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What book(s) are you currently reading or listening? May 22
  • I’m reading Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. It’s an epistolary novel where the author must continually use fewer and fewer letters of the alphabet due to actions within the story. It’s been pretty good so far. It is my experimental square.

  • ‘Not genocide’ says Biden after ICC warrants sought
  • Without thinking about the validity of the ICCs argument for it, I wonder if part of their concern is whether or not having an antagonist like the ICC doesn’t shore up potentially eroding domestic support from Gantz and his allies.

  • Translocation of 2,000 rhinos in Africa gets underway in “one of the most audacious conservation efforts of modern times”
  • Trans rhinos? Since I don’t speak Rhino, is anyone aware of how we are supposed to refer to them? Do they use the old-fashioned pronouns or some variation of a neo pronoun?

  • Biden asserts executive privilege over Hur audio files ahead of House contempt proceedings against Garland | CNN Politics
  • Not “may”, the wording is “shall” and “with””. And while I would have rather they try to end run around the road block, shall and with have specific meaning in legal documents that is much less wishy-washy than “may”

  • Supreme Court sides with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, spurning a conservative attack
  • This announcement is entirely part of a plan trying to build up good will before ruling Trump immune from everything.

  • Revealed: Magician David Copperfield accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women
  • I wonder how hard it will be to make this all… DISAPPEAR…

  • On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers - $1.99
  • The book is so much better than the Pirates adaptation. I was looking for fantasy books a few years ago that didn’t have such a Eurocentric setting and stumbled across this. I liked Tim Powers so I read it and enjoyed it tremendously.

  • Ebook Deals @literature.cafe JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers - $1.99

    If you’re doing Book Bingo, this completes any of the following squares (possibly others as well; 1B, 1C, 1D, 4A.

    The remarkable Tim Powers—who ingeniously married the John le Carrè spy novel to the otherworldly in his critically acclaimed Declare—brings us pirate adventure with a dazzling difference. On Stranger Tides features Blackbeard, ghosts, voodoo, zombies, the fable Fountain of Youth…and more swashbuckling action than you could shake a cutlass at, as reluctant buccaneer John Shandy braves all manner of peril, natural and supernatural, to rescue his ensorcelled love. Nominated for the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, On Stranger Tides is the book that inspired the motion picture Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides—non-stop, breathtaking fiction from the genius imagination that conceived Last Call, Expiration Date, and Three Days to Never.

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    Ebook Deals @literature.cafe JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker - $1.99

    Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they’ll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human—just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined—but they’re not yet certain of what they mean to each other.

    Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who’s been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele—not knowing that she’s about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector.

    Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart—especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?

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    Ebook Deals @literature.cafe JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - $1.99

    The sequel The Hidden Palace is also on sale

    Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay by a disgraced rabbi knowledgeable in the ways of dark Kabbalistic magic. She serves as the wife to a Polish merchant who dies at sea on the voyage to America. As the ship arrives in New York in 1899, Chava is unmoored and adrift until a rabbi on the Lower East Side recognizes her for the creature she is and takes her in.

    Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert and trapped centuries ago in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard. Released by a Syrian tinsmith in a Manhattan shop, Ahmad appears in human form but is still not free. An iron band around his wrist binds him to the wizard and to the physical world.

    Chava and Ahmad meet accidentally and become friends and soul mates despite their opposing natures. But when the golem’s violent nature overtakes her one evening, their bond is challenged. An even more powerful threat will emerge, however, and bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their very existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

    Compulsively readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, in a wondrously inventive tale that is mesmerizing and unforgettable.

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    The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman -$1.99
  • This book is fantastic, it’s got “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”

    If you love the movie, this book is the movie ramped up your 11.

  • Ebook Deals @literature.cafe JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman -$1.99

    If you’re doing Book Bingo, this completes 2D if not others possibly as well.

    Here William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment.

    A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts—The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

    As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she'll meet Vizzini—the criminal philosopher who'll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik—the gentle giant; Inigo—the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen—the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.

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    if you had to choose one
  • If a bear pisses in the woods, would Bear Grylls try to drink it before going back to his hotel for the night?

  • How the right is weaponizing pro-Palestinian campus protests in the US
  • In a normal media environment I’d agree with you completely, the problem is that we have a media apparatus that is set up as a propaganda arm of a political party and mainstream media thinks that balance is that any negative news story must be balanced by a negative news story in the other direction (“Trump incites riot and Biden mispronounced his granddaughters name, why both could mean the collapse of their campaigns” type coverage), instead of being balanced in standards of reporting.

    I don’t know what the solution is. My strategy though is to work down ballot to get better people in positions to push Biden and get him more flexibility to make better choices and changes.

  • Virgin SNES soundchip vs Chad Genesis Soundchip
  • Sure it’s good, but it’s no Streets of Rage… 😉

  • Virgin SNES soundchip vs Chad Genesis Soundchip
  • Sure it’s good, but it’s no Streets of Rage…

  • From the Sears Spring/Summer 1978 catalog- I see why no one stole TVs back then…
  • I’m a Xennial and we had a console TV growing up and used it throughout the 90’s (possibly after in the early 2000s as well). We moved twice and that thing was a beast to move. No remote control though. The kids were the remote control for the grown ups.

  • Will You Accept the Election Results? Republicans Dodge the Question.
  • Pitch for the NYT:

    THIS Week: Top Republicans not sure if they’ll accept election results. And Biden is so old and confused he mispronounced the name of the prime minister of Belarus. Which is worse? We asked ten voters in a diner.

    9/10 agree it’s Biden.

  • A bit late
  • Sometimes things aren’t your fault but are your problem. And men making excuses like “just locker room talk” and not confronting other men in their lives who do or say toxic things or espouse ideas or personalities that generally make women uncomfortable are our problems, whether or not they are our fault.

  • what lemmy web app do you use and why?
  • Arctic and Mlem for iOS.

    Arctic is my primary, it was the first that I know of to include admin tools, the single developer is super accessible and on top of for resolving bugs and does a good job at supporting markdown both in the editor and the viewer.

    Mlem is my backup if I need to access 2 different spots on the Lemmy-verse. It has a great viewer and interface but is missing a markdown editor.

  • RFK Jr. says he had parasitic brain worm and undisclosed memory loss
  • It was discovered apparently when he went in for mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna. Mercury poisoning… in an anti-vaxxer… who has cited mercury as a reason to avoid vaccines…

    Nathian Fillion speachless gif

  • Books @lemmy.world JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    Let’s talk GameLit/LitRPG…

    My first experience was the Ready Player duology by Ernest Cline and the This Trilogy is Broken 4 book series by JP Valentine. I’ve also had many recommendations for Dungeon Crawler Carl by Matt Dinniman.

    The Ready Player series was basically an ok story with a “hey, remember this thing from the 80’s‽” through-line. And while some of the jokes felt forced, the Valentine Series overall was a ton of fun and I couldn’t stop reading it.

    What else have you really enjoyed? (This genre lends itself towards a couple of Bingo squares too. )

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    Another test table

    Edge cases can be weird, so I thought I’d share one. We used a markdown table to create a bingo card here And it renders goofy due to word wrap. I’m not sure what the best solution is for this so it’s more of just an FYI. Maybe wrapping text in the cell could help? It also seems like it might be ignoring text justification settings in the table

    Thanks a ton.

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    science fiction @midwest.social JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    Welcome to the Inaugural [email protected] Bingo 2024!

    We wanted to invite other Lemmy readers to join us in a reading challenge, we have tried to structure this so it’s very flexible with regards to genre, and we don’t require you to join or post on [email protected]. We had just put in the work to make it and thought we could share the fun. (Admins/Mods please feel free to delete if inappropriate or unwelcome) cross-posted from: https://literature.cafe/post/9497120

    Want to read more, but need motivation or direction? Want to gamify or expand your reading? Try book bingo! Our hope with this challenge is to provide a fun way for you to keep up with your reading goals throughout the next 12 months.

    How does it work?

    The goal is to read something that fits the theme for each bingo square in any single row, column, or corner diagonal of your choice (one work per theme/square). If you would like to, you’re welcome to complete the entire card (or multiple cards). But to clarify, normal bingo rules apply, you only need 5 in a row for a bingo.

    Since this is about helping you along in your reading journey, there’s no requirement to read any particular kind of work. Prefer a different format, like graphic novels or audio books? Go for it. Want to read in a different language? Cool. Only have time or energy for single short stories. That’s fine, too. You can read fiction of any genre, nonfiction of any topic, books of poetry, or whatever else interests you, as long as it works for the square. We wanted this to be as open and flexible as possible, to be welcoming to as many people as possible.

    We hope you’ll participate in the community throughout the year by sharing how you’re doing with bingo, helping others with suggestions, and posting your feelings about what you’re reading in dedicated threads or the weekly "What are you reading?" thread.

    In mid-April, 2025, we'll put up a turn-in post to collect what everyone's been reading; we'll be using that thread to put together a summary, once the bingo period ends. Additionally, if there's a way to provide community flair or some other recognition to participants, that's how we'll determine eligibility. So, if you want to be counted and/or recognized, please make sure to contribute to that post, even if you've made other bingo posts or comments during the year!

    Rules

    • You must read a different work for every square you complete, even across multiple cards. There is no conflict, however, with overlapping other reading challenges that aren't associated with c/Books.
    • Repeating authors on the same card isn’t forbidden (especially for the “There Is Another…” and “Same Author, New Work” squares), but we encourage you to read as new to you or different authors for every square on a card.
    • Likewise, we encourage you to primarily read things you haven’t read before.
    • If you’re having trouble filling a certain square, we’ve provided a few alternates you can substitute in (see below). Please limit your substitutions to one per card.
    • The 2024 Bingo period lasts May 1st, 2024 – April 30th, 2025. Anything you finish during that time period is eligible, as long as you were no more than halfway through on May 1st.

    Upping the Difficulty

    Want an additional challenge? Try one of these, or come up with a variation of your own (and share them!).

    • Hard Mode: Each square description includes an optional extra restriction to the theme, which you can do or ignore on a square-by-square basis. It's up to you!
    • Genre Mode: Read only one genre.
    • Review Mode: Write a review (ratings alone don’t count) for the books you read for bingo, either here on c/Books, a personal blog, Bookwyrm, The Storygraph, Hardcover.app, or elsewhere.

    The Card

    !2024 Bingo Card

    Link to a bigger copy

    The Squares

    Row 1

    • 1A - Older Than You Are: Published before your birthdate. HARD MODE: Published before 1924.
    • 1B - Water, Water Everywhere: The title refers to some form or body of water. HARD MODE: Not liquid water.
    • 1C - What’s Yours Is Mine: Theft, piracy, fraud, or espionage is a major topic or plot point. HARD MODE: No MacGuffins.
    • 1D - Family Drama: Family is important, but sometimes it's also the cause of problems. Family dynamics are fundamental to the narrative. HARD MODE: Involves three or more generations of family members.
    • 1E - It Takes Two: Written by two or more authors. HARD MODE: Written by three or more authors.

    Row 2

    • 2A - New Release: New for 2024/2025 (no reprints or new editions). First translations into your language of choice are allowed. HARD MODE: This is the first work you've read by this author.
    • 2B - Plays With Words: Written in a stylistically unconventional way. HARD MODE: Fits the definition of Experimental Literature.
    • 2C - Independent Author: Self-published by the author. Works later published though a conventional publishing house don't count unless you are reading it before the switch, and it's republished before April 30th, 2025. HARD MODE: Not published via Amazon Kindle Direct.
    • 2D - Bookception: Features a book-related aspect. HARD MODE: Something other than a book, like an author or library.
    • 2E - Disability Representation: A main character has or gains a disability to which they must adapt. This disability must be grounded in reality: if a 4,000 year old Prince of the Shokan lost an arm, that would count; if he became a werewolf, it would not. HARD MODE: The piece is at least partially from their perspective.

    Row 3

    • 3A - Eazy, Breazy, Read-zie: A light, popcorn-worthy read that’s not real deep (see also “beach read” and “airport novel”). HARD MODE: You actually read it while on a vacation/staycation.
    • 3B - Stranger in a Strange Land: The primary PoV is dropped into a completely unfamiliar situation or location. HARD MODE: Not portal fiction or isekai.
    • 3C - One Less: A book that’s been on your TBR list for a long time. HARD MODE: Overlaps with at least one other bingo square theme.
    • 3D - There Is Another…: Not the first in a series. HARD MODE: Series has 5 or more entries.
    • 3E - LGBTQIA+ Lead: A main character identifies as LGBTQIA+. HARD MODE: Includes a significant romance between characters that identify as LGBTQIA+.

    Row 4

    • 4A - Now a Major Motion Picture: The work has been adapted into a show or single episode, movie, play, audio drama, or other format. HARD MODE: The adaptation is regarded as better than the original work.
    • 4B - It’s About Time: The passage or manipulation of time is a major theme or plot driver. HARD MODE: Backward in time, not forward.
    • 4C - Award Winner: Has won a significant literature award. HARD MODE: More than one award.
    • 4D - Mashup: A combination of two or more genres or non-fiction topics. HARD MODE: Unusual combo, like fantasy thriller.
    • 4E - Local to You: The author lives in or writes about a location local to you (city, state, province, territory, etc.). HARD MODE: The author has spent a significant amount of time there, but wasn't born there.

    Row 5

    • 5A - Debut Work: An author’s first work. HARD MODE: The author is widely regarded as having a profound impact on the genre/topic.
    • 5B - It's a Holiday: Takes place during a specific holiday, which is significant to the plot. HARD MODE: Not Christmas, a fictional variation of Christmas, or other winter festival.
    • 5C - Institutional: Set at a non-commercial institution or facility, like a school, science lab, or prison. HARD MODE: Not a school.
    • 5D - Minority Author: Minority or LGBTQIA+ author. A minority can be any member of a generally underrepresented population where you live. HARD MODE: Minority and LGBTQIA+.
    • 5E - Among the Stars: Features space, astronomy, or stardom. HARD MODE: The title references the theme, too.

    Alternates

    These are available as swaps if one of the categories is difficult for your chosen genre, or if it fits better with your reading preferences. There is no obligation to do these otherwise.

    • Same Author, New Work: An author you’ve read before, but a series (or standalone) you haven’t. HARD MODE: Give an author you didn’t like a second chance.
    • She Blinded Me With Science: The author has a background and degree in a hard science. HARD MODE: More than one post graduate degree.
    • Pseudonymous Work: Published under a pen name. HARD MODE: The author generally never writes under their own name.
    • Translated: Not originally in your native tongue. HARD MODE: Has been translated into at least ten other languages. This Wikipedia page is a good place to start for widely translated works.
    • A Change in Perspective: Written in third-person perspective. HARD MODE: Second-person perspective.

    Resources

    If you make or find any bingo-related resources, ping or DM me so I can add them here. Thanks!

    Appreciation

    • This challenge is inspired by, but totally separate from, the one run by r/Fantasy on Reddit. We deeply appreciate the past organizers and the work they did that we are now benefitting from.
    • Thank you for so much to misericordiae for the design and production of the card.
    • 2024 bingo card font credits: Bungee Shade, by David Jonathan Ross; Roboto Condensed, by Christian Robertson.
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    Welcome to the Inaugural [email protected] Bingo 2024!

    We wanted to invite other Lemmy readers to join us in a reading challenge, we have tried to structure this so it’s very flexible with regards to genre, and we don’t require you to join or post on [email protected]. We had just put in the work to make it and thought we could share the fun. (Admins/Mods please feel free to delete if inappropriate or unwelcome) cross-posted from: https://literature.cafe/post/9497120

    Want to read more, but need motivation or direction? Want to gamify or expand your reading? Try book bingo! Our hope with this challenge is to provide a fun way for you to keep up with your reading goals throughout the next 12 months.

    How does it work?

    The goal is to read something that fits the theme for each bingo square in any single row, column, or corner diagonal of your choice (one work per theme/square). If you would like to, you’re welcome to complete the entire card (or multiple cards). But to clarify, normal bingo rules apply, you only need 5 in a row for a bingo.

    Since this is about helping you along in your reading journey, there’s no requirement to read any particular kind of work. Prefer a different format, like graphic novels or audio books? Go for it. Want to read in a different language? Cool. Only have time or energy for single short stories. That’s fine, too. You can read fiction of any genre, nonfiction of any topic, books of poetry, or whatever else interests you, as long as it works for the square. We wanted this to be as open and flexible as possible, to be welcoming to as many people as possible.

    We hope you’ll participate in the community throughout the year by sharing how you’re doing with bingo, helping others with suggestions, and posting your feelings about what you’re reading in dedicated threads or the weekly "What are you reading?" thread.

    In mid-April, 2025, we'll put up a turn-in post to collect what everyone's been reading; we'll be using that thread to put together a summary, once the bingo period ends. Additionally, if there's a way to provide community flair or some other recognition to participants, that's how we'll determine eligibility. So, if you want to be counted and/or recognized, please make sure to contribute to that post, even if you've made other bingo posts or comments during the year!

    Rules

    • You must read a different work for every square you complete, even across multiple cards. There is no conflict, however, with overlapping other reading challenges that aren't associated with c/Books.
    • Repeating authors on the same card isn’t forbidden (especially for the “There Is Another…” and “Same Author, New Work” squares), but we encourage you to read as new to you or different authors for every square on a card.
    • Likewise, we encourage you to primarily read things you haven’t read before.
    • If you’re having trouble filling a certain square, we’ve provided a few alternates you can substitute in (see below). Please limit your substitutions to one per card.
    • The 2024 Bingo period lasts May 1st, 2024 – April 30th, 2025. Anything you finish during that time period is eligible, as long as you were no more than halfway through on May 1st.

    Upping the Difficulty

    Want an additional challenge? Try one of these, or come up with a variation of your own (and share them!).

    • Hard Mode: Each square description includes an optional extra restriction to the theme, which you can do or ignore on a square-by-square basis. It's up to you!
    • Genre Mode: Read only one genre.
    • Review Mode: Write a review (ratings alone don’t count) for the books you read for bingo, either here on c/Books, a personal blog, Bookwyrm, The Storygraph, Hardcover.app, or elsewhere.

    The Card

    !2024 Bingo Card

    Link to a bigger copy

    The Squares

    Row 1

    • 1A - Older Than You Are: Published before your birthdate. HARD MODE: Published before 1924.
    • 1B - Water, Water Everywhere: The title refers to some form or body of water. HARD MODE: Not liquid water.
    • 1C - What’s Yours Is Mine: Theft, piracy, fraud, or espionage is a major topic or plot point. HARD MODE: No MacGuffins.
    • 1D - Family Drama: Family is important, but sometimes it's also the cause of problems. Family dynamics are fundamental to the narrative. HARD MODE: Involves three or more generations of family members.
    • 1E - It Takes Two: Written by two or more authors. HARD MODE: Written by three or more authors.

    Row 2

    • 2A - New Release: New for 2024/2025 (no reprints or new editions). First translations into your language of choice are allowed. HARD MODE: This is the first work you've read by this author.
    • 2B - Plays With Words: Written in a stylistically unconventional way. HARD MODE: Fits the definition of Experimental Literature.
    • 2C - Independent Author: Self-published by the author. Works later published though a conventional publishing house don't count unless you are reading it before the switch, and it's republished before April 30th, 2025. HARD MODE: Not published via Amazon Kindle Direct.
    • 2D - Bookception: Features a book-related aspect. HARD MODE: Something other than a book, like an author or library.
    • 2E - Disability Representation: A main character has or gains a disability to which they must adapt. This disability must be grounded in reality: if a 4,000 year old Prince of the Shokan lost an arm, that would count; if he became a werewolf, it would not. HARD MODE: The piece is at least partially from their perspective.

    Row 3

    • 3A - Eazy, Breazy, Read-zie: A light, popcorn-worthy read that’s not real deep (see also “beach read” and “airport novel”). HARD MODE: You actually read it while on a vacation/staycation.
    • 3B - Stranger in a Strange Land: The primary PoV is dropped into a completely unfamiliar situation or location. HARD MODE: Not portal fiction or isekai.
    • 3C - One Less: A book that’s been on your TBR list for a long time. HARD MODE: Overlaps with at least one other bingo square theme.
    • 3D - There Is Another…: Not the first in a series. HARD MODE: Series has 5 or more entries.
    • 3E - LGBTQIA+ Lead: A main character identifies as LGBTQIA+. HARD MODE: Includes a significant romance between characters that identify as LGBTQIA+.

    Row 4

    • 4A - Now a Major Motion Picture: The work has been adapted into a show or single episode, movie, play, audio drama, or other format. HARD MODE: The adaptation is regarded as better than the original work.
    • 4B - It’s About Time: The passage or manipulation of time is a major theme or plot driver. HARD MODE: Backward in time, not forward.
    • 4C - Award Winner: Has won a significant literature award. HARD MODE: More than one award.
    • 4D - Mashup: A combination of two or more genres or non-fiction topics. HARD MODE: Unusual combo, like fantasy thriller.
    • 4E - Local to You: The author lives in or writes about a location local to you (city, state, province, territory, etc.). HARD MODE: The author has spent a significant amount of time there, but wasn't born there.

    Row 5

    • 5A - Debut Work: An author’s first work. HARD MODE: The author is widely regarded as having a profound impact on the genre/topic.
    • 5B - It's a Holiday: Takes place during a specific holiday, which is significant to the plot. HARD MODE: Not Christmas, a fictional variation of Christmas, or other winter festival.
    • 5C - Institutional: Set at a non-commercial institution or facility, like a school, science lab, or prison. HARD MODE: Not a school.
    • 5D - Minority Author: Minority or LGBTQIA+ author. A minority can be any member of a generally underrepresented population where you live. HARD MODE: Minority and LGBTQIA+.
    • 5E - Among the Stars: Features space, astronomy, or stardom. HARD MODE: The title references the theme, too.

    Alternates

    These are available as swaps if one of the categories is difficult for your chosen genre, or if it fits better with your reading preferences. There is no obligation to do these otherwise.

    • Same Author, New Work: An author you’ve read before, but a series (or standalone) you haven’t. HARD MODE: Give an author you didn’t like a second chance.
    • She Blinded Me With Science: The author has a background and degree in a hard science. HARD MODE: More than one post graduate degree.
    • Pseudonymous Work: Published under a pen name. HARD MODE: The author generally never writes under their own name.
    • Translated: Not originally in your native tongue. HARD MODE: Has been translated into at least ten other languages. This Wikipedia page is a good place to start for widely translated works.
    • A Change in Perspective: Written in third-person perspective. HARD MODE: Second-person perspective.

    Resources

    If you make or find any bingo-related resources, ping or DM me so I can add them here. Thanks!

    Appreciation

    • This challenge is inspired by, but totally separate from, the one run by r/Fantasy on Reddit. We deeply appreciate the past organizers and the work they did that we are now benefitting from.
    • Thank you for so much to misericordiae for the design and production of the card.
    • 2024 bingo card font credits: Bungee Shade, by David Jonathan Ross; Roboto Condensed, by Christian Robertson.
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    Books @lemmy.world JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    2024 Bingo Recommendations List

    Have you really enjoyed reading a work that qualifies and want to recommend it to others? This is the prime spot to help people out with those recommendations.

    The way this thread works is that this thread will contain one top level comment for each Bingo square. In order to preserve the organization and readability of this post, please limit recommendations to only replies on those top-level comments. We will be removing comments that don't follow this rule for for this specific post.

    | | A | B | C | D | E | |:---:|:---:|:---:|:---:|:---:|:---:| | 1 | Older Than You Are | Water, Water Everywhere | What’s Yours is Mine | Family Drama | It Takes Two | | 2 | New Release | Plays With Words | Independent Author | Bookception | Disability Representation | | 3 | Eazy, Breazy, Read-zie | Stranger in a Strange Land | One Less | There is Another... | LGBTQIA+ Lead | | 4 | Now a Major Motion Picture | It’s About Time | Award Winner | Mashup | Local to You | | 5 | Debut Work | It’s a Holiday | Institutional | Minority Author | Among the Stars | | | | | | | | | Alt. | Same Author, New Work | She Blinded Me With Science | Pseudonymous Work | Translated | A Change in Perspective |

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    Reminder, Please DO NOT make comments that are not replies to a prepopulated top-level comment. Your comment will just be removed without any additional info.

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    Books @lemmy.world JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    Welcome to the Inaugural [email protected] Bingo for 2024!

    Want to read more, but need motivation or direction? Want to gamify or expand your reading? Try book bingo! Our hope with this challenge is to provide a fun way for you to keep up with your reading goals throughout the next 12 months.

    How does it work?

    The goal is to read something that fits the theme for each bingo square in any single row, column, or corner diagonal of your choice (one work per theme/square). If you would like to, you’re welcome to complete the entire card (or multiple cards). But to clarify, normal bingo rules apply, you only need 5 in a row for a bingo.

    Since this is about helping you along in your reading journey, there’s no requirement to read any particular kind of work. Prefer a different format, like graphic novels or audio books? Go for it. Want to read in a different language? Cool. Only have time or energy for single short stories. That’s fine, too. You can read fiction of any genre, nonfiction of any topic, books of poetry, or whatever else interests you, as long as it works for the square. We wanted this to be as open and flexible as possible, to be welcoming to as many people as possible.

    We hope you’ll participate in the community throughout the year by sharing how you’re doing with bingo, helping others with suggestions, and posting your feelings about what you’re reading in dedicated threads or the weekly "What are you reading?" thread.

    In mid-April, 2025, we'll put up a turn-in post to collect what everyone's been reading; we'll be using that thread to put together a summary, once the bingo period ends. Additionally, if there's a way to provide community flair or some other recognition to participants, that's how we'll determine eligibility. So, if you want to be counted and/or recognized, please make sure to contribute to that post, even if you've made other bingo posts or comments during the year!

    Rules

    • You must read a different work for every square you complete, even across multiple cards. There is no conflict, however, with overlapping other reading challenges that aren't associated with c/Books.
    • Repeating authors on the same card isn’t forbidden (especially for the “There Is Another…” and “Same Author, New Work” squares), but we encourage you to read as new to you or different authors for every square on a card.
    • Likewise, we encourage you to primarily read things you haven’t read before.
    • If you’re having trouble filling a certain square, we’ve provided a few alternates you can substitute in (see below). Please limit your substitutions to one per card.
    • The 2024 Bingo period lasts May 1st, 2024 – April 30th, 2025. Anything you finish during that time period is eligible, as long as you were no more than halfway through on May 1st.

    Upping the Difficulty

    Want an additional challenge? Try one of these, or come up with a variation of your own (and share them!).

    • Hard Mode: Each square description includes an optional extra restriction to the theme, which you can do or ignore on a square-by-square basis. It's up to you!
    • Genre Mode: Read only one genre.
    • Review Mode: Write a review (ratings alone don’t count) for the books you read for bingo, either here on c/Books, a personal blog, Bookwyrm, The Storygraph, Hardcover.app, or elsewhere.

    The Card

    !2024 Bingo Card

    Link to a bigger copy

    The Squares

    Row 1

    • 1A - Older Than You Are: Published before your birthdate. HARD MODE: Published before 1924.
    • 1B - Water, Water Everywhere: The title refers to some form or body of water. HARD MODE: Not liquid water.
    • 1C - What’s Yours Is Mine: Theft, piracy, fraud, or espionage is a major topic or plot point. HARD MODE: No MacGuffins.
    • 1D - Family Drama: Family is important, but sometimes it's also the cause of problems. Family dynamics are fundamental to the narrative. HARD MODE: Involves three or more generations of family members.
    • 1E - It Takes Two: Written by two or more authors. HARD MODE: Written by three or more authors.

    Row 2

    • 2A - New Release: New for 2024/2025 (no reprints or new editions). First translations into your language of choice are allowed. HARD MODE: This is the first work you've read by this author.
    • 2B - Plays With Words: Written in a stylistically unconventional way. HARD MODE: Fits the definition of Experimental Literature.
    • 2C - Independent Author: Self-published by the author. Works later published though a conventional publishing house don't count unless you are reading it before the switch, and it's republished before April 30th, 2025. HARD MODE: Not published via Amazon Kindle Direct.
    • 2D - Bookception: Features a book-related aspect. HARD MODE: Something other than a book, like an author or library.
    • 2E - Disability Representation: A main character has or gains a disability to which they must adapt. This disability must be grounded in reality: if a 4,000 year old Prince of the Shokan lost an arm, that would count; if he became a werewolf, it would not. HARD MODE: The piece is at least partially from their perspective.

    Row 3

    • 3A - Eazy, Breazy, Read-zie: A light, popcorn-worthy read that’s not real deep (see also “beach read” and “airport novel”). HARD MODE: You actually read it while on a vacation/staycation.
    • 3B - Stranger in a Strange Land: The primary PoV is dropped into a completely unfamiliar situation or location. HARD MODE: Not portal fiction or isekai.
    • 3C - One Less: A book that’s been on your TBR list for a long time. HARD MODE: Overlaps with at least one other bingo square theme.
    • 3D - There Is Another…: Not the first in a series. HARD MODE: Series has 5 or more entries.
    • 3E - LGBTQIA+ Lead: A main character identifies as LGBTQIA+. HARD MODE: Includes a significant romance between characters that identify as LGBTQIA+.

    Row 4

    • 4A - Now a Major Motion Picture: The work has been adapted into a show or single episode, movie, play, audio drama, or other format. HARD MODE: The adaptation is regarded as better than the original work.
    • 4B - It’s About Time: The passage or manipulation of time is a major theme or plot driver. HARD MODE: Backward in time, not forward.
    • 4C - Award Winner: Has won a significant literature award. HARD MODE: More than one award.
    • 4D - Mashup: A combination of two or more genres or non-fiction topics. HARD MODE: Unusual combo, like fantasy thriller.
    • 4E - Local to You: The author lives in or writes about a location local to you (city, state, province, territory, etc.). HARD MODE: The author has spent a significant amount of time there, but wasn't born there.

    Row 5

    • 5A - Debut Work: An author’s first work. HARD MODE: The author is widely regarded as having a profound impact on the genre/topic.
    • 5B - It's a Holiday: Takes place during a specific holiday, which is significant to the plot. HARD MODE: Not Christmas, a fictional variation of Christmas, or other winter festival.
    • 5C - Institutional: Set at a non-commercial institution or facility, like a school, science lab, or prison. HARD MODE: Not a school.
    • 5D - Minority Author: Minority or LGBTQIA+ author. A minority can be any member of a generally underrepresented population where you live. HARD MODE: Minority and LGBTQIA+.
    • 5E - Among the Stars: Features space, astronomy, or stardom. HARD MODE: The title references the theme, too.

    Alternates

    These are available as swaps if one of the categories is difficult for your chosen genre, or if it fits better with your reading preferences. There is no obligation to do these otherwise.

    • Same Author, New Work: An author you’ve read before, but a series (or standalone) you haven’t. HARD MODE: Give an author you didn’t like a second chance.
    • She Blinded Me With Science: The author has a background and degree in a hard science. HARD MODE: More than one post graduate degree.
    • Pseudonymous Work: Published under a pen name. HARD MODE: The author generally never writes under their own name.
    • Translated: Not originally in your native tongue. HARD MODE: Has been translated into at least ten other languages. This Wikipedia page is a good place to start for widely translated works.
    • A Change in Perspective: Written in third-person perspective. HARD MODE: Second-person perspective.

    Resources

    If you make or find any bingo-related resources, ping or DM me so I can add them here. Thanks!

    Appreciation

    • This challenge is inspired by, but totally separate from, the one run by r/Fantasy on Reddit. We deeply appreciate the past organizers and the work they did that we are now benefitting from.
    • Thank you for so much to misericordiae for the design and production of the card.
    • 2024 bingo card font credits: Bungee Shade, by David Jonathan Ross; Roboto Condensed, by Christian Robertson.
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    Books @lemmy.world JaymesRS @literature.cafe
    What book(s) are you currently listening to or reading - April 29

    Hi all, I’m taking over the weekly c/Books post this week to talk about what’s happening on the First of May.

    But first things first, my update…

    I’m finishing up Illumination by T. Kingfisher. I only found her within the last 2 years, but I’m loving all of her stuff.

    On to Bingo. In 2 days, in the morning (US Central Time because that’s where I live), I’ll put up a post with details for Bingo. Our hope is to provide a some additional motivation or even gamification of reading over the next year. There are 25 categories that we’ve tried to craft to be flexible no matter what your chosen genre or category are. We’ll additionally have a post where you can find or post recommendations for each category. And throughout the year we’ll post check-ins for those who are participating.

    Dresden, Misericordiae, and I are excited and hope you’ll join us.

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    In Ishmael, which received the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship for the best work of fiction offering positive solutions to global problems, Daniel Quinn parses humanity’s origins and its relationship with nature, in search of an answer to this challenging question: How can we save the world from ourselves?

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    The lush epic fantasy that inspired a generation with a single precept: Love As Thou Wilt

    The first book in the Kushiel's Legacy series is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal, and deeply laid conspiracies. A world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers, deposed rulers and a besieged Queen, a warrior-priest, the Prince of Travelers, barbarian warlords, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess...all seen through the unflinching eyes of an unforgettable heroine. A nation born of angels, vast and intricate and surrounded by danger... a woman born to servitude, unknowingly given access to the secrets of the realm...

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    Welcome to Mossflower Wood, where the gentle mice have gathered to celebrate a year of peace and abundance. All is well…until a sinister shadow falls across the ancient stone abbey of Redwall. It is rumored that Cluny is coming—Cluny, the terrible one-eyed rat and his savage horde—Cluny, who has vowed to conquer Redwall Abbey! The only hope for the besieged mice lies in the lost sword of the legendary Martin the Warrior. And so begins the epic quest of a bumbling young apprentice—a courageous mouse who would rise up, fight back…and become a legend himself.

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