After seeing the first post about Bookish Bingo I debated for a while on whether to sign up or not. I don’t usually do reading challenges, but on seeing some of the squares I was already thinking....ooh I could read this book for that square, or this book for another, and it would be a great way to read some of the books I’ve had on my book shelves for ages and never got round to reading. Of course there were lots of squares that were going to be hard to find something for.
But in the end I figured what the hell, cause I was already looking for books to fill those squares. One of the things that was awesome about this particular challenge was that I had to go looking for books to fill some of the squares - Latino MC, set in the Caribbean, Featuring Recovery, Featuring Travel for example. I had no idea what to use to fill those squares. So book hunting I went. I found a whole number of fantastic books I would have probably not found otherwise.
Green Cover - Fates by Laine Bross
Birds on Cover - The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater
Set During War Time - Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blackman
A New to You Author - Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
A Romance - Montana Mustangs By Danica Winters
Featuring Recovery - Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout
Child Narrator - 13 on Halloween by Laura AH Elliott
Set in the Caribbean - Devil’s Fire by Matt Matt Tomerlin
Latino MC - Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
About Plants or Wilderness - The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood
Has Been Made into a Movie - Misery by Stephen King
Flower in title or on Cover - The Body Finder by Kimberley Derting
Star (Freebie) The Falconer by Elizabeth May
Spring Release - Sacred Fire by Tanai Walker
Set in California or Florida - Adaption by Malinda Lo
Featuring Travel - Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
April May or June in title - Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Strong Parent/Child Relationships - Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Set in High School - Dare to You by Katie McGarry
1st In a Series - Mortal Danger by Anne Aguirre
Yellow Cover - Fated by Alyson Noel
Starts with S P R I N or G - Seneca Falls by - Jesse J Thoma
A YA book - Undertow by KR Conway
Written by a Woman - City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Zombies - Dearly Departed - Lia Habel
The hardest ones to find for me were featuring recovery and strong parent child relationships. Recovery I had absolutely no idea about...recovery from addiction, recovery from a broken heart, a broken body part...what? I did a lot of searching via Listopia on Goodreads and Google. I found a great list of books featuring YA novels with darker themes and went out and purchased a few, intending to read Clean by Amy Reed for the recovery square. I ended up finding something else that surprised me for the recovery square but I still think its a really good list in finding some different type of fiction to read that is well out of my usual YA comfort zone.
Child/Parent one was hard as well. I got nothing on Listopia so I just googled it. Usually in YA books the parents are rather absent, and I found a few blogs with lists of books where there were active parental relationships and was delighted to find I actually already owned most of them. And Unearthly by Cynthia Hand not only fit the square but turned out to be one of the best YA angel themed books I’ve read in a long time.
A few books I read were quite disappointing (Deep Blue, Fates, The Poison Diaries) and I only had one DNF (Dearly Departed) My favourite books of the whole challenge were Montana Mustangs, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, City of Fallen Angels, Prisoner of Night and Fog and Devil’s Fire. This challenge is a great way to find books I would have never normally picked up so now I’m done I’m glad I took the plunge.