Wow, Seattle readers! Those of you who submitted your Book Bingo cards this year read a whopping 10,870 books during our adult summer reading program! We had 668 official entries, and 323 of those were total blackouts.
Book Bingo 2017 is nearly at its end, with just two weeks left to get your bingo or blackout and turn in your card. Have you been puzzling over the Science Nonfiction/Science Fiction category? Enjoy these ideas for avenues to explore.
Although we are hard pressed to think of a single drawback to Book Bingo, it is true that for some readers it calls forth unwelcome memories of required reading. Yet the popularity of bingo and similar reading challenges and groups suggests that something appeals to us about being stretched beyond our habitual reading appetites. Might those same restrictions we chafed at in school suddenly feel like a welcome dose of structure, now that we can read whatever we please?
Rereading can be an interesting way of deepening our awareness both of a text, and of our former selves. This is especially true when we willingly and with curiosity take up some book that we have previously experienced as obligatory drudgery. Freed from the need to take notes, uncover themes or prep for a quiz, we can encounter afresh some of the best and most engaging books ever written, reclaiming them for our own.
As much as I enjoy being immersed in a great book for days on end, there is something particularly satisfying about finishing a book quickly. This year’s Summer Book Bingo again features the category “Finish in a Day.” For the sake of consistency, I have chosen to limit this list to books that average about 200 pages in length. There is a wide variety here, from memoirs to classics, which can help make quick work of some of the other Book Bingo squares as well. After all, you’ll have this particular square done in a day! Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Finish in a day”
Figuring out what to read for this square is different for everybody and may take a little self-reflection. A tricky part is not launching yourself into The Land of Titles That Would Be Horribly Painful And I Would Never Finish, defeating the whole point of actually reading something. I do recommend spending a few moments pondering your reading landscape and roughly mapping out the edges of your usual genre zones. Once you know where you’ve been, then take a look at the suggestions below for discovering new territory- this is a great chance to ride the range, fall in love, witness history, travel through space, slay a dragon, or help a tabby solve a murder.
Not read many sexy dragon humorous romance novels lately? You’re in luck! In Love In The Time of Dragons by local author Katie MacAlister, a suburban mom wakes up in a strange place surrounded by people who insist she is a notorious ancient dragon named Ysolde de Bouchier. My favorite character: Jim, a snarky demon in the shape of a giant Newfoundland dog. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Genre That Is New To You”