Sunday, October 31, 2021

October 2021 Reading Challenge: A BINGO Update

Five in a row...Bingo!


I scored a quick Bingo win for October with five in a row. Yeah, me! Here's what I've read so far (Amazon links included):

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen (Young Adult) - 5 out of 5 stars!
Must've had a great spine. Picked this one off the library shelf, not knowing anything about it. Glad I did, new favorite author.

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (Middle Grade) - Highly recommend!
Recommended by my daughter. She loved it and with good reason. A great read.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Suspense) - 4 out of 5 stars.
Read the book so I could finally watch the movie.

Dealing with Blue by Stacia Leigh (Young Adult Romance) - 5 out of 5 stars!
I published this in 2015 with the goal of writing what I wanted to read: laughs and love, and I enjoyed it all over again. Having read it with a 2021 perspective and through a more experienced lens (more writing, more publishing, judging contests, and critiquing), I did see areas to tighten up and improve. Updates have been made. The latest version will be out soon, so stay tuned!

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (An 1892 Classic) - Nope.
Daughter enjoyed it, hubby thought it was okay, and I was left scratching my head. But at 19 pages long, it blocked out a BINGO square for the win.


Follow the BINGO wins here:
June 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Blackout!
February 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update

January 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update

March 2022 Reading Challenge: BINGO Update


Want to join the fun? Click here to get your own BINGO card on Etsy.

Friday, October 01, 2021

A Fall/Winter 2021 Reading Challenge: BINGO!

By the time October rolls around, we're getting ready for rain, fog, snow, big holidays, boots, and plaid flannel. 'Tis the season to stay warm and cozy under a pile of dogs and blankets. With hot chocolate on one side and an open book on the other, let's settle in for a month or stay through the's time to read until we blackout, literally. It's reading BINGO! 

Need a place to start? Might I suggest heading to your favorite book store, like Powell's in Portland for instance, and ordering a stash of books by Stacia Leigh? Burnout would check the "One-word Title" box, Dealing with Blue would check the "By an Indie Author" box and Hanging Around for You would check the "YA Romance by Stacia Leigh." Sounds Complicated could fill the "FREE" space and Distance Between would check the "Art, Poetry, or Play" square. A quick win with five in a row. But since autumn's just getting started, you might as well keep reading. Another twenty books and you'll hit blackout gold status and be a true champ.

Print the BINGO card if you can, otherwise the list below sums it up...

R1C1: Read a book with a one-word title.
R1C2: Read a book set in the northwest.
R1C3: Find a book you've read in the past and read it again.
R1C4: Read a book someone's recommended to you.
R1C5: Read a picture book.
R2C1: Read a non-fiction book.
R2C2: Read a book by an independent author.
R2C3: Read a book with a number in the title.
R2C4: Read the book sitting at the bottom of your To Be Read pile.
R2C5: Read a book with a blue cover.
R3C1: Read a book from a Little Free Library.
R3C2: Read a book about your dream job.
R3C3: Free to read whatever book you want!
R3C4: Read a holiday story.
R3C5: Read a memoir. Or an auto-biography. Or whatever because rulz are made to be broken.
R4C1: Read a book with a nature setting.
R4C2: Read a book about a different culture.
R4C3: Read a book that's been made into a movie.
R4C4: Read a young adult romance by Stacia Leigh, because Stacia Leigh made the rulz.
R4C5: Read an old classic.
R5C1: Read a science fiction novel or a fantasy.
R5C2: Read a story based on true events.
R5C3: Read something that is scary.
R5C4: Read an award winner: Newbery, Caldecott, National, Best Independent Book Review, etc.
R5C5: Read a book about art, poetry, or read a play.


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