As promised, here I am, with my top picks for the Bookish Bingo. But before we begin with the list, let me take this opportunity to thank each one of you, who came up with so many wonderful recommendations. I have been browsing through these books – some familiar and some new to me, and this exercise has broadened my horizons, which was exactly what I wanted to achieve through this. So, once again, thank you. 🙂
3 things to note (bear with me, please) –
1. The top 3 genres that I read are – Contemporary Fiction, Indian Historical Fiction and Non Fiction. I am fully aware that these genres are not represented on the Bingo Board. The main reason for this is that these books find their way into my reading list anyway; I don’t necessarily need to make them a goal.
Also, some people have mentioned that I might not get the time to read my favorite genres, if I set such an ambitious goal outside of these genres. To answer that – yes, I am aware of the possibility, but I am not overly concerned. Mostly because, non-fiction is kind of covered in the picks below, and I also have a couple of Malcolm Gladwell books that are on my shelf (but not covered in Bingo), along with Jaya & My Gita by Devdutt Pattanaik, which I will certainly get to in 2016. That leaves contemporaries, and this is one genre that I am fine letting go of this year. If I am able to read some books in this genre – that’s great. If not – that’s fine too. I will just go with the flow on this one.
2. There are some categories that overlap, and I have picked the same book for them (Pride & Prejudice – as a classic* as well as ‘a book that was written over a 100 years ago’). However, in some cases, I have picked distinct books, in-spite of the overlap (Pride & Prejudice would have made the cut for Historical Romance too, but I really want to read Outlander, so there it is).
Also, there are some categories where I have picked multiple books (Audiobooks – BossyPants and Yes Please). And yes, reading even a single book from that list will check off that category, but I want to have enough options.
3. Finally – this list is made mostly on the basis of 2 things
- Books that I have been wanting to read since forever
- Your Recommendations
I have looked up the blurb, ratings and reviews for all of them, and that is why they made the list. So I am positive that I am going to read every single one of them.
Some books that overlap might be pushed into the first half of 2017 (which is too far away to even think about; so as of now, I will hang on to my optimism), but the point is that I intend to get to all of them.
I am hoping that on/before 31st Dec 2016 – I am able to call out BINGO! 🙂
Now, having given that extremely long introduction, finally, here are my picks –
- An American Classic – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ; Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen*
- A book that was written over a 100 years ago- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
- A book and its prequel – To Kill a Mockingbird & Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
- A book over 500 pages- Outlander (Book #1) by Diana Gabaldon *896 pages
- Historical Romance – Outlander (Book #1) by Diana Gabaldon
- A mystery/thriller – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- A book which has its movie adaptation releasing in 2016 – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
- A book by an author new to me (Colleen Hoover) – November 9 by Colleen Hoover
- Give second chance to an author (John Green) – Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Start & Finish a Book Series – The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater
- A book released in 2016 – The Raven King (Last book in The Raven Cycle Series) by Maggie Stiefvater
- A book about Writing- Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott
- Listen to an Audiobook- Bossypants by Tina Fey; Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- A book set in the future- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Paranormal Romance – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer; Siren’s Secret (Dark Seas Book #1) by Debbie Herbert
- A mental health memoir- An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison; Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
- A book on American Politics – Crippled America by Donald Trump; Hard Choices by Hilary Clinton; Stealing America by Dinesh D’Souza; Killing Reagan by Bill O’ Reilly & Martin Dugard
- A book that involves/revolves around World War 2- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; The Book Thief by Makus Zusak
- A book which teaches me a new skill: Food Photography – Plate to Pixel by Helen Dujardin
- A book based on a mythology new to me: Greek Mythology – Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
- A Fairy Tale adaptation: Cinderella – Cinder by Marissa Meyer ; Beauty & The Beast – A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Mass
- Explore a genre out of my comfort zone + A book recommended by a friend
Dystopian- The Ruby Iyer Series by Laxmi Hariharan ( Inderpreet)
Horror/Sci-fi – The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King ( Sreesha)
Sci-fi/Adventure- Have Spacesuit Will Travel by Robert Heinlein (TF Carthick)
Fantasy – The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss (Nidhi)
- Re-read a book / series – I am keeping this open. *Note to self – This is NOT an excuse to read Harry Potter again. Read anything EXCEPT Harry Potter.*
Other interesting recommendations that I found from you guys –
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
- Have Pen, Will Travel by M.J. Akbar
- To Cancer, With Love by Neelam Kumar
I would love to hear from you guys. Have you read any of these books? Would love to hear your thoughts ( no spoilers please). If any of you have spoiler free reviews of these books, please drop a link to the review in the comments. I will be sure to check them out.
P.P.S. Some of you have asked if you can re-use the Bingo image. The answer is – yes, please do (a link back would be great).