“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

– C.S. Lewis

This challenge looks like a ton of fun. It’s the 6th year that Unruly Reader has put on this challenge. They’ve made it where you can black out the entire card or go for BINGO by completing just a row or a column. – I’m going to try for a complete blackout.

Here’s what I’m going to try for in each of the categories but these may change. For the most part for this and most of the challenges, I’m trying to use books that have been on my TBR lists. I figured this is a great way to make that list smaller.

And don’t forget if you decide to join this challenge along with me, make sure you go to Unruly Reader‘s website here and sign up.

The categories are:

Icy – A book that takes place in snowy winter, a story featuring a cold-hearted character, or a chilling tale

One Day in December by Josie Silver





Landscape – A book whose setting is vital to the story

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson 





Novella – Shorter than a novel, but longer than a short story

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson





Harlem Renaissance – A book written by a Harlem Renaissance author 

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow





Longing – A story filled with yearning, desire, or wistfulness 

Longing by Karen Kingsbury





Lies & Deception – A book with lies, so many lies. Or a book that deceived you.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson





Expectations – A story of fulfilled or thwarted expectations, or a book that failed to meet your expectations 

Underdog – A book about a character who defies the odds

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams





Personal Growth – Self-improvement: pragmatically or spiritually

Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure





Long Haired Author – A book by an author who has (or had) long hair

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon




A Friend’s Suggestion – Ask a friend what you should read next

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – my daughter, Nicole recommended this to me





Podcast – Listen to a serial podcast or read a book written by a podcaster

Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood by Karina Longworth





Carnegie Medal Nominee – A book nominated for the Carnegie Medal

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan





Modern Classic – A contemporary book that will stand the test of time

The Color Purple by Alice Walker





Road Trip – Wanderlust, restlessness, desperation, quest? A book with a road trip in it

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman





Olympic Sport – A book with a character who participates (at any level) in a sport featured in the Olympics

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata





Checklist – A book you’re checking off your list, or a book containing a checklist for a better life

The 52 Weeks: How Two Women Got Unstuck, Got Inspired, and Got Going, and How You Can Too! by Karen Amster-Young





South America – A book written by a South American author or a book that takes place in South America

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez





Back to School – A story with a school setting

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton





Love – A book that illustrates love 

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan





Native American – A character or an author who is Native American

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper





Horror – A story that inspires a feeling of dread

Carrie by Stephen King





Political – Election year! Read something political

Secret Lives of the First Ladies by Cormac O’Brien





Memoir – A nonfiction personal account based on the author’s experience

Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton






Indulge – The hot fudge of reading: all pleasure, no virtue

Learning by Karen Kingsbury





Grab a book, start reading and let me know what books you’re choosing for the categories.