Maybe you already love reading essays or short stories. Perfect: this Summer Book Bingo square is a freebie. But let’s assume this square gives you some pause. Maybe the term “essay” reminds you of those horrible things you were supposed to write in school, or “short stories” calls to mind unappetizing literary dissections in Language Arts class. No worries; we’ve got you covered!
Perhaps that fourth row middle square – to read a book by “A SAL speaker (past or upcoming)” — gave you pause this year. It’s a delightful challenge because you have dozens and DOZENS of incredible authors to choose from.
Need a book for that Young Adult square but aren’t quite sure where to start? Young adult fiction has come a long way since Sweet Valley High, with captivating, well-written titles that cross and blend just about every genre out there. There is, of course, an abundance of teen romance, but there is also excellent historical fiction and realistic fictionthat shows just what it means to be a teen in 2017. With thousands of titles published for young adults each year it can be a challenge to find books that will resonate with adult readers. Here are some of our favorites: Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Young adult”
What is art, anyway? Merriam-Webster defines it as “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.” With such a broad definition, there are many different directions readers can go with this particular Book Bingo square. Here are a few strategies for filling this square:
Bingo is a game of chance. Take a chance on poetry.
Reading a poem, for some, is akin to entering a country where everybody speaks a language, except the one you know. Poetry can be daunting. It can, also, be a journey unlike any other. Take, Josephine Yu’s Prayer Book of the Anxious, for instance. This work leads you into the unfamiliar familiar. Her language is plain enough but with a twist and spin you’re traveling from the coast, back to third grade, to Wal-Mart only to find Noah’s wife along the way. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Poetry”