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January BingoDOG reads

2020 Category Challenge

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Jan 4, 9:32pm Top

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

Jan 4, 9:35pm Top

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.

Edited: Jan 4, 9:57pm Top

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.

Jan 4, 10:06pm Top

For square 2, three letters of BINGO, A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell

Jan 5, 2:14am Top

Small press/publisher

The Forgotten Explorer / Charles Helm, Mike Murtha (editors)
3 stars

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.

Jan 5, 8:42am Top

I read The Calculating Stars for ING.

Jan 5, 9:28am Top

I read The Bayern Agenda for Not Set On Earth.

Jan 5, 10:11am Top

So far I've read

The Bellamy Trial, by Frances Noyes Hart, for "mystery or true crime"
North Korea Journal, by Michael Palin, for "set in Asia" (this would be a good choice for the August GeoCAT, if you're looking for one)

Jan 5, 1:03pm Top

I've marked off:

Read a CAT: The Art of Uzbek Cooking by Lynn Visson - for the GeoCAT Asia I in January
Published in 2020: Much Ado About Nutmeg by Sarah Fox - due out January 14

Edited: Jan 5, 1:58pm Top

I have marked off:

From a Legacy Library - This Gun for Hire (aka "A Gun for Sale") (1/4) (Graham Greene's Legacy Library)
3+ letters of BINGO - The Wings of the Dove (1/5) (Wings)
Not set on Earth - Ambulance Ship (1/1)
About birth or death - Star Healer (1/2)

Jan 5, 4:06pm Top

L’Étranger is in lots of legacy libraries.

Jan 5, 4:28pm Top

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.

Jan 5, 4:44pm Top

I've finished Dispel Illusion which fits for LT author category.

Jan 5, 5:16pm Top

I have completed the Legacy Library square with The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner, which I found in Virginia Wolff's library.

Jan 5, 6:56pm Top

>14 DeltaQueen50: Not to mention Faulkner's own Legacy Library!

Edited: Jan 5, 7:42pm Top

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.

Jan 5, 8:31pm Top

>14 DeltaQueen50: I have been enjoying looking through the Legacy Librarys! I have chosen a book from Barbara Pym's library.

Jan 5, 9:31pm Top

>15 leslie.98: I never even thought of looking in his own library!!

>17 JayneCM: Oh, what book are you going with from Barbara Pym's library?

Jan 5, 10:00pm Top

>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!

Jan 5, 11:40pm Top

Question - what's the easiest way to find the Legacy Libraries? Thanks!

Edited: Jan 6, 12:20am Top

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.

Jan 6, 9:49am Top

I read Daisy Miller by Henry James for the square containing a proper name.

Jan 6, 4:26pm Top

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)

Jan 6, 4:54pm Top

Squares covered so far:

Proper name in title--Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead by Emily Brightwell
Periodic Table element in title--The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
LT author--The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie
Journalist or journalism--The Writer's Life by Julie Cameron

Jan 6, 9:25pm Top

>21 pamelad: Ah, thank you so much!!

Edited: Jan 7, 7:57am Top

3+ letters from BINGO in the title: The ReapING by Bernard Taylor

Jan 7, 9:34am Top

I'm now reading In Milady's Chamber by Sheri Cobb South for the "red is prominent on the cover" square.

Jan 7, 11:55am Top

I've finished Whose Body? which fits in the Legacy Library square - Arthur Ransome's library.

Edited: Jan 7, 12:51pm Top

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

Jan 7, 7:22pm Top

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...

Jan 8, 10:29am Top

I've read two Bingos this month: Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott for the proper name, and Frozen Tracks by Åke Edwardson for the mystery.

Jan 8, 11:22am Top

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.

Jan 8, 11:36am Top

I finished The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle for the "proper name in the title" square.

Edited: Jan 8, 3:56pm Top

Epistolary - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
By a woman not born in the US or UK - The Secret Lives of Men. Georgia Blain was Australian.
Read a CAT - Our Women on the Ground
Title contains a pun - Nothing Sirius - short story by Fredric Brown

Edited: Jan 10, 8:01pm Top

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.

Jan 10, 9:56pm Top

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!

Edited: Jan 10, 10:23pm Top

Swapped Our Women on the Ground from Read a CAT to Written by a Journalist.
Used The Cruel Way for Set in Asia.

Jan 11, 10:04am Top

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.

Jan 11, 10:17am Top

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).

Jan 11, 2:24pm Top

I have filled the square for Red cover predominates with Red Mars

Jan 12, 4:08pm Top

LT Author

Dead to You / Lisa McMann
3.5 stars

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.

Edited: Jan 12, 7:05pm Top

Mystery or True Crime - Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

Edited: Jan 13, 1:53pm Top

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!

Jan 13, 2:01pm Top

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.

Jan 13, 5:11pm Top

19. Birth or Death - The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

Jan 14, 5:17pm Top

Just finished A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway for the Read a CAT square.

Jan 14, 8:34pm Top

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.

Jan 15, 1:13pm Top

Small press or self published - Poems From a Life by Des Greene (Ringabella Publishers)
Involves real historical events - An Autobiography by Agatha Christie

Jan 15, 6:50pm Top

Two more squares filled in:

An LT Author: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Written by a Journalist: Dispatches From the Edge by Anderson Cooper

Jan 15, 7:59pm Top

Filled the "periodic table element in title" square with Gold from Crete, by C. S. Forester.

Jan 16, 10:09am Top

I read The Tribe by Bari Wood, which I'm putting in the Mythology or Folklore square since the plot relies on Jewish folklore.

Jan 17, 11:16pm Top

A real historical event

Triangle / Katharine Weber
2.5 stars

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.

Yesterday, 1:07pm Top

January Bingo
by journalist or about journalism Century of Wind by Eduardo Galeano
LT author: Luis Alberto Urrea
Involves Real Historical Events: The Three Musketeers by Dumas

I read Under the Volcano which I put in the about death but I probably will move that to Legacy Library.

Yesterday, 7:08pm Top

Filling the "by a journalist" square with Verdict of Twelve, by Raymond Postgate.

Yesterday, 7:21pm Top

>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.

Yesterday, 7:48pm Top

>56 VivienneR: LOL! Me too!

Yesterday, 9:06pm Top

Used Little Women for the Legacy library square. Among many other people, it was part of Katharine Hepburn’s library which makes complete sense since she starred as Jo in one of the movie versions.

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