The CanadianContent Goodreads group moderator was on top of things this year. The topics for 2018’s Bingo challenge were posted in late August, four months before the end of the 2017 challenge. Talk about enthusiastic! And a number of the members, me included, are already making notes and plans for choices to fill up the card. It’s a bit tougher this year, too, with a few challenging squares. You can see the grid above but I’ve abbreviated the topics somewhat. Here’s the detail that matches each square.
B1: 100 Books that make you Proud to be Canadian
B2: A Book with more than 500 pages
B3: A Book set during one of the World Wars
B4: A book that comes up in GR recommendations for you
B5: Canada Reads 2018
I1: A Collection of Essays or Short Stories
I2: Talie’s Pick: A book involving travel (time, within countries etc.)
I3: A Book about or highlighting Canadian nature
I4: A Book that has been on your TBR list for many years
I5: A book or author that is in the news
N1: A Book that is part of a series
N2: A Book written by Farley Mowat
N3: A book chosen solely based on the cover
N4: A book in a non-paper format (i.e. Audiobook, e-book, podcast)
N5: Book from 2018 Giller Prize short-list
G1: A Book written by Margaret Atwood
G2: The first book written by a Canadian author of your choice
G3: A book published in 2018
G4: Shvaugn’s Pick: A book of fantasy
G5: A book that deals with death or dying
O1: A Book written about or by an author from the territories
O2: A book written by an author who has recently passed away
O3: A fictional story about an actual historical event
O4: Read and make a recipe from a Canadian Cookbook
O5: 100 True Stories that make you Proud to be Canadian
I’ve already started to make lists for some of the squares. Obviously for categories like the Giller short list, which doesn’t come out until the fall, or Canada Reads picks, announced in the late winter, there’s no way to list any possible choices, not yet. For the categories where a group member has a “pick”, those people were the first two to finish their challenge in 2017.
I did quite well filling my 2017 Bingo card with Canadian authors. I think all but one book were written by either Canadian born or immigrants to Canada and now considered a Canadian author. I read quite a few of the Canada Reads choices and could fit them into squares. I read a couple of classic authors and books and discovered a couple of new-to-me authors that I will go back to.
I find planning is enjoyable though even when I’ve more or less decided, the plan is always open to change if I come across another book that perhaps someone else has read or recommends.
There is also a year long “Read Across Canada” challenge this year for the CanadianContent group and I am going to try that one again. Last year, it was a summer long challenge. This year it will last the whole year, giving more flexibility and who’s to say we can’t use a book from the Bingo challenge as one of the cross country picks?