Book Bingo – A monthly update

Hopefully you will recall that back at the start of February I devised a Book Bingo Fund-Raiser for the local library I volunteer for.  I posted about the setting up the Bingo scheme and its launch which we tied in with National Libraries Day.  You can read more about this here and for a reminder of last month’s update here.  Quite a number of participants now have a line (I don’t) and there are a few who are just a couple of completed squares away from finishing.  Compared to these,  I don’t seem to be doing that well, but there is plenty of time as it doesn’t end until August.  We are still bowled over by the response and actually didn’t really think, when it was set up that many or even any would complete the card but everyone is still taking it very seriously.  This is what my card looks like this month.


I have gained another five balloons making my total 11.  This is what I read this month to cover my bingo squares.  In the top left corner was “A Paperback”.  For this I chose “The Double Life Of Kit Kavanagh” by Marina Fiorato (2016).  This is a highly enjoyable historical romp and has already been reviewed on the site here.   The other book which has already been reviewed here was my lone balloon on the middle row “A Biography Or Memoir” for that I chose “Mae West: An Icon In Black And White” by Jill Watts (2001).  The other three books have been read but their reviews are yet to appear on this site but so I’m giving you a sneak preview of what will be coming up.  “Author’s names begins with the same letters” is a title from the newly published set of Apollo Classics (being marketed as the “best books you’ve never read”).  This was “Now In November” by Josephine Johnson, with the letter J being the recurring one.  This book was first published in 1934 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1935 and has since been largely forgotten.  In the middle row is “With an animal in the title”.  This was “Wolfhound Century” the first part of a fantasy series by Peter Higgins.  This was the 2015 edition of a book which first appeared in 2013.  At the other end of the second row is “A book which has already been made into a film”.  For that I chose to read “Rosemary’s Baby” by Ira Levin (1967) and I will have more to tell you about that in a later post.

So 11 squares covered making 13 to go and four months to do it in.  Hopefully, by next month I will have that peskily evasive line.

3 thoughts on “Book Bingo – A monthly update

  1. Kay Carter

    Goodness, the rate you read books you should have no problem filling your card. I think this is such a brilliant idea. Will you continue with the bingo cards or do you have another fundraising plan,?


    1. Thing is I’m getting to the stage now where I read a book and if it doesn’t fit into any of my remaining categories I am feeling cheated!! We’re running the Book Bingo till the start of August and then that’s it. We hadn’t anticipated running it again next year but already people are starting to say things like “next year I’ll read that for this square………..” so we might have to give it some consideration. It’s featured once again in this week’s Isle Of Wight County Press for about the 3rd or 4th time as well as being on the Radio News, so there has certainly been a great buzz about it.


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