Summer Book Bingo: halfway (ish) point

The Books on the Nightstand Summer Book Bingo lasts from the end of May to the start of September, so we’re just past the halfway point now. Here’s how I’m doing so far with my bingo card:


Of the 25 squares, I’ve ticked off 9, but I haven’t yet completed any rows or columns. I don’t think it hugely likely that I’ll read another 16 books in 7 weeks, but I’ll see what I can do. My next read is Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest, which would fulfil both “Poetry collection” and “Written by an author you’ve met”, but which one will I put it under?

There are some tough categories here, I think, such as “A biography of someone you dislike”. I tried reading The Dirt by and about the members of Mötley Crüe, but I found it too disgusting and misogynist and had to abandon it. So it definitely fulfilled the requirement! I’m also struggling with “Revolves around a holiday” and “A slave narrative”. Any recommendations? I know Ann and Michael of Books on the Nightstand are picking up some of these topics in their shows to give us ideas.

How’s your summer reading going?