Our library always sponsors an adult reading program every Jan-Feb. I always participate, though I don’t always remember to turn in my full list for fabulous prizes like the umbrella or tote or mug (items from three previous years). This year, they have a theme! A theme, people! And it’s not totally lame! It’s bingo. No, seriously — bear with me here.
On the back of the flyer is a bingo-style grid with 16 squares instead of 25. Each square has a category/genre. If you read four in a row, you get entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes. Complete a second row, and you get a mini flashlight along with your name entered into the drawing a second time. Complete the entire sheet, and you get entered into the drawing a third time.
I’m going for a blackout. Not for the fabulous prizes (as if I would win any), but because I want the excuse to read all these books. Also, I want my mini flashlight. Some categories are more difficult than others, though. Here they are, including what I am reading or have read for them so far:
- 4 Your Choice squares — two of which I used up finishing a YA series by John Marsden about a fictional war in Australia. I can’t remember what the series is called, but the two books on my card are Darkness Be My Friend and Burning for Revenge. It’s not the greatest series ever, but it was kind of a fun read, if a bit dark. 1/22 — I’ve now added Matched by Ally Condie.
- Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller
- “New to You” Author — Dale E Basye’s Where the Bad Kids Go. It’s book one of his Heck series.
- Science Fiction or Fantasy — The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It’s the sequel to Maze Runner, which must be read first, and the second in a trilogy, but I’m loved it. I don’t think I loved it as mush as Maze Runner, though. That book was awesome.
- Recommended Book — Thinking In Pictures: My Life With Autism by Temple Grandin. I don’t usually read nonfiction because it tends to put me to sleep even when it’s interesting, but this is a good one so far.
- Book You Picked for the Cover — How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
- Favorite Childhood Book — I’m working through P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins with BratzBasher. It wasn’t really my favorite, but I am enjoying it.
- Biography or Memoir — The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs.
- Non-Fiction — 13 Cent Killers: The Fifth Marine Snipers in Vietnam by John J. Culbertson.
- Try an Audio Book (Haha! That’s really funny if you know me.) — World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. I believe this is actually best experienced in audio form. It gets mistakenly labeled as a humor book because of the zombie thing, but there’s nothing funny about it.
- Romance or Humor — Dave Barry’s Book of Bad Songs. Yeah, I know. Very light reading. I chose to listen to this one, too, but it would have been way more fun if the narrator sang the songs instead of just reciting the lyrics. No matter how badly he may sing, which I’m not sure he even does. Sing badly, that is.
- Missouri Author — this is actually one of the harder ones. Unless you want to read something by Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, or Lee Harper, which I didn’t really feel like doing. Do you know how hard it is to find a list of Missouri authors? Good ones, that is. I still haven’t chosen a book for this one.
- Oldie/Classic — Animal Farm by George Orwell
I’ll be reviewing my favorites when I’m finished. I have until the end of February — my birthday, actually — to turn it in. Feel free to make suggestions.