Monday, 12 January 2015

Fiction Reading Bingo Challenge 2014

Following up on my previous post about my experiences with the Young Adult Reading Bingo Challenge I undertook in 2014, the second of my reading challenges was a general fiction one, the original board which can be seen on the left.

This was by far the hardest of the three, principally because I don't read a lot of fiction. As a result, besides fiction, this category became a catch-all for basically anything else that couldn't fit into either the romance or young adult categories, hence the inclusion of titles like Panic (young adult) and The Corinthian (romance). Despite being used as a surplus category, the fiction challenge managed to yield a number of surprisingly good reads. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of the titles below to different readers who are searching for different sources of reading inspiration - which is more than can be said for the other two categories. To evidence this fact, three titles from this RBC challenge made it onto my Best Of 2014 list (A Dark and Twisted Tide, The Girl Who Saved ... and Emma) with another (The Fortune Hunter) rounding off the list as an honourable mention. Given that only 11 titles made the list, this is a lot more as a proportion of total number of books read, than any of the other lists.

Overall, I managed to read 13/25, but only reviewed a measly 10/25 on this RBC challenge, as can be seen on the right (again, apologies for the quality). Again, as I mentioned on my previous young adult RBC round-up post, the 'leftover' categories shall be transferred over to a new challenge for 2015, to be the subject of a new post soon. I have a number of books lined up already, and so I hope that in this respect, 2015 will be more successful than 2014!

To round up, here's the list of books that made it on the fiction RBC 2014 in more-or-less the order I read them. This list includes the unreviewed titles, which I do hope to review at some point!

A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton (A book by a female author)
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (A book published this year) (unreviewed)
The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin (A book based on a true story)
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (A book that became a movie) (unreviewed)
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (A book with non-human characters) (unreviewed)
Emma by Jane Austen (A book with a one-word title)
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (A best-selling book)
Panic by Lauren Oliver (A book with a mystery)
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (A book of short stories)
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (A book of non-fiction)
The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (A book at the bottom of your To Be Read pile)
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne (A book more than 10 years old)
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (The second book in a series)

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