I first saw this year’s Reading Bingo on Cleo’s blog – she was the one who put me on to it a few years back. Then Marina at Finding Time to Write posted hers and it seemed rude not to join in even if mine is a little tardy. It’s one of those posts which is great fun to put together, a lovely distraction for those needing a little time in their heads over the festive season. So, after a good deal of flicking back through this year’s reading, here’s my 2017 bingo card with links to the books I’ve reviewed.
A Book with More Than 500 Pages – Nathan Hill’s thoroughly enjoyable, panoramic look at American life from the ‘60s to 2011, The Nix, which weighs in at 640 pages.
A Forgotten Classic – Gerard Reve’s The Evenings about which I was not entirely thrilled but many, many Dutch people are
A Book That Became a Movie – The Shiralee by D’Arcy Nilland, although I haven’t see the film
A Book Published This Year – most of them given that I’m still a slave to novelty but I’ll plump for Victoria Redel’s lovely paean to friendship Before Everything because I loved it so much.
A Book with a Number in the Title – has to be Jon McGregor’s gorgeously poetic Reservoir 13, my book of the year
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty – Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends which won the 2017 Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer award
A Book with Non-Human Characters – Laura Kaye’s English Animals although I’m afraid most of them are stuffed.
A Funny Book – André Alexis’ hugely enjoyable caper The Hidden Keys.
A Book by a Female Author – hard to know where to start with this, there are so many, but I’m I going to pick Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller, only left off my books of the year because things were getting out of hand
A Book with a Mystery – Emily Ruskovich’s striking debut, Idaho, which has a very slow reveal
A Book with a One-word title – Ties by Domenico Starnone notable for its furious opening chapter
A Book of Short Stories – Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees which takes the long view on fleeing conflict
Free square – Birdcage Walk, the last book from one of my favourite writers, Helen Dunmore, who died earlier in the year
A Book Set on a Different Continent – the Melbourne-set Our Magic Hour which I’ve banged on about so many times on this blog trying to get the word out
A Non-fiction Book – Will Ashon’s Strange Labyrinth which explored the surprisingly odd history of Epping Forest
The First Book by a Favourite Author – this one will have to be left blank, sadly
A Book You Heard About Online – the quietly moving The Closet of Savage Momentos by Nuala Ní Chonchúir but unfortunately I’ve forgotten where I read about it
A Bestselling Book – Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. I resisted this having not read anything by Swift to beat his first novel, Waterland, but loved it when I finally gave in
A Book Based on a True Story – Jane Harris’ Sugar Money is the story of an attempt to bring a group of slaves back from Grenada to Martinique in 1765, restoring them from British to French hands.
A Book at the Bottom of Your TBR Pile – The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota which was well worth digging out
A Book your Friend Loves – The Invisible Life of Euridice which two friends loved, and fortunately I did too.
A Book that Scares You – Daniel Kehlman’s smartly gothic You Should Have Left
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old – Tepper Isn’t Going Out by Culver Trillin, a book about parking, believe it or not. It was resurrected by Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, my favourite independent bookshop, who loved this and The Shiralee so much they published editions themselves
A Book with a Blue Cover – Alex Christofi’s Let Us Be True, a thought-provoking love story.
Just one blank square – maybe I’ll manage a full house next year. Thanks to Cleo and Marina for reminding me just how enjoyable these posts are to put together. Let me know if you’ve spotted any other bloggers’ bingo posts that have taken your fancy.