You may recall this post from June when I talked about Books on the Nightstand Bingo. I already had checked off a couple of squares on my Bingo card at that point and I was planning on a cover-all.
I did not get the cover-all. I did, however, play 2 Bingo cards (one from Books on the Nightstand and one from my library’s Bingo program) and I managed to get 3 Bingos on those 2 cards. And I read 18 books in all!
From the first to the last I read:
Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin – for the cozy mystery square.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – for the nonfiction square
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – for the classic-that-I-should-have-read-in-high-school square
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – for the currently on the bestseller list square
The Giver by Lois Lowry – for the ages 8-12 square
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls – for the borrowed from the library square
The Borden Tragedy by Rick Geary – for the graphic novel square
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich – for the part of a series square
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – for the historical fiction square
Room by Emma Donoghue – for the recommended by a family member (Hannah) square
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – for the longer than 500 pages square
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud – for the set in the place where I live square
Byrd by Kim Church – for the small press square
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – for the set in another country square
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead – for the biography of memoir square
The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck – for the book that I think I will dislike square (I was right, by the way)
Winter People by Jennifer McMahon – for the book I chose because of the cover square
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith – for the book I saw someone else reading square
Whooo boy, that was a lot of books! And I mostly enjoyed every single one of them. Some stand out for various reasons, though. Unbroken was terrific. The Fault In Our Stars made me cry. Room made me think a lot and I made Dale read it, too. The Book of Life was a disappointment. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was a slog. Winter People was great and My Life in Middlemarch brougth back wonderful memories of my senior seminar on George Eliot.
It was an awesome summer for reading.