Bookish Bingo – Summer 2014 Wrap-up

October 1, 2014 Bonnie Reading Challenges 4 Comments

Hosted by Great Imaginations

I did it again!!!!!!!! I ended up taking almost an entire month off right after this card began so it was a real struggle to catch back up but I’ve become a bingo addict, so I made it happen.

Here’s the breakdown on the books I picked for each square and my review:

A Stand Alone: Never Mind Miss Fox: A Novel by Olivia Glazebrook {Review}
Sky on Cover: The Ploughmen: A Novel by Kim Zupan {Review}
MC is LGBTIABrokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx {Review}
Set During Summer: Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer {Review}
Pink Cover: Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand {Review}
Starts with S, U, M, E or R: Mr. Mercedes (Mr. Mercedes Trilogy #1) by Stephen King {Review}
A ThrillerBroken Monsters by Lauren Beukes {Review}
Set on a Boat: The Terror of the Southlands (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2) by Caroline Carlson {Review}
Asian MC: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer {Review}
Middle Grade Novel: Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne {Review}
A Series Finale: World of Trouble (The Last Policeman #3) by Ben H. Winters {Review}
A Retelling: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick {Review}
“Storm,” “Rain,” or “Thunder” in titleStorm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher {Review}
“July,” “August,” or “September” in title: Light in August by William Faulkner {Review}
Blue Cover: The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupecoc {Review}
A Summer Release: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas {Review}
Strong Sibling Relationship: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma {Review}
Featuring an Animal Companion: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon {Review}
Set on an Island: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie {Review}
Music or Dance Themes: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell {Review}
Road Trip! Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard {Review}
Magical Realism: Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace {Review}
Set in Europe: The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan {Review}
Water on Cover: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan {Review}

What’s really funny is I did an intro post about the 5 book possibilities for each square and I ended up picking only books from 9 of those squares. I ended up coming up with a ton more options as the months progressed and completely changed my mind about my previous picks. That’s what I like most about this reading challenge, the range of options you can have for each square and how it really opens your eyes to possibly choosing a book you never would have normally picked up or finally picking up a book you’ve been meaning to get around to forever.

My overall average rating for the books selected were fairly high and I even found one worthy of 5 stars! Here’s a breakdown of my ratings:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

World of Trouble (The Last Policeman #3) by Ben H. Winters
The Ploughmen: A Novel by Kim Zupan
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher
Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer
Light in August by William Faulkner
Mr. Mercedes (Mr. Mercedes Trilogy #1) by Stephen King

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times by Emma Trevayne
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon
The Terror of the Southlands (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2) by Caroline Carlson
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Never Mind Miss Fox: A Novel by Olivia Glazebrook
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupecoc

And last but not least, I wanted to talk about a few things that I managed to accomplish with this bingo card:

1. I read my first book from two authors I’ve been meaning to get around to forever: Agatha Christie and William Faulkner.
2. I finished up TWO series! (Unearthly and The Last Policeman)
3. I started two series that should have happened long ago (Lunar Chronicles and The Dresden Files)
4. I was able to knock out 12 of my review books!!

All in all, this bingo card was a massive success. I’d like to thank the girls over at Great Imaginations for once again hosting one super fun reading challenge! (I highly recommend joining in!)

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