Several bloggers are now writing about their 2017 Reading Bingo results. I noticed that most of them did not actually read to the bingo card, but checked what they did read to see what fit. My goals are never as specific as what’s written on the card, but it did make me look more at my books from 2017 to see if there’s some variety. You can check out Reading Bingo 2017 posts by BookerTalk and A Life in Books. If I’ve forgotten your post, share it in the comments.
A Book with More than 500 Pages: American Gods by Neil Gaiman came in at 750 pages. There were no others quite so long! I worry that reading longer books will make my blog go silent for too long, but I could plan better in 2018.
A Forgotten Classic: I’m not complete sure what this means, but I think Kindred by Octavia Butler is a classic science fiction novel that most haven’t read.
A Book that Became a Movie: This year I re-read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, which was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940.
A Book Published this Year: The Misfit’s Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch was published October 24th, 2017. I bought the book at a reading Yuknavitch did at the University of Notre Dame. She’s lovely.
A Book with a Number in the Title: Super Mario Bros. 3 by Alyse Knorr is a person, historical, and cultural look at the phenomenally popular Nintendo Game.
A Book Written by Someone Under 30: I believe that the comic/writer Sarah C. Andersen, who wrote Big Mushy Happy Lump is 25.
A Book with Non-Human Characters: Everyone’s A Aliebn When Your A Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun is about an alien who visits Earth to learn about its inhabitants.
A Funny Book: Dust Tracks On A Road by Zora Neale Hurston recounts her outrageous yet simply life in the swamps of Florida.
One time, her “Aunt Cal’line” tripped a lady off the church steps to see if she was wearing underwear; the woman was not, so Aunt Cal’line spit on her naked bits and rubbed the spit in with her foot.
A Book by a Female Author: This one was easy for me, so I randomly picked Fat Girl Dances with Rocks by Susan Stinson.
A Book with a Mystery: Thanks to the new movie, my book club picked Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
A Book with a One-Word Title: Tampa by Alyssa Nutting caused a lot of scandal when it was released thanks to the protagonist, an 8th grade teacher who preys on students.
A Book of Short Stories: I didn’t read…a single short story collection!!! This is really surprising because I come from an MFA program, and we’re known for pretty much only reading and writing short stories! *bummed*
Free Square: I stuck Jolie is Somewhere by Alana Cash in just for fun.
A Book Set on a Different Continent: The highly truthful young adult novel Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell is set in Australia, and I’m from the United States.
A Book of Non-fiction: I read many of these this year, but I chose Assata to fill the square because it’s an older autobiography that looks at a member of the Black Panther Party. It’s not about struggling with addiction or sex — and there are a lot of those lately.
The First Book by a Favorite Author: I’m also not sure what this category means; the first they wrote or the first I enjoyed that made the person a favorite author? I chose The Unlikely Ones by Mary Brown because it’s both her first book and the first of hers I read. I’m currently reading a trilogy she wrote called Pigs Don’t Fly!
A Best-selling Book: My book club chose Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which I did not enjoy like others did. I felt it was pretty formulaic, and I hated that the fat narrator had to get ripped for no good reason.
A Book Based on a True Story: I’ll review it soon! I have a lot to say about Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner, inspired by an actual murder. The murder inspired the book Closing Time: The True Story of the “Goodbar” Murder by Lacey Fosburgh’s, which inspired Rossner, which inspired the 1977 film starring Richard Gere and Diane Keaton.
The 1973 death of Roseann Quinn — a 28-year-old New York City teacher who worked with deaf children; she was stabbed to death by John Wayne Wilson after a one-night stand gone awry — became emblematic of the dark side of the city’s 70s hookup scene.
A Book at the Bottom of My TBR Pile: Tracy DeBrincat sent me a copy of Hollywood Buckaroo to be reviewed in July of 2013. Though that’s not the true bottom of the pile, it seemed pretty low!
A Book Your Friend Loves: Well, this brought to mind Naomi, of course, who led the #ReadingValancy read-along in November! We read The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. I go to Naomi for all things Montgomery.
A Book that Scares You: Josh Malerman’s horror novel entitled Bird Box is about something that kills you if you look at it. It’s so easy to open one’s eyelids, that I was scared!
A Book that is More than Ten Years Old: I wonder if this box is only hard to check for those who only keep up on the latest trendy books or ARCs. Ten years isn’t that long ago! I chose Sula by the power house Toni Morrison.
The Second Book in a Series: Those of you who follow Grab the Lapels regularly know my up and down experiences with Katie MacAlister’s The Dark Ones series — and why I keep reading them. This year I listened to book #2, Sex and the Single Vampire.
A Book with a Blue Cover: One of my favorite books of the year, Dietland by Sarai Walker, has a bold blue cover! I don’t read for covers, but I do appreciate a grenade cupcake and what that implies.