Belated Bingo – October

It’s over a week late but here are some of the books I read for October Bingo and their corresponding Bingo Squares. Better late than never!

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa KleypasMarrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Bingo Square: From Beyond the Grave

I’m missing the Lisa Kleypas fan club gene so the best I can say is that this book was okay. I was really interested in Rhys Winterborne as he seemed such a standout hero – he wasn’t part of the ton,  he was a self-made man, Welsh, etc etc. Marrying Lady Helen Ravenel is his way into society but of course she has her own secrets that she feels she can’t reveal – and all of these are secrets of her dead parents whose lives impact and control her even from their graves.  Sadly, once the “Shock! How will their love overcome this doozy of a problem” was revealed, I felt that Winterborne hardly appeared in the story until the very end where instead of  an emotional punch I got a rushed love declaration. Hmmm. Certainly not a keeper.

Say you love me by Johanna LindsaySay you love me by Johanna Lindsey

Bingo Square: Fester

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Michael Page. As this is number 5 in a series I got completely bored with all the fabbo*snark* characters from all the previous books having full chapters focused on them rather than on the main story. This ALWAYS FUCKING BORES ME!

The premise to this novel is that the heroine, unbeknownst to her aunt, decides to be a martyr for her family and agrees to be sold at a brothel as a mistress to pay her uncle’s debts to save her younger sister. Fortuitously, hero boy was passing the time in the foyer (while his cousin found his “girl”) when he saw the auction and his arch evil nemesis bidding on the frightened woman so to save her he buys her and since he buys her he might as well get down and dirty with her.

But then love hits him.

And then he discovers she was always a lady.

And then he declares that he is glad she was forced to be sold at a brothel otherwise he would never have met her and frankly he is a festering wound just like the festering sick dicks that the convoluted plot included.

Yeah. But no.

(Please note that this book is suffering from 1990itis which is a period of historical romance reading that I could barely countenance).

The good greek girl by Maria KatsonisThe Good Greek Girl  by Maria Katsonis

Bingo Square: Stripped

How could I go past a title like this one. I knew nothing about Maria Katsonis and her memoir when I picked it up off the new book shelf at my library but within a couple of chapters of reading I felt totally stripped of my defences and I sobbed sobbed sobbed at her difficulties growing up in a culturally different world from her Greek migrant parents which included struggling with both her cultural identity and sexual orientation especially the fracturing of her relationship with her father when a community member reveals that she is a lesbian to her parents resulting in an act of violence against her. Maria Katsonis starts her story from when she is heading to Harvard to study public policy to being institutionalised with mental health problems whilst her pre-Harvard life is presented in flashbacks.

There was much that I could relate to in Maria’s life and in my life. Her deep seated Greek-Australian-ness resonated with me. This is a struggle that I publicly dealt with at a young age both in print and in film (I had a short film documentary made about my “struggle” for identity when I was 10 which was aired repeatedly on national TV in 1980 – I hated this experience and the long term impact it left). Being torn between cultures and finding oneself is a writing theme that is quite common in Young Adult fiction (I’m looking at you Melina Marchetta), comedians are still making fun of these difficulties (vile fucking Nick Giannopoulos). However, just like Magda Szubanski’s Reckoning, this was a serious, middle aged woman struggling with mental illness and depression due to displacement and the long term impacts of generational and geographical problems. I wept because I certainly don’t have Maria’s courage to try to write to deal with the divide that she talks about (and that I certainly still struggle with) and I sit in awe of her fluid writing and heartfelt prose.

There is a monster on my holiday who farts by Tim MillerThere is a Monster on my Holiday who Farts by Tim Miller

Bingo Square: Dutch Oven

The title is self explanatory. A kid on a road trip with his parents is totally convinced that the monster travelling with them is letting off silent and deadlies. A wise uncled told me that you can gage a child’s intelligence and social awareness by the age when they start denying that they farted. The earlier the fart lie, the smarter your child. So I find it totally amusing to find a picture book totally based on fart denial and being stuck in a closed space, unable to escape the steamy, fruity expulsions of intestinal air monsters. Car farts are totally banned in my household. Especially when we are on an expressway where you can’t wind down the windows. Ewwww. Hilarious picture book.

Abigail the Whale picture bookAbigail the Whale by Davide Cali and illustrations by Sonja Bougaeva

Bingo Square: But then I thought about the game AND Delight

Abigail is learning to swim but is teased by the other children for being large. Abigail’s imagination allows her to take charge of her own swimming skills and oh my what a gorgeous picture book. The sublime illustrations capture the deep emotions that Abigail is experiencing especially with the body issues and fat shaming she is subjected to. Abigail’s approach to overcoming her problems is just delightful. I loved it. One of my favourite for this year.

All the books mentioned in this post were borrowed from a public library in New South Wales.

ShallowreaderBingo! November

The November card is here!!

Any reading goes – novels, letters, lyrics, news, captions, blogs – the lot! Thanks to Kat Mayo for her winner squares contribution, my sons for watching How I Met Your Mother while I made up the sheets (spot the Barney Stinson influence) and my bookcase for inspiring me (spot the book titles!)

Join in and play!

 

Row 1: Smokescreen; Proposals; November; My Hands are Tied; Hahaha. Row 2: Undone; Dare; Cords; A Tempting Stranger; Captive. Row 3: Good Greek Girl; Suit up; Entangled; Queen; Moving toward the light. Row 4: 1996; Soulless; Scandalous; Flirt; Marshmallow. Row 5: Bosoms; Navy; Flower Boy; Awakened; Vintage.

ShallowreaderBingo! October

The October card is here!!

Any reading goes – novels, letters, lyrics, news, captions, blogs – the lot! Thanks to Willaful and Kaetrin for their winner squares and Dr Martin de Graaf for his insightful *ahem* commentary and contributions to this month’s Bingo sheet. And remember that I encourage cheating and that we all love the most ludicrous reading-to-bingo-square justifications best. Play Bingo with one text or have a text per square….or just watch a movie and pretend you read the reviews.

Join in and play!Row 1: The horror...the horror...; Turtle; October; From beyond the grave; Spring. Row 2: Power Failure; Head; Fester; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; Whitewash. Row 3: But then I thought about the game; Campus Life; Delight; Beer; Death Stare. Row 4: 78; Spawning; Dutch Oven; Slit; Wild Thing. Row 5: Blur; In Decent; Blossom; Legend...; Stripped.

ShallowreaderBingo! September Special Birthday Edition!

So it is the end of the month and I have TWO winners! That is right! Not ONE but TWO!!!! Which is just fab because Birthday Month deserves two winners! A huge shout out to Willaful and Kaetrin for dual wins! Woooot! Wooooot!

Two men blowing birthday kazoos

As for my Bingo! It will all be based on Bridget Jones’s Baby which I watched TWICE because I enjoyed it so much! Be warned though, there are SPOILERS ahead:

Continue reading

ShallowreaderBingo! September

The September card is here and it has (not so subtle) subtext *cough*!

Any reading goes – novels, letters, lyrics, news, captions, blogs – the lot! And remember that I encourage cheating and that we all love the most ludicrous reading-to-bingo-square justifications best. Play Bingo with one text or have a text per square.

Join in and play!

Row 1: Christmas Gifts *wink wink nudge nudge*, Do you remember?, September, A woman in her prime, Balance; Row 2: Where there's a will, Taming of the Shrew, Birth Day, You complete me, Twenty-fifth; Row 3: Coupling, Gush, Swooning, Naked Truth, You're History; Row 4: 69, Somewhere around the corner, Ravish, HATE, Cool Dude; Row 5: Flip Back, Home Cooking, Pillow Talk, Subtle, Gamma

ShallowreaderBingo! August edition!

It’s the end of August and for the THIRD time this year, Willaful from A Willful Woman has won the Bingo call! Woooooot! There was some fierce competition this month so a big congrats to all who have played and to a whole lot of new players this month too! Yay to more Bingo players! For a few tasters Valancy and Keira Soleore already have awesome reading wrap ups for this month.

Jim Carrey running around like a madman hugging audience members

As for my own Bingo! reading this month…..

Continue reading

ShallowreaderBingo! July Edition!

It’s the end of July and @Bardsong over at Flight into Fantasy won the call early in the month! Wooot! Here is a link to her entry. Meanwhile, the audience goes wild!

As for my own efforts…well! Having had a rather dismal fiction reading month, I was all prepared to admitting to only crossing off one square and then a few days ago I decided to read the last book left on my library TBR. It has been sitting on my shelves for 3 months and I could not renew it again. I thought I would give it a shot, DNF after 2 chapters and wallow in my fiction slump. But no! Not only did I get out of my slump but I also scored EVERY SINGLE SQUARE ON THE JULY SHEET WITH THE ONE BOOK!

Continue reading

ShallowreaderBingo! July

The July card is here!

My Bingo game has been going for 6 months and I want to add a new category. I have been giving a shout out to the fastest bingo caller. Several people who would like to play have said that the game is too fast/too many boxes for them so I’m going to now give a second prize!

A shout out to the best match up between a bingo square and your chosen material. It doesn’t matter if you have read 25 items or only 1 item, I will choose my favourite entry depending on how amusing I find it. It is a very objective measure, scientifically proven.

Meanwhile, as her prize for winning, two of the boxes have been contributed to July by BookThingo who won last month’s game. Can anyone guess which ones are hers?

Remember that any reading goes – novels, letters, lyrics, news, captions, blogs – the lot!

Join in and play!

Row 1: XXL; It’s Complicated; July; Insta-WHAT!; Quaint Row 2: Tyranny of Distance; Ghost Town; Lick; Pyrrhic Victory; Fifty-Fifty Row 3: Crushed it!; They; True Love’s Kiss; And the Fandom Rejoiced; Ice Castles Row 4: Pulling out!; Wicked; Summer Lovin’; π (maths notation pi); Happy Dance Row 5: Betty; Going Solo; Delicate; Sausage Sizzle; 18