OK, good people. Here it is.
Book Bingo Blackout 2017… revealed!
Again this year, my good friend and I compiled ideas, then narrowed the list down to these 25 categories.
The planning session is tremendous. (It's one of my favorite annual events.)
Then the Dear Man made our categories look terrific by creating this fabulous bingo card. (We said, “Wild West theme, please!” and he did it up right.)
How to Play
- Read a book that fits the category. Each book can qualify for only one category.
- Complete just one row or column, or go for blackout by reading a book in every category.
- All books must be finished in 2017. Books started in 2016 but finished in 2017 count.
- We've provided some definitions, but you can free-style it if you like—as long as you can make a case that the book fits the category.
- All categories can be fiction or nonfiction (your choice), unless otherwise specified.
About the Categories
Nonfiction books about why we do the things we do
A book about person who lives by his/her own code
Doom and Gloom
When things go terribly wrong
Something you shouldn’t like, but you like it anyway
Water is a key element of the story, whether it be setting, activity, or natural phenomenon
A book about Native Americans, First Nations, the Inuit, or Aborigines
A transformative experience or a literal journey
A Book I Own
Read something from your own shelf
Literary, scholarly, or classic
Written by Baby Boomers, for Baby Boomers
Where I Grew Up
A book set in a place where you spent your childhood
A book about someone breaking free—either literally or metaphorically—or a book that is a true escape for you as a reader
A book you need to read
Exploring the creative process
A book with an Asian author, character, or setting
Library of Congress Fiction Prize
A book written by an author who won this honor
A book you found at a bookstore
The title doesn’t fit the book. Or the book sounds good, but you hate the title.
A book about a job or workplace. Or a book that helps you become better at your work
Pick your century, then find a book written in the midst of that century, that has a progressive or modern outlook
Author’s Name Begins With M
The author’s first or last name begins with the letter “M”
Best in Class
One of the best examples of its genre
A book about, or set in, the natural world
A trending book or author, a steamy romance, or a book set in a hot climate
Up in the Air
Planes, planets, astronauts, birds, pollution, clouds, uncertainty, uprootedness -- anything that’s up in the air
Join the fun!