Now, I ain't so big on reading challenges and projects and all that. I swore them off a couple years back, and I didn't imagine I'd change that policy in light of my goals for 2016 (ie, to read whatever the hell I want). I'm a sucker for anything that's also a game, though, so I decided to make a no-pressure exception for this one.
I hopped onto the fancy-dancy bingo card generation engine thing and ended up with the following categories:
Some of them are totally me. Some of them rarely show up on my reading lists.
I still plan to read whatever the hell I want, but I figure it might be interesting to see how many of the things I pick up according to whatever whim rules me this week naturally fit into these categories. I'll check my card every time I finish a book and update the list below as things qualify.
Has been banned or challenged: BEYOND MAGENTA: TRANSGENDER TEENS SPEAK OUT, ed. by Susan Kuklin With an ugly cover: THE SHARING KNIFE: BEGUILEMENT by Lois McMaster Bujold (audio cover) A dark, upsetting, or sad book: A SILENT VOICE VOLUME ONE by Yoshitoki Oima
An alternate history:MONSTRESS VOLUME ONE: AWAKENING by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takada Last book of an author before he/she died or retired: REFLECTIONS by Diana Wynne Jones1 A Booker Prize winner (or made the short list): HALF-BLOOD BLUES by Esi Edugyan A non-human main character: BOMBSHELLS VOLUME ONE: ENLISTED by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage et al Shortest book on your TBR: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman About an epic journey: INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH by Luis Alberto Urrea Horror: BOOKBURNERS SEASON ONE by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery Romance or love story: WICKED AS THEY COME by Delilah S. Dawson Nonfiction in graphic novel format: SOMETHING NEW by Lucy Knisley Free Square: YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes
A literary magazine or journal (of any genre): THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013, ed. by Gordon van Gelder
With any season of the year in the title: WINTER ORANGES by Marie Sexton
With only words on the cover: THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK! by Manuel Gonzalez
Translation: WANDERING SON, VOLUME 5 by Shimura Takako
Epistolary novel: THE SECRET DIARY OF LIZZIE BENNET by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
- I'm counting REFLECTIONS as DWJ's final book because it's the last one she prepared before she died. It was published more than a year later, with commentary from the editor and two in memorium pieces by her sons. The last book she published before she died was ENCHANTED GLASS. Another, THE ISLANDS OF CHALDEA, was finished by her sister Ursula and published in 2014, a little more than three years posthumously.