The soon to be departed Books on the Nightstand podcast is again conducting their summer book bingo. Between now and Labor Day, readers are invited to download a unique bingo card and then fill in the blanks with books read over the summer. These bingo cards are tons of fun. Even if you do as badly as I did last year, they have tons of fun book categories that provide good inspiration for what to read next.
You can find the link to get your own bingo card here. Just make sure you refresh the screen once you get there. And if you are like me, you will keep refreshing until you get one you like.
You can listen to me and Simon talk about our cards on the most recent episode of The Readers.
You can see my card below.
[6/3/16 UPDATE: I was going to make this the subject of a future blog/podcast, but based on early comments about my bingo card I think I need to ‘fess up sooner rather than later. I totally edited my card. The categories were still randomly assigned, but there were fewer of them for the computer to pick from. So I miss out on trying new things like Steampunk and Manga, but the chance of me trying to find and read either was zero. I didn’t want to mention my manipulation of the card, not because I’m afraid to admit I totally cheat or change the rules when it comes to reading challenges, but because I didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag that one could do that. But some people are tweeting about how you do it, so I figure I’m not really holding a secret. Having made this confession, I will say that there are still plenty of squares that are off my normal reading path (Western, book that scares me, science fiction, a book everyone has read, etc.). So am I committing a crime against book bingo? Probably.]
And here is one that I made up as a joke. The funny thing is, Anita Brookner wrote 24 novels and there are 24 squares, so I could actually do this. Of course it would mean reading nothing but Brookner over the summer. I love her work to bits, but that might be a bit much even for me.