Book Bingo: An Update

Back in January I wrote a 2017 preview post that included a game of Book Bingo: 24 themed reads I wanted to tackle over the course of the year. Now that we’re entering June, it seems a good time to check in and see how I’m doing (since I haven’t paid the slightest attention to my bingo card).

The results: not great.

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2017: A Year in Preview |

2017: A Year in Preview

2017 is shaping up to be a doozy.

Trump’s in office. Liberalism is dying. No one is left. I’m turning 33, the same age Jesus was when he died. They’re remaking Baywatch.

Things are bad.

Yet, I remain optimistic. Why? The literary landscape looks bright in 2017, despite its lack of an obvious blockbuster. With upcoming titles like Emily Ruskovich’s Idaho, Tad Williams’ The Heart of What Was Lost, Joyce Carol Oates’ A Book of American Martyrs, Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne, Jeff Lemire’s Roughneck, and Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply, my TBR list is already well stocked this year.

But why stop there? There’s also Human Acts by Han Kang, The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti, Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin, The Idiot by Elif Batuman, Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson, The Unmade Bed: The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the 21st Century by Stephen Marche, Fevre Dream by Samanta Schweblin, and The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead by Channelle Benz.

I’ll be kicking off the year with a bang, thanks to Bout of Books 18 (which runs Jan 2-8). I’m also looking forward to an in-depth reading of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Brona’s Books, which starts in February and goes through the summer. There’s potential for a dead white guy readalong with Reading in Bed. And, recently, I stumbled upon something called Book Bingo, which should keep me busy, and excited, for the rest of the year.

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