Book Bingo Update 2

Sports

Game Changer by Rachel Reid

I *thought* finding a sports book would be difficult but then I found myself reading one by accident. Game Changer is a m/m romance that features a Hockey Player.

So BAM sports square done!

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Book Bingo Update

Cinderella Re-Telling

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I initially read this book way back in 2014 for as a Book Club Book and fell in love. Unfortunately I never made it past the second book in the series, Scarlet.

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2019 Book Bingo 2.0

Due to such a great response to my Book Bingo Post, I thought I would share the love and post a blank Bingo Card for people to use.

To use this card, all you need to do is click the image, ‘Save image as,’ and then go to town filling in the blanks. There are many different ways you can edit this image, if you have the software you can use the Adobe Creative Suite, use Canva which is free and in browser, or simply pop it into paint and add text to your hearts content.

If you do use the below blank card, be sure to let me know! I’d love to see what you’re challenging yourself with this year!

As always, Happy Reading!

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Book Bingo 2019

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Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again! Reading challenges were met, I’ve finished reading Christmas themed romances, and now I am looking to the new year. I figured that since I focused on my Comfort Zone Challenge last year, I would go back to Book Bingo this year.

I had a fun time trying to expand upon my last Book Bingo Card and really challenge myself. I did find last time though, that I was struggling to fill the spaces as I wasn’t really looking forward to reading books that would fit the squares, so this time I made sure to give myself wiggle room.

Squares such as Shifters, Western Romance, Sports, Fae, and Paranormal are all kind of vague. This vagueness and lack of specificity should help me keep my motivation throughout the year as I can easily find books to my taste to fit those genres.

If you are wondering, MC means Main Character and Poly Romance is referring to a polyamorous relationship.

If anyone is interested in using this bingo card, go ahead. I only ask that you attribute the blog if you post it anywhere 🙂 You should look forward to sporadic updates about my progress as the year proceeds.  As always, happy reading!


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Rough Trade by Sidney Bell

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by Sidney Bell.

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Blurb: Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.

Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.

So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?


Release Date: 3rd December, 2018.
Length: 496 pages.
Series: The Woodbury Boys #3
Genre: M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Action/Suspense.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: Rough Trade is such an emotional roller-coaster! I am not exaggerating when I say I stayed awake until 3am reading this book. And not just for the action packed suspense of the story, but for the damned emotions it kept making me feel!

Plot wise, Rough Trade is action and angst packed. From intense action scenes, to emotional conversations, Bell  has packed so much into this book. However it wasn’t the action that kept me reading into the wee hours of the night, it was the emotions.

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Book Bingo 2019

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In preparation for next year, I am getting started on my 2019 Book Bingo card!

I have previously completed a Bingo Card in 2015 and I absolutely loved it. I was a little slow off the mark last year in putting one together, however I replaced it with the less intensive Comfort Zone Challenge which was also really fun. For the other previous years, I had taken a break from the blog, so I am really looking forward to tackling another Bingo Challenge!

In light of this, I am trying to think of Bingo squares and am struggling. So far I have thought of fifteen and have really just hit the wall in terms of thinking of others.

I currently have:

  • Fae
  • Sports
  • Shifters
  • Vampires
  • YA
  • TBR Pile
  • Goodreads Rec
  • Start the Series
  • Read that Sequel
  • Finish that Trilogy
  • Cinderella Retelling
  • Bi MC
  • Gender-queer MC
  • Lesbian MC
  • Trans MC

So I’m putting it to you, do you have any suggestions for books,  themes, or genres to add to my 2019 Book Bingo card?


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Book Bingo: Jackpot

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Hey everybody, Bingo!!

Fourway Bingo!

Bingooooooooooooooo!

I still have six more boxes to do but I figured since I started this Bingo Card on January 31, I still have a month to go 🙂 No pressure, I’ve got plenty of time.

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Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent.

When I decided to read this, I had been devouring a lot of fantasy novels, however this novel proved to be above and beyond all that I had been reading. Family of Lies: Sebastian is a high fantasy book that follows the journey of Sebastian, a snarky wizard who unbeknownst to him, saves a Prince’s life.

For me, the best part of this novel is Sebastian himself. The character is just so snarky and wonderful, you will find it difficult not to sit there with a big silly grin on your face. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny, high fantasy novel that makes you laugh almost as much as it makes your sigh.

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Book Bingo: It’s almost a year!

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I can’t believe it, my year is almost up! I started this in February and now have four months left to read ten books. With this in mind, this post is a super rushed catch up.

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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

I read this book for my book club and was surprised. I had always envisioned what the book was about from the descriptions other people have given me. It was nothing like any of them. I can say that I did not enjoy this book, however it was interested to finish the book and research the history and context surrounding the book being banned.

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Book Bingo: Three in one

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This post is a mixed bag as I read The Big Over Easy a few months ago but only just recently finished Love for the cold-blooded and Very Good Lives. Additionally I am in the middle of choosing a few books to fit in the categories as well as finally getting around to reading my previously chosen ones (New Poet I’m looking at you).

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The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

I have previously read this book many years ago and liked it so much that I picked it for my book club choice. The book is my second hang read as I picked up my copy at a local book shop, the copy is a particularly large one which is itself large print. I usually dislike reading large print books but for the $2 that I paid for the book, I gladly put up with it.

If you have never read Fforde before, you will be surprised by the intertwining and extremely nuanced plots at play. I found with this book, that there were lots of little nods and jokes made about nursery rhymes and other such tales, some I got some I didn’t pick up until later when the reference was unmissable.

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Book Bingo: Double whammy!

Book Bingo - with stampsI originally had a good reading month in June, with two books on the bingo card, however an extended break and shift into full time work has seen me neglect the blog. I have read plenty of books after these two and I am sure some of at the very least one of these will somehow feature in the next book blog update. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books and even better I have a few sequels of one of them!

Fairy Tale Retelling

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I read this book for my book club and absolutely loved it! The book is such a weird mish-mash of ideas that somehow all come together and just work! The story is, as you may have guessed, a Cinderella retelling, however it is one that is set in a dystopic New Beijing with the role of Cinderella being played by a cybernetically enhanced girl named Cinder. Throw in some ‘magical’ people from Mars, a Black Death like plague and enough family dramas to sill a soap opera and you have the pleasure that is, Cinder. I highly recommended that anyone and everyone pick up this book and give it a read!

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