Book Bingo: Published the Year You Were Born

     – posted by Kimberly

year bornThis summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Follow this series throughout the summer!

1982, the year I was born, was full of cultural milestones. Among them: the Commodore 64 computer made its debut, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial premiered in theaters, and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was released. That said, I realized I had very little of idea of what books were published! The list below includes a few of 1982’s notable titles.

Looking to find something from the year you were born? Take a look at the top books from each year on Goodreads, or check out Wikipedia for yearly booklists and award winners. You can also drop us a line at Your Next Five Books, letting us know your birth year and the kinds of things you enjoy reading, and we’ll tailor some suggestions to your personal taste.

Different SeasonsRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King – Contained in the story collection Different Seasons, longtime Shawshank prisoner Red tells the story of his acquaintance with fellow prisoner Andy Dufresne, who claims he was wrongly convicted. Andy’s unusual behavior, including some rather questionable tax advice for prison officers, begins to come clear as the years pass. After reading I re-watched the excellent film adaptation starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.

Color PurpleThe Color Purple by Alice Walker – Emotionally gripping, Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winner follows the life of Celie, a young black woman in early 1900s Georgia. As seen through her letters to God and her sister Nettie, Celie and others suffer extreme hardship. As time passes and circumstances change, Celie’s sense of self grows.

House of SpiritsThe House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende – Difficult to encapsulate, Allende’s debut novel is a complex family saga spanning generations. With elements of magical realism and including events that mirror real-life South American history, House of the Spirits is a dense but enthralling page-turner.

ParsifalThe Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum – In 1982’s New York Times number one bestseller, U.S. spy Michael Havelock is devastated. His partner and lover Jenna has been murdered right in front of him. Or has she? After spotting her by chance at a train station, Havelock is swept up into a deadly game of espionage.

AnnieAnnie on My Mind by Nancy Garden – In this realistic and touching coming-of-age tale, teenagers Annie and Liza meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A close friendship ensues and deepens into mutual love. When the relationship is discovered, Liza agonizingly breaks things off. Since its publication Annie has been the subject of numerous book challenges.

What have you chosen to mark off this square? Did you discover a new favorite? Comment here, or tweet w/ #BookBingoNW.

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