This 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!
I want to travel everywhere. I know this isn’t true for everyone so I’ll try to recommend a variety of books to select from to fill this Bingo square. Just keep in mind, the sky isn’t even a limit when it comes to this square.
My first book will take us all over the United States. Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a nonfiction book about following the author around as he travels with his dog Casey. They meet an eclectic host of people and their dogs. It is full of fun facts and anecdotes. For example, the author feels that he is a let down to his dog and is hoping to bond with Casey during this trip. So if you’ve ever wanted to travel anywhere in the U.S. and you like dogs, this might be the book for you.
Set in the late 1800s, this story takes place in Turkey. The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas immediately swept me up into the action of the story. It starts with the birth of Eleanora Cohen and follows her life. She is brilliant, which is a little dangerous in this time period for a woman. There’s also a hint of magic in this book. I found it very hard to put down.
My next suggestion is set in India. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a retelling of the Mahabharat. It is told through the eyes of Panchaali who is the wife to the five Pandava brothers. A viewpoint which is not taken. You get to see her thoughts and experiences. I had not heard of the Mahabharat before and I wasn’t left with any questions about the tale after reading The Palace of Illusions.
Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler is a good book for you if you like British humor and mysteries. It’s set in London and I will admit I picked it up for the wrong reason. I liked the cover of the book. We start this case when a young gentleman sees a corpse walk out of its grave. So the Peculiar Crimes Unit steps in to solve the crime, except very few people believe that this is a crime in the first place. The Unit is also having trouble problems of its own. This is a great book to read, I’m glad I picked it up.
Avalon by Mindee Arnett is a young adult novel set in the future. You can be creative with locations you like to visit. Such as this book, if you’ve ever wanted to visit space and live in a spaceship pick this book up. We follow Jeth Seagrave as he tries to win back his ship from an interstellar crime lord. Very action packed!
I hope this helps you during your Book Bingo: we’ve visited Istanbul, India, London, America, and space!
Where will this Book Bingo space take you?