Tuesday, August 17, 2021

My TBR Bingo List for 2021

So at the beginning of the year I started my Year of the Series project and have really surprised myself with my success but even more with just how much I'm enjoying it!  So now I'm ready to start another project and figure out another way to focus on reading some books off my shelf.  This time I'm tackling a virtual shelf and looking at my Goodreads TBR.  I pruned it heavily back in December and got it down to a 566 which is not necessarily manageable but it way less unmanageable then it was when it 10 times as big.  So I'm combining my love of reading, my love of a good challenge, and my love of a random number generator (I'm always looking for ways to use it!) for my TBR Bingo.  Here's how it works - I pick 10 random numbers between 1 and 566 and and whatever books that are that number on my Goodreads is what makes it on the list.  Have I overexplained?  Does that make sense?   What's I finish that 10 I'll pick 10 new numbers.  Here is the first list!

1.  The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace by Molly Caldwell Crosby (#170) - So I'm starting off with a non-fiction and this is one that I've heard nothing about but I'm fascinated by jewels and art theft so this one looks good.  

2.   A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester (#239) - This is a historical fiction that my library has and it looks really good.  Unfortunately my library doesn't have it so it make some searching to find.  

3.  The Christmas Letter by Kathi Dailey (476) - I've heard a lot of things about this cozy author and have been wanting to read her books for ages so I'm looking forward to this one.

4.  Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom (505) - I know nothing about this one and don't remember why it got added to my TBR but it looks interesting.

5.  Death in Bloodhound Red by Virginia Lanier (566) - My stepfather read this one and was raving about it and it sounded like something I'd like so I thought I'd give it a try.

6.  The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser (172) - I've been wanting to read more books about art theft and apparently the random number generator decided to grant my wish and give me two!

7.  America's Presidents: Presidential Portraits in the National Gallery by National Portrait Gallery (508) - This is more of a book I'd like to own and look through (plus I think it'd be great for American History) then a book I want to read.  

8.  Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co by Jeremy Mercer - I've read a few biographies or historical fictions that involved this bookstore and really do want to know more about it.

9.  Staging is Murder by Grace Topping - Yay another cozy!  And a series that sounds really good!

10. The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by Library of Congress - This is another flip through book and it also looks like a fascinating one!

So here are my first ten.  Have you read any?  I'm surprised by how heavy on nonfiction the list ended up being.  


  1. Aaah this is soooo clever! Give me a game and a list and I am on board. I am busy trying to sort out my TBR pile as well and as soon as I'm done with that, I might follow suit!

    Elza Reads

  2. Interesting method. I'd have to do series first. Then I might do this sort of thing by genre. I'm looking for a way to read more books I already own.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  3. TBR Bingo sounds like a fun way to choose books. I've been wanting to read Kathi Daley for a long time too. Her books always sound good.

  4. Great idea! I am still in the pruning stage with my goodreads...lol. I have so much stuff on my Want to read and most of them I don't actually have and I am trying to also get rid of any I might have but am not interested it...it's a lot of work...lol.

  5. What a great idea and very brave on your part. I'd like to do that but ... a bit scary! Natasha Lester is Australian so no doubt her book harder to get in USA. I had a kindle review copy but I remember the stunning cover on it.

  6. This sounds like a fun way to pick your next books. I've read Time Was Soft There, and I enjoyed it a lot, but, then again, I love anything set in Paris.

  7. What a fun way to pick books and clear off your TBR list! I haven't heard of any of these books, but I hope they're winners for you.

  8. This is a fantastic idea! The Jell-O Girls title has me intrigued, so I'm going to check it out. 😍📚

  9. The heist books sound fun to read about.

    1. And I think I nedd to prune my TBR also and organize them into categories so I'll remember why I put them in the TBR in the first place.