Reading Bingo Challenge 2014


Last month I came across this post by Cleopatralovesbooks. A Reading Bingo! I mean how awesome is that. Its also a great way to end the year.

A Book With More Than 500 Pages

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes:

The best thriller I’ve read for a long long time! 

In the book, “Pilgrim” is the code name for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed a secret U.S. espionage unit. Now in anonymous retirement, he is called upon to lend his expertise to an unusual investigation but ultimately is caught in a race against-time to save America from oblivion. Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, published the book in May. MGM has bought the movie rights.


A Forgotten Classic

The Outsider by Albert Camus:

A new version of L’Étranger translated by Sandra Smith.

“Smith’s version of L’Etranger is both erudite and agile. It deserves to become the standard translation of Camus’s masterpiece.” –Lucian Robinson



A Book That Became a Movie

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne:

Set during World War II where Nine year-old Bruno meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. One of the very rare cases where the book and the movie are equally good.




A Book Published This Year

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin:

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew.

                                                      Hands down my favorite book of 2014.


A Book With A Number In The Title

Mr. Penumbra’s 24Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan:

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.



A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay:

Sarah Kay’s debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. Sarah (26 Years) is the founder of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry as a literacy and empowerment tool. She is well-known for her TED Talk “If I should have a daughter…”.




A Book With Non Human Characters

Nothing in this category.


A Funny Book

The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes:

The One Plus One is funny, poignant and charming story with characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Its about family, about belonging and about love and a wonderful read.





A Book By A Female Author

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows:

So far this year I have read 24 books by female authors (check my #ReadWomen2014 shelf on goodreads). The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is Mary Ann Shaffer’s first and only novel (she died in 2008). The book is set in 1946 and is in the form of letters exchange between Juliet Ashton, a successful writer and a group of people on Guernsey who lived through the wartime German Occupation.


A Book With A Mystery

A Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr:

“This ninth Bernie Gunther tale (after Prague Fatale) focuses on two months of 1943, mixing real-life characters with fictional ones. Kerr’s historical knowledge and writing skills merge these elements seamlessly in a gripping story of murder, but it is Bernie who holds it all together even as he questions the absurdity of attempting normalcy during war. Mystery, historical fiction, and military history buffs will join existing Bernie fans in welcoming this latest installment in the series.”—Library Journal


A Book With A One Word Title

Honour by Elif Shafak:

An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London.This is the third book I’ve read for Elif Shafak this year after The Bastard of Istanbul and The Architect’s Apprentice.




A Book of Short Stories

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri:

The title is taken from one of the stories in the collection which, like all the stories, explores the lives and loves of Indians in their native land and in their adopted, Western homes.





A Book Set On A Different Continent


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys:

“Stalin deported and murdered millions, but he could not destroy the seeds of memory, compassion, and art that they left behind. From those seeds, Ruta Septeys has crafted a brilliant story of love and survival that will keep their memory alive for generations to come.”—Laurie Halse Anderson

Read my review here.


A Book of Non-Fiction

Complications by Atul Gawande:

A collection of 14 pieces, some of which were originally published in The New Yorker and Slate magazines, Gawande uses real-life scenarios – a burned-out doctor who refuses to quit; a terminal patient who opts for risky surgery, with fatal results – to explore the larger ethical issues that underlie medicine. He asks: How much input should a patient have? How can young doctors gain hands-on experience without endangering lives? And how responsible are these doctors for their mistakes?


The First Book By A Favourite Author/The Second Book In A Series

Underdogs by Markus Zusak (Wolfe Brothers, #1-3):

The first three novels by my all-time favorite author Markus Zusak. This trilogy includes The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry.





A Book I Heard About Online

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton:

The Miniaturist has generated a lot of buzz in the blogosphere. This post by Naomi Frisby convinced me to read it. I’m so glad I did.







A Best Selling Book

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom:

#1 New York Times bestseller, that has sold more than six million copies.





A Book Based Upon A True Story

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).


A Book At the Bottom Of Your To Be Read Pile

I have no idea.


A Book Your Friend Loves

A Constant Suicide by Brian Krans:

My friend Kenna keeps introducing me to awesome books. This is one of her favorite books.

“One of my favorite books. Some may say this glorifies suicide, but it doesn’t. It has changed my life in a very good, positive way.” – Kenna




A Book That Scares You

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver:

Does motherhood scare me? YES! thanks to Eva Khatchadourian and her son!






A Book That Is More Than 10 Years Old

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto:

‘Two stories, “Kitchen” and “Moonlight Shadow,” told through the eyes of a pair of contemporary young Japanese women, deal with the themes of mothers, love, transsexuality, kitchens, and tragedy.’



A Book With A Blue Cover

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt:

A moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them








Reading Bingo Challenge 2014 is created by Retreat (Random House).


7 thoughts on “Reading Bingo Challenge 2014

  1. So glad you decided to give this a go – you have chosen some truly fantastic books to fill up your squares – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is currently by my bed as I have been meaning to read it for an age!

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