#BookBingoNW2020: Philosophy or spirituality

In this year’s Book Bingo, the philosophy or spirituality square gives us a chance to explore. For philosophy, we can seek aspects about the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence that interest us.  And, for spirituality, it can be how to look more deeply, or less, into our soul or inner life.  To me during this pandemic, these are even more serious subjects and it was first a bit hard to focus on looking up titles to recommend.  Yet the research has made me think more open-mindedly about people and their lives, which has been a positive experience.

A colleague created this Book Bingo NW 2020: Philosophy or spirituality reading list.  It has 20 titles which range from covering about joy and tragedy, general and beginner reads, and taking us from medieval to current day.  This is a great place to start looking, especially for those titles available now for downloading.  So, my approach has been to look for a few other titles in the catalog to recommend.

Who do we think we are?  How do identities define us?  Anthony Appiah, a British-Ghanaian philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist, in his book called The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity, Creed, Country, Class, Culture asks us these questions and more.  He goes back to historical events that have shaped our own and the world’s identities in religion, race, nationality, class and culture.  These are influenced by how identities work, that there are conflicts between identities, and the identities are created by conflicts.  Appiah gave an author talk at the Central Library in 2018 and here’s a link to the podcast. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2020: Philosophy or spirituality”

#BookBingoNW2018: LGBTQIA Author or Character

Throughout history the personal stories of LGBTQIA+ people have been either ignored or told secondhand, but as readers we can address this by seeking out memoirs, biographies, Book Cover of Surpassing Certainty by Janet Mockand historical works that center LGBTQIA+ voices. Writer and activist Hida Viloria’s trailblazing memoir Born Both: an Intersex Life explores the author’s intersex identity and activism. Janet Mock’s Surpassing Certainty is a solid follow-up to her previous memoir Redefining Realness, further cementing Mock as an essential modern transgender voice. Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, by transgender author Kai Cheng Thom, is an unforgettable fictionalized memoir that speaks vital truths. Inspired by his identity as a gay Chinese American man, When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen is an honest and witty poetry collection that received the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2018: LGBTQIA Author or Character”

#BookBingoNW2017: Science Nonfiction or Science Fiction

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.

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#BookBingoNW2017: Reread a Book You Read in School

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.

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#BookBingoNW2017: Finish in a day

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”