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Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 553 comments Classic Bingo Challenge 2019
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
25/25 Completed

B1: 18th Century or Earlier Classic
Common Sense - Thomas Paine (1776)
B2: Book Chosen by the Cover
The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy (red words on cover for challenge)
B3: European Classic
Howards End - E.M. Forster (author, setting - England)
B4: Telegraph’s 100 Novels List
The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
B5: 20th Century Classic
The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie (1923)

I1: Book from the Group’s Bookshelf Prior to 2019
A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle (added in 2013)
I2: New-to-You Author
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
I3: Classic Play
The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekhov
I4: Literary Prize of Your Country (US)
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros (American Book Award 1985)
I5: Classic on Your Bookshelf For Over a Year
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett (added in 2014)

N1: South American Classic
Black Orchid - Neil Gaiman (setting - Amazon rain forest)
N2: Short Story Collection
The Red Pony - John Steinbeck
Powers That Be - Anne McCaffrey/Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
N4: Poetry or Essay Collection
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight -Simon Armitage (translator)
N5: Asian Classic
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan (setting - China)

G1: Winner of a Foreign Literary Prize (non-US)
Maus I - Art Spiegelman (Urhunden Prize, 1988)
G2: Classic by a Female Author
Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
G3: Classic Non-fiction
All My Patients are Under the Bed - Louis J. Camuti
G4: Written by Nobel Laureate
Night - Elie Wiesel
G5: Book from the Group's 2019 Bookshelf
The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M. Cain (Jan 2019)

O1: 19th Century Classic
From the Earth to the Moon - Jules Verne (1865)
O2: Classic Sci-Fi or Fantasy
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
O3: Classic Comedy or Satire
Animal Farm - George Orwell
O4: Classic Romance
Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman
O5: 21st Century Potential Classic
You Then, Me Now - Nick Alexander (2019)

message 2: by Katy, New School Classics (new)

Katy (kathy_h) | 9433 comments Mod
Welcome to the challenge Aprilleigh. Hope you have a great year.

message 3: by Aprilleigh (new)

Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 553 comments Only one left (B4), and it's currently on my short-list, so I should be done shortly.

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

Katy (kathy_h) | 9433 comments Mod
Whooo Hooo! Good for you!

message 5: by Pink (new)

Pink | 6556 comments Well done, almost finished! You’ve got a great list of books, let us know your stand out favourites when you’re done :)

message 6: by Lynn, Revisit the Shelf (new)

Lynn (lynnsreads) | 3059 comments Mod
Wow, you only have one left to read!! Way to go.

message 7: by Aprilleigh (new)

Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 553 comments I've had a busy month :)

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Aprilleigh (aprilleighlauer) | 553 comments Just updated my completed list and swapped out the intended Telegraph's 100 choice because I hadn't read it yet, but realized I did just read another book on that list.

As requested, my stand out favorites:

The Godfather - Mario Puzo
This one has been on my TBR pile for a very long time, but I've been resisting actually picking it up. *Smacks self* I really should have known better. Brilliant!

Powers That Be - Anne McCaffrey/Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
This was a no-brainer as it's actually a re-read of an old favorite that I like to come back to every few years. Recommended by a good friend many years ago when we were both in the Army (where we met) - thanks again, Karla!

Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
This was significantly better than I was expecting, considering I knew going in that calling it Science Fiction was a bit of a stretch. The relatively simple fact that the male protagonist is unlikeable is brilliantly complicated by the fact that the female protagonist needs him to survive. Heartwrenching!

Several others were quite good, but these made the strongest impressions.

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