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1mabith
Editado: Jan 9, 2014, 4:31 pm

The Random House blog put up a couple of book bingo boards, both of which I like more than the one we used last year (less about recs from very specific sources).

So, anyone want to do it again?

One of these is supposed to be YA specific, but it's so ridiculous. The only thing specifically YA about it is the "book set in a high school" (which an adult book could still be) and the one for a classic YA title. Otherwise it's just "Oh, teens read fantasy, make half of them about that," which really bugged me.





Here are all the topics typed out for anyone who wants them or has vision difficulties.

General List
A Book With More Than 500 Pages
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
A Book Published This Year
A Book With a Number in the Title

A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book With Non-Human Characters
A Funny Book
A Book by a Female Author
A Book With a Mystery

A Book With a One Word Title
A Book of Short Stories
A Book set on a Different Continent
A Book of Non-Fiction

The First Book by a Favorite Author
A Book you Heard About Online
A Best-Selling Book
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read Pile

A Book Your Friend Loves
A Book That Scares You
A Book That is more than 10 Years Old
The Second Book in a Series
A Book With a Blue Cover

YA List
A Book With a Female Heroine
A Book set in a High School
The Last Book of a Trilogy
A Book With a Colour in the Title
The First Book in a Series

A Book set in the Future
A Book With a Break Up
A Book Without a Love Triangle
A Book That Became a Movie
A Book set in Paris

A Book set in the Past
A Book With Magic
A Book set in the Summer
A Book With a Dragon

A Book That Made You Cry
A Graphic Novel
A Book Based on a Myth
A “Classic” YA Book
A Book With a Lion, Witch, or Wardrobe

A Book With an Incredible Fight Scene
A Book you Heard About Online
A Book set in Another World
A Book With an Epic Love Story
A Book with Music

2bryanoz
Jan 9, 2014, 4:13 pm

Some interesting categories in the general bingo mabith, I probably shouldn't take on another challenge just yet.

3mabith
Jan 9, 2014, 4:29 pm

My reading seems to cover almost all of the categories without any changes on my part, so I usually just see what fills in where as the year goes on. :)

4rainpebble
Jan 10, 2014, 3:13 am

I am in. It was a blast last year! Thank you Meredith for remembering and setting this up.
Yea!~!

5wookiebender
Jan 10, 2014, 6:51 am

I started last year, but failed due to lack of time to keep up with it. Given my poor track record however, I'm n again this year! (Cracking up over the YA "book without a love triangle" square.) I guess I'll be tackling the adult version, although I do read YA. Hm, maybe I'll try both....

6LShelby
Jan 10, 2014, 8:03 am

Since I've never played this before, maybe someone could clarify the rules...
For example: Only one square per book?

7mabith
Jan 10, 2014, 11:06 am

Tania, well I'm reading Little Men right now, pretty sure there's no love triangle in that one...

6 > You can kind of make it whatever you want, but yeah, I think each square should be a separate book.

I just read normally and see what fills in where, rather than trying to get a bingo right away. Last year I think I managed to have the most squares possible filled in without getting a bingo.

Some of us saved the image and then marked off the squares as we read, some just kept a text record, etc...

8LShelby
Editado: Jan 10, 2014, 2:27 pm

... Hmm, I could make a little utility like my progress bars or those little tickers y'all like using.

I would provide an image url, and there would be a spot in the url where you would add the numbers you've filled in so far separated with dashes like so: 2-7-11-12-14-21 and then the image would show up as the bingo card with the spots indicated all marked off.

If I did that, would anyone be interested in using it besides me?

ETA:
If you listed the numbers in order you read the books, I could make it so that the markers were numbered as to what order you read each book in. It could be an optional feature.

Also, I was thinking the markers, (and the numbers on them if they are numbered) should be transparent so you could see what the card said underneath.

And I would put little numbers on the card in the corner of each box so that you don't have to count up card squares in order to know what number to put in the url.

And you could pick what color marker you wanted to use on your card. (I could do something that let you pick each marker color from a preset list of colors too... but that's probably going a bit too far, yes?)

Any other features that would be wanted?

9mabith
Jan 10, 2014, 2:39 pm

Oh wow, that would be awesome! Definitely love the idea of it being transparent. I didn't do that with my card last year and was annoyed about it by the middle but not so much that I wanted to spend time doing it over.

10LShelby
Editado: Jan 11, 2014, 1:31 pm

Okay, I've got the non-numbered version working.

The magic code for the general interest one is:
<img src="http://www.lshelby.com/Utilities/Bingo/bingocard.php?type=Reading-2014&color=navy&markers=1-2-3">

The magic code for the YA one is:
<img src="http://www.lshelby.com/Utilities/Bingo/bingocard.php?type=Reading-2014-YA&color=yellow&markers=1-2-3">

Copy and paste those lines of mysterious symbols into your own message to see your card. :)

Don't forget to change the marker numbers ( 1-2-3 ) at the end to match what you've actualy read!

Also, you can change the marker color to any of the 17 standard web colors: aqua, black, blue, fuchsia, gray, green, lime, maroon, navy, olive, orange, purple, red, silver, teal, white, and yellow, or you can type a six digit hex-code (no hash).

Should I be putting a marker on the free space, or would people rather I left it blank?

I have edited this post to remove the example cards, since you can see examples just by scrolling a little further down this thread. And hopefully I clarified the explanation a teensy bit. If anyone is still confused on how to work my cards, post a message to my profile. I'm always happy to help. :)

11mabith
Jan 10, 2014, 5:10 pm

That is some serious magic! Thanks so much! I don't care about the free space being covered or not, myself.

12mabith
Editado: Dez 30, 2014, 7:56 pm

Here's mine, I may well do the YA card as well. I'm also including the text version, as computer helps for vision impairments won't work on the images, of course (without some series alt. text).



A Book With More Than 500 Page - The Rise of Rome by Anthony Everitt
A Forgotten ClassicRuth by Elizabeth Gaskell
A Book that Became a Movie - Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
A Book Published This Year - The Martian by Andy Weir
A Book With a Number in the Title - 1941: The Year That Keeps Returning by Slavko Goldstein

A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty - Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
A Book With Non-Human Characters - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
A Funny BookRaising Steam by Terry Pratchett
A Book by a Female Author - 800 Years of Women's Letters edited by Olga Kenyon
A Book With a Mystery - The Potter's Field by Ellis Peters

A Book With a One Word Title - Fledgling by Octavia Butler
A Book of Short Stories - Women of the Weird edited by Seon Manley
A Book set on a Different Continent - Operation Mincemeat
A Book of Non-FictionThe Path Between the Seas by David McCullough

The First Book by a Favorite Author - Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
A Book you Heard About Online - Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
A Best-Selling Book - Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
A Book Based on a True Story - Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read Pile - The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander

A Book Your Friend Loves - Puckoon by Spike Milligan
A Book That Scares You - 13 Bankers by Simon Johnson
A Book That is more than 10 Years Old - The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
The Second Book in a Series - Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
A Book With a Blue Cover - Dreamland by David K. Randall

13LShelby
Editado: Fev 17, 2014, 9:15 pm




GENERAL LIST
A Book With More Than 500 Pages The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
A Book Published This Year
A Book With a Number in the Title - Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book With Non-Human Characters - Star Born by Andre Norton
A Funny Book
A Book by a Female Author - An Awkward Arrangement by Rebecca Ashley
A Book With a Mystery - Big Boned by Meg Cabot

A Book With a One Word Title
A Book of Short Stories
A Book set on a Different Continent - Secrets of the Savanna by Mark and Delia Owens
A Book of Non-Fiction - JQuery Novice to Ninja by Earle Castledine

The First Book by a Favorite Author
A Book you Heard About Online
A Best-Selling Book
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read Pile

A Book Your Friend Loves
A Book That Scares You
A Book That is more than 10 Years Old - Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
The Second Book in a Series - Blood Spirits by Sherwood Smith
A Book With a Blue Cover - Paper, Scissors, Deathby Joanna Campbell Slan

YA LIST
A Book With a Female Heroine
A Book set in a High School - Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson
The Last Book of a Trilogy
A Book With a Colour in the Title
The First Book in a Series

A Book set in the Future
A Book With a Break Up
A Book Without a Love Triangle - The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
A Book That Became a Movie - Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
A Book set in Paris

A Book set in the Past
A Book With Magic
A Book set in the Summer - I Want to Go Home by Gordon Korman
A Book With a Dragon

A Book That Made You Cry - An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
A Graphic Novel - Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi
A Book Based on a Myth
A “Classic” YA Book
A Book With a Lion, Witch, or Wardrobe

A Book With an Incredible Fight Scene
A Book you Heard About Online
A Book set in Another World - Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce
A Book With an Epic Love Story
A Book with Music

14wookiebender
Editado: Dez 30, 2014, 6:30 pm

O. M. G. That is totally cool, thanks so much LShelby!!

MY RULES (which are mine): I reckon books cannot count more than once on one card. I can also shuffle things around, if I find a better fit for a square I've already filled.



General List
A Book With More Than 500 Pages - The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
A Forgotten Classic- The King in Yellow, Robert W. Chambers
A Book that Became a Movie - The Magic Toyshop, Angela Carter
A Book Published This Year - Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoet
A Book With a Number in the Title - Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson

A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty - Von Gobstopper's Arcade, Alexandra Adornetto
A Book With Non-Human Characters - Travel Light, Naomi Mitchison
A Funny Book - Carry On Jeeves, PG Wodehouse
A Book by a Female Author - Joan Makes History, Kate Grenville
A Book With a Mystery - More Than This, Patrick Ness

A Book With a One Word Title - Farthing, Jo Walton
A Book of Short Stories - Engraved on the Eye, Saladin Ahmed
A Book set on a Different Continent - Snuff, Terry Pratchett
A Book of Non-Fiction - Wild: A Journey From Lost to Found, Cheryl Strayed

The First Book by a Favourite Author - The Black Moth, Georgette Heyer
A Book you Heard About Online - City of Dark Magic, Magnus Flyte
A Best-Selling Book - The Shining, Stephen King
A Book Based on a True Story - Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read Pile - Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist

A Book Your Friend Loves - Last and First Men, Olaf Stapledon
A Book That Scares You - Dark Matter, Michelle Paver
A Book That is more than 10 Years Old - True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
The Second Book in a Series - The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, Catherynne M. Valente
A Book With a Blue Cover - Without a Summer, Mary Robinette Kowal

My blue cover:

And it's BINGO, on New Year's Eve! :)

15Helenliz
Editado: Mar 7, 2014, 7:23 am

That's awesome skills, I'm in.


General List
A Book With More Than 500 Pages Bleak House, Charles Dickens
A Forgotten Classic The Prisoner of Zenda, Anthony Hope
A Book that Became a Movie
A Book Published This Year
A Book With a Number in the Title

A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book With Non-Human Characters The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
A Funny Book Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett
A Book by a Female Author Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
A Book With a Mystery The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

A Book With a One Word Title Mischief, Amanda Quick
A Book of Short Stories Runaway, Alice Munro
A Book set on a Different Continent The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenedies
A Book of Non-Fiction The White War, Mark Thompson.

The First Book by a Favorite Author
A Book you Heard About Online Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
A Best-Selling Book Walking Home, Simon Armitage
A Book Based on a True Story Black Roses, Simon Armitage
A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read Pile

A Book Your Friend Loves
A Book That Scares You The return of the Native, Thomas Hardy
A Book That is more than 10 Years Old Where old bones Lie, Ann Granger
The Second Book in a Series
A Book With a Blue Cover Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

16divinenanny
Jan 11, 2014, 6:56 am

I'm also in (with my own version of marking ;))



  1. A book more than 10 years old: The Diary of a Nobody - George and Weedon Grossmith (01-01-2014) (Originally published in 1892, my edition from 1995)

  2. The second book in a series: Ayesha: The Return of She - H. Rider Haggard (01-01-2014/04-01-2014) (Second book in the 'She' series)

  3. A book by a female author: City of Bones - Cassandra Clare (04-01-2014/05-01-2014) (Cassandra Clare, obviously female ;))

  4. A book with non-human characters: A fire upon the deep - Vernor Vinge (05-01-2014/10-01-2014) (Many, many aliens in Vernor Vinge's work)

  5. A book that became a movie: The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan (10-01-2014) (Made into a movie 4 times, also made into radio adaptions and a play)

17rainpebble
Editado: Abr 11, 2014, 7:49 am

I will be doing it in simple text form.

FREE SQUARE: Drink to Yesterday by Manning Coles

A Book With More Than 500 Pages: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
A Forgotten Classic: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
A Book that Became a Movie; Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
A Book Published This Year: Wake by Anna Hope; published by Random House, 2014
A Book With a Number in the Title: 2666 by Roberto Bolano

A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty: If Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler; Tyler wrote this when she was only 22 yrs old.
A Book With Non-Human Characters: The Waterbabies by Charles Kingsley
A Funny Book: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
A Book by a Female Author: The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
A Book With a Mystery: Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes
A Book With a One Word Title: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
A Book of Short Stories: Christmas at High Rising by Angela Thirkell
A Book set on a Different Continent: William, an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton; Europe: England and Belgium
A Book of Non-Fiction: A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous

The First Book by a Favorite Author: Eden Close by Anita Shreve; I have all but 2 of her books.
A Book you Heard About Online: The Setons by O. Douglas
A Best-Selling Book: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson; on the N.Y.T. best seller list in 2013.
A Book Based on a True Story: Remember my Name by Sara H. Banks; based on the life of the Cherokee Nation just prior to and early in The Trail of Tears government forced march West across the U.S. Southland.
A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read Pile: Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy

A Book Your Friend Loves: The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
A Book That Scares You: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
A Book That is more than 10 Years Old: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd; first published in 2002
The Second Book in a Series: Home by Marilyn Robinson; follows Gilead
A Book With a Blue Cover: Annabel by Kathleen Winter

18wookiebender
Jan 19, 2014, 12:21 am

BINGO! On the middle column. :) Will try for the whole square though.

My Bingo card is at http://www.librarything.com/topic/164113#4467971 above.

19judylou
Editado: Jul 31, 2014, 3:43 am



Thank you so much for setting this up. So cool! I'm not sure if I will do the YA one or not, but I do read some YA, so it will be interesting to see how many I can fill in. I didn't quite finish last year's Bingo. There were too many "difficult" squares for me! Hope I do better this year. And I have managed to put all of the books so far read this year in a category!

General List

A Book With More Than 500 Pages . . . Wool by Hugh Howey
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie . . . The Fault in our Stars by John Green
A Book Published This Year . . . The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
A Book With a Number in the Title . . . The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of a window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty . . . A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
A Book With Non-Human Characters . . . Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
A Funny Book . . . The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
A Book by a Female Author . . . Cementville by Paulette Livers
A Book With a Mystery . . . Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

A Book With a One Word Title . . . Eyrie by Tim Winton
A Book of Short Stories . . . The Gifts of the State by Adam Klein
A Book set on a Different Continent . . . The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A Book of Non-Fiction . . . One Hundred Modern Quilt Blocks

The First Book by a Favorite Author . . . Parasites Like Us by Adam johnson
A Book you Heard About Online . . . The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A Best-Selling Book . . . The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
A Book Based on a True Story . . . Transatlantic by Colum McCann
A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read Pile . . . Started Early, Took my Dog by Kate Atkinson

A Book Your Friend Loves . . . The Girl with all the Gifts by MR Carey
A Book That Scares You . . . Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
A Book That is more than 10 Years Old . . . House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski
The Second Book in a Series . . . Shift by Hugh Howey
A Book With a Blue Cover . . . Life as we Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer



YA List
A Book With a Female Heroine . . . The Vale Girl by Nelika McDonald
A Book set in a High School
The Last Book of a Trilogy
A Book With a Colour in the Title
The First Book in a Series

A Book set in the Future . . . Fuse by Julianna Baggott
A Book With a Break Up
A Book Without a Love Triangle
A Book That Became a Movie
A Book set in Paris

A Book set in the Past
A Book With Magic
A Book set in the Summer
A Book With a Dragon

A Book That Made You Cry . . . The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A Graphic Novel
A Book Based on a Myth
A “Classic” YA Book
A Book With a Lion, Witch, or Wardrobe

A Book With an Incredible Fight Scene
A Book you Heard About Online
A Book set in Another World
A Book With an Epic Love Story
A Book with Music

20mabith
Editado: Jan 22, 2014, 1:24 am

Does anyone else "save" squares? Like I could have filled the female author square with Elizabeth Gaskell but I wanted to save it for someone else, haha.

21LShelby
Editado: Jan 22, 2014, 8:42 am

>20 mabith: I've been avoiding filling in the non-fiction square, because I was going to put my book on jquery in it... but that's mostly because how else would I ever have a chance to list anything that technical? "Book with a blue cover"?

Edited to ask:

About the Bingo Card utility -- is changing the marker colors too "techy" for people to want to mess with, or is everyone just that fond of the ones I chose as defaults?

22mabith
Jan 22, 2014, 9:55 am

It's not too techy for me, I just didn't feel a need to change them.

23mabith
Jan 22, 2014, 9:57 am

Also, Tania, what code did you use for the struck out text? I try the usual s (usual on the other sites I use) but it isn't working for some reason.

24LShelby
Jan 22, 2014, 10:02 am

>23 mabith: use strike instead of just s

>22 mabith: I'm glad it's just that I picked good colors. :)

25mabith
Jan 22, 2014, 10:20 am

Thanks! Ha, I'm also just lazy. Unless the colors had been Barbie pink and baby blue I wouldn't think about changing them.

26judylou
Jan 22, 2014, 3:37 pm

The colours are perfect :-)

27wookiebender
Jan 22, 2014, 9:31 pm

Chiming in to say that I just used the default colour because it was pretty. :)

28mabith
Jan 29, 2014, 9:25 am

I wonder if like last year I'll, by chance, ended filling in the most squares possible before getting a bingo. Sounds like a good math problem for grade schoolers!

29rainpebble
Jan 29, 2014, 4:14 pm

As I am not 'techie' enough to even get the graph on my post I am just listing them. Five more to go to Bingo on the regular one. Have not yet begun the Y/A.

30myownwoman
Jan 29, 2014, 6:32 pm

As soon as I have some time, I'm going to join in here :) Love the cards. Thanks for posting them!

31wookiebender
Jan 29, 2014, 9:47 pm

Oh, and I did actually change the default colour, because we all looked the same so when I scanned the page yesterday to find & update my bingo card, it took ages to find! :)

32mabith
Jan 29, 2014, 10:22 pm

Ah, good point, Tania. I changed mine too, to one no one was using yet.

33LShelby
Jan 29, 2014, 10:38 pm

So being able to change colors IS useful, after all! I'm glad. :)

34LoisB
Editado: Jul 12, 2014, 9:00 pm

Ok, I'm joining in. I'm actually doing another bingo card, but I like this one better than the other one. I'm using any book that I read in 2014.



General List
*A Book With More Than 500 Pages - Seldom Come By (The Iceberg Trilogy)
*A Forgotten Classic - My Antonia
*A Book that Became a Movie - Chocolat
*A Book Published This Year - Little Failure: A Memoir
*A Book With a Number in the Title - Five, Six ... Grab your Crucifix

*A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty - Virgin: A Novel
*A Book With Non-Human Characters - Interview with the Sphinx
*A Funny Book - A Pedigree to Die For
*A Book by a Female Author - On the Slam
*A Book With a Mystery - Three Doors to Death

*A Book With a One Word Title - Jewel
*A Book of Short Stories - Selected Short Stories (Modern Library)
*A Book set on a Different Continent - The Picture of Dorian Gray
*A Book of Non-Fiction - Killer Boobs, a memoir of how my breasts tried to kill me...

*The First Book by a Favorite Author - A Handful of Heaven by Kristin Hannah
*A Book you Heard About Online - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
*A Best-Selling Book - Tell the Wolves I'm Home
*A Book Based on a True Story - Madam: A Novel of New Orleans
*A Book at the Bottom of Your To-Read Pile: Mornings in Jenin

*A Book Your Friend Loves - Devil in the Grove . . .
*A Book That Scares You - We need to Talk About Kevin
*A Book That is more than 10 Years Old - Anne of Green Gables
*The Second Book in a Series - Dakota
*A Book With a Blue Cover - Fer-de-Lance

35Helenliz
Jan 30, 2014, 1:58 am

How are we interpreting "A book that scares you". Is that a scary book, or one that you find intimidating?
This is, in essence, a way of avoiding having to read a horror novel!

36divinenanny
Jan 30, 2014, 2:23 am

I thought about the same thing. And I'd say both are fine. I'm kinda bummed I read The Shining and NOS4R2 last year, because I was scared to read both and scared by both ;)

37bg853
Jan 30, 2014, 8:47 am

Divinenanny - If you read The Shining last year than you are all ready to read Doctor Sleep, the sequel this year!

So don't be bummed, you have more King to look forward to! :)

38divinenanny
Jan 30, 2014, 9:17 am

bg853 - I'll pick it up second hand someday, because I am interested in Doctor Sleep. For now I have a whole pile of Stephen King's on mount TBR (2 parts of Dark Tower, classics like Thinner, Insomnia and Dolores Claiborne and more)... I think there will be some King in my reading this year, and I think I can put Thinner down for a book that scares me.

39mabith
Jan 30, 2014, 10:04 am

I think we can interpret "Books That Scares You" in our own way. Horror books really just bore me (other than one particular children's/YA book, Eyes of the Killer Robot which I still won't read at night, but have read a lot already), and the intimidating books I can think of off hand haven't piqued my interest. Mine will probably end up being a non-fiction book, as there's a lot of awful stuff in the world that makes me scared for/of humanity.

40bg853
Jan 30, 2014, 4:11 pm

Wow, Thinner brings back memories when I read it my thought was "Richard Bachmann" was almost as scary as Stephen King.

That secret was kept longer than Gailbraith's identity.

41mabith
Fev 5, 2014, 9:41 pm

Hitting a bingo with a ROOT book, now that's a good feeling.

42LShelby
Fev 5, 2014, 10:05 pm

>41 mabith: Congrats, both on the Bingo, and on getting one of your own tomes read! :)

43wookiebender
Fev 6, 2014, 7:05 am

Congrats! Especially on the ROOT book, that's always a great extra buzz. :)

44mabith
Fev 6, 2014, 10:02 am

Thanks!

45judylou
Fev 9, 2014, 7:34 pm

Another one crossed off. Stephen King has scared me again!

46LoisB
Fev 10, 2014, 8:54 am

I now have 3 Bingo's, having finally finished A Picture of Dorian Gray.

47mabith
Fev 10, 2014, 10:56 am

Good job, Lois!

48judylou
Fev 14, 2014, 12:51 am

I am so slow to get any Bingos! But with The Hundred Year Old Man . . . added, I am one spot closer.

49mabith
Fev 14, 2014, 10:26 am

Judy, last year I did literally fill every spot possible without making a bingo, just by accident. It was both amusing and a tiny bit frustrating.

50judylou
Fev 15, 2014, 7:07 pm

My compulsion to make lists and cross things off is not being fulfilled here yet!!

51judylou
Fev 17, 2014, 6:06 pm

And another one with The Rosie Project.

52judylou
Fev 27, 2014, 1:24 am

Two more added, but still no closer to jumping from my chair screaming BINGO!

53wookiebender
Fev 27, 2014, 9:36 pm

Ah, you need a Book Based on a True Story! That's what I'm working on at the moment, with Burial Rites. If you haven't already read it, maybe you should grab a copy. :)

54judylou
Mar 1, 2014, 7:20 pm

I have wookie! It was a fabulous book. If only I could find another like it . . .

55Helenliz
Mar 7, 2014, 7:19 am

I've finished my first Thomas Hardy since hating every minute of him whilst at school. So I'm putting that into the "books that scares you" slot. I'll admit to being intimidated, rather than being scared, as such, but I'm going that's close enough (and I'm not reading anything really scary - I have nightmare for weeks!)

56mabith
Mar 12, 2014, 2:40 pm

Second bingo with The Martian which was SO GOOD. Ahh I'm in that happy "finished a great book" place.

57wookiebender
Mar 27, 2014, 11:15 pm

Got my second bingo with The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There! I'm finding these books terribly over-written and full of "look how clever I am", so not my favourite reads. But I love the concepts. And any book with a dodo is fine by me, even if Aubergine has a larger vocabulary than the classic "plock" of Pickwick. (And Questing Physicks! That section was brilliant.)

58mabith
Mar 31, 2014, 11:16 am

Bingo number three with The Potter's Field by Ellis Peters. I was slightly shocked with I saw four or five other books with that same title, including at least one other mystery book. Weird!

I was having trouble with "First book by a favorite author" since I seem to have read all of them for my big favorites. Just ordered one that will fit the bill though. St. Fidgeta and Other Parodies. I suppose John Bellairs counts as a favorite even though I've only read one of his series. I just loved it so much that as a kid I didn't want to read any of his books with a different protagonist. I will have to make that up now (not that the first book is part of his usual children's/YA oeuvre).

59wookiebender
Mar 31, 2014, 5:55 pm

Oh, I've been stuck on that "first book by a favourite author" too, only I just realised that I've got Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum on the shelves, unread! I think she counts as a favourite author, although I've only read her Jackson Brodie series. (But Life After Life is this month's bookgroup read.)

60mabith
Abr 10, 2014, 7:13 pm

Ooh, I really enjoyed Behind the Scenes at the Museum. It was one of those rare books that my mom pressured me to read (usually I'm the evangelical reader trying to make everyone I know reading something).

61rainpebble
Abr 11, 2014, 7:54 am

B-I-N-G-O-ed OUT with:
A Book that Scared Me: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

This was fun. Thank you for setting it up & for playing. I really enjoyed this challenge. Let's do it again next year?

#17

62judylou
Abr 12, 2014, 2:31 am

Looks like I will still be doing this one next year anyway, at the rate I am going!

63LoisB
Maio 9, 2014, 9:21 pm

Does anyone have a recommendation for a book written by an author under 30?

64mabith
Maio 9, 2014, 9:39 pm

I've gotten a bit stuck on that one as well! Thanks goodness for Google.

25 Best Novels Written by Writers Under 30 (super annoying slideshow format, I've made a note of Call of the Wild, White Teeth, and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)

30 Books by Authors Under 30 (Newer books, turns out Chimamanda Adichie was under 30 when she wrote Purple Hibiscus, which I've yet to read, so that will probably be mine.)

65LoisB
Maio 10, 2014, 8:03 am

Thx. I'll go investigate! I never expected to find the answer on Google, so I didn't even try.

66LoisB
Editado: Maio 10, 2014, 8:12 am

Wow! I've got 4 possibilities from the latter list:

The Luminaries (heard less than positive reviews, but . . .)
The Tiger's Wife
Swamplandia! (not my usual type, but it fits my Florida category)
Maine

67mabith
Jun 6, 2014, 12:35 pm

Finally got my Author Under Thirty badge. My Book That Scares Me will be 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown. Can't think of anything scarier!

68LoisB
Jul 12, 2014, 9:00 pm

I finally completed my Bingo card!

69mabith
Jul 13, 2014, 1:30 am

Nice job, Lois! I'm having trouble making time for my last two, though I have the titles picked out.

70wookiebender
Jul 14, 2014, 2:05 am

Congratulations, Lois! I've stalled a bit, although I keep on hoping I'll get one of those last few categories soon...

71judylou
Jul 31, 2014, 3:33 am

I just can't get the right books to fit. Sigh.

72wookiebender
Jul 31, 2014, 4:12 am

It is getting trickier with those last few categories... I'm in the middle of a "forgotten" classic, but seem to have stalled. Sigh. (Possibly a good reason why it's forgotten. The first half was great, the second half less so.)

73LoisB
Jul 31, 2014, 9:35 am

74mabith
Set 15, 2014, 1:07 pm

Finally got my Book That Scares Me read! It was 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown. Scary in terms of what was done/ignored/etc... and also sooo much financial-ese going over my head!

I've still got First Book by a Favorite Author to read, and I do have the book here. Is it cheating to just re-read the first book by a favorite author though? On my group threads for what I'm reading this year I only count new reads, so I'm torn.

75wookiebender
Editado: Dez 30, 2014, 6:34 pm

BINGO!

At the 11th hour, here are my last entries:

Forgotten classic: The King in Yellow, Robert W. Chambers
First book by a favourite author: The Black Moth, Georgette Heyer
Book written by someone under 30: Von Gobstopper's Arcade, Alexandra Adornetto

That was fun! Can we do it again next year? (I hope they choose some good categories again, the 2014 one was much better than 2013.)

76mabith
Editado: Dez 30, 2014, 7:57 pm

Whoops, I ended up doing a first by favorite author re-read and forgot to post! I hope that was my last square... The book I bought initially to fill that place will have to take prime position on my ROOT list for 2015.

BookRiot has a reading challenge that we could turn into book bingo? This one gives a bit of a wider spread. It's not a board but here's the list:

--A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
--A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
--A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
--A book published by an indie press
--A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ

--A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
--A book that takes place in Asia
--A book by an author from Africa
--A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
--A microhistory

--A YA novel
--A sci-fi novel
--A romance novel
--A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
--A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)

--An audiobook
--A collection of poetry
--A book that someone else has recommended to you
--A book that was originally published in another language
--A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind

--A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
--A book published before 1850
--A book published this year
--A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

77wookiebender
Dez 31, 2014, 7:17 pm

It's not a bad list at all! Definitely worth contemplating as the basis for book bingo 2015.

78judylou
Dez 31, 2014, 7:20 pm

I came close! Only the forgotten classic slipped by me.

That list looks interesting. I think they are doable.

79mabith
Jan 1, 2015, 12:16 am

It even has the right number of prompts for a bingo board! The only change I'd suggest is changing a few to give it a more global emphasis, though I'm pretty happy with it as-is. Does anyone have other changes/additions they'd want to make?

80wookiebender
Jan 1, 2015, 1:49 am

I think it's pretty good (although I'll probably be happy with your tweaks), although can someone confirm that a "micro history" is one of those books that focusses on just a small bit of history, say Cod or Mauve?

81mabith
Editado: Jan 1, 2015, 6:46 pm

Yeah, those are definitely microhistories! I had to look it up myself.

Here's a board with my tweaks, it's not so pretty, but it's functional:


And the list with tweaks:
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
A book published by an indie press
A book by someone that identifies as LGBTQ

A book by an author from Asia
A book by an author from Africa
A book by an author from South America
A book by an author from Eastern Europe
A book by someone from Central America

A book by an author from the Middle East
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
A microhistory
A YA novel

A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
A science fiction novel.
A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you

A book that was originally published in another language
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
A book published before 1850
A book published this year
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

Does that look okay? I can change the image without trouble, so don't hesitate to suggest a change.