…and here’s our bingo card. (Thank you Cleo Bannister for another great blog idea!) In my version, they’re all books I’ve read. We start top left:
A book with more than 500 pages: I tend to stick to shorter books, as I don’t have much reading time, but several of Elizabeth George’s books are this length. What Came Before He Shot Her was a surprise – it takes us away from her usual characters, and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as the others. But I did – she describes the life of the gunman in heart-wrenching detail.
A book that became a movie: Pride and Prejudice. Several times a movie, though my favourite is the BBC adaptation with Colin Firth as Mr Darcy. And – it’s my book with a blue cover, too.
A book published this year: Tricky, as it’s still only January. The only book published this year that I’ve read to the end is my own Chosen Child, though I’ve started Dave Siver’s Evil Unseen which is shaping up to be a great read!
A book with a number in the title: 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith. Of course. It also fits into: a book with non-human characters.
A book written by someone under thirty: I had to google to find something I’d read, but One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest was written by Ken Kesey when he was 27, and D. H. Lawrence was the same age when he wrote Sons and Lovers.
A funny book: Gerrald Durrell’s The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium has me laughing out loud every time!
A book by a female author: Well. Where to start? Let’s have Bea Davenport’s This Little Piggy, set in the 80s during the miner’s strike. It can also be my book with a mystery – how did baby Jamie die, exactly?
A story set on a different continent: Let’s have The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a memoir of Scott’s ill-fated 1910–1913 British Antarctic expedition. It can be my non-fiction book too.
The first book by a famous author: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – one of the first Agatha Christies I ever read.
A book you heard about online: That could be almost any book nowadays. Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid is a goodie. And it’s definitely a best-selling book.
A book at the bottom of my to-be-read pile: Pass. The bottom of my tbr pile is so far away I’ve no idea what’s down there…
A book your friend loves: I read The Other by Tom Tryon after a friend recommended it years ago – I love it too! It’s a book that’s more than ten years old, too.
A book that scares you: The Cradle Will Fall and Where are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark both had me on the edge of my seat.
So that’s my Book Bingo – feel free to steal the idea and blog about your own favourites!