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Book Bingo.

North Yorkshire libraries are running a reading game called Book Bingo.

Complete a row of five books borrowed and read from the library, submit your card by 4 January and you will be entered into a prize draw. It’s open to everyone aged over 12 . Clearly designed to attract more book borrowing and teenage readers, age categories being 12-15, 16-24, 25-54 and 55 and over.

I look on it as a chance to read more books….. all in a good cause.

I also see it as a way of choosing books I wouldn’t normally give a second look at. And That’s where I would love some help from you please.

So any suggestions for the following?

  1. A book made into a film.
  2. A book published over 100 years ago
  3. Sci-fi or fantasy novel- I don’t like this genre, so a nice short well written book, please.
  4. One published in the last three months- that would be after June
  5. A book set in the past
  6. A book written by someone who’s not a writer
  7. A teenage book
  8. A book with a name in the title
  9. A book with a one word title
  10. Book with a face on the cover
  11. Book with a number in the title
  12. A funny book
  13. Book ispired by a true story
  14. A book I’ve never heard of!!
  15. Book with a tree on the cover ( Doh I just returned one!)
  16. Book I can finish in a day ( well that would be most books!)

You’ll note I missed some out, they would be my usual reading matter!

Please help, there is a category called book recommended by others, and I consider that ticked off already as most of the books I read are now recomendations left in the comments of my book posts, or your book posts. Meantime maybe your library is doing book bingo.

Wish me luck, and thanks.


Comments on: "Book Bingo." (47)

  1. Ok here are my suggestions.
    1. PS I Love you – Cecelia Aherne
    2. Anything by Dickens or Rudyard Kipling
    4 Pam Ayres Poems
    5. Larkrise to Candleford – Flora Thompson
    8.. Kes or Emma
    9. Longbourn by Jo Baker its a different take on Pride and Prejudice seen from the servants
    12. Anything by Gerald Durrell
    13. Big Pig, Little Pig Jacqueline Yallop
    14. The Dun Cow Rib John Lister-Kaye
    15. The Freewood Years Mary Denyer
    16. Wilding Isabella Tree (I’m reading this at the moment – very interesting ideas) ps. not trying to be funny about “Tree” being her name.
    17. Village Christmas by Laurie Lee

    • Oh my, you have made some fantastic suggestions. Thank you. You have reminded me of some old favourites, like Larkrise to Candleford, Kes, Emma, Gerald Durrell and Laurie Lee, and mentioned some totally new to me. Everyone has come up with some wonderful suggestions.

  2. Sounds like a fun idea. I’ll be eager to know what books you pick for each theme x

  3. What a great idea, just three suggestions from me, 1.My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult – it doesn’t say it has to be a good film, but it’s a brilliant book; 7. Life on the Refrigerator Door, I borrowed it off my daughter when she was a teenager; 5/6/13 West with the Night by Beryl Markham.

    • Some excellent ideas Margaret, thank you. I nealry picked up My sister’s keeper today when I returned abook. But I have six to read already and one has arrived from my request list. I hope I don’t regret the decision.

  4. No suggestions from me Cathy – I am making a note of titles/authors for next year though.
    You should join Goodreads – they have lots of challenges like this. The one’s for the Aussie readers group are often related to a season or month or yearly event eg. Mother’s Day here in Australia is in May so the challenge for May is usually linked to that. I’m sure there’s a group that would be a fit for you.

  5. What a fun idea! I’ve got quite a few favourites (incl. 3 Canadian authors*): 2. Silas Marner by George Eliot; 3. Swords Against Death by Fritz Leiber (10 fun short stories featuring Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, origin of the Sword & Sorcery genre); 5. Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge* – all of her novels set in ancient Egypt are excellent and this one is about Queen Hatshepsut; 6. How to be a Victorian/How to be a Tudor by domestic historian Ruth Goodman; 7. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare OR Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright; 8. Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce OR My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier OR Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; 9. Mariana by Susanna Kearsley*; 11. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters, first in the Brother Cadfael series (they’re all great); 12. Whisky Galore! by Compton Mackenzie OR The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat*; 15. The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart (all her novels are wonderful); 16. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – not a short novel but had me so rivetted I read it in a day, then started it again the next! Several of these titles will also fit #1, as they’ve been made into films – sometimes more than once!

    • You have reminded me of some old favourites as well as new ideas.Rebecca and Brother Cadfael are old favourites for example. Marianna has been on my to read list for a while. Now to see which I can borrow from North Yorkshire libraries.

  6. I love the bingo card idea. I have so many books in line already so I’ll not add more just now. I think this a great idea though.

    • It is such a nie idea to have a reading challenge in the library for older readers. I have already requested some of the suggestions I have had here.

  7. I am agog at all the suggestions here, I could have a huge pile to read myself!

  8. What an absolutely fabulous idea. Here are some more book ideas.
    Big Lies Little Lies – Liane Moriarty – Film
    Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham – Sci Fi
    Long Call by Ann Cleeves – published in last three months
    Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden – teenage book
    Farenheit 451. by Ray Bradbury- number in title and also made into a movie
    Pride & Prejudice , Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Tom Jones, – published over 100years ago

  9. 13. Leon Uris Exodus 11. Twelve Angry Librarians

    A great idea for an adventurous read.

  10. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    What a fun idea. You may have read some of these but here are a couple of suggestions. 1. Room by Emma Donoghue. 3 or 9. Wool by Hugh Howely (don’t usually read these but this was brilliant – read the trilogy in the end). 7. Holes by Louis Sachar, give this at least a couple of chapters but then you are hooked.

  11. Oh! I read ‘Ballet Shoes’ – Noel Streatfield right? – when I was about 10 I think and the memory of the feelings while reading the book have never left me though I couldn’t tell you what the story was about now. I wanted to be a ballerina for years after ………. I wonder if it stands the test of time……. I have no suggestions as I’m still on first coffee……

  12. ‘a chance to read more books’? Is that even possible?

    Anyway my suggestion would fit 3 categories – teen, fantasy and made into a film. ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman – 163 pages I believe and an excellent animated film.

    • Perfect, and it’s a one word title! I am thinking of giving up sleep so I can read more….

      • …..and it’s a name too! You’ve got to read it. Let me know what it’s like, I’ve only seen the film (thrice) but Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer – my daughter loves him.

      • It’s finally arrived in the library but it will be 2020 before I read it! Too many other books to read first.

  13. You’re looking at it ‘as a chance to read more books’?
    Is that even possible?

    • Oops. That second comment was my actually myfirst comment which I didn’t think had registered and, in between times, I remembered ‘Coraline’. It’s one of those days 🙄

  14. This is great! I love when my library has these challenges, not long ago they had a ‘blind date with a book’, the books were nicely wrapped and had a few words on the top with a hint of what was about, I loved to be surprised when I unwrapped them, and I discovered lovely authors this way. Have fun!

  15. Number 13–The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey–book based on true story, plus benefit of being a classic mystery.
    Number 15–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith; also satisfies number 5–set in the past.

  16. Penny Post said:

    Suggestions – Made into a film Schindler’s Ark aka Schindler’s List or the Boy in Stripped Pyjamas if you want a shorter read. Over 100 years any Dickens nut Great Expectations is short and my favourite. Sci-fi or fantasy I’ll go with fanatic and say anything by Terry Brooks that is in his Shannara series. Last three months has to be The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz, George Goulding. Maybe all a bit long but a good book is worth getting into and I read fast.

    • Fantatsic suggestions, I have read the Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas, it was so good, but made me cry. Definetly going with these.

  17. Some suggestions. I have read them all except the teenage one but Anthony Horowitz seems a good writer. 1:- The Hobbit 2:- The Warden by Anthony Trollope 3:- Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey 5:-A High Mortality of Doves by Kate Ellis 7:-‎Stormbreaker‎ by ‎Anthony Horowitz 8: or 9:-Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz 11:-The Three Hostages by John Buchan

  18. Homework required. I’ll be back later with a list….

      • 1, 3,7: The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
        2, 5, 8, 9: Kim – Rudyard Kipling (one of my all-time favourites)
        4: Can’t help there, I don’t keep track of publication dates
        6: The Emperor of All Maladies (author is a doctor) – Siddhartha Mukherjee. An epic book
        10: Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
        11: The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay. Harrowing, but briliant
        12: A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
        13: Wild – Cheryl Strayed
        14: My Name is Asher Lev – Chaim Potok
        15: Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
        16: Earthly Delights – Kerry Greenwood (the first of a series; I’m addicted)

        • Some wonderful ideas here. Kim would be a reread for me , it is a book I’ve read oncce and absolutely loved . I shall certainly be following up on these, thank you Kate.

          • Kim is one of my all-time favourites, and I re-read it at least twice a year. Every time I find something new to enjoy. The descriptions are wonderful. I have a 1919 British India edition on onionskin paper with red morocco and gilt binding. It’s pretty battered, but very precious.

            • Oh my that sounds just wonderful. How did you come by that? I only read it once but it totally entranced me, time for a re-read. Mine is a common or garden paperback! Dad was stationed in India during the war, and he liked it enough to go bacck for a holiday. I wish I had been.

            • When they were posted overseas, my parents bought it second hand from a house sale in Nigeria; an expat was selling up and moving back to the UK, and all his overseas editions were available. They bought the Jungle Book duo as well, same binding, but they didn’t survive my childhood.

            • What a wonderful book to have with all those memories.

  19. claire93 said:

    I have one for you which would tick several boxes lol.
    The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson.
    It’s a children’s fantasy, and has a number in the title!
    And if I wanted to re-read a book from my childhood . . . can’t go far wrong with Mrs Pepperpot!

    • I’d not heard of either of these, so thanks. I have requested Ballet Shoes, from the library for a children’s book. I read it as a child but have forgotten it so want to remind myself. Thanks for helping.

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