"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Monday, June 2, 2014

Book Bingo Completed Challenge

 Our library hosted an adult reading challenge called Book Bingo, which began March 1 and ended May 31. 

 It wasn't necessary to finish the entire card, but for every bingo completed, a raffle ticket was given toward a bigger prize.  The bigger prize is an amazon gift card, and author Craig Johnson will choose the winning ticket when he is here later this month.

 I started out with post-it notes on each square so I could shift things around, as most of the books fit more than one category. That turned out to be a wise choice as almost every time I read a book I shifted things around.

I had a plan from the start on what I would read, but I knew it would change as I found books I really wanted to read, and as I learned what our book club picks would be each month.  This was my originally planned to-read stack, and I think I only read nine of these.  Like I said, things changed constantly.

This was toward the end - and these were the books I needed to read to finish.  Three of these got changed out too.

 The reading challenge had several parts to it.  First, reading four books got you a Toblerone candy bar.

After reading 8, a water bottle with the library logo was awarded.

But I finished everything on Thursday, completing the entire bingo card by reading 25 books.

Here are the categories, followed by what I read, in the order I read them ...
1. A non-fiction book - The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley (NF- Non-fiction)
2. A book at the bottom of your to-be-read pile - The Way I See It by Temple Grandin (NF)
3. A book published this year - Small Move, Big Change by Caroline L. Arnold (NF)
4. A funny book - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (F- Fiction) 
5. A book based on a true story - Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (NF)
6. Re-Read a childhood favorite - The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene (1st Nancy Drew series book) (F)
7. A book that is more than 10 years old - Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon (NF)
8. The first book written by a favorite author - Open Season by CJ Box (F)
9. Listen to an audiobook - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (F)
10. A book your friend loves - Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (F)
11. A book that became a movie - Mary Poppins by PL Travers (I had to read that after watching Saving Mr. Banks) (F)
12. A book of short stories - Tenth of December by George Saunders (F)
13. A book with a green cover - The Road From Coorain by Jill Ker Conway (NF)
14. The second book in a series - Savage Run by CJ Box (F)
15. A book on the New York Times bestseller list - The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch (NF) 
16. A book with more than 500 words - House Rules by Jodi Picoult (F)
17. A book set on a different continent - Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (F)
18. A book downloaded via Overdrive - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (F)
19. A book that scares you - Night by Elie Wiesel (NF)
20. A book written by someone over 30 - The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig (F)
21. A book with a one word title - Fiddlers by Ed McBain (F)
22. A book with a number in the title - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (F)
23. Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson (F) was our center square. Everyone in the state is supposed to read that particular book as part of "One Book Wyoming."
24. A mystery - Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson (F)
25. A book written by someone under 30 - Between the Lines by Samantha Van Leer and Jodi Picoult (F)

So that means I read a total of 17 fiction and 8 non-fiction books, and five of them had something to do with autism.  Seven of the books were book club reads.  I'm excited to have finished both because it was a big accomplishment, and because it means I can go on to read whatever I want in any order I choose now :)