A Jump and A Jive* – It’s Reading Bingo!

reading-bingo-small   I spotted this fun Reading Bingo chart on the blogs of Cleopatra Loves Books and Musings From a Bookmammal and thought it would be a good way to look back on my first 11 months of book blogging! A Full House evaded me because I don’t really read books in a series and because I have been such a good girl and not bought ONE SINGLE BOOK ALL YEAR. (I feel like that needs emphasised!) You can click on the book titles to see my reviews and do check out the bingo charts on Cleopatra Loves Books and Musings From a Bookmammal, two great blogs.

1. More Than 500 Pages:
The Circle by Dave Eggers – more than 500 pages, but didn’t feel like it.

2. A Forgotten Classic:
Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins (I jest….)

3. A Book That Became a Movie:
There are a few in my years reading but I’ll go for The House of Mirth, which I have yet to see!

4. A Book Published This Year:
Well, this is the category that blows my chance of a Full House as I haven’t bought any books this year, but the last book I bought before I started my challenge was The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

5. A Book With a Number in the Title:
The uninspiring The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket).

6. A Book by Someone Under 30:
I’ve tried to check this one out on the internet to no avail, so I may be wrong, but I think Amelia Grey, author of Threats may be under 30.

7. A Book with Non Human Characters:
Vampire tale Let The Right One In

8. A Funny Book:
The wonderfully hilarious An Evening of Long Goodbyes by Paul Murray.

9. A Book by a Female Author:
Out of the 50 books I’ve read in the last year, 26 were by women (which was my hope), but for this one I’ll pick Faithful Place by Tana French.

10. A Book With a Mystery:
The final instalment of the Wallander series was slightly underwhelming, but there was a mystery in The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell.

11. A Book with a One Word Title:
Take your pick; Run, Race, Posh, TampaCaught, Harvest, Damned, Piercing, Quietly, Stuffocation, Threats and Wonder!

12. A Book of Short Stories:
Only one this year, The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by my favourite and my best Joyce Carol Oates.

13. Free Square:
The Free Square will have to go to the first book I reviewed on my blog and possibly my top read of the last year, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

14. A Book Set on a Different Continent:
I suppose I could have picked an American book for this, but The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell opens in India and is a beautiful read.

15. A Book of Non Fiction:
Teenage celebrity thieves in The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales.

16. The First Book by a Favourite Author:
I’ll change this one to suit myself, We Have Always Lived at the Castle was the first book I read by a now favourite author, Shirley Jackson!

17. A Book I Heard About Online:
Tampa by Alissa Nutting. I believed the hype and I shouldn’t have.

18. A Best-Selling Book:
Caught by Harlan Coben, you don’t get much more best-selling than our Harlan…..

19. A Book Based on a True Story:
Just Kids by Patti Smith. True, with just a little bit of embellishment I think!

20. A Book at the Bottom of Your TBR:
I know for a fact that there are books on my TBR that I bought in 2002, but I think Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter is close to being that old!

21. A Book Your Friend Loves:
I was urged to read Wonder by RJ Palacio by a friend but wasn’t just as keen as she was.

22. A Book That Scares You:
Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins (Again, I jest, although some of the writing was pretty terrifying).

23. A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old:
Again, there were a few, but I’ll give this honour to The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

24. The Second Book in a Series:
I’ve come a cropper here as I don’t really do series……only on the telly.

25. A Book with a Blue Cover:
Run by Ann Patchett has a lovely blue cover.


*A Jump and A Jive is Bingo Calling slang for 25!

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18 Comments Leave a comment

  1. It’s weird, I used to like series, but now I find them too samey. Even with detective stories. The Circle was good, and Burial Rites was very, very memorable, a real epic achievement, historically, geographically, emotionally. One of the first books I turn to when thinking about examples of good writing.


  2. This was fun! Plus, I went back and read your review of An Evening of Long Good Byes. I don’t know how I missed it (I must have been on vacation). I have been wanting to read Skippy Dies, but this one sounds just as good! Which one do you recommend first?


    • It’s a tough one Naomi, I adored Skippy Dies and had read a lot of reviews saying An Evening of Long Goodbyes was a poor relation. I didn’t find that at all. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s funny, smart and warm-hearted. As is Skippy. I probably wouldn’t read them too close together though. Maybe start with Skippy Dies. If you like it, then you’ll like Goodbyes. I’m planning to host an Ireland Reading Month next March so it would be perfect for that 😉

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  3. LOVE Reading Bingo! I’m going to have to do this. Interesting that you don’t do series; I’m just the opposite. If I find out a book I’m about to read is part of a series, I HAVE to go back and start with book #1 or the Universe as we know it will come to a shuddering end…

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