Reading Bingo 2017

With her agreement I shamelessly adopted this idea from Cleopatra (Cleopatra loves books)  who posted on her blog, check out her Reading Bingo 2017 here

A book with more than five hundred pages

The Nix – 600 plus pages of brilliance!! You can read my review here

A forgotten classic

I don’t read too many classics (hangs head ashamedly) but have enjoyed some modern classics this year and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House was a recent read which I enjoyed.

A book that became a movie

My son and I read A Monster Calls together, around the time the movie came out, which we still need to watch.

A book published this year

At the start of the year I was blown away by Ali Land’s Good Me, Bad Me which wiped out a weekend as I couldn’t put it down.

A book with a number in the title

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski – An excellent mystery told in a highly original format.  My review here

A book written by someone under thirty

I googled this and I don’t believe I have read any books this year by an author under thirty.  Past years yes, The Outsiders by SE Hinton, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

A book with non human characters

The mysterious Markayuk statues in the Bedlam Stacks. Review here

A book by a female author

Somewhat divides opinions but I loved Hanya Yanhingara’s A Little Life which I read at the very start of 2017.

A book with a mystery

One of my favourite genres so pretty easy… except there are lots to choose from.  A recent very good mystery that comes to mind though is The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel, a missing woman set in rural Kansas with sinister undertones.  My review is here.

A book with a one word title

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts was an epic summer read that I liked, review here.

A book of short stories

My current read is The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon.  Short stories – some better than others which is the joy of them.  Check out my review here

Free Square

I want to mention Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker as one of my favourite books read this year, telling a soldier’s experience at war from the perspective of 46 items that have played a part in his story, including the bed he slept on, his radio, the circular saw used to amputate his leg and the purse his mother carried when she visited him in hospital.  Doesn’t sound hughly appealing I know, but it was brilliant, moving, inspirational… see my review here.

A book set on a different continent

The Dry is set in Australia and was a book I read early in 2017 and thought was brilliant, I am looking forward to reading the sequel next year – Force of Nature.  See my review for The Dry here.

A book of non fiction

I must confess I don’t read a lot of non fiction, although picked up We Should All be Feminists in the library recently, an essay by Chimananda Ngozi Adidhie and adapted by her Ted talk from 2012.

The first book by a favourite author

I have a new favourite author – Fredrik Backman, the first book I read by him was called The Scandal (also known as Beartown) reviewed here.  More recently I read his debut A Man Called Ove (see the review here) which although considerably different to The Scandal was also a great read.  Cementing Backman on my favourite author list.

A book you heard about online

Being part of the Bookstagram community I hear about most of my books online.  Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout I picked up having seen it a lot on the internet.  Fantastic because it introduced me to this wonderful author!  My review for Anything is Possible is here

A best selling book

The Power by Naomi Alderman was a pretty big book of 2017 having won the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction 2017.  An interesting concept whereby an unexplained aberration gives teenage girls the power to produce electricity whicn can cause painful shocks and even kill.  This physical strength tips the balance of power in this alternate world… review is here

A book based on a true story

Little Deaths was a murder-mystery based on a true story, which for me made the book even better.  My review is here

A book at the bottom of your To Be Read pile

For reasons unknown The Secret History spent many years on my book shelf, I finally read it last month, prompted by a group read.  I really enjoyed it, although it divided opinion in our group.

A book your friend loves

My friend recently lent me A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, the only book on this list I haven’t read but I’ve heard great things about.

A book that scares you

A recent blog tour book The Man in the Wall ( check out the review here) had me wanting to check inside my wardrobe… enough said!

A book that is more than 10 years old

My son and I reading together the A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snickett and are have just finished book 7 The Vile Village which was first published in the UK in 2002.

The second book in a series

Alex is the second book in the excellent Irene, Alex, Camille trilogy by Pierre Lemaitre, click on the names to read my reviews of this outstanding crime trilogy.

A book with a blue cover

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce –  a terrific read.  Check out my review here


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