Here's the card:
Retreat by Random House cooked this thing up, and yes, it's a reading challenge.
We ladies of the book club are being purists about it: each book can count for only one square.
Otherwise, I'd've done one of those ninja bingo moves with The Sign of Four: set on a different continent, forgotten classic, mystery, number in the title, became a movie, second book in a series, more than 10 years old. (Man, that wipes out nearly half the board!)
But here's where we are allowing wiggle room: We can re-assign a book to a different category if we wish. So right now I've specified that The Sign of Four is my book with a number in the title. But if I read another book with a number in the title, I could re-assign The Sign of Four as a book that's more than 10 years old or whatever other category that fits.
I'm practically giddy. A good reading challenge'll do that to a person.
Here's my line-up thus far:
A book with more than 500 pages
A book written by someone under thirty
A book with a one-word title Night by Elie Wiesel
The first book by a favorite author
A book your friend loves
A forgotten classic
A book with non-human characters
A book of short stories
A book you heard about online
A book that scares you Killshot by Elmore Leonard
A book that became a movie The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A funny book The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
A best-selling book
A book that is more than 10 years old The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
A book published this year
A book by a female author Park Lane by Frances Osborne
A book set on a different continent The Dinner by Herman Koch
A book based on a true story
The second book of a series
A book with a number in the title The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A book with a mystery The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
A book of nonfiction
A book at the bottom of your to be read pile
A book with a blue cover Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter