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The (UNofficial) BingoDOG Book Suggestions Topic

2020 Category Challenge

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Edited: Nov 23, 10:59am Top

Since a few people expressed an interest in having a separate place for BingoDOG participants to list their book suggestions and ideas, I took the liberty of creating a topic for that purpose. (I hope that is okay with everyone.)

Please feel free to list any books that might work well for specific bingo squares here. Even if you don't end up reading it yourself, it might be the perfect BB for someone else. Thank you to everyone, for sharing your suggestions.

BingoDog Squares for 2020
1. Book that's in a Legacy Library
2. Book written by an LT author
3. Book published in 1820 or 1920
4. Book published in the year of your birth
5. Book published under a pen name or anonymously
6. Book set in Asia
7. Mystery or true crime
8. Book involving a real historical event (fiction or nonfiction)
9. Book about books, bookstores, or libraries
10. Book with at least three letters of BINGO consecutively in order in the title (BIN, ING, NGO, GOB, OBI...the letters can cross words but must be in order and be consecutive)
11. Red cover (or red is prominent on the cover)
12. Title contains a pun
13. Book about birth or death (childbearing, midwifery, human aging -- this is a combo of the "childbearing" and "human aging" suggestions)
14. Book with a proper name in the title
15. Book published by a small press or self-published
16. Book published in 2020
17. Epistolary novel or collection of letters
18. Book by a journalist or about journalism
19. Book not set on Earth
20. Mythology or folklore
21. Weird book title
22. Book with "library" or "thing" in the title or subtitle
23. Book with a periodic table element in the title
24. Book by a woman from a country other than the US/UK
25. Read a CAT

Edited: Nov 22, 9:16pm Top

>1 This-n-That: Thank you for setting this up.

Two suggestions for Title Contains a Pun, both from The Fredric Brown MEGAPACK ®: 33 Classic Science Fiction Stories which I downloaded for the princely price of 94 cents: Nothing Sirius and Pi in the Sky. ETA Paradox Lost, a short story collection.

Fredric Brown is also good for weird titles: We All Killed Grandma; The Screaming Mimi; Night of the Jabberwock.

Nov 22, 9:31pm Top

>2 pamelad: I'll second the recommendation of Fredric Brown's short stories—I read his collection Honeymoon in Hell at the beginning of 2019 and thought it was a lot of fun.

Nov 22, 10:04pm Top

>2 pamelad: You are welcome. :-)

Although these are not all suggestions for specific books, here are some lists that might be helpful.

"Book published by a small press or self-published"

"Book with a periodic table element in the title"

"Epistolary novel or collection of letters"
(I think The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith sounds good. I have enjoyed other books by this author. I also recommend Letters From Father Christmas. Great fun for a holiday read!)

This list covers ideas for "Book with "library" or "thing" in the title or subtitle" and "Book about books, bookstores, or libraries"
(I am planning on reading The Library Book and perhaps The Bookseller of Kabul)

Nov 23, 4:44am Top

My ideas, which I will share.

Small press: I am a fan of Peirene Press (https://www.peirenepress.com/ ). They are a small company who publish 3 books a year that are translated into English. So far all of their books have been thought provoking and interesting. The Last Summer being the one that stands out. Last year they exclusively published women authors, which do you for "woman outside the US/UK square as well.
In fact I think I could fill a number of squares with their titles!

Pun: I have Why Willows Weep on my shelf, which is, I think, a play on weeping willow and to weep.

Epistolary novel - having just finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall I can assure you that this would fit the bill, being a letter and diary combo throughout.

4> I also have The bookseller of Kabul on my shelf, so thanks for that one.

Nov 23, 6:26am Top

Perhaps you could copy and past the list of bingo squares at the top for reference. Thanks.

I really appreciate this thread.

Edited: Nov 23, 8:15am Top

For 17 Epistolary novel or collection of letters, I suggest A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. Or if you are feeling really adventurous, one of the classics of epistolary fiction from the 18th century is Evelina by Frances Burney. I read and enjoyed it this year. You'll find many other ideas with the LT tag "epistolary": https://www.librarything.com/tag/epistolary.

Nov 23, 10:47am Top

Just a few suggestions off the top of my head. Items with asterisks are ones I've read and recommend.

3. Book published in 1820 or 1920

Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
*The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson

9. Book about books, bookstores, or libraries

*A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
*Parnassus on Wheels and *The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

21. Weird book title

Any of the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley (I've read all but the last)

22. Book with "library" or "thing" in the title or subtitle

*The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

24. Book by a woman from a country other than the US/UK

Kate Morton (Australia): *The Clockmaker's Daughter is my favorite
L. M. Montgomery (Canada): You can't really go too wrong with any of her books
Muriel Barbery (France): *The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Laurence Cosse (France): *A Novel Bookstore
Cornelia Funke (Germany): The Inkheart trilogy
Ngaio Marsh (New Zealand): Any of her mysteries are good, although like any prolific author, some are better than others
Astrid Lindgren (Sweden): The Pippi Longstocking books were among my favorites as a kid

Nov 23, 11:00am Top

>6 Kristelh: Great idea! I have added it to the first message. Thanks for the suggestion.

Edited: Nov 23, 8:13pm Top

Periodic Table ideas:

The Oxygen Murder by Camille Minichino
The Boric Acid Murder by Camille Minichino

Copper, Gold, Silver are obvious choices too. The symbols for Iodine and Helium are good ones!

Puns: Lots of cozies have puns in the titles, such as A Cup of Holiday Fear by Ellie Alexander or Here Comes Santa Paws by Laurien Berenson

Not set on Earth: The Little Prince or the Narnia books, also Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

Epistolary: Sorcery and Cecilia or others in that series; Griffin and Sabine

Weird Titles: Books by Lewis Grizzard, or the Foxtrot cartoon books, orthe Hank Zipzer books for middle schoolers

Mythology: Rick Riordan books, such The Lightning Thief

Nov 23, 12:46pm Top

Rregarding the 'not set on Earth' box, I suppose you could read a book about happenings on boats. Surely there are a bunch of books taking place on cruise ships and sailboats, etc.

Edited: Nov 23, 3:46pm Top

Epistolary: I recently read Kressmann Taylor's Address Unknown, an exchange of letters between a Jewish art dealer in San Francisco and his ex-partner and friend who has returned to Germany. It charts the decline of an urbane and tolerant man into anti-Semitic hatred. It was first published in 1938.

Edited: Nov 23, 5:18pm Top

I was intrigued by LadyoftheLodge's question in the other topic about non-sci-fi books not set on Earth. I poked around and came up with some ideas:

1. Nonfiction about exploration of space. Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission is all about NASA's exploration of Mars by robot, with photography, and it won the Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award in 2014.

2. Memoirs of astronauts, such as First on the Moon by Neil Armstrong et al.

3. Books focused on flying. A couple of highly regarded authors in this area who wrote both fiction and nonfiction are Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Beryl Markham's West with the Night is supposed to be excellent as well.

4. Some literary classics are set in heaven or hell, such as Dante's Inferno and its successors, and John Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.

5. How about ballooning? This tag (https://www.librarything.com/tag/ballooning) turns up some interesting history and adventure titles: Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air and Around the World in 20 Days, for example. And a couple well-regarded children's books are set in balloons: Hot Air: The Mostly True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride was a Caldecott honor book and The Twenty-One Balloons won the Newbery Medal.

I haven't read any of these books, but they all look like interesting options for this square.

Nov 23, 5:52pm Top

Books originally published in 1820:
Precaution by James Fenimore Cooper
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving (serially published 1819-1820)
Ivanhoe, The Abbot, and The Monastery by Sir Walter Scott
A New-England Tale; or, Sketches of New England Character and Manners by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin

Nov 23, 6:28pm Top

I just discovered how to identify books in your catalog that are in a Legacy Library:

1. On the Home page, select Stats/Memes (in the second bar at the top).
2. Select Legacy Libraries in the left column.
3. You should now see a list of the Legacy Libraries that share books with you.
4. To see a list of books, select "Shared with {your user name}, books", in the top center of the page.

You can also try navigating to the following link, after editing it to include your user name in place of XXX:


Nov 23, 6:40pm Top

>15 NinieB: - Thanks - that should be a big help. Easier than looking at each one.

Nov 23, 6:43pm Top

>15 NinieB: Thanks from me too. I've looked at mine and will probably choose to read Washington Square by Henry James. It's in four Legacy Libraries. Using Legacy Libraries might be a fun way to read the TBR.

Nov 23, 8:03pm Top

>15 NinieB: That is awesome! Very helpful.

Nov 23, 8:42pm Top

>15 NinieB: Thanks for the very helpful hint.

Nov 23, 9:00pm Top

Anybody have any ideas for the "Weird Title"? I was thinking of going with Hunt for the Skinwalker but is that weird enough?

1920 was a good year for classic mysteries, I am going with The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson.

Nov 23, 9:23pm Top

I think your weird title is weird enough. I haven't decided but I'm considering Shotgun Lovesongs or Before Women Had Wings.

Nov 23, 9:28pm Top

>21 clue: & >22 This-n-That: You have brought up some excellent weird titles!

Nov 23, 9:31pm Top

>5 Helenliz: I will definitely take a look at their books - I already like the look of The Last Summer.

>22 This-n-That: The Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs is exactly the weird title I was thinking of when I nominated that square!

Nov 23, 9:32pm Top

>20 DeltaQueen50: For weird title I have Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs earmarked, though I do think your title is quite weird too.

>14 NinieB: - One other option for books published in 1820 is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Edited: Nov 23, 9:46pm Top

Maybe JayneCM can offer an informed opinion but for the weird title theme, I suspect it is meant to be fairly subjective? Everyone's suggestions so far sound odd enough to me.:) Some of the cozy mystery titles also sound weird to me.

Nov 23, 9:43pm Top

Some great books published in 1920.

The Wreath - the first book of Kristin Lavransdatter. I may finally get to my re-read of this!
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
The Age of Innocence
The Children of Odin
The Women At The Pump

Nov 24, 12:07pm Top

For "not set on earth".

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Martian by Andy Weir

Not too much sci-fi, I think

And there are probably a ton of books about space launches and astronauts if you aren't much of a sci-fi fan.

Nov 24, 1:38pm Top

Also published in 1920:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold, a Virago Modern Classic about a woman and her experiences as a driver for the French army immediately following World War I.

Edited: Nov 24, 5:47pm Top

One more weird title I just saw online, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. This is also an anthology, should someone need to read one for another book challenge.

Nov 24, 7:40pm Top

If you want to read middle school humor for weird titles, try the series by Henry Winkler, including Barfing in the Back Seat and The Night I Flunked My Field Trip. These are part of the Hank Zipzer series, which can also get you the letter "z" for AlphaKit.

Nov 24, 9:38pm Top

I'm just ringing in to say I'm glad to have this thread -- thank you, >1 This-n-That:!!

Nov 25, 3:48am Top

>28 dudes22: I can second The Martian. I just finished it and was quite surprised by how riveting I found it, even though it was very science based and the action was very slow. It takes a long time to do anything in space!

Nov 25, 7:12am Top

>33 JayneCM: - I actually haven't read it yet although I've seen the movie. It's on the list for next year for my "books into movies" category.

Nov 25, 11:11am Top

>33 JayneCM: >34 dudes22: That is a good idea, thanks!

Nov 25, 1:05pm Top

I'm having trouble with the "title contains a pun" square. It seems every title that draws my attention is really a play on words, not a pun.

Edited: Nov 25, 4:53pm Top

>36 VivienneR: I didn't suggest that square, but I would imagine that "pun" could be construed to include any humorous play on words. That's how I intend to interpret it, anyway!

Nov 25, 3:33pm Top

For the weird title square I am thinking of Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins. Tom Robbins specialised in weird titles. Another possibility is his Tibetan Peach Pie.

Nov 25, 3:46pm Top

>36 VivienneR: I think it is up to the reader to decide what is a pun. Things should be as flexible as possible!

Nov 25, 4:14pm Top


I know, on that 'other' site, but still useful!

Nov 25, 4:18pm Top

>40 majkia: That's a helpful list. (I also take a peek sometimes at Listopia for book challenge hints.)

Nov 25, 6:19pm Top

>37 christina_reads: Oh good! I'll go along with you.
>39 LadyoftheLodge: I agree!
>40 majkia: Very useful. Now that I get the idea I'll be able to find something.

Nov 26, 10:16am Top

>40 majkia: The list is quite comprehensive. I was happy to see that I had read or own many on the list.

Nov 28, 9:52pm Top

Here is a list of authors using a pen name: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pen_names.

Nov 29, 6:18am Top

>44 Montarville: Thanks, I didn't realise how many of my TBRs qualify.

Nov 30, 5:28am Top

I like feel good books about animals and already had this one on my TBR - Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard. This covers the Bingo letter combos of ING, GOB, OBI.

Nov 30, 9:43am Top

>46 JayneCM: That's a really good choice. I would use it if I hadn't previously read it.

I am still searching for a book for that theme. It seems the most obvious choice would be to search for a book with a word ending in "ing". This is the only list I could find (sorry, not from LT):

Nov 30, 3:21pm Top

>47 This-n-That: Here are a few ideas of "ing" titles, if you are into P.G. Wodehouse.
Ring for Jeeves and Jeeves in the Offing.

Nov 30, 8:51pm Top

>44 Montarville: - Wow! I’ve been reading Rhys Bowen books for years now and never new it was a pseudonym. That could work out really well for bingo next year.

Nov 30, 10:34pm Top

>47 This-n-That: Hope it was good!
I also thought anything ending in 'ing' should be easy to find. I also have Goblin by Ever Dundas on my list - people seem to either love it or hate it.

Nov 30, 11:57pm Top

>50 JayneCM: Oh yes, I should mentioned in the prior message that I enjoyed Finding Gobi. Overall it is a feel-good type of story with some twists and turns. I rated it 4 stars. :-)

Nov 30, 11:58pm Top

>48 LadyoftheLodge: Thanks for the suggestions.

Edited: Dec 1, 12:48am Top

>51 This-n-That: Thanks! I love a dog or cat feel-good story. One of my favourite books growing up was The Incredible Journey - I must have read it twenty times!

Dec 2, 9:07pm Top

Okay, get this! I ordered a used copy of Ask the Astronaut by Tom Jones, to read for the Not Set on Earth square and also for the Non-Fiction CAT and GeoCAT. I got it today, and it was a signed copy! Woo-hoo!

Dec 2, 11:19pm Top

>54 LadyoftheLodge: Very cool! What a nice surprise for you.

Dec 3, 9:49am Top

>54 LadyoftheLodge:, that's cool!

Edited: Dec 5, 3:36am Top


A list from Goodreads of books first published in 1920. I am planning on reading R.U.R.

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