Monday, January 02, 2017

2017 Challenges: War Bingo (My Own)

2017 War Bingo
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here)
Dates: January 2017-January 2018
# of books: 5 minimum

I won't be trying for a traditional bingo. I will be seeing how many different categories I can fill.

You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book.

The categories:

_ World War II Nonfiction
_ Film or documentary about World War I or World War II
✔ World War II Fiction
Projekt 1065. Alan Gratz. 2016. Scholastic. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
_ World War I Fiction
_ World War I Nonfiction
✔ American Revolution
Dawn's Early Light. Elswyth Thane. 1934/2017. Chicago Review Press. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ Free film or documentary with war setting
✔ graphic novel with a war setting
Message to Adolf. Osamu Tezuka. Translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian. 1983/2012. Vertical. 648 pages. [Source: Library]
Message to Adolf, part 2. Osamu Tezuka. 1983/2012. Translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian. Vertical. 608 pages. [Source: Library]
_ award winning novel (adult, young adult, children) with a war setting
_ American Civil War
✔ Russian Civil War (1917-1922)

Blood Red Snow White. Marcus Sedgwick. 2016. 320 pages. [Source: Library; Audience: YA, Adult]
Caught in the Revolution. Helen Rappaport. 2017. 464 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
✔ French Revolution (1789-1799)
La Vendee. Anthony Trollope. 1850. 512 pages. [Source: Bought]  
_ Free Book Choice
_ Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815)
_ Cold "War" (1947-1991)
_ Hundred Years' War (1337-1453)
_ English/British war of your choice
_ War of the Roses (1455-1487)
_ Norman Conquest of England (1066-1071)
_ English Civil War (1642-1651)
_ Middle eastern war of your choice
_ European war of your choice
_ African war of your choice
_ North or South American war of your choice
✔ Asian war of your choice 
Hiroshima. John Hersey. 1946/1989. 152 pages. [Source: Bought] 

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