Summer Reading Scheming with Books on the Nightstand Bingo (aka #BOTNSbingo)

May 25, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of year!* Books on the Nightstand Bingo begins over the long Memorial Day weekend. If you haven't already, go build yourself a card! (But be careful: every time you refresh that link, it'll generate a new card for you. Be sure to save your original!)

I gotta tell you, I couldn't be more excited for this summer's card. It's a great mix of genres I know I'll enjoy and a few challenges that will get me off the beaten path.

In an effort to get back to my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks aspirations, I'm thinking about restricting some or all of my reading to physical/digital/audio books I already have. That'll be nearly impossible for some squares (pretty sure my shelves aren't teeming with plague- and holiday-themed books), but I'm already fantasizing about my options for others.

By a small press — The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf), Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here by Angela Palm (Graywolf)

Written by an author you've met — The Girls by Emma Cline, The Nix by Nathan Hill, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (loads of options here—thanks, BEA!)

Gifted to you — After Long Silence by Sheri S. Tepper (my boyfriend's mom), Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Julianne), Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science by Alice Dreger (Shannon), Bohemian Gospel by Dana Chamblee Carpenter (Kerry)

With a child on the cover (gonna casually count cartoon children here) — Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

I also love how a few squares—"last book of an author before he/she died or retired," "steampunk," and "written for adult, but with illustrations"—are going to require some extra sleuthing.

*Well, besides Readathon time, of course.

What are YOUR summer reading plans? Let's compare bingo squares!

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