Book Bingo 2018: Completed!


It’s my 4th year hosting Book Bingo Blackout, and I continue to be surprised by the categories I find the most challenging to fulfill. They’re always the ones that seemed like low-hanging fruit.

This year my final category was Read the Movie, and I finally read a book that I knew was made into a movie only because I Googled every title on my immediate TBR to see if they’d been filmed.

As I look over the list, I’m disappointed in how few reviews I posted, but then I realized: it was an eventful year.

And I cut this girl some slack.


So… here’s the 2018 Book Bingo list of titles!


Reserved – Although you may reserve a book at the library and anticipate its arrival, a book can also be reserved in its tone and theme.
Educated by Tara Westover


#ownvoices – a book written by a member of a marginalized community that it depicts
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Epic – A generational saga or transformational journey
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Upgrade Your Life – Take things to the next level — mentally, physically, or spiritually
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink  


Been There, Read That – A book set in a place you’ve lived or visited
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss



My People – You identify with the characters based on your roots or sense of identity
Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life by Sue Leaf


Psychological – A book that messes with your mind or heals your mind
The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile


Fashion(able) – A book about fashion, a book about trends, or a book that is trending
Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner


Read the Movie – There’s a movie based on this book
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken


Judge a Book By Its Cover – You love or hate the cover
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks


The Help – A book about those who serve others. Or a self-help book.
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson


Timeless Classic – A book that’s stood the test of time
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke


I Bought It – A book you bought, or a book whose premise you bought into
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt


Time Travel – A character travels forward or backward in time
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier


Cocktails – Alcohol is an ingredient in the book
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan


Glamour – A book that portrays a glamorous life
West with the Night by Beryl Markham


Wealth – A book about finance, money, or life’s riches
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan


Urban – A book set in a city, or a book about a city
Going into Town by Roz Chast


Lost Generation – A book by or about the generation that came of age during WWI (born 1883-1900; e.g., Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Babe Ruth, Harry Truman)
White Houses by Amy Bloom


Audie Award – Listen to or read an Audie Award winner or finalist
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union


True Crime – Nonfiction book about a crime
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann


South of the Equator – A book set south of the Equator, or written by an author from a country south of the Equator
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba


Rock – Earth, a gemstone, music — however you want to define it
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen


Outsider – The protagonist is alienated from her/his surroundings. Or, a stranger comes to town…
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


No More Waiting – It’s been on your TBR, on your nightstand, on your mind. Read it already.
No More Words: A Journal of My Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh by Reeve Lindbergh


If you’re doing Book Bingo this year, how’s it going? Any categories proving tricky?

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