Our book club is playing bingo, and you can play, too.
Here’s the card:
Retreat by Random House cooked this thing up, and yes, it’s a reading challenge.
We ladies of the book club are being purists about it: each book can count for only one square.
Otherwise, I’d’ve done one of those ninja bingo moves with The Sign of Four: set on a different continent, forgotten classic, mystery, number in the title, became a movie, second book in a series, more than 10 years old. (Man, that wipes out nearly half the board!)
But here’s where we are allowing wiggle room: We can re-assign a book to a different category if we wish. So right now I’ve specified that The Sign of Four is my book with a number in the title. But if I read another book with a number in the title, I could re-assign The Sign of Four as a book that’s more than 10 years old or whatever other category that fits.
I’m practically giddy. A good reading challenge’ll do that to a person.
Here’s my line-up thus far:
with more than 500 pages
written by someone under thirty
with a one-word title Night by Elie Wiesel
first book by a favorite author
your friend loves
with non-human characters
of short stories
you heard about online
that scares you Killshot by Elmore Leonard
that became a movie The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
funny book The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
that is more than 10 years old The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha
published this year
by a female author Park Lane by Frances Osborne
book set on a different continent The Dinner by Herman Koch
based on a true story
second book of a series
with a number in the title The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan
with a mystery The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
at the bottom of your to be read pile
with a blue cover Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter