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Summer Book Bingo: The Results

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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.

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  1. Now I may be the only person who still hasn’t read Room, and The Fiery Cross should have counted for two squares! It does sound like you had an awesome summer for reading.

  2. I enjoyed Room, that was a stuck in the chair with a broken arm read. 🙂 And The Fault in Our Stars…so good, so sad. Great job Carole!

  3. You read quite a variety of genres, which was the best thing about the Bingo. I didn’t participate as my summer wasn’t the reading type of summer. I need to read more “fun” books.
    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was my favorite book of 2013.

  4. Phew! That’s a lot of books. I’ve read a few of them but most are unknowns to me. I’ll avoid the ones you said you didn’t care for.

  5. Are you on Good Reads? If so, I would LOVE to “friend” you there as I adore the books you read. Thanks, Paula Sibbald in Canada

  6. This summer I read a lot of mysteries set in foreign lands as I awaited my daughter’s return from 3 months in Southeast Asia (she’s back, now. Hurrah!). My favorites, by Tarquin Hall, are set in New Delhi.

  7. Would you share the bingo cards with me? Our library might want to do book bingo again for the adult winter reading program.

    Also, and this is a nit I need to pick, would you consider adding a Next Post and Previous Post links to the blog, to appear right below the post? I don’t always read every day, and now I have to scroll down to Archives, select September, then scroll down to where I left off. The extra work is exhausting (that’s a joke, btw).

  8. I’m so glad you played along (twice!) and adapted the Bingo for the library! Ann and Michael said they’re doing it again next summer and I hope we can all play along then too. but without a “book I won’t like” square. ugh. I also think you should get extra credit for three really long books. only wish they’d all been five stars. I loved The Giver (it was my middle school square). any plans to see the movie?

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