I try to read 50 books per year and get an array of styles and substance in so doing. I keep track of what I’m reading here.


  1. First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde
  2. Nasty Women, Samhita Mukhopadhyay
  3. One of Our Thursdays is Missing, Jasper Fforde
  4. The Woman Who Died A Lot, Jasper Fforde
  5. The Woman in the Window, AJ Finn
  6. The Accident of Being Lost, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
  7. The ABC Murders, Agatha Christie
  8. The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
  9. Dead Man’s Folly, Agatha Christie
  10. Crime Seen, Kate Lines
  11. Not My Father’s Son, Alan Cumming
  12. What Happened, Hillary Clinton
  13. Lord Edgeware Dies, Agatha Christie
  14. The Girl with the Lost Smile, Miranda Hart
  15. The Body in the Library, Agatha Christie
  16. One Native Life, Richard Wagamese


2018 Book Bingo

  • About politics  Nasty Women
  • Set in the region of your country with the smallest population
  • Borrowed from a friend
  • Suggested by a child in your life The Girl with the Lost Smile
  • A book you think everyone should read One Native Life
  • Published the year you were born Red Dragon
  • That made you uncomfortable The Accident of Being Lost
  • That you’d like to read to Laurie First Among Sequels
  • Written in the late 80s
  • An Agatha Christie book Dead Man’s Folly 
  • Recommended by someone with whom you usually disagree
  • With a place name in the title
  • About history in another country What Happened
  • About reconciliation from colonization
  • Published before 1800
  • That you enjoyed as a child
  • Recommended by Laurie in a previous year Not My Father’s Son
  • Originally released in serial form The ABC Murders
  • With a weather term in the title
  • Canadian sci-fi or fantasy
  • That you started previously and didn’t finish
  • With an LGBTQ2 protagonist
  • About cancer or by someone with cancer
  • That won a prize on a different continent


  1. the princess saves herself in this one, amanda lovelace
  2. Alias, Brian Michael Bendis
  3. Rather Be The Devil, Ian Rankin
  4. Fences, August Wilson
  5. What She Knew, Gilly MacMillan
  6. In a dark dark wood, Ruth Ware
  7. The Wonder, Emma Donoghue
  8. Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher
  9. Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick
  10. In Such Good Company, Carol Burnett
  11. You Can’t Touch My Hair, Phoebe Robinson
  12. The Promise of Canada, Charlotte Gray
  13. The Spellman Files, Lisa Lutz
  14. Columbine, Dave Cullen
  15. Is It Just Me? Miranda Hart
  16. Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller
  17. Adnan’s Story, Rabia Chaudry
  18. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
  19. Big Fit Girl, Louise Green
  20. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  21. Still Mine, Amy Stuart
  22. The Mother of All Questions, Rebecca Solnit
  23. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown
  24. Essex County, Jeff Lemire
  25. One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul
  26. Standing in Another Man’s Grave, Ian Rankin
  27. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, Mark Manson
  28. Big Girl, Kelsey Miller
  29. Roughneck, Jeff Lemire
  30. Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solnit
  31. Into the Water, Paula Hawkins
  32. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
  33. This Is How, Augusten Burroughs
  34. Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde
  35. Well of Lost Plots, Jasper Fforde
  36. We are never meeting in real life, Samantha Irby
  37. Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde
  38. Wednesday’s Child, Peter Robinson
  39. Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
  40. Hunger, Roxane Gay
  41. The Breakdown, BA Paris
  42. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
  43. The Child, Fiona Barton
  44. The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, Paula Poundstone
  45. Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz
  46. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  47. Indian Horse, Richard Wagamese
  48. The Canadian Federal Election of 2015, Jon H. Pammet
  49. Man Up, Ross Matthews
  50. Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies, Tabatha Southey
  51. Lost Dogs, Jeff Lemire
  52. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  53. Letters to a Young Writer, Colum McCann
  54. Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga
  55. Ramona Blue, Julie Murphy
  56. Anything Goes, John Barrowman


Book bingo

  1. By an author you’ve never read before What She Knew
  2. Memoir/Autobiography Wishful Drinking
  3. Indigenous author Indian Horse
  4. Nobel Prize winning author
  5. Book that made you cry the princess saves herself in this one 
  6. A re-read The Eyre Affair
  7. Book of essays The Promise of Canada
  8. Love story Odd Thomas
  9. Set in another world
  10. With ‘some’ in the title Something Rotten
  11. A novel by a Muslim writer
  12. Refers to songs or music Fences
  13. Non-fiction Scrappy Little Nobody 
  14. Turned or being turned into a movie or TV show Hidden Figures
  15. More than 5 words in the title You Can’t Touch My Hair…
  16. By an author who shares one of your names Still Mine
  17. Graphic Novel Alias
  18. Featuring a road trip In a dark dark wood
  19. Set on a different continent from the one in which you live Rather be the Devil
  20. By someone you know or have met Roughneck
  21. Animal in the title Indian Horse
  22. Banned or challenged Essex County
  23. That made you laugh out loud In Such Good Company

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:

  1. Read a book about sports.
  2. Read a debut novel. What She Knew
  3. Read a book about books. Swimming Lessons 
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  6. Read an all-ages comic. Lost Dogs
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read beforeThe Eyre Affair
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your locationRather Be The Devil (technically 4990 miles)
  12. Read a fantasy novel. Odd Thomas
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your countryEssex County
  17. Read a classic by an author of color. Fences
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.  Alias
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey  Roughneck
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel 
  21. Read a book published by a micropress.
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. The Mother of All Questions 
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. Hidden Figures


  1. The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood
  2. Let It Bleed, Ian Rankin
  3. Carry On, Rainbow Rowell
  4. I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
  5. How to be a Parliamentary Researcher, Robert Dale
  6. The Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes
  7. The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
  8. 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Mona Awad
  9. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  10. Dumplin’, Julie Murphy
  11. The Widow, Fiona Barton
  12. The Tiny Wife, Andrew Kaufman
  13. The Reason You Walk, Wab Kinew
  14. Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem
  15. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  16. Two Little Girls in Blue, Mary Higgins Clark
  17. Moranifesto, Caitlin Moran
  18. Mortal Causes, Ian Rankin
  19. Shrill, Lindy West
  20. Me, My Hair and I, Elizabeth Benedict
  21. Lily and the Octopus, Steven Rowley
  22. Sex Object, Jessica Valenti
  23. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
  24. Full Frontal Feminism, Jessica Valenti
  25. Birdie, Tracey Lindberg
  26. The Diva Rules, Michelle Visage
  27. End of Watch, Stephen King
  28. Fun Home, Allison Bechdel
  29. Still Life, Louise Penny
  30. I Let You Go, Clare Mackintosh
  31. Why Is This Night Different From Other Nights?, Lemony Snicket
  32. Indigenous Writes, Chelsea Vowel
  33. Sister Citizen, Melissa Harris Perry
  34. Witches of New York, Ami McKay
  35. Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham
  36. Setting the Table, Danny Meyer
  37. CEO of Everything, Gail Vaz-Oxlade and Victoria Ryce
  38. 13 Ways of Looking, Colum McCann

2016 Book Bingo (Italics are the books I plan to read that fit into that category)

A mystery Let It Bleed
From a recommended list 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl 
Non-fiction about a controversial subject Shrill
A book you should have read in school
A book you own but have never read A Prayer for Owen Meany
Released in the last 12 months Carry On
First book by an author The Tiny Wife
A book in a series Witches of New York (sort of) 
A book chosen for you by someone you love
A book that intimidates you Sister Citizen
Time travel or a different country than the one in which you live The Widow
A book with an animal in the title Birdie
A book that was banned
A book that has been made into a movie
Award winning
Science fiction or fantasy
A book you’ve been meaning to read The Interestings 
A book published before you were born 
A book with instructions How to be a Parliamentary Researcher
Survival (of the wilderness, work, school, life, relationship) The Heart Goes Last 
A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller I’ll Give You the Sun
A book about travel The Reason You Walk
A book with a colour in the title Two Little Girls in Blue 

2016 Penguin-Random House Book Bingo

A book written by a female author  The Heart Goes Last
A book set outside of Canada Carry On
A bestseller When Breath Becomes Air 
A book with a blue spine How to be a Parliamentary Researcher
A book that takes place before you were born Fun Home
A graphic novel or comic book Fun Home
A book with an illustrated cover Dumplin’
An award-winning novel
A book recommended by a family member
A book you find in #WeNeedDiverseBooks Birdie
A book published the year you were born
A book written by a person of colour The Year of Yes
An author who shares your initials
A book becoming a movie in 2016
A book recommended by a librarian I’ll Give You the Sun
A book with a map on the front
A book with a female protagonist 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
A book you picked up because of the cover The Interestings
A book in a genre you’ve never read before Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
A book set in Canada The Tiny Wife
A retelling of a classic
A book with a character who has a disability A Prayer for Owen Meany
A book that scares you
A book based on a true story


  1. A Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond
  2. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  3. Looking for Alaska, John Green
  4. Revival, Stephen King
  5. Etta and Otto and Russell and James, Emma Hooper
  6. Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe, Cullen Bunn
  7. The Rabbit Back Literature Society, Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen
  8. One Year in Coal Harbour, Polly Horvath
  9. Fatal Vision, Joe McGuinness
  10. Reconcilable Differences, Stephen Azzi
  11. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
  12. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcolm
  13. The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
  14. The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith
  15. The Big Shift, John Ibbitson and Darrell Bricker
  16. All My Puny Sorrows, Miriam Toews
  17. Finders Keepers, Stephen King
  18. The Right to be Cold, Sheila Watt-Cloutier
  19. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
  20. We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  21. Adult Onset, Anne Marie Macdonald
  22. Tough Shit, Kevin Smith
  23. Let’s Start a Riot, Bruce McCulloch
  24. The Morning After, Chantal Hebert with Jean Lapierre
  25. Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris
  26. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy Kaling
  27. Sick in the Head, Judd Apatow
  28. Don’t Tell the Prime Minister, Patrick Weller
  29. Speaking in Bones, Kathy Reichs
  30. The Doodle Revolution, Sunni Brown
  31. Retiring the Crow Rate, Arthur Kroeger
  32. The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill
  33. Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson
  34. Even Dogs in the Wild, Ian Rankin
  35. Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King
  36. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  37. Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling
  38. The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson
  39. The Inconvenient Indian
  40. Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith
  41. A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  42. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari


Book Bingo 2015:

A book on the Giller short list All My Puny Sorrows

A book translated from another language Rabbit Back Literature Society (Finnish)
A book your teenage self would have hidden from your parents Fatal Vision
A book more than 100 years old A Study in Scarlet (published 1887)
A book by an author you’ve never read Bad Feminist
A book a friend lent/gave you Etta and Otto and Russell and James
A biography Tough Shit
A classic children’s novel  A Bear Called Paddington
A book you bought in 2014 Reconcilable Differences
A national or international award winner The Book of Negroes
A book that made you laugh out loud Let’s Start a Riot
A book set in a country you haven’t visited The Girl on the Train
A book that teaches a skill One Year in Coal Harbour (has recipes)
A book set in the province in which you were born Adult Onset
An audiobook The Power of Habit
A graphic novel Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
A book by or about an Indigenous person The Inconvenient Indian
A book you couldn’t put down Looking for Alaska
A guilty pleasure book Revival
A good book with a bad cover The Journalist and the Murderer
A book by an author you love The Cuckoo’s Calling
A book in a genre you don’t usually read The Right to be Cold (Autobiography)


This year my goal is 50 books

  1. The Shining, Stephen King
  2. Come, Thou Tortoise, Jessica Grant
  3. Doctor Sleep, Stephen King
  4. Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
  5. The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days, Ian Frazier
  6. Tooth and Nail, Ian Rankin
  7. Reasons Mommy Drinks, Lyranda Martin-Evans and Fiona Stevenson
  8. My Journey, Olivia Chow
  9. Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  10. Serena, Ron Rash
  11. A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
  12. The Good Mother Myth, Avital Norman Nathman
  13. Bones of the Lost, Kathy Reichs
  14. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  15. The Amazing Thing About The Way It Goes, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
  16. Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  17. I Just Want To Pee Alone, Various authors
  18. Paper Towns, John Green
  19. Devil’s Knot, Mara Leveritt
  20. Raising the Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
  21. HIde and Seek, Ian Rankin
  22. Show Your Work, Austin Kleon
  23. Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman
  24. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
  25. Room, Emma Donoghue
  26. Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
  27. Veronica Mars: The thousand dollar tan line, Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
  28. The Dinner, Herman Koch
  29. Growing Up Duggar, Jill, Jinger, Jessa and Jana Duggar
  30. Nurtureshock, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  31. Where are the Children?, Mary Higgins Clark
  32. Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby
  33. Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth
  34. The Blood of Innocents, Guy Freel
  35. Landline, Rainbow Rowell
  36. Life After Death, Damien Echols
  37. Without You, Anthony Rapp
  38. Us Conductors, Sean Michaels
  39. It Only Takes a Moment, Mary Jane Clark
  40. The Farm, Tom Rob Smith
  41. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  42. The Moth, Various
  43. When Day Breaks, Mary Jane Clark
  44. This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper
  45. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
  46. Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham
  47. I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai
  48. Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King
  49. Yes Please, Amy Poehler
  50. Dark Spell, Mara Leveritt
  51. Shouldn’t you be in School? Lemony Snicket
  52. The Look of Love, Mary Jane Clark
  53. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King
  54. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan

Adding an element: Book Bingo – These are all the categories on the card for this year and I plan to try and hit each of them, though some will be harder than others. I’m told you can make your own rules and definitions for this, so I will. I have a big pile of books ready to read this year (and I’m going to try not to buy new ones until I’ve worked my way through a good portion of them) so I’m going to fill out some of this in advance and then cross them off when they’re read.

  • A book with more than 500 pages  Doctor Sleep
  • A forgotten classic Diary of a Young Girl
  • A book that became a movie  The Shining
  • A book published this year My Journey
  • A book with a number in the title Thirteen Reasons Why
  • A book written by someone under 30 Show Your Work
  • A book with non-human characters Come, Thou Tortoise
  • A funny book The Amazing Thing About The Way It Goes
  • A book by a female author  I Just Want to Pee Alone
  • A book with a mystery Bones of the Lost
  • A book with a one-word title Serena
  • A book of short stories The Good Mother Myth
  • A book set on a different continent Tooth and Nail (UK)
  • A book of non-fiction Wild
  • The first book by a favourite author Anne of Green Gables
  • A book you heard about online Daring Greatly
  • A best-selling book Paper Towns
  • A book based on a true story Orange is the New Black
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read pile Raising the Spirited Child
  • A book your friend loves Lean In
  • A book that scares you Room
  • A book that is more than 10 years old Devil’s Knot
  • The second book in a series Hide and Seek
  • A book with a blue cover A Long Way Down

Starting again, June:

  • A book with more than 500 pages  Mr. Mercedes
  • A forgotten classic
  • A book that became a movie This is Where I Leave You
  • A book published this year Dark Spell
  • A book with a number in the title The thousand dollar tan line
  • A book written by someone under 30 Growing Up Duggar
  • A book with non-human characters  Shouldn’t You Be In School?
  • A funny book Juliet, Naked
  • A book by a female author Yes Please
  • A book with a mystery When Day Breaks
  • A book with a one-word title Landline
  • A book of short stories Nurtureshock
  • A book set on a different continent The Farm
  • A book of non-fiction Life After Death
  • The first book by a favourite author Where are the Children?
  • A book you heard about online The Dinner 
  • A best-selling book Not that Kind of Girl
  • A book based on a true story Call the Midwife
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read pile The Moth
  • A book your friend loves Us Conductors
  • A book that scares you I am Malala
  • A book that is more than 10 years old Blood of Innocents 
  • The second book in a series It Only Takes a Moment
  • A book with a blue cover The Graveyard Book

4 Replies to “Books”

  1. I started tracking with Goodreads, and I really like it. It's a fun way to discover new books. I also set reading goals for 2013 – a total number of books AND a certain number of fiction books. Last year I read no fiction at all, need to work on that for this year!

    1. I am on Goodreads, so I get emails from them with new books from authors I've read, I get recommendations from friends and family, and I stroll around book stores and pick up things that look interesting.

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