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Reading Bingo for 2015

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I had such fun finding books for this challenge last year that I’ve decided to repeat it with books I’ve read in 2015, click on the book covers to read my reviews

A Book With More Than 500 Pages

The Night Watch

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters Despite clocking in at 509 pages, I was bereft when this book finished. A tale told in reverse following three women in three distinct years; 1941, 1944 and 1947. This was an evocative and emotional read as well as being rich in historical detail.

 

A Forgotten Classic

The Go-Betweeen

I came late to the classic The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley. Told mainly through the eyes of 12 year old Leo Coulston as we go back to the year 1900, the year he got entangled with adult passions. This book with pitch-perfect prose had me longing for the story to never end -but end it did in the most shocking fashion, it is very rare to find a book with both a powerful opening and ending rarer still for the pages in between to be so exquisite.

A Book That Became a Movie

Sadly I have nothing for this box either, a few of the books I’ve read this year are going to be made into films, but not yet.

A Book Published This Year

The Kind Worth Killing

It is no surprise that there were lots of contenders for this square so I have picked a five star read; The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. This psychological thriller owes a lot to Strangers on a Train, and has a truly cinematic feel to it. You will struggle to find a character to admire in the whole of the 325 pages, but if you are anything like me you will be interested in what makes them tick!

A Book With A Number In The Title

24 Hours by Claire Seeber is a completely compelling psychological thriller, one to be gobbled up with delight. Laurie is desperate to reach her young daughter Polly in this tale told over 24 hours. With the background being presented in the past tense the present tense ramped up the tension as the hour count increases!

A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty

I really don’t know how old the authors are so nothing for this one.

A Book With Non Human Characters

Nothing for this one either

A Funny Book

Although there are a few books I’ve read that could be described as farcical, I haven’t read any intentionally humorous reads this year.

A Book By A Female Author

The Sudden Departrure of the Frasers

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish
I had so many to choose from for this category but I settled on an author who was ‘new to me’ until I read this book, despite having a large back catalogue. This book details one young woman’s quest to find out what happened to the previous owners of her beautiful new house…

A Book With A Mystery

Smoke and Mirrors

I had quite a few options for this square too so plumped for the magnificent Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths whereby Inspector Stephens investigates the mystery of two missing children against the pantomime Aladdin being performed in the seaside town of Brighton in the 1950s.

A Book With A One Word Title

Disclaimer

There was little doubt about the choice for this one although I had six (all very good reads) to choose from. Disclaimer by Renée Knight, is one of the best books I’ve read this year A fresh take on the psychological thriller where the truth unfolds slowly and what you thought you believed at first is turned on its head. Having widely recommended this book to others, it has been well-received by all who have read it.

 A Book of Short Stories

In a Word

My collection of short stories is In a Word: Murder edited by Margot Kinberg, this book was published in memory of Maxine Clarke, a well-respected book blogger. Included in the submissions many of the stories revolve around the world of publishing. There really is something for everyone in this collection with all well worth a read.

 Free Square

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse

For my free square this year I have decided to go with the book with the longest title: The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell. This non-fiction book examines a court case that started in 1898 when a widow named Anna Maria Druce applied for the exhumation of the grave of her late father-in-law, Thomas Charles Druce. The tale behind this request and the case that rumbled on for a decade is completely fascinating.

A Book Set On A Different Continent

Death in the Rainy Season

Death in the Rainy Season by Anna Jaquiery is set in Cambodia.  I’ve read very little fiction set in Asia, and don’t recall another book set in this country so this seemed like a good choice for this box. Serge Morel is actually on holiday in Cambodia from his native Paris when Hugo Quercy, a French national, is murdered in a hotel room in Phnom Penh. Serge Morel is asked to stay and investigate which gives the reader an insight into how policing works in this country. A good mystery with a multi-layered storyline.

A Book of Non-Fiction

A Fifty Year Silence

My choice for this square is a memoir, and an unusual one at that; A Fifty Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot follows the author through her childhood memories of her grandparents, two people she didn’t realise had ever been married to each other, and her adult quest to uncover why these Anna and Armand who were Jewish and had been in France at the time of the Second World War, had separated.

The First Book By A Favourite Author

Silent Scream

This author has had her debut, second and third books all published this year, and all three books were awarded five stars by me. Silent Scream by Angela Marsons features DI Kim Stone, a fantastic protagonist, driven seemingly a hard-taskmaster, yet we are shown early on that her team are determined to go the extra mile for her which indicates there is far more to her character. Added to that there are multiple strands to engage the reader along with a satisfying conclusion. What more can a reader ask for?

A Book I Heard About Online

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Since blogging I find most of my new author finds on-line and this book is one of the many I had to have after reading a review and exchanging comments with a fellow blogger.The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald is a book about friendship, being away from home and to be honest a far sweeter book than my tastes normally run with the saving grace it’s laced with humour, and books, and those books are ones we’ve read, not just the ones we think we should have.

A Best Selling Book

The Girl On The Train

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins was the must-read book in 2015 for lovers of psychological thrillers, and surprise, surprise I read it and loved it. Rachel has become transfixed by the life of a couple she views through the train window on her way to work. When the woman disappears Rachel fears the worst but she is hampered in her investigations by her dependence on alcohol. A story where the reader is positively encouraged to trust no-one keeps the tension at fever-pitch!

A Book Based Upon A True Story

Dancing for the Hangman

Dancing for the Hangman is Martin Edwards‘ speculation on what really happened at 9 Hilltop Crescent in 1910. History tells us that Hawley Harvey Crippen murdered his wife, Cora and left part of her remains in the basement, a crime that condemned him to be hanged at Pentonville Prison. A fascinating and well-researched book which has made it impossible for me to separate fact from fiction.

A Book At the Bottom Of Your To Be Read Pile

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows had been on my radar ever since it was published in 2007. Shamefully, since it is written about our sister Channel Island, Guernsey, it has taken me all this time to read this epistolary novel about the German Occupation. I loved this book and from what I know of this period of history in Jersey, it was really well-researched, giving an authentic feel to the story inside its cover.

A Book Your Friend Loves

The Shadow Year

My friend loved The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell, and so did I with its dual time line, the past being the 1980s when five university friends decide to occupy a deserted cottage and live self-sufficiently. In the present we meet Lila who is struggling having recently had a still-birth when she is given an anonymous gift. Both time-lines had great stories with realistic characters.

A Book That Scares You

In a Dark Dark Wood

I rarely get scared by a book but In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware raised a few hairs on the back of my neck! Odd because despite the synopsis warning of a hen party, I didn’t expect quite such a nasty tale, it just goes to show that the fiction that closely imitates fact can be far more deadly than rampaging murderers! This is a book to read while safely curled up in the warm while being very grateful you are not holed up in the glass house in the forest with a group of hens!

A Book That Is More Than 10 Years Old

The Whicharts

I decided to pick the oldest book that I’ve read this year, The Whicharts by Noel Streatfeild, her book for adults that was then altered to create the children’s classic Ballet Shoes. I’ll be honest it was weird reading a book I had loved as a child, only to realise it had a far less positive beginning. A  lot of the pleasure of this book was nostalgic rather than based on this rather unpolished debut adult novel. I fear it has tarnished my memory of Ballet Shoes forever though!

The Second Book In A Series

No Other Darkness

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary is the second in the Marnie Rome series, books which cover important issues in far more depth than is typical of the genre. Two boy’s bodies are found buried in a bunker but who put them there, and why? This author manages the mixture of investigative with the personal live’s of the protagonists just right – definitely a series that I will continue to await with anticipation.

A Book With A Blue Cover

The Hidden Legacy

The Hidden Legacy is the debut novel by G.J. Minett, a book that will challenge you to question important moral questions in an unobtrusive manner. The book starts with one of the most shocking openings I have read this year when an eleven year old boy sets fire to two girls in a school playground back in 1966 but this event will have repercussions through the decades.

How about you? How much of the card could you fill in? Please share!

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A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

51 thoughts on “Reading Bingo for 2015

  1. I think I can fill in quite a lot of the squares – I think I’ll have a go at doing it too!

    What a shame reading The Whicharts spoilt your memories of The Ballet Shoes. When I re-read Little Women I found it was much more sentimental and moralistic than I had realised when I read it as a child. Although some of the magic was still there I didn’t love it as I had before.

    1. I read Ballet Shoes often throughout my childhood and to realise these characters were originally far less innocent was odd – I had a similar experience to you with Heidi which had totally lost its shine by the time I finished reading it to my daughter!

  2. I love these type of challenges that aren’t so much challenges because it’s part of regular reading. Lots to check out here…though quite few I’ve read and agree with you on. Have a good Sunday.

    1. Than you Emma. I didn’t peek until I started preparing the post to see how many I could fit in. I think it ended up being a better spread of types of books this year compared to last – I will definitely repeat next year!

  3. i could manage 14 (if I include the free square). I presume double counting is not allowed??? The one I thought I would struggle with is the non human character box since I really don’t like books with talking animals but then I remembered I read Life of Pi. Phew.

    1. I think double counting is probably frowned upon 😉 It’s doubtful that I’d ever be able to fill in the non-human character box but glad you came up with one! Next year I need to read books that have been made into funny books that have been made into films, feature talking animals and are written by an author under thirty that has kindly stamped their age on the front cover so I can’t miss it! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  4. Oh, Cleo, I think this is great! Thank you so much for mentioning In Word: Murder. I’m really pleased you enjoyed it. And I agree completely about Martin Edwards’ book. It’s very good, I think. I’ve been hearing great things about the Bivald and the Schaffer and Barrows, too. And several of the others as well. What a great reading year you’ve had.

    1. Thank you Margot – I really loved doing it last year and decided to attempt it ‘blind’ this year to see which books would fit in each square – it ended up a better mixed than I could have hoped for – and all great reads too!

    1. The Kind Worth Killing is exceptionally good, far better than I expected! The beauty of this is that every one who participates has totally different lists, many of my choices could have been entered into more than one square so it is a bit like a puzzle to fit them in!

      1. I agree, I was surprised by how gripping and clever The Kind Worth Killing was! Usually when books are hailed the next Gone Girl (though I wasn’t THAT impressed with Flynn’s book), they tend to disappoint, but this one by far outdid it, in my opinion!

  5. Loved the bit about having read some that were farcical! Been there, done that! 😉 Not so much crossover between our lists this year – due to my allergic reaction to misery-fests (!). But I do have Guernsey Potato Peelers on the TBR thanks to you. I might give this a go myself – I reckon I might even be able to fill in the animal one. The under-30 could be a problem though… hmm!

    1. Haha, compiling this list I realised that it has all been a bit miserable this year, athough I thought I’d got more of a spread of types of books than last year. I do hope you enjoy the Guernsey book, I’ve now lost my copy as my daughter who also hadn’t read it nicked it (despite being the history buff she enjoyed it too) I can’t see how I’m ever going to fill in the animal one so perhaps next year I’ll seek one out!

    1. Thank you Poppy – it worked out as a better spread than last year I think. I also did the TBR challenge earlier this month – you are right the two work hand in hand quite well – I can’t wait to see what books you choose 🙂

  6. This is a great idea….! You have mentioned so many authors I’ve never heard of. I’ll play a round of bingo this afternoon! (Saw your post originally on ‘Finding Time to Write blog, MarinaSofia)

  7. Interesting. Quite a lot of .them are the same as the Popsugar challenge, which I’ m still lumbering my way through. I’ m likely to be 2 or 3 categories short on that one, but as this was a known challenge at the start of the year, don’t really have an excuse. On this one, I think I have them all, though I might need to double check book cover colours and number title. Cunningly enough books by Tana French seem to fill several categories, as once I found her I read everything within 6 weeks! And each book fits nicely in a different category. Tanya French, and others, bingo!

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