Reading Bingo: 2017 in Review

The Reading Bingo seems like a fun way to look back at some of the books I’ve read this year, and to mention a few that I haven’t reviewed (yet). I can’t believe I was able to fill every spot.

A Book With More Than 500 Pages
Surprisingly, it seems that this year, only Anna Karenina fits the bill.

A Forgotten Classic
Another shout-out to Ann Petry’s The Street.

A Book That Became a Movie
That would be Murder on the Orient Express.

A Book Published This Year
The Dust Bowl Girls was published back in January.

A Book With a Number in the Title
I don’t want to flood this list with Agatha Christie, so I’m picking Chernobyl 01:23:40.

A Book Written By Someone Under Thirty
The Mothers was a very emotional read.

A Book With Non-Human Characters
I have to stretch the definition of “non-human” a little bit, in order to make The Island of Dr. Moreau fit here.

A Funny Book
That would be The Hating Game, a smart romantic comedy that gets extra points from me for having characters who work in publishing and actually go to work. (It is a pet peeve of mine that writers often pick “editor” as occupation for their characters when they need them to have a job but not work 9 to 5 every day.)

A Book by a Male Author
I’ll go with Alex Haley’s excellent Mama Flora’s Family. Thanks to Melanie at Grab the Lapels, who encouraged me to read it.

A Book With a Mystery
I’m picking The Ghost Map, since it deals with the mystery of a cholera outbreak in Victorian London. (Extra points for this book, because it has lots of information about the sewer system in London at the time, which can serve as both conversation starter and conversation ender, depending on your situation!)

A Book With a One-Word Title
The graphic novel adaption of Octavia Butler’s Kindred is harrowing.

A Book of Short Stories
This would be the wonderful collection Antarctica.

Free Square
I’m still thinking about Closely Observed Trains.

A Book Set on a Different Continent
Endurance has convinced me that I really don’t need to ever go to Antarctica.

A Book of Nonfiction
Dispatches from Pluto brought me to a part of the United States I’ve yet to visit in person.

The First Book by a Favorite Author
Thanks to Donal Ryan’s debut The Spinning Heart, I can fill this category.

A Book I Heard About Online
I first saw The Heart mentioned on Jacqui’s blog.

A Bestselling Book
I still cannot believe that Beartown was written by the same guy who brought us A Man Called Ove. (You can read a review on Cleopatra Loves Books.)

A Book Based on a True Story
I have to pick nonfiction here and go with When Books Went to War.

A Book at the Bottom of My To Be Read Pile
Thanks to the Literary Wives book club, I finally read The Awakening.

A Book My Friend Loves
My friend and I spent an entire afternoon raving about Homegoing.

A Book That Scares You
The Girl With All the Gifts was pretty scary, but I’m more afraid of becoming blind or deaf or turning into a hoarder, like Homer & Langley.

A Book That Is More Than 10 Years Old
I read lots of books that are more than 10 years old. One of my favorites this year was Colette’s La Vagabonde.

The Second Book in a Series
I really thought this field would have to remain open, since I don’t really read any series, but lo and behold, I did listen to The 13 Problems, which is the second of the Miss Marple mysteries, according to Goodreads.

A Book With a Blue Cover
I had the choice between The Luck of the Bodkins and Ceremony; I decided to go with the latter since it is all blue.

This is my last post of the year, everyone. I hope you’ll enjoy the holiday season. Merry Christmas. See you in 2018.



  1. Merry Christmas TJ. I have read 4 of the books you list. I especially liked Endurance which is an amazing epic survival tale. Wow hooray for Shackleton. Happy reading to you in 2018.

  2. I loved The Ghost Map (I think I read it pre-blog) – I thought it was fascinating! My mom also has a book called The Great Stink by Clare Clark, which I was also going to read, but didn’t.

    I had fun re-visiting some of your favourite books. Have a wonderful holiday! πŸ™‚

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