Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Mondays–Bookish Bingo!


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my musing for this week–

Reading-Bingo-smallI saw this bingo card on kwizgiver’s blog a few weeks ago and thought I’d see how many squares I could fill in with books I’ve read so far this year. Ready? Here we go!

More than 500 pages: We Are Not Ourselves by Mathew Thomas weighs in at 640 pages. I read part of this as a library book and part on my kindle, so luckily I didn’t have to lug it around with me!

Forgotten classic: I haven’t read any classics this year—just about everything I’ve read this year was published in the last year or two.

Book that became a movie: I haven’t read anything this year that became a film—but I did read a book ABOUT the movie industry—Pictures Of A Revolution by Mark Harris.

some luckPublished this year: Some Luck by Jane Smiley—it was just published on October 7. It’s the first book in what will be a trilogy and I loved it!

Book with a number in the title: 1963: The Year Of The Revolution by Ariel Leve.

Author under 30: Katie Heaney is in her mid-twenties and wrote the memoir Never Have I Ever –I thought it was OK, but I’m about 25 years older than her intended audience.

relishBook with a non-human character: I don’t usually read books that have inanimate objects as main characters—but the graphic memoir Relish by Lucy Knisley had a lot of food and recipes in it, so I’m going to count it for this category!

Funny: I Work At A Public Library by Gina Sheridan is a collection of very short vignettes and quotes from library workers. If you’re a booklover, parts of this book are laugh-out-loud funny. One of my favorites—a library patron wants to know where to find autobiographies of dragons.

sisterlandFemale author: Curtis Sittenfeld sounds like a man, but SHE is the author of several novels including Sisterland, which is about adult twin sisters who grew up sharing psychic powers. I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would.

Mystery: Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty probably wouldn’t be considered a hard-core mystery, but the plot kept me guessing up until the end.

hiddenOne Word Title: Hidden by Catherine McKenzie was a great alternating point of view novel about a man (who dies in the first chapter), his wife, and a woman who may or may not have been his lover.

Short stories: Other People We Married by Emma Straub. I picked this up after I read her latest novel The Vacationers and was pleased to discover that several of that novel’s characters actually originally appeared in this short story collection!

9.16.14Set on a different continent: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters was set just outside of London. I adored this book!

Nonfiction: I’ve read a ton of nonfiction this year—but one of the most memorable was Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune  by Bill Dedman. Proof that truth is often much stranger than fiction!

tell the wolves i'm homeFirst book by an author: Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka. What a wonderful, thoughtful, moving book this is! I can’t wait to find out what Rifka writes next.

Book I heard about online: I probably heard about the majority of books I’m listing here from my blogging buddies! I can’t pick just one!

Best-seller: Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy was on the NYT bestsellers list for awhile.

burgess boysBased on a true story: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout is based on a hate crime.

Book from the bottom of my TBR pile: I finally got around to reading The Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I liked it more than Landline, but not as much as Eleanor & Park and Fangirl.

Book your friend loves: I don’t get a lot of recommendations from friends—I’m usually the one who is recommending the books to them!

Book that scares you: I didn’t read anything that sticks out as being scary this year.

More than ten years old: I’ve hardly read any backlist this year (I’m actually working on a future post on this!) so I’ve got to leave this one blank.

Second book in a series: I used to read a lot of series books but I haven’t done so in ages.

vacationersBlue cover: The Vacationers by Emma Straub. I love this cover, and I loved the book!

So–my score is 19 out of 24 squares filled in–not too bad!

How about you? How much of the card could you fill in? Have you read any of my fill-ins? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

22 thoughts on “Musing Mondays–Bookish Bingo!

  1. Oh, I love the reading bingo card! I need to save that to remind myself to read a bigger variety of books — something I haven’t done this year as I seem to be stuck on several series. This is a great post!

  2. I think I could fill in a lot of these, but I would struggle with the book over 10 years old and a classic. Not because I don’t want to read them, but I have so many current releases to get to…….and the list just keep growing!

    • You and I are in the same boat–I have a lot of books that I’ve bought that are backlist titles, but the new titles just keep coming in from the library fast and furious! It’s hard to find a balance . . .

  3. Oh, fun!! I’ll have to see what I can come up with. You did really well!

  4. Great post. I love the reading bingo card and need to try it out.

  5. I don’t think I’ve done as well as you but I think I’m doing okay on this. I’ll definitely have to save this for later and pull up my goodreads list for comparison. What a fun idea!

    • You may be surprised at how well you do–I sure was!

      I just became active on Goodreads in January and there’s no way I could have looked back and done this without it. I’ve never tracked my reading at all until I started blogging.

  6. I had so much fun with the Bingo card!

  7. I love this bingo card and I’m sure I should be able to fill most of it – offhand I can’t think of a book with a blue cover though at all… will have to go and peruse my bookshelves 🙂

  8. That looks like so much fun! I’ll use that for my Monday Musings next week! Here’s mine for today Have a good week!!

  9. I think I too should go for a Bingo Card check on the books I have read this year…..looks very interesting! 🙂

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  13. I want to read the paying guests, but am not sure. But this is much fun. I did about the same.

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