BingoDOG reads in February
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Hi Everyone, What are you reading this month for BingoDOG. I know that last month, some people completed many Bingo squares, and others got a very good start. I hope everyone is having fun with this challenge.
I have just finished reading On Board the Titanic edited by Logan Marshall for the "Cover has at least 2 human figures square.
I am reading Belinda as part of a group read over in the Virago group. My cover has a couple ofanimals, so I will complete that square this month.
Book featuring siblings
Sweet Valley Confidential / Francine Pascal
Beautiful blonde twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are now 27 years old. Something has happened so that Elizabeth is furious with Jessica, and she will not speak to her sister. Elizabeth is now living in New York and working as a writer for a small newspaper, whereas Jess is still in Sweet Valley.
I know the book has had a lot of negative reviews, but I’m still rating it “ok”. It’s been 30+ years since I read about these characters (and even then, I only read some of the original series, Sweet Valley High – I was a bit older and had lost interest by the time the Sweet Valley Twins came out when they were younger and I’m not even sure when Sweet Valley University came out!), and I enjoyed reading about them again and seeing what had happened (even if there was a lot of crap that had happened). I still remembered the majority of the characters.
The story jumps between Elizabeth and Jessica and back and forth in time. This book, I thought was not far off from a lot of chick lit – very soap opera-like. I didn’t like some of the outcomes of the characters I read so much of when I was younger, but I didn’t think the story was really so terrible (again, in comparison to other chick lit). Though some of the characters really didn’t seem to have grown up much, I still found it somewhat entertaining, and it was a fast read.
I completed Golden State by Ben H. Winters for the "author uses middle name or initial" square.
I just finished Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper for the Health/Medical related square.
>5 EBT1002: Oh dear, it seems that images are being inconsistent. Oh well, trust me, it has three human figures on it.
>5 EBT1002: That one looks good - taking a book bullet on Last Friends. The only books I have read of hers are childrens' ones - we love The Kit Stories.
>3 LibraryCin: Now that brings back memories! I remember binge reading Sweet Valley High. All the girls would wait for the next one to hit the school library and there would nearly be fisticuffs to borrow it first!
For the "about or featuring siblings" square, I just read 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. It's a romance in which the central conflict is that the heroine is in love with her twin brother's best friend. The brother isn't "on page" very much, but the heroine's relationship with him is definitely a significant part of the book.
Currently, I'm reading Hunted by Meagan Spooner for the "fairy tale" square; it's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Hmmm, if I can read something with "food related title or topic," I'll have my first completed row. Time to peruse the shelves.
I have two books queued up for the "animal in title, cover, or significant role" -- The Travelling Cat Chronicles and Slow Horses.
But I'm kind of liking the idea of my first "Bingo" this early in the year. :-)
>10 EBT1002: Oh, I haven't even been thinking of completing rows! I will have to take a look.
I am using Son Excellence Eugène Rougon from the Rougon-Macquart series for the series square.
For the weather square, I read On the Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Part 2 of On the Way Home is a diary which Laura kept on the 1894 trip from De Smet, South Dakota to Mansfield, Missouri, where she and Almanzo lived the rest of their lives. Laura discusses the landscape, the weather, and the kind of people they encounter along the way. Many are fellow migrants moving from one place to another having experienced hardships, primarily due to the weather. Laura's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, wrote parts 1 and 3 about their life in South Dakota prior to the move (and why they moved) and about their early life in Missouri finding the land where they would build their farm, etc.
Part of a series
Neverwas / Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed
This is the 2nd book in a trilogy. Sarah has moved from Oregon to Maryland with her family to take over her grandmother’s old house (from book 1). It’s been too long since I read book 1 to remember what led to the current “situation”, and I don’t want to give too much away, but Sarah seems to be seeing things. Her best friend since childhood (and a neighbour), Jackson, also sees things, but different things.
Ok, I was confused through parts of it, and kind of lost interest a bit (mostly in the things Sarah was “seeing”, but not as much in her “here and now”), and I’m sure the losing interest helped with the confusion. Ultimately, I decided on an “ok” rating, simply because I’m still interested enough to find out what happens in the last book. This one isn’t nearly as good as the first book, though.
Book containing a homophone word (and it is, in part, about homonyms as well!)
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin.
This is a junior fiction book (tween/early teen) about Rose, an 11 year old girl with high-functioning autism. Her favourite things, in this order, are homonyms, rules and prime numbers.
Very touching, quick and easy feel good read. A good book for children to read to get some insight into children with high-functioning autism and how they think as it is written in the first person.
Very similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time but for a younger audience.
I've read All-of-a-Kind Family, the first book in her All-of-a-Kind Family series, by Sydney Taylor for the "Read a CAT" square. I had read this book as a child many years ago, and enjoyed rereading it. It is about a Jewish family living Lower East Side of New York City around 1912; many Jewish customs are explained.
I finished Hunted for the "fairy tale" square, and despite being a bit burned out on YA fantasy, I really liked it! May even need to get my own copy.
Now I'm reading Lindsey Kelk's One in a Million for the "read a CAT" square, which is decently entertaining chick lit. It works for the February CalendarCAT because the main plot is a romance, which ties into Valentine's Day. It also works for the February AlphaKIT (K and O).
I've just started Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce for the "author uses middle name or initial" square. So far it's delightful -- I'm really enjoying the voice!
For the "Made into a Movie" square, I read Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. I do want to watch the movie after reading the book!
I filled the "food-related book" square with A Pint of Murder, by Alisa Craig, in which the murder victim is offed by a deliberately bad batch of home-canned beans.
I read a prize-winning book, Edward Grierson's The Second Man, winner of the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger in 1956.
I finished reading the latest Flavia de Luce mystery, The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley. The cover has a picture of a wedding cake with a bride and groom standing on top so a perfect fit for the "cover has at least 2 human figures" square.
A Pug's Tale / Alison Pace
Hope works at the Metropolitan Museum with the artwork. She regularly brings her pet pug to work. On a day when there is a pug-themed party for a prominent donor – a donor who loves pugs, herself – a valuable painting is stolen and a fake left in its place. Hope discovers it and lets her boss know. One other employee, who was in charge of the night’s party, also discovers it. Between them, they decide not to go to the police, but to hire a private investigator to see if they can figure out what happened themselves.
The book was ok. Hope’s pug, Max, was cute. I did find pretty much all of Hope’s social interactions a bit awkward, especially with the donor, as they became “friends”. I just didn’t see the friendship. Overall, just an ok read.
I read Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park for the Book Bullet square. Thanks to JayneCM for the inspiration! This YA book works on so many levels. I now will be reading all the Ruth Park I can find.
I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou for the Mentioned in another book square but forgot to write down where it was mentioned.
I finished From Dead to Worse for the 'about or featuring siblings' square. Sookie's brother Jason has been in every book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, and this one has a particularly difficult scene where Sookie has to stand in for her brother when his wife breaks her marriage vows, ugh!
I finished My Year of Rest and Relaxation for the alliterative title square.
Oooh, ooh, ooh, this give me my first Bingo!!
The Hidden Bones / Nicola Ford
Claire has just lost her husband and is invited by a university friend to come help on an archaeological dig. Claire is an archaeologist and welcomes the chance to get away and try to forget things for a while. They are taking over a site that was excavated in the early 70s, but nothing was written about it; the archaeologist in charge (and the man who owns the land) has just passed away. Initially, Claire and David find that an artifact has gone missing. It’s not long after that that they discover that there also seems to have been a murder somewhere along the way!
It was good, but a bit slow to get started. I guess the author was trying to get all the background information in before bringing in the mystery. I enjoyed the characters and, as this is meant to be the first in a series featuring Claire, I’m interested in continuing.
>35 LisaMorr: Thank you! I'm sure this is my earliest Bingo (in any year), by far!
I've finished reading The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron for the Prize winning book square. This book was the 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction.
Lois McMaster Bujold's Shards of Honor completes the Debut novel square for me. I now have 4/5 on two rows--but no Bingo yet.
For the Fairy Tale square I read the second installment in the Blinney Lane series, Beyond Farwin Wood by Drea Damara.
Related to medicine/health (at least in the twisted dystopian world!)
Delirium / Lauren Oliver
Lena’s mom and dad died when she was young, so Lena was raised by her aunt. Lena’s 18th birthday is coming up soon, and it will be such a relief to be able to have the surgery done – the cure! – to prevent the sickness “amor deliria nervosa” (aka love). Everyone gets the cure on their 18th birthday. She’ll be matched with someone to marry and her life will be perfect. But, before her birthday (and the surgery) arrives, she meets Alex…
I really liked this. It seems an odd premise, but I went with it, and quite enjoyed it. I liked Lena’s best friend, Hana, and her young cousin(?), Grace, although a bit more interaction with Grace might have been nice. Maybe one of the upcoming books in the series will have more about her? I will definitely be continuing.
I filled the "children's / young adult" square with First Term at Malory Towers, by Enid Blyton.
I've read Quaking by Kathryn Erskine for the children's/y.a. square. This is my first Bingo, the second row down on the third card. It is also my 11th square; I don't think I've ever had to fill so many squares to get my first Bingo.
I'm using A Tale of Two Cities for the homophone (tale/tail). Wonderful book.
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