Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Bingo 2015 | My Plan.

...and an early progress report.

and shelved on Goodreads
Similar to last year, I have two goals:

1. Cover my card; and 
2. Read from my TBR list, especially the books I already own.

Goal #1 means 24 books. It also means I'm not planning to skip any squares, even the hard ones ("A biography of someone I dislike" and "About a subject that challenges you" ?!)

Goal #2 made the whole planning exercise essential. I figured I needed to make every book count in order to get all 24 read before Labor Day. Since they were all books I intended to read - at some point! - anyway, it was actually a lot of fun to figure out what could go where.

Here's how my plan shakes out:
  • I bought six books, including Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4), A God in Ruins and The Emperor of All Maladies on Audible. Katie and my sister share that account and I expect they'll listen to those last two. I "treated" myself to Drums of Autumn (I loved listening to the last one) ... hoping that come July/August I'll be able to knit again for hours at a time! If not, I'll be taking a lot of long walks :-)
  • I borrowed four: Orphan Train (from the library), A Christmas Visitor (from my sister), Anne of the Island (from my mom) and whatever I decide for "Borrowed from a friend".
  • The rest were already on my shelves: four actual books, six on Kindle and four on Audible.
Two of my choices are a bit atypical, I think:
  • For the biography of someone I dislike, I chose The Emperor of All Maladies. It's sub-titled "a biography of cancer", so a something, not a someone.
  • Thank you to my friend Lauren, I have The Girl on the Train for "Hated by someone you know". It's our November bookclub selection, so I needed to read it, and this way I didn't have to use up an easier square.
The only book I really wanted to read this summer that I couldn't find a home for was Go Set a Watchman, especially because I fit a much needed re-read of To Kill a Mockingbird in as "A banned book." Maybe I can convince one of my friends to buy it - in hardcopy - so I can borrow it.

And now the progress report. I've finished six books and - beginning as I mean to go on - every one of them has been enjoyable. The highlights so far have been The Cuckoo's Calling (I skipped church last Sunday to finish it!) and The Boys in the Boat. I just finished Boys this morning and it's one of my favorite books of the year. Thank goodness it's our June bookclub selection so I'll be able to talk about it soon! Orphan Train is ready at the library, so that will be next, along with Frances and Bernard.

How about you? what are you excited to read this summer?

Click here to read my first post about this year's bingo and here to read last year's summary. If you're playing along, I hope you're off to a great start, too! Labor Day is almost three months away; you've got plenty of time to join in.


9 comments:

  1. I'm making good progress on my other BINGO card, so I might join in before too much longer. My goal is to not buy any of the books I need to read-that could be a bit of a challenge, or else will require me to do some very careful planning!

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  2. I'm excited! I've got two books read so far. No plans for a cover-all but wouldn't that be exciting?! I bought the second Outlander this past weekend for my time travel entry. It felt good supporting a local book seller up north. I'm starting The Shipping News now...something everyone else has read but you square. Thanks for getting us excited about this Mary!

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  3. I really liked Orphan Train, it's a fast read, too. Frances and Bernard was a bit of a slog for me. And thanks for suggesting To Kill A Mockingbird as a banned book - that's one of my squares and I'd love the excuse to re-read TKAM! You could use Go Set A Watchman as your free square.

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  4. I have TKAM in hardback and would be happy to drop it in the mail to you. I've read maybe not quite half of your squares. I like Frances and Bernard and thought Girl on the Train was an interesting mystery. I'm not cut out to do BOTNS Bingo, but it looks like you're having fun!

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  5. I have my Bingo card planned . . . but I won't be going for a full cover! I plugged in books that I was already planning to read, but . . . when it comes to reading, I tend to go where the spirit moves me. :-) (So far, I've read two Bingo books, and I'm nearing the end of a 3rd.) (I'm also doing TKAM for my Banned Book square.)

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  6. I have my bingo books planned, I've read three and am nearing the end of the fourth. I would like to cover the card, but am okay if that doesn't happen. I'm enjoying the process of reading books that I might not otherwise choose to read.

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  7. Making slow progress with my planning, let alone reading. Need to reprint my board 'cause my printer was acting up when I tried to print it before. Definitely plan to read Harper Lee's new book...and since I am not a fiction reader, this is going to be a stretch, for me...I do believe. But I'm game...and like Debbie, it's the process for sure.
    Cheers~

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  8. I love bingo and have a card printed out... I've no grand plan, but am enjoying the challenge of each square!

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  9. So I have read five of my bingo books but sadly I do not yet have a bingo. I had my order planned out so at to be very systematic in getting bingos but I obviously skewed from that. I am about to start book 6 and it will give me my fist bingo when completed! I have not been keeping track but I think I will probably be about half-half of purchased to on-hand books. I have my whole card completed with my planned titles except for "About a subject that challenges you". I'm still working on that one.

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