I’ve talked about it all summer, but today I finished it!
My library has an adult Summer Reading Program (which is AWESOME!) and this year’s was a Bingo game. Of course, me being me, just getting Bingo wasn’t enough…I had to get blackout! And today, with one day to spare, I did it!
This will give me 17 entries into the drawing. There were 5 bonus activities, each worth 1 entry (Write a review for the library catalog, stream a video on Kanopy, attend a book group, submit a FIND YOUR NEXT recommendation request, listen to an episode of the library’s podcast), but the other 12 entries came from bingos.
So, here is how it worked out. Some of the books I read could work for multiple categories, so I’ll add where I could have counted them (but didn’t).
Short Story or Essay Collection – Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
Artist Character or Author – A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny (Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson)
Book in Translation – Memories of Low Tide by Chantal Thomas
Set in the Pacific Northwest – Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson)
Graphic Novel – The Dragonet Prophesy by Tui. T. Sutherland (Almost American Girl by Robin Ha)
Pun in the Title – The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett
Classic by BIPOC or LGTBQ+ Author – Jubilee by Margaret Walker
How-To or Self Improvement – Atomic Habits by James Clear
Indigenous Author – Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Young Adult Award Winner – Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Anti-Racist Book – I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
Historical Fiction Set Outside the United States – A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver
Read Any Book – Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (or any other book listed here!)
Color Word in the Title – The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (Black Water Sister by Zen Cho)
Neurodiverse Character – The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Armchair Travel – Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Asian-Influenced Fantasy Novel – Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
Diverse Romance – While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
Trans or Non-Binary Author – The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey
Outer Space – Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Poetry Collection or Novel in Verse – Monument by Natasha Trethewey
Cookbook – Year Round Grilling by WW
Immigration Memoir – Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
First in a Series – Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett, A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver)
Audiobook – Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston (Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson, Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck, Atomic Habits by James Clear, The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves, I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown)
This was such a fun challenge and I really hope my library brings it back next summer!