It’s time for the year-end reckoning! (I love this part.)
I completed the Book Bingo 2019 challenge and filled up my whole card.
Overall, as I look at this list of titles, I’m filled with a sense of satisfaction. There’s some good stuff there.
Here’s what I read…
Edgar Award: first novel
A mystery that was nominated for — or won — the Edgar Allan Poe Award for First Novel
The Lost Girls by Heather Young
Strong female voice: author, character, or subject
A book that refreshes and balances out what you’ve read lately
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
A book that plays with genre — it might break the rules or be categorized in more than one genre
The River by Peter Heller
Gen X author
A book written by an author born between 1961 and 1981
A book about an unusual pairing
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Classic I’ve never read
A book that’s stood the test of time
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
A book that challenges your worldview or awareness. Or a book whose pioneering character or author breaks new ground.
A book that takes you or the character to a new place
From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
A book with a place name in its title (examples: Looking for Alaska. Or Alaska by Michener).
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow
A book with a shortcut that makes makes your life (or a character’s life) easier
Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
Nonfiction that’s stranger than fiction, or a novel whose premise you’re not buying
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
A book with a green cover, or a book about nature, money, envy, or any other green thing
A Student of History by Nina Revoyr
Literal fire, passion, or something burning within
Passion and Affect by Laurie Colwin
The beginning or a fresh start
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
Idealistic or passionate
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
A book with a distinctive voice or a book in translation
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
A book by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
A book structured in an unorthodox way
Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
A book set in, or written by an author from the South Pacific
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
A story incorporating elements of a myth, legend, or fable
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
A book about a journey, a guide to self-discovery, or simply a book with a map in it.
Internment by Samira Ahmed
An investigative, immersive reading experience
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
A book about a woman who breaks out of the mold
Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down: Chasing Myself in the Race Against Time by Ida Keeling
Lost & Found
A story of rebirth or redefining a sense of self
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
And now, on to Book Bingo 2020!
If you did Book Bingo 2019, please post a link to your wrap-up post in the Comments — I’d love to know what you read!