23 January 2015

Victorian Bingo Challenge 2015

Becky from Becky's Book Reviews is hosting the 2015 Victorian Bingo Challenge and, when I realized the wealth of unread Victorian novels haunting my bookshelves, I knew I had to sign up. Also it just feels deliciously subversive to play bingo with Victorian literature. Gonna stamp all over Dickens and Trollope!

Basic summary of the 2015 Victorian Bingo Challenge:
  • The goal is to get a "Bingo"(horizontal, vertical, diagonal, four corners and center square). This will require a minimum of five books.
  • One book per square. For example: Oliver Twist can count for "Book with a name as the title" or "Charles Dickens" or "Book published 1837-1940" or "Book published in serial format" or "Book over 400 pages" or "Book that has been adapted into a movie" or "Book set in England." But obviously, it can only count once.


I see five "easy" ways of scoring Bingo (mostly) using books I already own:

  • 1840s: Mary Barton (1848)
  • Male author: Thomas Hardy (The Mayor of Casterbridge or A Pair of Blue Eyes)
  • Female author: Anne Bronte (Villette or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
  • Name as the title: Shirley or Ruth
  • Serial: Great Expectations

  • 1840s: Mary Barton (1848)
  • 1850s: Ruth (1853)
  • 1860s: Lady Audley's Secret (1862)
  • 1870s: A Pair of Blue Eyes (1871)
  • 1880s: The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)

  • Serial: Great Expectations
  • Dickens: The Pickwick Papers
  • Trollope: Sir Harry Hotspur
  • Collins: Man and Wife
  • 1880s: The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)

  • 1840s: Mary Barton (1848)
  • 1837-1840: The Phantom Ship (1839)
  • England: Nearly any book I've already listed in a different bingo configuration
  • Marriage: Reuben Sachs
  • 1890s: The War of the Worlds (1898)

  • 1840s: Mary Barton (1848)
  • Serial: Great Expectations
  • 1860s: Lady Audley's Secret (1862)
  • 1890s: The War of the Worlds (1898)
  • 1880s: The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)

20 January 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Confessions

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, where we can make up our own topic or pick one we missed. I've decided to go out on a limb and confess all the terrible dark bookish secrets that lurk in my heart ... or something like that!

  • Generally speaking, I don’t like used books. I don’t like the smell or the “gently worn” covers. I just don’t see the charm. Maybe it was the time spent working in a large used bookstore, but used books just make me go ick. I feel the same way about anything that came from a yard sale. (I do like “really old” used books from the 1800s, provided they don’t smell).
  • I have probably (mentally) murdered more than a hundred people for interrupting me while at a “good part.” CAN’T YOU SEE I’M READING?!
  • I own a number of perfectly lovely bookmarks and yet my go-to bookmarks are store receipts, the really important sticky-note I must not misplace, and (unused) facial tissue. Also, since The Husband came back from Brno, Czech koruna (1.00 CZK= 0.05 USD).
  • I sometimes renew books waaay past their renewal limit (never if they have holds -- I’m not a monster, after all). Mostly this happens because I have lost track of where the book is. Is it in the pile in my bedroom? The dining room? The kitchen? The living room? The coat closet where things are shoved when the cleaner turns up?
  • My house contains a multitude of books. I have read a mere fraction of them. Sometimes I feel bad about that, but mostly I’m too busy admiring all the books I don’t yet own.
  • My Kindle is where books go to be forgot. Seriously, I am very good at downloading things and very bad at remembering to read them.
  • There is no room in my house I haven’t read in. Yes, that includes the basement and bathrooms.

16 January 2015

Back to the Classics Challenge 2015

I'm doing the No Book Buying Challenge 2005 and it occurred to me that I own so many classics signing up for Karen's Back to the Classics Challenge 2015 at Books & Chocolates seemed like a no brainer.

Basic summary of the Back to the Classics Challenge 2015:

  • All books must be read in 2015. Books started prior to January 1, 2015 are not eligible. Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2015.
  • All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; therefore, 1965 is the cutoff date. The only exception is books published posthumously, but written before 1965.
  • E-books and audiobooks are eligible! Books may also count for other challenges you may be working on.
  • Books may NOT cross over categories within this challenge. You may NOT count the same book twice for different categories in this challenge. One book per category -- otherwise, they won't count.
  • Signups must be completed BEFORE MARCH 31, 2015.

There are twelve categories to the challenge, of which I'm striving to complete nine reading books I already own:

1. A 19th Century Classic -- any book published between 1800 and 1899. Shirley (1849) by Charlotte Brontë.

2. A 20th Century Classic -- any book published between 1900 and 1965. Man Who Was Thursday (1908) by G.K. Chesterton.

3. A Classic by a Woman Author. Mill on the Floss (1860) by George Eliot.

5. A Very Long Classic Novel -- a single work of 500 pages or longer. Great Expectations (1861 as a three volume book) by Charles Dickens.

6. A Classic Novella -- any work shorter than 250 pages. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) by Truman Capote.

7. A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title. Silas Marner (1861) by George Eliot.

9. A Forgotten Classic. The Vet's Daughter (1959) by Barbara Comyns or Cassandra at the Wedding (1962) by Dorothy Baker

10. A Nonfiction Classic. The Enormous Room (1922) by E.E. Cummings -- I've seen this listed as both a memoir and an autobiographical novel, so further research is needed.

11. A Classic Children's Book. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903) by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

I may, of course, change my mind about any one or even all of these titles!