Book Bingo!

The Swampscott Public Library is hosting their first Reading Bingo Challenge!  You can either download the bingo sheet from the website or pick one up at the library’s window to get started.

Pick your reading themes and read one book in each theme.  After you’ve finished, write down your list of books under each category until you make bingo! Your name will be entered into a raffle after each submission to win a prize at the end of the year. Please include your name, email address, and phone number on the bingo sheet you submit so we can get in touch with you if you win!

See all of the themes for each square below and find suggested titles in each theme if you’re looking for ideas to get started.

Download the book bingo form here to start playing.

Rules:

  1. We will be playing Book Bingo until the end of 2021.
  2. The Book Bingo is for adult readers.
  3. You must complete the line horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
  4. If you play multiple games, you must reach bingo a different way each time.
  5. If a book falls into multiple themes, choose one theme.
  6. You can listen to books via audiobooks or books on CD! Listening to audiobooks counts as reading the book.
  7. The books you choose must be read this year and can’t be books you’ve already read.
  8. You don’t have to choose from the selected book lists below. Feel free to be creative and choose your own titles!

A book less than 200 pages

Between the world and me
The old man and the sea
Stargirl
We should all be feminists
The actual
The Time Machine
Riots I have Known
Without Blood
The grownup
Brokeback Mountain
Spy of the first person
A little lumpen novelita
The giver

An audiobook

Caste : the origins of our discontents
Fortune and glory : tantalizing twenty-seven
The Nickel boys : a novel
The girls in the picture
Hellbent
The women in the castle
The girls who went away
The weekenders : a novel
The witches : Salem, 1692
Luster

A travel memoir

Travels with Charley
From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home
In a sunburned country
Comfort Me with Apples: A Journey Through Life, Love and Truffles
Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Behind the mountains
No reservations : around the world on an empty stomach
Eat, pray, love : one woman
My life in France
Spirit run : a 6,000-mile marathon through North America

A banned book

George
Beyond magenta
Last week tonight with John Oliver presents a day in the life of Marlon Bundo / written by Marlon Bundo
The handmaid
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Glass Castle
Nineteen Minutes
The Hate U Give
Beloved
Eleanor & Park
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

A short story collection

The office of historical corrections
This is how you lose her
Interpreter of maladies
Her body and other parties
The thing around your neck
Sour heart
You think it, I
No one belongs here more than you
Stories of your life and others

A book set in Massachusetts

The fifth petal
The Gardner Heist
The Hearth and Eagle
Infinite Jest
North of Boston
The Orphans of Race Point
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Shutter Island
Wicked Appetite
Writers & lovers
Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From
The namesake
On Beauty
Caleb

A romance

How to fail at flirting
The kiss quotient
The bride test
Get a life, Chloe Brown
Red, white & royal blue : a novel
The wedding date
The wedding party
He
Love Letters : a Rose Harbor novel
You had me at hola
My favorite half-night stand
Girl gone viral : a novel

A poetry or essay collection

HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL: ESSAYS
A thousand mornings
The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou
The tradition
Connecting the dots
Edgar Allan Poe
A light in the attic
Trick mirror : reflections on self-delusion
I feel bad about my neck
I know I am, but what are you?
Look alive out there
Tomboyland
Wow, no thank you
I might regret this : essays, drawings, vulnerabilities, and other stuff

A classic you’ve been meaning to read

Little women
The adventures of Augie March
Fahrenheit 451
The stranger
My Ántonia
Robinson Crusoe
Great expectations
Rebecca
Middlemarch
Invisible man
Tender is the night
Madame Bovary
For whom the bell tolls
The haunting of Hill House
A good man is hard to find, and other stories

A book with a month or day of the week in the title

The Wednesday wars
Middlemarch
The enchanted April
Tuesdays with Morrie
Mister Monday
The Friday night knitting club
Saturday
The view from Saturday
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
One day in December
The ten thousand doors of January
A wedding in December

A fantasy or science fiction book

Agency
A wrinkle in time
Akata witch
Tales from Earthsea
D : (a tale of two worlds)
The arrest
The fires of vengeance
Spellbreaker
Attack Surface
Dune: The Duke of Caladan

A book more than 500 pages

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY
Americanah
BARKSKINS
The blind assassin
THE CITY OF BRASS
It
Life after life
A LITTLE LIFE
The overstory
The Witch Elm

A book set in at least two different time periods

The time traveler
Outlander : a novel
The vanishing half
The book of lost friends
The lions of Fifth Avenue
The great believers
The chalk man
The Map of Love
Kindred
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
The storyteller
The nightingale

A book from a nonhuman perspective

Animal farm
The art of racing in the rain
The bees
The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
Watership Down
The one and only Ivan
A dog
Black Beauty
The metamorphosis and other stories
The book thief

A YA or middle grade book

Come on in : 15 stories about immigration and finding home
Admission
The fire within
Above the rim : how Elgin Baylor changed basketball
For whom the sun sings
Grown
Super fake love song
From the desk of Zoe Washington
Anya and the nightingale
Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you

A book with pictures

Humans of New York : stories
Hamilton : the revolution
Where the sidewalk ends : the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein
Epic hikes of the world : explore the planet
Wanderlust : a traveler
Warriors, witches, women : mythology
I will judge you by your bookshelf
Accidentally Wes Anderson
Dolly Parton, songteller : my life in lyrics
The kinfolk garden : how to live with nature
Vegetable kingdom : the abundant world of vegan recipes

A book that is being made into a movie or TV show this year

The knife of never letting go
Always and forever, Lara Jean
Americanah
Dune
The nightingale
Cherry
Anatomy of a scandal
Mothering Sunday
The last letter from your lover
The Woman in the Window
Killers of the Flower Moon
Daisy Jones & the Six

A western

Under a painted sky
Doc : a novel
The revenant : a novel of revenge
Inland
The Sisters Brothers
News of the World
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
True Grit
Little house on the prairie
Blood meridian
Whiskey when we

A debut novel

The girl with the louding voice
Shuggie Bain
Such a Fun Age
How Much of These Hills Is Gold
Saint X
These Ghosts Are Family
The Jane Austen Society
Pizza Girl
Luster
Axiom

A book in translation

The Alchemist
The Shadow of the Wind
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND
THE VEGETARIAN
A Man Called Ove
The Reader
Like Water for Chocolate
Persepolis
House of the Spirits
The Elegance of the Hedgehog

A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion from you

The Hate U Give
Mexican Gothic
With the Fire on High
American street
There there
The kite runner
Look Me in the Eye
Fun home
Another Brooklyn
What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky

A memoir

The meaning of Mariah Carey
A promised land
Becoming Eve : my journey from ultra-Orthodox rabbi to transgender woman
The last days of John Lennon
No time like the future : an optimist considers mortality
Men we reaped
BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD
Hunger : a memoir of (my) body
Grant
Educated

An award-winning book

The nickel boys
Interior Chinatown
Shuggie Bain
Luster
Hamnet
Lost Children Archive
The stranger diaries
King and the dragonflies
The dead are arising
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

A book recommended by a librarian

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