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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Bookish Bingo Holiday Edition: October Update

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Now that the first month of the Bookish Bingo: Holiday Edition is over, it is time to check on my progress. I’ve so far managed to fill eight of the squares, although I didn’t get a bingo line yet… I’m hoping to finish at least one line by the end of next month! Below the books that I’ve read so far and their categories; I might change them around later on depending on future reads.

  • Historical: A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer
  • Horror: A Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Creature On Cover: Elemental Rancor by Charles Lominec
  • Black Cover: Black Roses by Jane Thynne
  • Mystery: The Sham by Ellen Allen
  • A Book That Was A Gift: Hope’s Rebellion by Jade Varden
  • Set In Autumn: Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight
  • Orange Cover: One Day by David Nicholls

Reading suggestions to complete bingo lines:

  • 527019Green Cover: Gardens Of The Moon by Stephen Erikson
  • ‘Ice’, ‘Snow’ or ‘Frost’ in title: Hot Ice by Nora Roberts
  • Snow on Cover: Innocence by Dean Koontz
  • Set During Christmastime: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 

I still haven’t found interesting titles for the Native American MC, Set On Halloween and Steampunk squares. Any suggestions?

Bookish Bingo: Holiday Edition

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This holiday edition of the Bookish Bingo is hosted over at Great Imaginations and will run during the months of October, November and December. It seemed like a fun way to tackle my exploding TBR, and I will probably post monthly updates of my progress.

I’ve tried to make a possible TBR, although some of the squares still have no titles. The titles are listed from left to right and from top to bottom:

  • gardensofthemoonReread: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Green Cover: Gardens Of The Moon by Stephen Erikson
  • Historical: Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Set in New Orleans:
  • Horror: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

 

  • Romance: One Day by David Nicholsdoctorsleep
  • ‘Ice’, ‘Snow’ or ‘Frost’ in title:
  • Creature on Cover: Elemental Rancor by Charles Lominec
  • Native American MC:
  • Red Cover: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  • gonegirlSet on Halloween:
  • Snow on Cover: Innocence by Dean Koontz
  • Black Cover: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Serial Killers: Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

 

  • mountainsBirds on Cover: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt // The Racketeer by John Grisham
  • Mystery: Naked In Death by J.D. Robb
  • Set During Christmastime: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Set in Space: Kiera’s Moon by Lizzy Ford
  • A Book that was a Gift: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • divinefallWitches: A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Set in Autumn: Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight
  • Orange Cover: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Fall or Winter Release:
  • Steampunk:

 

Any suggestions for the squares that are missing? Anyone participating in this edition of the Bookish Bingo as well? Feel free to link me to your post! 😀