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message 1: by Sara, Old School Classics (last edited Aug 16, 2019 05:03PM) (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
✔ B1: 18th Century or Earlier Classic Othello
✔ B2: Book Chosen by the Cover When Saigon Surrendered: A Kentucky Mystery
✔ B3: European Classic The Professor
✔ B4: Telegraph’s 100 Novels List The Unbearable Lightness of Being
✔ B5: 20th Century Classic Howards End

✔ I1: Book from the Group’s Bookshelf Prior to 2019 The Caine Mutiny
✔ I2: New-to-You Author Strange Fruit by Lillian E. Smith
✔ I3: Classic Play Our Town
✔ I4: Literary Prize of Your Country Alice Adams
✔ I5: Classic on Your Bookshelf For over a Year The Big Rock Candy Mountain

✔ N1: South American Classic The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Not written by a South American, but the book takes place in Peru
✔ N2: Short Story Collection The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
✔ N3: FREE SPACE The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty
✔ N4: Poetry or Essay Collection Renascence, and Other Poems
✔ N5: Asian Classic Snow Country

✔ G1: Winner of a Foreign Literary Prize Staying On
✔ G2: Classic By a Female Author Laura by Vera Caspary
✔ G3: Classic Non-fiction The Guns of August
✔ G4: Written by Nobel Laureate Blindness
✔ G5: Book from the Group's 2019 Bookshelf Kindred

✔ O1: 19th Century Classic Les Misérables
✔ O2: Classic Sci-fi or Fantasy Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
✔ O3: Classic Comedy or Satire The Princess Bride
✔ O4: Classic Romance Green Darkness
✔ O5: 21st Century Potential Classic The Secret Scripture


message 2: by Sara, Old School Classics (last edited Aug 16, 2019 05:04PM) (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
B1: Othello by William Shakespeare B2: When Saigon Surrendered A Kentucky Mystery by James Aura B3: The Professor by Charlotte Brontë B4: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera B5: Howards End by E.M. Forster
I1: The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk I2: Strange Fruit by Lillian E. Smith I3: Our Town by Thornton Wilder I4: Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington I5: The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner
N1: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder N2: The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter N3: The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry N4: Renascence, and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay N5: Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
G1: Staying On by Paul Scott G2: Laura by Vera Caspary G3: The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman G4: Blindness by José Saramago G5: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
O1: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo O2: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown O3: The Princess Bride by William Goldman O4: Green Darkness by Anya Seton O5: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry


message 3: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Reserved


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

Katy (kathy_h) | 9268 comments Mod
Welcome to the challenge for 2019 Sara. I hope you enjoy yourself.


message 5: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 2011 comments Love your title ,Sara.
Definitely bound to it.


message 6: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Thanks, Katy, and for your work making the list.


message 7: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Thanks, Elena.


message 8: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 391 comments Bingo or Bust! Bring it on, Sara! Can't wait to see your list!


message 9: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Thanks, Tammy! I think I am going to do this one without a list...just filling them in as I go for a while. I have so many other challenges, hopefully things will fit here naturally.


message 10: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4816 comments Mod
Sara wrote: "Thanks, Tammy! I think I am going to do this one without a list...just filling them in as I go for a while. I have so many other challenges, hopefully things will fit here naturally."

Just your normal reading can go a long way in filling a Bingo card. I haven't done a Bingo challenge for the last two years. The first year I was two books short of a black out and this year I'm three books short.


This year I posted a card and I have listed possibilities for a lot of squares, but they are not must reads, just suggestions. Happy reading!!


message 11: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Dang, Bob, this is gonna be the year you blackout for sure! I can usually wing it for at least half the year and then there are always a few categories that I have to go pick a specific book for. But it wouldn't be a challenge otherwise. :) Having a suggestion list is always a good idea. I have identified about ten books that are on other challenges that are going to fit neatly into this one.


message 12: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Unexpected first entry is O5: Potential 21st Century Classic The Secret Scripture. I gave it 5-stars and love the way it encourages you to think about truth and memory and how well we can know even our own stories.


message 13: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4816 comments Mod
Five stars, is a great way to start the new year. I hope is becomes a trend.


message 14: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Amen.


message 15: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 68 comments Great start to the year Sara! I had never heard of this but have added it to my TBR.


message 16: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
It really is a great way to start out. I'm sure you will love it Rachel.


message 17: by Candi (new)

Candi (candih) | 743 comments Sara, I remember starting off last year with a 5-star book - So Big. Such a great feeling! I agree that The Secret Scripture definitely qualifies as a potential future classic!


message 18: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
I thought that might be a hard slot for me to fill, but this book absolutely makes the cut.


message 19: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 1589 comments I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds great. Added to my TBR.


message 20: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
So glad, Laurie!


message 21: by Veronique (new)

Veronique | 896 comments Nice review for your first book! :0)


message 22: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Thanks, Vero.


message 23: by Sara, Old School Classics (last edited Jan 26, 2019 11:18AM) (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Shakespeare's Othello for my pre 18th Century entry. Four squares filled and three good reads.


message 24: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Sara wrote: "Shakespeare's Othello for my pre 18th Century entry. Four squares filled and three good reads."

You're on a roll!
But now I want to know, which was the bad read? :D


message 25: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
When Saigon Surrendered. Never pick a book by its cover. lol.


message 26: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9268 comments Mod
Sara wrote: "Shakespeare's Othello for my pre 18th Century entry. Four squares filled and three good reads."

Awesome.


message 27: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Thanks, Katy.


message 28: by Candi (new)

Candi (candih) | 743 comments Wonderful, Sara! (with the exception of the one not-so-good read ;)


message 29: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4816 comments Mod
Shakespeare is not my go to author, but I did like Othello, a lot. Nice to see you are on a roll.


message 30: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Sara wrote: "When Saigon Surrendered. Never pick a book by its cover. lol."

haha ... I bet most of us do, tho, many times :). Covers can be so enticing


message 31: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Finished Howards End and was torn between a 3 or a 4 rating. There were parts of it I liked very much and parts that just didn't work for me. It couldn't hold a candle to A Passage to India.


message 32: by Bob, Short Story Classics (new)

Bob | 4816 comments Mod
I enjoyed both and also think Passage to India is the better of the two, but my favorite byE.M. Forster is Where Angels Fear to Tread


message 33: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
I haven't read that one yet, Bob, although I have it on the TBR.


message 34: by Veronique (new)

Veronique | 896 comments I preferred A Passage to India and A Room with a View (the Merchant Ivory film adaptation is one of my favourite films) too. Still have to try Where Angels Fear to Tread, and Maurice.


message 35: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn | 699 comments Now I want to push Howards End further down the TBR. I didn't like A Passage to India.


message 36: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
If you didn't like A Passage to India, I would say Forster just isn't for you and, since we all have limited time for reading, you might do better to pick another author. I have done that with a few authors that are beloved by others, but just not a fit for me.


message 37: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn | 699 comments Sara wrote: "If you didn't like A Passage to India, I would say Forster just isn't for you and, since we all have limited time for reading, you might do better to pick another author. I have done that with a fe..."

I gave up on Hemingway. Maybe I should give up Forster.


message 38: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
lol. I gave up on Virginia Woolf and future Forster's are pretty far down on my list.


message 39: by Pink (last edited Feb 03, 2019 03:42PM) (new)

Pink | 6556 comments If you do want to try more Forster, the only one I’ve rated higher than A Passage to India was Maurice, so it might be worth giving that one a try.


message 40: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (last edited Feb 03, 2019 06:19PM) (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 2891 comments Mod
I actually like A Room with a View by Forster a little more than Howard's End, but I do not believe either were five stars for me. A Room With a View seemed to completely revolve around a man wishing the women of his time were a little more emotionally free. I'm sure a lot more happened and the book felt long, but that was the gist I took from it.


message 41: by Sara, Old School Classics (last edited Feb 17, 2019 02:06PM) (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
I4: Literary prize of your country - I read Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington, winner of the 1922 Pulitzer. It was a good story and well-written with the unfortunate caveat that it contains some obviously unnecessary derogatory racial references, which prevented me from thoroughly enjoying it.

No closer to a bingo.


message 42: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen | 3667 comments Sara wrote: "I4: Literary prize of your country - I read Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington, winner of the 1922 Pulitzer. It was a good story and well-written with the unfortunate caveat that it cont..."

Too bad about that. It sounds otherwise like a great read. I remember enjoying the Katharine Hepburn film.

The bingos will come--it's only February! :-)


message 43: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
I would like to see the film. I remember one year I was far into the summer before I had a bingo, so I'm not sweating it. :)


message 44: by Terris (new)

Terris | 2372 comments It's funny how, if you just keep reading, the Bingos start to just fall into place! I think that is what will happen for me -- but you're right -- it will be June and after!!! ;)


message 45: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Of course, we could all bingo right away if we just structured the reading around the challenge. I'm with you, Terri, they will fall in eventually.


message 46: by Renee (new)

Renee | 864 comments Sara wrote: "Of course, we could all bingo right away if we just structured the reading around the challenge. I'm with you, Terri, they will fall in eventually."

Just grabbing what I felt like reading, or reading a group read a fitting it in, I think it took me 17 books to get a bingo last year.


message 47: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
I think I was the last one to bingo the first year I did this, but the point for me is to read them, not to bingo, so no worries. Still, feels good when you get your first bingo done. I like the freedom of just plugging them in as I go.


message 48: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Sara wrote: "...I like the freedom of just plugging them in as I go."

The same! Also with the A-Zs. 'course, come December, there might be a scramble ;-)


message 49: by Sara, Old School Classics (new)

Sara (phantomswife) | 4734 comments Mod
Yes, December is always a scramble for me...because there are always those categories you just don't read unless you are reading specifically for the challenges.


message 50: by MK (new)

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Sara wrote: "Yes, December is always a scramble for me...because there are always those categories you just don't read unless you are reading specifically for the challenges."

Z ... Q ... X ...

And for me, for Bingo, this year I will be chasing Non-Fiction, Poetry or Essay, Short Story, and Romance, I'd guess.

Some of the continents might be tricky, I'm not certain my natural reading pattern will take me naturally to Asia or South America.

How come there's never an Imaginary World? :p
Those I could get with no problem! :D


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