#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.

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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!”

#BookBingoNW2018: About the Environment

One of the many things I appreciate about the Book Bingo categories is that quite a few can be filled by both fiction or nonfiction, leaving the choice up to the reader. Today let’s look at the “About the Environment” category, which at first glance lends itself primarily to nonfiction, and instead see what fiction we could read.

Book cover image of When the Killing's DoneT.C. Boyle has written several novels in which environmental concerns play Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: About the Environment”

#BookBingoNW: Suggested by a Young Person

We asked our young patrons at the Central Library Children’s Center to suggest books for our adult Book Bingo players and they delivered! These young people know their kid lit – they suggested classics both modern and older, video game tie-ins, realistic fiction, fantasy, adventure – there’s something for every reader of any age. Find the full list here: #BookBingoNW2018: Central Library Children’s Center patron suggestions for “Suggested by a Young Person”

Gregor the OverlanderImage of Gregor the Overlander, the first novel by Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy, is something of an urban Alice in Wonderland. I’m not a fantasy reader, but once I picked it up I was hooked! I devoured the first hundred pages in one sitting. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW: Suggested by a Young Person”

#BookBingoNW2018: Award-Winning Authors

I’m sure you have heard of the Newbery Medal, Man Booker Prize, Hugo Award, and many, many other author awards. In addition to these well-known awards, let me introduce you to a few newer ones and their winning authors.

Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA) Literary Award, established in 1994, recognizes African American authors in both fiction and nonfiction. Some of these outstanding works are listed below:

Grace by Natashia Deon follows the life of a runaway slave and her daughter. Deon’s writing is beautiful and gives you an intense conclusion. This won the Fiction Award in 2017.

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore was the Nonfiction winner in 2011. This fascinating book is a memoir of the author and also the story of another boy who grew up in a neighborhood nearby with the same name.

Chasing Utopia by Nikki Giovanni won the 2014 literary award by using simplicity and humor in this collection of poems that are part memoir.

Grace The Other Wes Moore Chasing Utopia

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