All the end of year wrap-up posts are beginning to appear, but when I checked my reading plans for this year I discovered that I had failed miserably to complete any of them *sigh*
Except, of course, I have actually read and reviewed this year, too many books to count right now (thanks to a befuddled, this-is-not-a-hangover foggy brain)!
So when I spotted Cleo’s Reading Bingo post which allows us to retrospectively play the game, I felt that this was one challenge I could successfully complete!
My personal challenge is to fill our the Bingo card below with women writers only in honour of my Women Classic Literary Challenge and Australian Women Writers Challenge.
A 500+ page book:
I surprised myself by how many chunksters by women writers I read this year.
A few more of them will make an appearance below!
How on earth did I miss this when it first came out in 1982?
If you haven’t already read this modern day classic, you really should prioritise it for….well, now!
Book to movie:
One of the many chunksters I got through this year was Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell.
Although the movie misses out on a lot of the details of the book and changes others, it is still a masterful interpretation.
Published this year:
by Robyn Cadwallader is my favourite new release for 2015.
A book with a number in the title:
A book written by someone under 30:
I read Heat and Light
by Ellen Van Neervan earlier in the year.
Her stories have stayed with me and I continue to gain pleasure from their memory.
A book with non-human characters:
A funny book:
Is it it possible to make a funny informative book about menopause?
Yes, when you can when you are Australian comedian Jean Kittson with You’re Still Hot to Me
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony
by Henry Handel Richardson, who is actually the Australian author Ethel Florence Richardson. Another female author who felt she had to publish under a pseudonym. And another chunkster.
The Monkey’s Mask
by Dorothy Porter – a sexy, mystery set in Sydney, written in verse.
A book with a one word title:
Only the Animals
by Ceridwen Covey – short stories told from the point of view of an animal about to die!
A book set in a different continent:
Set in Brazil this incredible, unusual story is hard to categorise – The Head of the Saint
by Socorro Acioli.
Testament of Youth
by Vera Brittain was one of my bests of 2015 and possibly even one of my best of all time.
First book by a favourite author:
I really should try her Robert Galbraith books.
A book I heard about online:
I’m gradually working my way through Moriarty’s best-selling backlist – The Husband’s Secret
by Liane Moriarty
A book based on a true story:
by Lily King – although I’m still upset by the cover choice for the Australian edition!
A book retrieved from the bottom of my TBR pile:
A book my friend loves:
A book that scares me:
Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.
I’m still only a third of the way through this frightening view of climate change, big business and the global economy.
A book that is more than 10 years old:
Second book in a series:
A Decline in Prophets
by Sulari Gentill is book two in the Rowland Sinclair series set in 1930’s Sydney – my latest cosy crime go-to book.
Book with a blue cover:
Stand Up and Cheer
by Loretta Re – one of my favourite children’s books of the year.
Set in Mr Books home town and based on real events – fabulous historical fiction for kids.
Have you read any of these?
How did your reading year pan out?
A part of me is now tempted to fill out a bingo card with all male writers…but my head is actually a teeny-weeny hungover and it’s screaming at me to get off this screen!