#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”

#BookBingoNW2017: Genre That Is New To You

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 in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlisterlove, 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”

#BookBingoNW2017: Read a book by a SAL speaker

Just a few of the fantastic authors who have been featured as Seattle Arts & Lectures speakers …

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.

SAL stands for Seattle Arts & Lectures, our partner in the adult summer reading program Book Bingo that we’ve all been loving these past three summers. The back of the Book Bingo card gives you a tease of the authors coming to SAL for the 2017-2018 season: Colson Whitehead, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jesmyn Ward, Tyehimba Jess; you can see the full list here. We’ve included a selection of the authors coming this season in this booklist in our catalog, too: #BookBingoNW2017 – Read a book by a Sal author. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Read a book by a SAL speaker”