Time does fly by. Summer is almost over. I can’t believe it’s already time for my Bookish Bingo Summer 2015 Wrap-Up post.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this, let me tell you all about it. Bookish Bingo is a bookish challenge hosted by Bekka from the Pretty Deadly Blog. It’s a seasonal event in which you read books according to the categories on the bingo card. It’s a great way to keep your reading choices current and for me, it’s a great way to not fall into the trap of reading only one genre. Diversity in reading is fun.
Here are my results:
Summer of 2015 was a good reading month for me. I managed to read 29 books! That’s 5 more than the previous tri-mester. This is the fifth time I join this challenge. I signed up a little late for this challenge (mid-July), so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to keep up with it. For this reason I set myself a goal of getting at least 4 Bingos, which was the goal I achieved in the Spring 2015 edition of this challenge.
I never expected to get the results I got. I’m absolutely ecstatic because for the first time I completed the Bookish Bingo Challenge Card!!!!!
I did it!!
So, let me call it:
Here’s my Bookish Bingo Summer 2015 Card:
- Cover has been changed: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon | Rating: 4/5 | READ THIS! What can I say? Book #2 in the Outlander Series in which we find out what happened when Jamie and Claire left for France. I can’t even begin to express all the feels the ending of this book gave me. [ Historical Fiction ]
- PoC Writer: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | Rating: 4/5 | Book #1 in a duology in which we follow Lara Jean as she faces the boys she’s had crushes on, falls in love for the first time and makes the bonds she has with her sisters unbreakable. [ Young Adult Romance ]
- Title is more than 3 words: AVIATRIX: First Woman Pilot for Hughes Airwest by Mary Shipko | Rating: 4/5 | The eye-opening story of Mary Shipko in which she shares all the unfortunate negative experiences she had to face as she became the first woman Pilot in a male dominated industry. [ Memoir ]
- Magic: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness | Rating: 5/5 | READ THIS! Book #1 in A fantastic voyage in which the author perfectly blended magic, alchemy, witchcraft, vampires, demons, mystery, history and romance. [Paranormal Romance]
- Fire in Title or Cover: Summer of Fire by Kitty Pilgrim | Rating: 4/5 | A good summer read. A great story that has it all: mystery, thrills, murder, royals, fabulous European locations, an erupting volcano and romance. [ Thriller ]
- Multi PoV: The Color of Water in July by Nora Caroll | Rating: 3/5 | The story of Jess, she inherits a lake house from her grandmother where she discovers the hidden secrets of her past that help her come to terms with her present. The story shows both Jess’ and her grandmother’s point of view. [Fiction]
- Face on Cover: The Legacy Code by Autumn Kalquist | Rating: 2/5 | A short story that takes place in Soren, a planet far away from the Earth. Humans did some sort of genetic experiments that went wrong and now they carry “defective genes”. Pregnancies are controlled, abortions are done to prevent the “defect” to spread. This is the story of Eran and Dritan, 2 teenagers who are expecting a child that they will try to save from the extermination. [ Science Fiction ]
- Purple Cover: The Little Android by Marissa Meyer | Rating: 3/5 | A retelling of The Little Mermaid with cyborgs and robots. [ Fantasy, Retelling, Short Story ]
- Tearjerker: I Was Here by Gayle Foreman | Rating: 3.5/5 | A story about 2 friends. One commits suicide and the other one embarks in a mission to find out what happened. Intense and dark at times. Deals with mental illness. [ YA, Contemporary Fiction ]
- Travel: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George | Rating: 5/5 | The story of Monsieur Perdu, a literary apothecary as he travels along the Seine to the south of France on a personal journey to let go of the burdens of his past. It has tons of fabulous bookish quotes. [ Fiction ]
- June, July, August Release: The woman in the Photograph by Dana Gynther | Rating: 3/5 | An unauthorized book based on the life of model/photographer Lee Miller. [ Fiction about non-fiction ]
- Time Travel: The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Ester by Scott Willbanks | Rating: 4/5 | Annie Ester travels back and forth in time and with the help of her friends she finds out about her origins. [ Fiction ]
- Free: We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh | Rating: 2/5 | The cliché and stereotyped story of Letty, a Latino bar tender, single-mother of two, who “gets her act together” after her parents leave the US to go back to Mexico. [ Women Fiction ]
- 2015 Debut: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes | Rating: 5/5 | This is my favorite read of the year so far. The story of two women: Inara and Mei Lein separated by centuries but united by a powerful story written in silk. I learned about the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 1880s in this book. [ Historical Fiction ]
- Award Winner: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Rating: 2/5 | The title says it all. The story of Lola and the boy next door she falls in love with. Winner of the Listen Up Award (2012) and YALSA‘s Best Fiction for Young Adults Award. [ YA ]
- Young Adult: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell | Rating: 3/5 | The story of 2 teenage misfits and how they fall in love. [ YA ]
- Short Story: Among the Fair Magnolias by Various Authors. | Rating: 3/5 | A collection of 4 historical fiction short stories set in the South in the Civil War era.
- Finish a Series: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | Rating: 4/5 | Book #3 in the Anna and the French Kiss Series. We go back to France, to the place where it all started and we see how everyone gets their happily ever after.
- MC with Physical Disability: The Girl in Between by Laekan Zea Kemp | Rating: 2/5 | The story of Bryn, a teen girl with KLS. During her KLS episodes she meets and falls in love with a boy. It’s the first book in the series, leaves you with major cliffhangers and too many unanswered questions. [ YA ]
- White Cover: The Truth about Butterflies: A Memoir by Nancy Stephan. | Rating: 3/5 | The story of Nicole and her mother Nancy. A powerful memoir about a mother who lost her beautiful daughter to diabetes. [ Memoir ]
- Blue Cover: The Perfect Bargain by Julia London | Rating: 4/5 | The perfect book to read for those suffering from the Outlander withdrawal symptoms. The story of Sloan, a rich NY “princess” who travels to Scotland in search for her real life Jamie Fraser. [ Women Fiction, Romance ]
- Beach Read: Fifteen Minutes of Summer by Heather Wardell | Rating: 3/5 | Book #3 in the Seven Exes Series but can act as a standalone. The story of Summer, as she struggles to find her place in the world of entertainment. Also a story about forgiveness and friendship. [ Women Fiction ]
- Out of your comfort zone: Glitches by Marissa Meyer | Rating: 3/5 | Part of The Lunar Chronicles Series. An introduction to the world of Cinder. Retellings of fairy tales are not may cup of tea. Cyborgs and androids were so out of my comfort zone until I started reading this series. [ YA, Fantasy, Short Story ]
- Published a year ago: The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer | Rating: 4/5 | Part of The Lunar Chronicles Series. The story of Ze’ev and a closer look at what happens over at Luna. [ YA, Fantasy, Short Story ]
- Re-telling: Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Rating: 3/5 | Book #1 in The Lunar Chronicles series. A retelling of Cinderella in a dystopian world full of cyborgs, robots and androids. [ YA, Fantasy, Dystopia, Retelling ]
I had a lot of fun with this Bingo card. I read so many different stories that had my imagination flying and quite happily entertained. I want to thank Bekka for this fun challenge.
If you want to join this challenge, the Back to School 2015 Bookish Bingo Card for the months of September, October and November is already up on the Pretty Deadly blog. You don’t have to be a blogger to enter, anyone can sign up. Hope you can join us.
And I guess that’s it folks! Did you sign up for this challenge? How did you do?