#BookBingoNW2019: Science

Looking for something to fill in your Book Bingo “Science” square?  Something that will stretch your brain? How about a fascinating page-turner that somehow makes complex topics easy to grasp? Here are some titles that bear no resemblance to a dusty chemistry textbook:

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford
The first complete sequencing of the human genome in 2003 (as part of The Human Genome Project) opened the floodgates to voluminous scientific data which are changing our understanding of the human species. Rutherford, a British geneticist and science writer, explains how recent genetic research upends much of what we thought we knew about evolution, migration, race and more. He writes in an engaging and at times humorous style. According to the New York Times Book Review, this book is “Nothing less than a tour de force–a heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling.” Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2019: Science”

#BookBingoNW2019: Set in the Northwest

Welcome to another year of Summer Book Bingo and suggestions for the category “set in the NW!” This category is one of my favorites because it gives me a chance to explore my home region in fiction. Find these titles and other suggestions here.

While I’m native to Portland, OR, there’s one book that made me want to call the Puget Sound region home: David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars. I read it as a teen and fell in love with the lush descriptions of the San Juan Islands. The novel is a moving portrait of what happened to the region’s smaller communities in the face of the Japanese-American internment camps of WWII. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2019: Set in the Northwest”

#BookBingoNW2019: Comics

Comics is a magical and mysterious medium that can fill one or all of your Book Bingo card squares this summer! It’s up to you!

Take a look at this recent staff booklist of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Comics and Graphic Novels and maybe try out In Between, a collection of poetry comics by local creator Mita Mahato (and don’t forget to stop by the Ballard Branch where Mita will lead a graphic memoir workshop, Thursday, June 6th @ 6pm).

For the hungry folks out there, maybe some Food-themed Comics & Manga is what you need in your life? Delicious in Dungeon (currently at 6 volumes of manga) is a dungeon-crawling adventure full of food, friends, and monsters (aka the food). Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2019: Comics”

#BookBingoNW: published when author was under 35

Book Bingo 2019 is now underway, and we know many of you are out there pouring over your 2019 bingo cards planning what to read, so today I’m here to help you fill the “published when author was under 35” square. Here are some suggestions for fiction, nonfiction and memoir published when the author was younger than 35; you can find even more ideas in this list.

FICTION

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Summer Book Bingo — let the reading begin!

It’s time for our fifth season of Summer Book Bingo for grownups! We know you can’t wait to see this year’s categories, so here you go.

Front of 2019 Book Bingo card

First thing you need to do to get started on Book Bingo: head on over to your neighborhood library and pick up a card!  You can also download cards in English and Spanish at our Book Bingo site. Write down the titles/authors of books you read between May 15 (today!) and Sept. 3, 2019 that fit challenges on your bingo card. This year you’ll see familiar categories (read a book recommended by a librarian or an independent bookseller, read a book set in the Northwest), as well as new challenges such as reading a book about music, science, or a subject you wish you’d studied in school. For the DIY (do it yourself) category, read a cookbook, a craft book, or any kind of book that teaches you how to make something (we won’t be asking if you actually made the thing, as reading about making the thing can be super enjoyable). And for that category in the bottom row that takes up TWO squares? Put the title of one BIG book you read. You can decide how many pages this needs to be for it to be a challenge for you: 500 pages? 600? 1,000?? It’s up to you. REALLY. You decide. (We suggest, however, that you do make a note of the page count, along with the title and author.) Continue reading “Summer Book Bingo — let the reading begin!”