Friday, January 20, 2017

2016 Reading Bingo, or just something for the fun of it

I saw this prompt for a Reading Bingo over at My Reader's Block, and I decided to give it a try and see how many of the books I read last year would fit in the categories. It is also a nice way to highlight some of my reviews from last year.

Here is the bingo card as provided:

Here are the books I read last year that fit in the slots. Links go to my reviews. Let's see how far we can go:

  • A book with  more than 500 pages: The Blood Angels Omnibus.
  • A forgotten classic: I did not have one for 2016. 
  • A book that became a movie: Casino
  • A book published this year (2016): Llewellyn's Complete Book of Tarot. Actually most of what  I read via NetGalley in 2016 would fit in this category.
  • A book with a number in the title: 21: the Story of Roberto Clemente.  
  • A  book written by someone under 30: Gaysia. At the time the book came out, the author would have been 29. He is 33 now according to his Wikipedia entry. Finding this took a bit of work. Authors' ages are not evident in blurbs and such, nor always stated online unless they have some biography that lists age and/or birth date.On a curious note, in a couple of cases where I thought some authors were under 30 turned out they were a lot older. I guess some people do age well (or manage to make the "I am staying at 29" line work for them). 
  • A book with  non-human characters: Monsters! and Other Stories
  • A funny book: Zits Unzipped
  • A book by a female author: The Creative Tarot
  • A book with a mystery: Hell House. This one would have also fit into the book that became a movie slot.
  • A book with a one word title: Silence
  • A book of short stories: Dirty Dates
  • A book set on a different continent: Batman Europa
  • A book of nonfiction: The Bookshop Book
  • The first book by a favorite author: None here this year. 
  • A book you heard about online: How the Post Office Created America.
  • A best selling book: New Rules. It debuted at number 10 on the NYT nonfiction bestseller list. This is another category I had to dig up a bit. I may glance at bestseller lists to know what is going on, but I rarely read books out  of those lists or just because they are on the list. I figured a celebrity's book was likely to have made a bestseller list. 
  • A book based on a true story: Black Mass. Pileggi's Casino would have fit this slot. Also, The Way of the Wiseguy would have fit too, but I have not posted the review for that one as of this post.
  • A book at the bottom of your To Be Read Pile: Battle Pope, Volume 3 and Volume 4. I gave you a two for one deal here. 
  • A book your friend loves: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Volume 3. I have a few friends who are TMNT fans. 
  • A book that scares you: The Ghost Fleet, Volume 1 and Volume 2. Scary, but in a good, thrilling way. Again, a bit more value for you readers with a two for one deal here. 
  • A book that is more than 10 years old: Cable on Academe
  • The second book in a series: Grayson, Volume 2
  • A book with a blue cover: Me of Little Faith
So only missed two slots. Not too shabby for something that was not planned. Anyhow, keep on reading folks. 

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