January BingoDOG reads
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Hello, all! Last year we had monthly threads where we could post what we read for the BingoDOG in that month, so I thought I would continue the idea this year. Has anyone read any books for Bingo yet? I'm about to start my first one, Under a Dancing Star by Laura Wood, which has 3+ consecutive letters of "Bingo" in the title (DancING). Also, don't forget to post your Bingo reads to the wiki! https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2020_BingoDOG
I was looking for this thread myself!
I have read two BingoDOGs so far:
Empress Orchid which I read for the set in Asia square - would also fit the red cover square or the non US/UK female author square (she lives in America but was born in China).
The Things They Carried for the red prominent on cover square.
I had a hold-over from last year that I almost didn't realize would fit one of the squares. So it's Montauk by Nicola Harrison for the "proper name in title" square.
ETA; Montauk is at the eastern end of Long Island in New York, USA.
The Forgotten Explorer / Charles Helm, Mike Murtha (editors)
Samuel Fay was an American hunter who explored the Northern Rocky Mountains (North and West of Jasper, Alberta) over a few years, in 1912, 1913, 1914. His longest trip was 4ish months between the end of June and November, 1914, when he was hunting and collecting wildlife for the US “Biological Review”. The bulk of this book is Fay’s journals while on that trip, though the foreword is someone else’s summary/account of the trip, and there are appendices that include articles Fay wrote about his travels afterward.
I hadn’t realized before starting the book that Fay was a hunter and that was the purpose of his travel. I don’t like hunting. I did enjoy the descriptions, especially of the wildlife; I just kept hoping the next sentence after any wildlife was mentioned wouldn’t be along the lines of “so we shot one (or more)...”. I think I won the book at a conference, and it’s just been sitting here, waiting for me to read it for a while now. It’s not a long book (page-wise), but I was kept from reading it for a long time due to the tiny font in the book! It’s now done and I will donate the book. Overall, I rated it ok.
I read Memory of Fire by Eduardo Galeano. Galeano was a journalist. So this one can work for journalist or for contains historical event. This contains many historical events. History of Americas from 1500 to 1984.
I have completed the Legacy Library square with The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner, which I found in Virginia Wolff's library.
Book by a journalist or about journalism: The Indispensable Composers, by Anthony Tommasini, who is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times.
>14 DeltaQueen50: I have been enjoying looking through the Legacy Librarys! I have chosen a book from Barbara Pym's library.
>18 DeltaQueen50: I chose Angel by Elizabeth Taylor but I could have chosen so many. Barbara Pym is of the era I really love to read from, so her contemporary choices are perfect for me.
Taylor and Pym certainly corresponded and met on a few occasions. Some of their letters are held in the Pym Special Collection at the Bodleian library in Oxford.
Certainly two people I would love to have at my dinner party!
In the planning thread, in the first post, in the Legacy Library item, there's a link.
https://www.librarything.com/topic/312084#6943055 1. Book that's in a Legacy Library
Just noticed that there's also a link in the Wiki.
I read Daisy Miller by Henry James for the square containing a proper name.
A few more squares covered:
Non-US/UK Female Author - The Little Berlin Cookbook by Rose Marie Schulze (native of Berlin)
From a Legacy Library - Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (Arthur Ransome's LL)
Involves Real Historical Event - Keep Calm and Carry on, Children by Sharon K. Mayhew (WWII evacution of children from London)
3+ letters from BINGO in the title: The ReapING by Bernard Taylor
I'm now reading In Milady's Chamber by Sheri Cobb South for the "red is prominent on the cover" square.
I've finished Whose Body? which fits in the Legacy Library square - Arthur Ransome's library.
A few squares crossed off so far:
- Book by a woman from a country other than the US/UK - Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza (She's Argentinian)
- Mystery or true crime - The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
- Set in Asia - Cosmic Clues by Manjiri Prabhu (set in India)
- Read a CAT - A Trace of Deceit by Karen Odden
- Written by a journalist/about journalism - What the Chinese Don't Eat by Xinran
How did I overlook the Mystery or True Crime square?? I read The Penrose Mystery which will work for that. Off to update the wiki...
I read Your Momma Thinks Square Roots are Vegetables for the Weird Title square. That was great fun! I had not read a Foxtrot cartoon for ages.
I finished The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for the "proper name in the title" square.
I finished Three Cups of Tea for the Asia square and Thunder at Gettysburg for the Historical Event square.
Just finished Griffin and Sabine for BingoDOG Epistolary or letters square. I get the idea of the correspondence, but its just not my thing. The artwork is weird too.
Another finish--The Italian Cure by Melodie Campbell for the Written by a woman not US/UK square.
I'm claiming Solomon Gursky Was Here, by Mordecai Richler, for the "read a CAT" square. I read it for the January RandomCAT as a book that has been challenging me. The giant hardcover edition I borrowed from my parents has been glowering at me from the on-deck pile since at least August. And now I've read it!
I filled the mystery square with Der nasse Fisch, first in a series set in Berlin, starting in this book in 1929. Dark, but good enough to continue with the series, and I'm afraid things will get a lot darker still.
For the small press or self-published square I read Needville by Sara M. Robinson, a collection of poetry published by Cedar Creek Publishing, "A Virginia Publisher of Virginia Books" (title page verso).
Dead to You / Lisa McMann
Ethan was only 7-years old when he was kidnapped. He’s now 16 and being reunited with his family – his parents, his younger brother, and a younger sister who is only 6-years old, whom, of course, he hadn’t met until now. Every family member has to learn to deal with this, as they all learn to live together again, after so many years apart. Things definitely are not going smoothly.
I like the premise of this book and liked most of the book itself. I wasn’t a fan of the ending. I feel like the penultimate event that happened “fit”, but I didn’t like the result of that event, what happened at the very end. It’s YA, so it was very fast to read.
Book about books, bookstores, or libraries - The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes ★★★
Book by a woman from a country other than the US/UK - The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Canada) ★★★ (Hoping a Canadian author was acceptable for this one.)
Book published by a small press or self-published - Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness by Cynthia Li MD (Reveal Press) ★★★★
In all fairness to The Giver of Stars, I had just read a similar book not too long ago. Also, I had to read through several library books (including The Testaments) at a much faster pace than I usually would. All of these thing probably factored into my ratings. I certainly don't want to put off anyone from reading these novels but for various reasons I just didn't love them. Three stars is still a good and respectable rating. I am so glad the library books I put holds on months ago ended up working out for BingoDOG!
I'm reading Play It Again: An Amateur against the Impossible by Alan Rusbridger, for the "by a journalist or about journalism" square. At the time of writing, Rusbridger was the editor of the Guardian, and while the book is about his quest to learn Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor on the piano, he also does discuss his job and the news events that were happening at the time.
Red cover - Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley
Book about books - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux
Just finished A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway for the Read a CAT square.
I just finally finished reading Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls for the written by a journalist square. Hemingway was a journalist covering the Spanish Civil War prior to writing this novel about the same war.
Filled the "periodic table element in title" square with Gold from Crete, by C. S. Forester.
I read The Tribe by Bari Wood, which I'm putting in the Mythology or Folklore square since the plot relies on Jewish folklore.
A real historical event
Triangle / Katharine Weber
Esther was working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York in 1911 when it burnt down. Her sister and fiancee both died in the fire, but she managed to get out. She was pregnant at the time. In current day, she is 106-years old. A historian, Ruth, has been interviewing her to find out more about the fire. When Esther passes away, Ruth contacts Esther’s granddaughter, Rebecca, to find out how much she knew.
I didn’t find any of the characters likable. The whole music thing with Rebecca’s husband was boring – way too much detail on that, and it really didn’t seem necessary. The info about the fire itself was interesting, but retold a few times in a few different way (interviews, trial transcripts, etc). The very end confused me a little; I may have it figured out, but I’m not positive. The current-day storyline was definitely not one I was interested in, though of course, the fire itself (even if I didn’t like the way it was told), was the best part of the book.
Filling the "by a journalist" square with Verdict of Twelve, by Raymond Postgate.
>36 rabbitprincess: "The giant hardcover edition I borrowed from my parents has been glowering at me from the on-deck pile since at least August.
It's amazing just how some books can "glower". I have some that have been glowering for years. I hide them on the bottom shelf.
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