Welcome to the University Libraries blog!

Please log in.

Member Login
Lost your password?

Summer Reading Bingo: Recommendations

Having a hard time finding a book for a bingo category? Check out our recommendations below!
Remember, you can’t double-dip but, if you’ve already fulfilled a square, feel free to use a recommendation from another category to fulfill a new square! For example, if you already read Annihilation as your one-word title but you want to read Beloved by Toni Morrison, Beloved could count as your book by a woman of color!
If you have your own recommendations, email luclibraries@gmail.com and we’ll share them via our social media channels. Happy Reading!
Recommendations

A book by a South American, African, or Asian author

  • The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela get it here!
  • The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende get it here!
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan get it here! (can also count for a book made into a movie and part of a series)

A book published ten or more years ago

  • Clash of civilizations over an elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous get it here! (also counts as a book written by an African, award winner, told from multiple points of view, made into a movie, recommended by a librarian and translated from another language!)
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King get it here! (also counts for a book made into a movie)
  • South of the border, west of the sun by Haruki Murakami get it here! (also counts as a book written by an Asian author)
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan get it here! (also counts as a book made into a movie)

A book which has been made into a movie

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan get it here! (also counts as a book written by an Asian author)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha: a novel by Arthur Golden get it here!
  • Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone by J.K. Rowling get it here! (also counts as a book that’s part of a series)

An audiobook
Check out the Chicago Public Library’s audiobook collection here!

A dystopian novel or a non-fiction book about the end of the world

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood get it here!
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld get it here!
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro get it here! (also counts as a book written by an Asian author)

A book which is part of a series

  • Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling get it here! (also counts as a book made into a movie)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth get it here! (also counts as a book made into a movie and dystopian book)
  • China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan get it here!

A book about LGBTQIA+ characters or issues—to celebrate Pride Month (June)!

  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde get it here! (also counts for written by a woman of color)
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli get it here! (also counts for a YA book)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benhamin Alire Saenz get it here!

A bestseller or an award-winning book

A book told from multiple points of view

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie get it here! (also written by a woman of color and African author)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson get it here! (also is a book made into a movie and part of a series)
  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling get it here!

A book which has been translated from another language

A book which has been recommended by a friend or a librarian

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama and recommended by Susan Wardzala get it here! (also written by a woman of color)
  • My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead recommended by Jane Currie get it here!
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo recommended by Abby Annala get it here! (also written by a woman of color)

A book set in Chicago

  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson get it here!
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros get it here!
  • Native Son by Richard Wright get it here!

A book with a one-word title:

  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer get it here! (also counts as a book that has been made into a movie)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison get it here! (also counts as a book by a woman of color AND a book that has been made into a movie)
  • Cod by Mark Kurlansky get it here!

A book about women in sports—to celebrate the Women’s World Cup (June & July!)

  • Beyond bend it like Beckham the global phenomenon of women’s soccer by Timothy F. Grainey [ebook!] get it here!
  • Extraordinary Women Athletes by Judy L. Hasday get it here! (also counts as a book for young adults)
  • The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team an American success story by Clemente A. Lisi [ebook!] get it here!

A book of poetry

  • The Carrying: poems by Ada Limon get it here!
  • Ghost Fishing: an Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology by Melissa Tuckey get it here! (also counts as a book about a scientific topic)
  • American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes get it here!

A book featuring an extinct or magical creature

  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker get it here!
  • The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen get it here!
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson get it here! (also counts as a graphic novel)

A book written by a woman of color

A book about a scientific topic–to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing (July 19-21)!

  • Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee get it here! (also counts as a book which has been made into a movie)
  • Moon shot : the inside story of America’s race to the moon by Alan B. Shepard get it here!
  • The Martian by Andy Weir get it here!

A book published this year

  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh get it here!
  • Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land get it here!
  • Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi get it here! (also counts as a book by a woman of color)

A book set in a library or archive

  • Sabriel by Garth Nix get it here! (also counts as a book meant for young adults)
  • Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world by Haruki Murakami get it here! (also counts as a book by an author from Asia)
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean get it here!

A graphic novel or comic book

  • Black Panther & the crew : we are the streets by Ta-Nehisi Coates get it here!
  • Coyote Doggirl by Lisa Hanawalt get it here!
  • Blankets: a graphic novel by Craig Thompson get it here!

A book or e-book checked out from the Loyola University Chicago Libraries
All books with a “get it here!” link are available for checkout from the LUC libraries! You can find all our holding here, in the library catalog: http://libraries.luc.edu/

A book meant for young adults

  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer get it here! (also counts as a dystopian novel)
  • We are displaced : my journey and stories from refugee girls around the world by Malala Yousafzai get it here! (also counts as a book published this year)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky get it here! (also counts as a book about LGBTQIA+ characters AND a book which has been made into a movie)

A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter

  • Restoration by Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson get it here!
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowelle get it here! (also counts as a book meant for young adults AND a book about LGBTQA+ characters)
  • At Home: a Short History of a Private Life by Bill Bryson get it here!


To participate, download your bingo card here

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *