Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 28, 2015

2015 Reading Bingo

I came across this Reading Bingo game at Orange Pekoe reviews and I thought it would be fun to try it too.  Links are to my reviews.

BTW I had to use my Goodreads See What You Read Page to do this!

Reading Bingo

A book with more than 500 pagesBeethoven, Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford (this was so long, I started it in September 2014 and didn’t finish it till April 2015)

A forgotten classicNightwood by Djuna Barnes

A book that became a movie Carol by Patricia Highsmith

A book published this yearGhost River by Tony Birch

A book with a number in the titleTwo Years, Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

A book written by someone under thirty – Hmm.  This might be a fail.  I haven’t read so many debut authors this year, and – a-hem – I’m not sure of the age of some of the younger writers that I have read.  I’ll go with Anchor Point by Alice Robinson, but stand ready to be corrected.

A book with non-human charactersThe Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber

A funny book – I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m finding the satire in Patrick Evans’ The Back of His Head very droll indeed.

A book by a female authorThe Secret Son by Jenny Ackland

A book with a mysteryParis Nocturne by Patrick Modiano, translated by Phoebe Weston-Evans

A book with a one word title Faceless by Amma Darko

A book of short stories Family Room by Lily Yulianti Farid, translated by John H McGlynn

A book set on a different continentVoice Over by Celine Curiol, translated by Sam Richard

A book of non fictionBattarbee and Namatjira by Martin Edmond

The first book by a favourite authorNavigatio by Alison Croggon

A book you heard about onlineWittgenstein Jnr by Lars Iver.  Thank you to Tony of Tony’s Book World.

A best selling bookThe List of My Desires by Grégoire Delacourt, translated by Anthea Bell

A book based on a true storyCaleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.

A book at the bottom of your TBR pileThree Cheers for the Paraclete by Thomas Keneally (not exactly on the bottom – and given the absurd size of my TBR, I couldn’t identify which one is – but this Keneally has been on the TBR for years)

A book your friend lovesSolly’s Girl by Ros Collins, see Karenlee’s enthusiastic review here too.

A book that scares you – Choosing the same one as Orange Pekoe, because she’s right, there are many people recovering from war trauma in our city and we don’t look after them very well: Black Rock White City by A S Patric

A book that is more than 10 years old – Easy.  The last four of the novels from the Rougon-Macquart cycle by Zola are the ones I read this year.

The second book in a series – Epic fail.  The best I can come up with is Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh, which is No 3 in the trilogy.

A book with a blue coverCharades, by Janet Turner Hospital 

FREE SQUARE – I’ll do the same as Orange Pekoe: my most popular review of a book I read this year has been The Strays by Emily Bitto.

Over to you, dear readers, which one of these is easy to fulfil, and which one would you struggle with?




  1. You’ve done well! Being in a book club and doing a readathon would get me up close to 80-90% I think. It would be easy to fill the one word title, I read several, including Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t read anything with a number in the title and I don’t recall reading anything that scared me.


    • I really must get round to reading Americanah, I bought it almost as soon as it came out, but then I got distracted by other things.


      • I had it on my tbr shelf for quite a while too. It’s worth reading, tho I preferred her other books.


  2. This looks like fun. However I am going to wait to do a bingo challenge as it doesn’t fit in yet with what I want to do in 2016 (at least not yet☺)


    • LOL If you had a Bingo card with all Penguin titles you’d win it hands down!


  3. What a brilliant selection you’ve chosen! I hope you had as much fun compiling your choices as I did!


    • Thanks, Cleopatra, I did enjoy this. I’ve given up doing challenges, but something like this is just good fun, and great for this time of the year.

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  4. Your list is fantastic! Thanks for joining in and I’m glad you enjoyed doing it. I agree with the difficulty of some squares – you need to think laterally!
    I think that last year I also had The Book of Strange New Things as my book with non-human characters…
    I hope to read Anchor Point this coming year.
    I’m actually putting together a couple of small bingo cards for the 2016 AWW Challenge so keep your eyes peeled!


    • Making another one? That’s great, I wish I were clever enough with graphics to do one myself. Can you add a box to include indigenous writers please?


      • Absolutely! That is on my list. This one that exists is a generic one I copied from another blogger. I am working on two smaller ones specific to AUS. However, I am not particularly techy myself so compared to what others may be able to do with some computer programs, I am doing the ‘pre-computer tracing paper and OHT’ equivalent in a word document :-)


        • LOL Orange Pekoe, that reminds me of how I published my most successful books. I made crossword puzzles and word-searches of Indonesian vocabulary and turned them into books to support the fledgling teaching of Indonesian in primary schools. This was back in 1992, and I thought I was sooo technologically advanced because I used a *bells-and-whistles* computer program (on a floppy disk!) to create the puzzles and then I printed them out and cut them verrrry carefully with my dressmaking shears and glued them onto the clues pages which I’d made using MS Word. And then I took all the loose pages down to my local printer and he turned them into books. How things have changed!

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          • That’s hilarious! No big blots of white out I hope!


            • Oh, there were. And much gnashing of teeth and tearing of hair as well as paper!

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  5. I’m surprised how many squares I could complete but like you drew a bit of a blank on the authors under 30. I don’t pay much attention to age when I choose what to read so I don’t really have a clue how old the author is. I also drew a blank on the second novel in a series. Now if only I had got around to reading Zola’s The Kill I would have been ticking another box but it ain’t going to happen ….


    • I suspect that there would be many readers who’d find the series one really easy, but once I’d recovered from the Blyton effect, I reckon I could count the number of series I’ve read at under a dozen. What springs to mind is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings; Susan Howatch’s Starbridge series (about the Anglican clerics); Zola of course, and Balzac if you count La Comedie Humaine. I loved Henry Handel Richardson’s trilogy The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney; and more recently Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy too; and a long time ago I read Mary Stewart’s Arthurian Saga – I must have read some others – but that’s all I can remember.
      PS I just checked at Goodreads, apparently there are more in the Arthurian Saga than the three I’ve read, so it turns out that I didn’t complete that one.


  6. […] to ANZ Lit Lovers and Orange Pekoe for alerting me to the Book Bingo – it’s been fun to […]


  7. A great list. I did read some of my grandsons books that are in a series just to see what they were on about. I don’t know if that counts. A book over ten years old was Homer and Langley by E L Doctorow, which I would say was one of my best reads for the year.


    • I loved that book! I’d never read anything by Doctorow, and my friend Lurline recommended him just a week before I saw a review of H&L and so I bought it. It’s one of those books that stays with you forever. It raises such a lot of interesting issues doesn’t it?
      Now that you mention children’s books… I seem to remember reading Book 2 that came after A Wrinkle in Time. I shelve those separately so it didn’t show up in my 2015 list at Goodreads. I was disappointed in it. A Wrinkle in Time was one of my best-ever childhood books, and the sequel was just not in the same galaxy.


  8. Wonderful list, Lisa! Enjoyed reading your Book Bingo :)


    • Hi Vishy, greetings for the New Year! Happy reading:)


      • Thanks Lisa :) Happy New Year to you too! Happy reading :)


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