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message 1: by Kai (last edited Nov 14, 2016 04:11PM) (new)

Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments I will fill in as I read.

B1: Written by Nobel Laureate - In Our Time
B2: Sci-fi or Fantasy Classic - Nights at the Circus
B3: Classic of Africa - So Long a Letter
B4: Children's Classic - The Little Prince
B5: Winner of a Foreign Literary Prize

I1: Published/Written Before 1600’s
I2: New-to-You Author - The Once and Future King
I3: Classic Play - The Glass Menagerie
I4: Banned Book
I5: Published in the 1700's - Evelina

N1: Classic of the Americas
N2: Short Story Collection - A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire
N3: FREE SPACE
N4: Poetry Collection
N5: Classic of Europe

G1: Published in the 1600's - The Tempest
G2: Book from Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century - Bonjour tristesse
G3: Classic Non-fiction
G4: Classic from School
G5: Published in the 1800's - East Lynne

O1: Literary Prize of Your Country/Region - Victory Over Japan: A Book of Stories (National Book Award for Fiction)
O2: Gothic Classic - Jamaica Inn
O3: Classic of Asia or Oceania - Cloudstreet
O4: Mystery or Crime Classic - Bunny Lake is Missing
O5: Prize-Winning Female Author - The Lover


Andrea AKA Catsos Person (catsosperson) | 1791 comments You are wise to fill in as you read.

This yr was my first time at book bingo and I spent a lot of time (wasted) plotting and planning all of the books at once. My completed board did not resemble anything I planned!


message 3: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6554 comments Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder wrote: "You are wise to fill in as you read.

This yr was my first time at book bingo and I spent a lot of time (wasted) plotting and planning all of the books at once. My completed board did not resemble..."


Good advice!


message 4: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9558 comments Mod
Good luck on the challenge. Can't wait to see what you read.


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Started off with any easy children's classic. I enjoyed the duality of the book, which works on both a child's level and an adult's level.


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments The Lover (The Lover, #1) by Marguerite Duras

Exquisite semi-autobiographical look at a French teenage girl in colonial-era Vietnam.


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Sylwia (sylwialovesloki) | 145 comments Kai wrote: "The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Started off with any easy children's classic. I enjoyed the duality of the book, which works on both a child's level and an adult's level."


I agree.


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ

Continuing my tour of short but profound works, So Long a Letter eloquently takes on the role of women in society and the home, as well as tradition, religion, and progress in less than 100 pages.


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments A Round of Stories by the Christmas Fire by Charles Dickens

Mediocre collection, although I liked the Elizabeth Gaskell story.


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it is hard to find book wrote before 1600 in english


message 11: by Katy, New School Classics (last edited Jan 13, 2016 02:06PM) (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9558 comments Mod
Rachid wrote: "it is hard to find book wrote before 1600 in english"

Here are some links:
http://thegreatestbooks.org/the-great...
https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-f...
http://www.complete-review.com/mainde...


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments Thank you for the lists, Kathy.

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

Remarkable book, a true masterpiece. I definitely did not "get" all of it, but it was a very interesting read.


message 13: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9558 comments Mod
Kai wrote: "...

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

Remarkable book, a true masterpiece. I definitely did not "get" all of it, but it was a very interesting read."


Oh good. I have been wanting to read that one, I'll be looking up a copy now!


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments I forgot to update for a while, so here goes:

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Amazing, amazing, amazing. Complex, wonderful characters, indelible setting. So far, my favorite read of the year.

Victory Over Japan A Book of Stories by Ellen Gilchrist

Loved this one as well. Rowdy, audacious female characters.

In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

Eh - Hemingway's beginnings, so that is interesting. Wasn't bowled over by any of the stories.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Not my favorite Shakespeare.

Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan

Forgot what a daily rollercoaster teenage hormones are? Read this book.


message 15: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9558 comments Mod
Wow, Kai -- that is a nice long list of updates!


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments They're mostly really short books though, Kathy.


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments Bunny Lake is Missing by Evelyn Piper

I would argue that the "Is this person crazy or is someone actually missing?" plot appears much more in fiction than it does in real life.

East Lynne  by Mrs. Henry Wood

This book is crazy! I enjoyed the outright audaciousness of it.

The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4) by T.H. White

Hated it with a passion.


message 18: by Chris (new)

Chris | 235 comments Kai wrote: "The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4) by T.H. White

Hated it with a passion. "


Oh how frustrating to hate a 600+ page book. Any particular reason?


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments Chris wrote: "Kai wrote: "The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4) by T.H. White

Hated it with a passion. "

Oh how frustrating to hate a 600+ page book. Any particular reason?"


I found large parts of it to be incredibly, mind-numbingly dull. However, I am totally in the minority of readers here - most absolutely love this book - so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Felt it was a lot of explanation versus actually story telling.


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Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments Evelina by Fanny Burney

This epistolary novel inspired Jane Austen, but meek (and frequently fainting) Evelina pales in comparison to Austen's more feisty heroines.


message 21: by Kai (last edited Oct 16, 2016 10:36AM) (new)

Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Not nearly as good as Rebecca, but the setting was quite remarkable.

Gives me my first Bingos with the O's and 2's finished.


message 22: by Katy, New School Classics (last edited Oct 16, 2016 10:46AM) (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9558 comments Mod
Kai wrote: "Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Not nearly as good as Rebecca, but the setting was quite remarkable.

Gives me my first Bingos with the O's and 2's finished."


Congrats on that Bingo!
And I agree that Jamaica Inn pales a bit in comparison to Rebecca


message 23: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6554 comments Agreed it's not a patch on Rebecca...have you read My Cousin Rachel? I thought that one was just as good, if not better!

Congrats on your first bingo!


message 24: by Kai (new)

Kai Coates (southernbohemian) | 17 comments I haven't read that one yet. I will have to check it out. I think the only other one of her books that I own is Frenchman's Creek.


message 25: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6554 comments I haven't read Frenchman's Creek, but I haven't heard very good things about it either, so it's a bit further down my list.


message 26: by Veronique (new)

Veronique | 964 comments Frenchman's Creek is quite different to her other books, more 'adventure' I guess. I did enjoy it but yes, if you're looking for something with 'more' then My Cousin Rachel is really good and so are The House on the Strand, and The King's General.

Congrats on your bingo :0)


message 27: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6554 comments Thanks for the tip. I've read and loved My Cousin Rachel, but I have The House on the Strand sitting unread on my shelf, so perhaps I should try that one next by her.


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