950s, the last part of the book is set in the current day - serving as a then-what-happened conclusion.  So . . . definitely two time periods, and a book worth reading.

Part of a series - Blue Lightning (Ann Cleeves) - This is the 4th book in the Shetland Island mystery series -- and this one has quite a surprise at the end!  (Can't say I was sorry to see her go. . . )

Recommended by a librarian - Necessary Lies (Diane Chamberlain) - This is my book group's August selection, and was also recommended by my local librarian.  Alas . . . not for me.  I found it tedious and flat.  Much eye-rolling.  Enough said.  (I am just not a fan of "chick-lit" -- even when it revolves around a meaty social issue.  There are many, many fans of this book.  Just . . . not me.)

Wanted to read for more than a year - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain) - This is an excellent book, well-researched and just plain interesting.  Especially for an introvert . . . who is married to an introvert . . . and who raised at least one (and possibly two) introvert children.

Non-fiction about science - Storm in a Teacup (Helen Czerski) - Physics demystified . . . with everyday explanations.  What's not to love?  (I will think of this book every time I handle an egg.) 


And here's what I read for the 2nd row, going across:

Already own - Anything is Possible (Elizabeth Strout) - I wanted to read this one so badly that I just couldn't wait through the incredibly long library hold list.  So I bought it.  If you loved Olive Kitteridge and Lucy Barton, this one will not disappoint.  Another beautiful, stark "necklace of short stories."  (My kind of book.)

Part of a series - (See BINGO above.)

Written under a pseudonym - The Running Man (Richard Bachman, aka Stephen King) - This one was a bit out-of-the-box for me, but I tend to enjoy Stephen King books (he's a great storyteller) . . . and every once in a while, a little dystopia is good for the soul.  Apparently, there is an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie based on this book (I've never seen it) that is terrible and not at all like the book.  Anyway, this was a very fast read for me.  Because Richard Bachman/Stephen King always sucks you right in, y'know?

Written in the first person - The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy) - Okay.  So the whole book is not written in the first person, but one of the major characters' "sections" is written in the first person . . . so I'm counting it!  Because, let me tell you, this book is an Investment (time, attention, sanity) -- and it needs to count for something.  (If you're looking forward to reading this one because you loved God of Small Things . . . let me tell you, this is NOT God of Small Things.  At all.)

That you want to read because of the cover - The Lonely Hearts Hotel (Heather O'Neill) - This is the book I was reading as Book Bingo began, back in May.  The cover . . . is the best part of the book.  And we'll just leave it right there.


How's your reading going?


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Quiet has been on my radar for a while (because introvert married to extrovert with two introvert children), but you're the first person I actually know who's read it - will definitely check it out! and I'm so glad Anything is Possible lived up to already high expectations.


Such varied books! Wow! I am adding Anything is Possible to my list! Thank you!


I loved Quiet and the feelings of validation I got from it. It was wonderful to read about introversion and not feel like something was wrong with me. I've got four books to read for Book Bingo, but I'm very tempted to just put them aside and read Storm in a Teacup (and just might do that because I'm the boss of my reading).


Extrovert married to introvert with combo kid? Congrats on the two bingos and making it through the hard reads!


What a great assortment of books! I've added The Elizabeth Strout book to my list of must-reads.


I could have told you that you wouldn't like that Diane Chamberlain book. Clearly, I am a much better librarian! hahaha. Probably it's just that I know your taste better. Congrats on your bingo! Onward to more!


Yay for TWO! And many thanks for your great "book talks." Adding a few to my list for further exploration - for sure Elizabeth Strout's . My Recent Read's friend (who is also a former librarian) really likes ES...I'm getting to know her!
Carry on!


I read "Quiet" a few years ago and for the first time in my life I felt like my introverted nature was normal. I'm down to three books to cover my bingo card...happy reading!

Barb B in BC

I totally agree with you on The Lonely Hearts Motel. I am sending it back to the library stacks only partial read. Now I need to find something else to fill in that space on my reading log.


Commenting on a comment!! I have this terrible compulsion to finish a book that I am not enjoying. I am never sure when the optimum time to quit is there!


Two Bingos!! I have a few more books to investigate...


I just requested Storm in a Teacup from my library consortium. Thanks!


Thanks for the book reviews. I'm going to reread God of Small Things. :) Dark Circle is on my list and I'm thinking of going back and rereading Elizabeth Strout's books just to see if she has something I missed the first time through. I just haven't connected (in any way) to any of her books.


This summer I'm trying to work on a Bingo card. So much fun to try new books that I might not of thought to read. Thanks to your blog I have more to add to my list. Now I just need to read! I will be very lucky to make one Bingo this year but I'm trying!


Hi Kym. Love seeing your Book Bingo every year, even though I've reached the stage where just learning a new knitting technique taxes my brain enough to last me a whole year. Still, you've stretched my reading horizons just by contemplating all those innovative categories. It's fun!

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