The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge Update Post

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The Girly Geek Blog is hosting another yearly Bookish Bingo Challenge, and as soon as I saw her post I knew I had to join. Sign ups are open all the way to November, so feel free to check out her post The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge if you want to participate as well!

This post will be my place to keep track of my progress with this challenge… Updated monthly or so.

>> Last updated September 22nd 2016 <<

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  1. A book with a noun in its title. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  2. MYSTERY MISSION #1: Read a book featuring your dream career. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
  3. A book on a bestseller list. Mr. Kiss And Tell by Rob Thomas
  4. A book you DNF’ed or forgot to finish. Eve by Iris Johansen
  5. A book by an author under 25. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings (24!)
  6. A retelling of a folk or fairy tale. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  7. A book set within the entertainment industry. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
  8. A debut novel. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  9. A book featuring a conspiracy. The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall
  10. A book that is being made into a movie. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  11. A book featuring strong familial relationships. One by Sarah Crossan
  12. A book featuring sleuthing or crime-solving. Dead Wood by Dan Ames
  13. MYSTERY MISSION #2: Read a book translated from another language. The Reader On The 6.27 – by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
  14. A book with stars on its cover. All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  15. A graphic novel, comic book or picture book. Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson
  16. MYSTERY MISSION #3. Read a book featuring royalty: A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  17. A book that features an unlikely friendship. A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  18. FREE SPACE! Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  19. A book featuring an asian or african MC. Confessions by Kanae Minato
  20. The third book in a series or trilogy. Never Never Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
  21. A book published in your birth month. (march) Map Of Fates by Maggie Hall
  22. A book with alternating perspectives. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
  23. A book over 500 pages long. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  24. A book set outside of Earth. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
  25. MYSTERY MISSION #4. –
  26. An e-book or listen to an audiobook. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
  27. A book with a number in its title. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  28. A book featuring political espionage. Death Of Secrets by Bowen Greenwood
  29. A book that a friend loved. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
  30. A book you’ve owned for over a year. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  31. A book featuring mental ilness or disability. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  32. MYSTERY MISSION #5.
  33. A book featuring a murder or assassination. Confessions Of A Murder Suspect by James Patterson
  34. A short story or a novella. Bestiario by Julio Cortázar
  35. A book featuring angels or faeries. Daugher Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor

Currently 33 out of 35 squares completed.

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BINGO!!! Bookish Bingo: Ready For Spring

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Ibrownie finished reading The Perfect Storm yesterday, which means I was able to complete my bingo chart with 13 days to spare! Yay! 😀 This challenge has really helped me read more diverse books and I’m glad I decided to participate. Thanks for hosting Great Imaginations! ❤ Below a complete list of the titles I’ve used for each square… Now excuse me, I need to make some brownie to celebrate. 😀

  • Murder Mystery: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Classic: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Parental Relationships: A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
  • Horror: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • Illustrated Cover: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Forgotten Fridays Pick: Vampire Academy by Michelle Mead
  • Yellow Cover: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  • Bullying: Tease by Amanda Maciel
  • Thieves, Assassins, Pirates: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Part Of A Trilogy: Ruin And Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • Aussie Author: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • April, May Or June Release: A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Free: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Parallel Universes: A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray
  • Non Fiction Or Memoir: Don’t Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire
  • Reread: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Rain Or Storm In Title: The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  • Anthology or Collection: A Twist In The Tale by Jeffrey Archer
  • Green Cover: Evensong by Krista Walsh
  • Historical: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dark Contemporary: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
  • High Fantasy: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • WWII: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • #We Need Diverse Books: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Plants On Cover: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

BINGOOOOO!! Bookish Bingo Challenge Completed

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I finally finished reading Twelve Years A Slave yesterday, which means I was able to fill the very last square in the Bookish Bingo: Holiday Edition challenge. With five days to spare, I can now say: BINGOOOOO!! 😀

To be honest, when I started this challenge I didn’t believe I could actually manage to complete all the squares. I guess I was lucky and I found a lot of spare time to read anyway, helping me complete this challenge. This Bookish Bingo has helped me read books I normally won’t pick up that easily, and I loved doing this challenge because of exactly that reason. Thank you Great Imaginations for hosting! I had a blast. 😀

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On to the virtual celebration cupcakes and a full list of the titles I’ve read:

  • Reread: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Green Cover: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Historical: Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Set in New Orleans: Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Horror: The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Romance: One Day by David Nichols
  • ‘Ice’, ‘Snow’ or ‘Frost’ in title: Hot Ice by Nora Roberts
  • Creature on Cover: Elemental Rancor by Charles Lominec
  • Native American MC: The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman
  • Red Cover: A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer
  • Set on Halloween: Halloween Kentucky Style by Charles Suddeth
  • Snow on Cover: Innocence by Dean Koontz
  • *: Hope’s Rebellion by Jade Varden
  • Black Cover: Black Roses by Jane Thynne
  • Serial Killers: The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell
  • Birds on Cover: The Racketeer by John Grisham
  • Mystery: The Sham by Ellen Allen
  • Set During Christmastime: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Set in Space: Kiera’s Moon by Lizzy Ford
  • A Book that was a Gift: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Witches: The Witches by Roald Dahl
  • Set in Autumn: Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight
  • Orange Cover: The Elect by Elle Todd
  • Fall or Winter Release: Nothing Everything Nothing by Casia Schreyer
  • Steampunk: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Top 5 Favorites:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (5/5)
    Without doubt this was one of my favorite reads of both this challenge and 2014 in general. This dystopian classic is a brilliant masterpiece and definitely worth reading if you haven’t already.
  2. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (4,5/5)
    I have read City Of Bones before and enjoyed it, but I have to say I like this prequel trilogy SO much better than the actual series! I have Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess lined up to be read ASAP before I continue The Mortal Instruments series…
  3. Nothing Everything Nothing by Casia Schreyer (4,5/5)
    Very strong book about teenage insecurity, bullying and suicide attempts, and without doubt worth reading. Left me speechless!
  4. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (4,5/5)
    Another very strong book about what really goes on in the meat industry. Safran Foer mixes facts with parts of his biography, and some of the facts are quite shocking. Not recommended if you have a weak stomach!
  5. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling (4,5/5)
    The Harry Potter series has been one of my favorite series when I was growing up, and I never get tired of rereading them!

Double Trouble November Challenge Update

I don’t want to overflow my blog with updates and wrap ups, so I decided to do a double update on both the Bookish Bingo Challenge and Reading Through The Centuries Challenge. Here it goes:

Bookish Bingo: Holiday Edition

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I was actually able to finish the first three bingo lines in November, yay! And only six squares left for the full bingo; I have a feeling I might actually finish this challenge… The following squares have been filled in November:

  • Reread: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Set In New Orleans: Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
  • ‘Ice’, ‘Snow’ or ‘Frost’ In The Title: Hot Ice by Nora Roberts
  • Set On Halloween: Halloween Kentucky Style by Charles Suddeth
  • Snow On Cover: Innocence by Dean Koontz
  • Serial Killers: The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell
  • A Book That Was A Gift: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Witches: The Witches by Roald Dahl
  • Orange Cover: The Elect by Elle Todd
  • Fall Or Winter Release: Nothing Everything Nothing by Casia Schreyer
  • Steampunk: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

 

Reading Through The Centuries

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I’ve also been trying to read more books of years I haven’t read before, thus slowly reading through the centuries… I’ve set the challenge to five new dates by the end of December, and one of them has to be before 1930. I’m still working on the last one, but I’ve managed to add four out of five new dates already! Not a bad start, and I will definitely keep trying to read more ‘older’ books and classics.

1994 The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell
1987 Hot Ice by Nora Roberts
1976 Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
1953 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

 

I will end this post with free virtual cupcakes to celebrate my progress and I wish everybody happy reading during this festive December month! 😀

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