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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Bingo | Mid-summer Update.

my card this morning...diligent planning and tracking!
...I hope y'all are having as much fun with this game as I am. I told my mom earlier this week that I don't think I've read this much - and certainly not enjoyed it this much - since those long ago summers when I was a kid and would visit the library, bring home stacks of books, read them all...and then repeat the process over and over.

Since we started (May 24), I've finished 20 books.

You can see all the details on my Summer Bingo shelf, including the four I plan to finish to cover my card. Well, except for the re-read...I'm still undecided about it! I loved the suggestions of Snow Falling on Cedars and Memoirs of a Geisha, but decided to hold off until the powerful Japan/WWII themes of The Garden of Evening Mists weren't quite so fresh in my mind. Rebecca was also suggested and that is a strong contender, along with Pete Hamill's Snow in August. If I keep up my current pace, I'll have time for both!

I've been surprised not only by the quantity of books, but also the quality. Of the twenty I've read, five have been 5-star, 14 have been 4-star (and a number of those are really 4.5 stars); only one has been a disappointment (Emily Giffin's Love the One You're With for the "Set in the place where you live" square). Here are some more fun facts:

  • I renewed my library card and four of the titles were library books (well, two were books and two were on CDs)
  • I used the Librivox app to listen to The Importance of Being Earnest (the "A play" square). Totally plan to use this app a lot more! It's so easy...and it's free!
  • I bought only two books - Mary Oliver's A Thousand Mornings (the "Poetry collection" square) and Life After Life (the "Recommended by a librarian" - thank you, Carole! - square) - but they were books I wanted to own and would've bought anyway.
  • I borrowed two - Shopgirl (the "A novella" square) from Sara and Farewell, Dorothy Parker (the "Found in a used bookstore" square) from my mom (who did find it in a used bookstore, promise!)
  • All the rest were already on my shelves: five "real" books, six audiobooks and four e-books.
  • Two books at once (one to listen and one to read) works great. I finished an audiobook on Monday and it seems very weird to be listening to podcasts again. 
  • I'm way way behind on TV. I realized I was watching a lot to keep me company while I knit...and now I'm listening to books instead. I think that's good!

I'd love to hear how y'all are doing. Remember, you have until September 1 (the few "rules" are covered in my first post here). Please let me know if you have questions or comments. Happy Reading!

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Blogger margene said...

I decided not to participate as I have little time for reading. Your list has several books I've already read and, from my perspective, the quality you've read is superb! Anything by Kate Atkinson is a great read. Life After Life was one of my faves from last year. Your summer reading accomplishment is excellent!

Thursday, 31 July, 2014  
Blogger Honoré said...

My, my! You have been a busy reader. Warms this ol' librarian's heart ! And congrats! Lots of interesting selections on your card - many are new to me; I plan to checkout a few titles. I'm still working on mine and will share an update soon.
Love the idea of read "with the eyes for one title and with the ears for another". Truly is a "…two birds with one…"approach. I need to try that…might help me read more fiction books.

Thursday, 31 July, 2014  
Blogger Carole said...

Look at you go! I read one of the Outlander books and that slowed me down a bit but I'm still on track for at least a couple of bingos if not a cover all. As for the reread- Rebecca all the way!

Thursday, 31 July, 2014  
Blogger Lydia said...

I"m getting there, might have to incorporate a couple more audiobooks to totally make this happen. It's been fun even if I don't fill up my card.

Thursday, 31 July, 2014  
Blogger Kym said...

I'm moving right along! I'm a-square-away from three separate BINGOs at the moment! As you already know, I'm a big fan of audiobook-while-knitting, and I always have a book-for-the-ears and a book-for-the-eyes going! Happy reading, Mary! This is a fun summer "game" -- and brings back happy memories of Summer Reading Club at the library when I was a little girl.

Friday, 01 August, 2014  
Blogger Patty said...

I did not play but...have re-charged my reading self and have finished 4 books since May and am working on the 5th. With vacation the week of the 9th I'm hoping to complete at least two more! ;-) You're doing an excellent job!

Friday, 01 August, 2014  
Blogger Sue said...

This is impressive, Mary. I need to pick up my reading pace. Love your memory of going to the library as a child and getting a stack of books. I did the same thing, and would fill up the basket on my bike! :)

Wednesday, 06 August, 2014  

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