End of the year reading bingo recap

In 2016 I didn’t read a book written by a teenager, a book set in South America (well, I counted it in my Eisner square), a book with a dog on the cover, a book written by a mouse, a book with a character who is autistic, a book set at the North or South Pole, or a book where the narrator has a terminal illness. But I read a lot of books that I'll never forget!

Looking back, I realize that there are 49 different squares on the Scholastic 2016 Reading Bingo challenge that we posted on OOM in January, which is definitely a lot! Perhaps I got carried away while making it… but I do tend to have high expectations.

My final tally: 7 bingos and 42 books.

Here is my list:

It is impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I will acknowledge that I should have read Marcelo in the Real World a looooong time ago, and now I mourn the years that I have lived without it. It was definitely one of the best books I have read in a looooong time! And there are two more that I loved that are not on the board: Jason Reynold’s All American Boys and Sharon Cameron’s The Forgetting. Both books are “thinkers” in their own way, and I find myself recommending them constantly.

It’s exciting to look back over the year and see how my book biography continues to grow. Next year I want to challenge myself to read more graphic novels; I’m toying with the idea of reading them exclusively! We shall see.

Look for our 2017 Scholastic Reading Bingo in January!