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message 1: by Filipa (last edited Jan 06, 2021 03:11PM) (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments Going for some bingo glory!

Column 1:
Mystery - A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle
Translated from Spanish - The Labyrinth of the Spirits, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Set in South America - Delirium, by Laura Restreppo
Memoir - Spinning, by Tillie Walden
Caribbean Author - Horno para Bollos, de Vicente Monzon Ambou

Column 2:
Over 500 pages - News from the Empire, by Fernando del Paso
Set in Africa - Dark Star Safari, by Paul Theroux
Sci-fi/Fantasy - The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler
Set during a war - The Judgement of Richard Richter, by Igor Stiks
Graphic Novel - El Principe: el Manga, based on Niccolò Machiavelli

Column 3:
Translated from French - Trois carrés rouges sur fond noir, by Tonino Benacquista
Historical Fiction - The Liar's Daughter, by Laurie Graham
Wild Card - Mrs. Saint and the Defectives, by Julie Lawson Timmer
Set in Oceania - Adventure, by Jack London
Translated from Portuguese (as if...) - Regresso a Casa, by José Luis Peixoto

Column 4:
Set in Asia - Between the Assassinations, by Aravind Adiga
Award Winning - Normal People, by Sally Rooney
Translated from Chinese - The Garlic Ballads, by Mo Yan
YA or Children's - Beware the Kitten Holy, Lumberjanes #1
Set on an island - Circe, by Madeline Miller

Column 5:
Immigrant Experience - Migrar, by Jose Manuel Mateo
Woman Author - Women on Top, by Michelle Miller
Classic - Voyage around my Room, by Xavier de Maistre
Translated from Japanese - Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan, by Murasaki Shikibu, Lady Sarashina and Izumi Shikibu
Set in MENA Country - The Silent House, by Orhan Pamuk


message 2: by Filipa (last edited May 08, 2020 11:14AM) (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments Column 1, row 3
Set in South America and one of the February reads of this group
- Delirium, by Laura Restreppo
Delirio by Laura Restrepo

message 3: by Filipa (last edited Jul 07, 2020 08:08AM) (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments Column 3, row 3 - Wild Card - Mrs. Saint and the Defectives, by Julie Lawson Timmer
About a white woman, having white woman problems on white America. A wild card, as it doesn't fit any of the diversity criteria that guide this group.
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

message 4: by Filipa (last edited Jul 07, 2020 08:09AM) (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments Column 2, row 1 - News from the Empire, by Fernando del Paso
Totally amazing, with all its 700-plus pages :)
Noticias del Imperio by Fernando del Paso

message 5: by Filipa (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments Filipa wrote: "Forging ahead to finish my Magic Squares and Reading Challenge on time!!"

This was tough... finished reading the last one on January 1st, I'm still counting it :) ... as this was such a complicated year I didn't even finish my GR reading challenge.

message 6: by Filipa (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments Currently on planning stage as mentioned before. My physical books (the ones in Mexico) are going to be out of my hands from July until October (fingers crossed), so I'm focussing on hard copies for the first 6 months, Kindle for the transition and new acquisitions/books in Portugal for the end of the year.
My working list of planned reads is available on

Yesterday I "kickstarted" the reading by finishing the Translated from German square with a Portuguese edition of Vom Gehen im Eis (Of Walking in Ice), by Werner Herzog

Caminhar no Gelo by Werner Herzog

message 7: by Filipa (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments L1C3 - Desert, Ocean, or Mountains - Simiens
L3C3 - Free - Mortality
L4C1 - Translated from German - Caminhar no Gelo
L4C4 - Short Story Collection - Felicidad

Think last year I was slower on reaching my first 4 ;)

message 8: by Filipa (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments Problem with my Nordic authors read: :D

message 9: by Filipa (new)

Filipa (fiwipa) | 21 comments Let's take a moment to reevaluate my bingo card... now that all my books (minus 3, a Kindle and those that live in Coimbra) have been packed away on a box to initiate their long transatlantic journey...

L1C1 - We, the Drowned
L1C3 - Simiens
L1C4 - A Odisséia de Penélope: O Mito de Penélope e Odisseu
L1C5 - Caminhar no Gelo

L2C2 - A Promised Land
L2C3 - Aventuras de Alice no Pais das Maravilhas

L3C3 - Mortalidade
L3C4 - As Incríveis Aventuras de Dog Mendonça e PizzaBoy

L4C1 - As Elegias de Duíno
L4C3 - The Honest Spy
L4C4 - Felicidad
L4C5 - Una novela criminal

L5C1 - A Nuvem Púrpura

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