Introducing a new series of blog posts, all about Book Bingo!
We’re going to be taking a look at this year’s book bingo card and suggesting 5 books for each category.
And because I love orderliness in my list-making, we’re starting in the upper left corner and taking them in order from left to right… just like we’re reading.
…which means: 1000 Books Before You Die is our first category.
For this category, the idea is to choose a book from James Mustich’s magnificent opus, 1000 Books to Read Before You Die. He’s generously created a website that lists the books, so you can check it out there. Or… check out his book from the library, or even buy a copy.
When I heard Mustich interviewed on the Just the Right Book podcast, host Roxane Coady asked him to name just one book. He named two. (Let’s admit it: we’d all name more than one.)
His top 2: Middlemarch by George Eliot and The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
Here’s my selection of 5 sure bets from his full list…
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon by Sei Shonagon
- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
There are oodles (995!) more to choose from, so let the games begin!
Once you decide, I’ll be curious to hear… Which book are you going to choose from 1000 Books to Read Before You Die?