This is the second year for Books on the Nightstand Summer Book Bingo. Good Lord, say that three times fast.
Anyhow, if you want to check out all of the details head over to this post from earlier this summer. I decided to lay the pressure on a bit thick and read all of the books on my bingo card.
Sometimes a girl just needs a little book pressure in her life. For the dirty details, scroll down.
- Recommended by a librarian or bookseller // The Mapmaker’s Children — This one came recommended by none other than Michael Kidness.
- With a happy ending // First Frost — This book was easy like Sunday morning, and left me feeling warm and cozy.
- A biography of someone you dislike // My Friend Dahmer — I stewed over this one for awhile, because I did not want to take the time to read a book from a person that I hate, luckily I had this on library wish list. It is a very fascinating and disturbing story of Dahmer’s high school years as told by a classmate.
- By an author of a different culture // Ruby — Ephram fell in love with Ruby the first time he saw her, soon after she leaves town. When Ruby returns in her 30s she is forced to relive her nasty childhood. Ephram, in turn, is forced to choose between Ruby and the sister who raised him.
- With an animal on the cover // H is for Hawk — Part grief memoir, part animal/pet memoir, this story follows Helen while, reeling from the death of her father, trains a goshawk (the fiercest and hardest to train) to help her deal with her grief.
- That you chose because of the cover // Find Me — Pretty covers are all over the place these days, so I grabbed one from my library TBR.
- Middle grade book (Ages 8 – 12) // The BFG — I have not read any Roald Dahl. He is a bit of an asshat, I guess, so I was not too worked up about it. I overhead my niece talking about this book to her younger sister. It was a pretty fun book, a big creepy, but fun.
- Borrowed from the library // The Reapers are Angels — I always have a pile of library books sitting around, so this could have been anything really. This is the one I started right after Memorial Day.
- A classic you should have read in school // The Great Gatsby — I am going to be completely honest, there is not a book that I was suppose to read in high school that I didn’t. I was one of those kids. I did read Gatsby in school and I love me some Gatsby.
- With only words on the cover // Get in Trouble — My first Kelly Link! I am now a fangirl.
- About a disease // End of Your Life Book Club — When Will’s mother Mary Anne is diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of cancer, they bond over books as her life comes to an end.
- Revolves around a holiday // 2 am At the Cat’s Pajamas — This was another one I thought I was going to have problems with, so it was a nice surprise when I found out that I a book I brought home from the library took place around the Christmas holidays.
- Folklore or mythology // Song of Achilles — The story of the Trojan War as told from the view of Patricius, who is Achilles’s lover.
- Set in a place you want to visit // The Shore — I have never visited the east coast . . .
- Longer than 500 pages // A Little Life — Topping out at 700+ pages, I think I nailed this one.
- Cozy mystery // The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag — A murder mystery as told and solved by a young girl in 1950s England.
- Set in South America // Love in the Time of Cholera — My first Garcia, and it was good! Much more funny that I thought.
- Written by an author you’ve met // The Dead Lands — I have been to two author events for Benjamin Percy, for this title and his last one, Red Moon. He is funny and engaging and he has the coolest voice ever.
- Biography or memoir // Girl in the Dark — Memoirs are really my thing, so this one was easy for me and Anna’s story about her rare light sensitivity disorder was beautiful and sad.
- Found in a used bookstore // Gilead — I am not one for haunting used bookstores, since there is not many in my neck of the woods, this one I picked up a last year from Paperback Swap.
- With time travel // Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban — Time Turner anyone?!
- Written by someone under 21 // Frankenstein — Shelley was 19 when she wrote this tale. It was completely different that I imagined and I was not completely enamored, but I am glad I read it.
- A slave narrative //12 Years a Slave — Powerful. There are no words.
- Humor or satire // Let’s Pretend This Never Happened — Hilarious, if you have not already checked it out, you should.