FRENCH BINGO 2015 READING CHALLENGE Jan 1- Dec 31, 2015
December, time has come to recap!
Do a post on your blog and send it to the Mr Linky found below
with the format:
first name @ name of your blog (A1/B1/C1/D1/E1: Bingo), or whatever Bingo you did!
I will choose 1 winner among the readers who made it.
Spread the word: #2015FrenchBingo
HOW TO PLAY?
To be eligible for a drawing at the end of the year for a book to win, you need to complete one BINGO. You book reviews need to be posted on your blog or on your Goodreads page between January 1- December 31, 2015
- for the squares where it says “by a French author” (A4 and A5 for instance) it’s ok to read the books in your native language.
- many squares can be filled by reading books written by authors of any nationality, for instance A1, A3, B1, B3, etc
LINK YOUR REVIEW
The link you enter should be directing to your review of the book on your book blog or on your Goodreads account
PLEASE AS YOU LINK YOUR REVIEW FOLLOW THIS FORMAT: YOUR BLOG NAME, SQUARE #, TITLE. IF YOUR TITLE CAN FIT SEVERAL SQUARES DO SOMETHING LIKE : Emma @ Words And Peace (A1/B1: Journeys Through France)
When you have a BINGO, please specify it with your recap post you link, for instance: firstname @ name of blog (A1/B1 /C1/D1/E1: Bingo)
You can contact me if you have any question or if you are looking for titles. You can find great ideas here: Here are the titles I have read for 2015, and Here is my French list for 2014 Here is my list for 2013. Books read by bloggers who did the French challenge in 2014 You can find also great titles on France Book Tours – all the books there fit this challenge! If you are a Goodreads member, you can access my France shelf. I will also add a recap at the end of each month for more ideas of titles! So be sure to follow this blog through Blgolovin’ or email so that you don’t miss an update!
There’s also now a Goodreads page for our Challenge!
First, it’s ok to list here a book that counts also for another reading challenge you may be doing. All medias are accepted:
Spread the word: #2015FrenchBingo
THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF 2015: BE SURE TO FINISH YOUR CHALLENGE TO GET A CHANCE TO WIN 1 BOOK!
hmm, i’m intrigued – I may have to try 😉
come join us, it should be fun!
I’m looking forward to starting this …..at last something to make me less lazy about reading in French !!!
awesome! Of course, you can read all the books for the BIngo in your native language. Thanks for your comment, it made me realize this point was not clear enough. I just added a NB. Yes, it’s ok to read all the books for the bingo in your native language, but of course, good for you if you can read some in French!
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You know…I’m reading so many French classics writers next year – Dumas, Zola, Voltaire, Verne (he’s French, isn’t he?) and Leroux (maybe). I quite excited about it! 😀
awesome! yes Jules Verne is French, you will be in great company I see, lol
I am sorry but where do we link up. Here is my signing-up post:
thanks for asking, that was not clear enough. I specified now on top of the post:
No Linky this time, just sign up by leaving a comment:
– If you have a book blog, paste the link to your blog post where you tell your intention to play this game
– If you don’t have a book blog and plan to post your reviews on Goodreads, specify your Goodreads name if you intend to post your reviews there, and, I highly encourage you to create a Goodreads shelf for this challenge
This is a neat challenge. I’m looking forward to it.
Can you clarify something? For German Lit Month we could read “works originally written in German, regardless of the author’s nationality” Can we consider an author a “French author” if he/she writes in French but is of a different nationality? (I just read a play by a Belgian who wrote in French. The play is set in Belgium.)
ah, I get into this issue every year, lol. Sorry to make your life tough, but I’m going to stick to French nationality, because otherwise we can accept here tons of nationalities where French is spoken, and this is about France. Maybe one day I’ll do a challenge about francophony, but not this year yet
Emma, Thanks for the clarification. I have no problem with the policy–there’s plenty I want to read that fits.
oh good! have you made a post with a tentative list?
Not yet. I know I’ll be reading L’Amour by Marguerite Duras, Kazim Ali (Translator), A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable, something by Rene Bazin, but that’s about as far as I am with my list…
that sounds like a great start!
Emma, I understand your reasoning about what constitutes a French vs. a Francophone author. However, I’m not sure why all the books on the France Book Tours “fit this challenge” since many of those authors aren’t French either. Is the “French” criterion only mandatory for those specific bingo fields (i.e. “Play by a French Author”) and not the general ones like “Mystery/Thriller Set in France”? Help!
you are right, not all books on FBT would fit the challenge, but lots. Correct: “mystery set in France” can be written in any language, by author of any nationality, also books with word France in the title, etc. But if you want to make more difficult for you, feel free to narrow the rule to “written by a French author” for all of them!
thanks again for your question. I did specify a couple of things under the big BINGO card, to try to make it more clear
Thanks for your replies! Have decided to jouer au bingo with you, probably under the “more difficult” option you suggested above, and will link to a signup post & reviews before the end of the month. Bon week-end!
wow, now that IS a challenge! good luck
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I loved looking at the options on your bingo card! I may not make a list ahead of time, but see where my reading takes me, with some of these ideas in the back of my mind. Then mid-year, I’ll see what I might need to complete a row. In any case, as in bingo, it should be fun to play! 🙂
looking forward to see what you read for this challenge!
I’m certainly looking forward to reading more French books this year. It will be interesting to see how the bingo card works out. It gives it a new twist- thanks for keeping things exciting Emma.
thanks, looking forward to seeing what you come up with
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I’m game. I don’t have a blog. I’ll be using my Goodreads account under the name Kimberly V.
welcome on board, and let the game begin, have fun! So just paste the url of your review after each book you read for this. ask if you don’t know how to find the url of a specific review
Hi, thanks for hosting
Here is my sign up post http://libriamicimiei.blogspot.it/2015/01/bingo-2015-reading-challenge-french.html
welcome Veronica, enjoy the game!
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this is going to be fun. I already have taken out the first book from the library.
awesome, which book is it? I am curious!
Bonjour Emma! I’m looking forward to participating in this challenge – here’s my challenge sign-up post: http://reading2011.blogspot.com/2015/01/french-bingo-2015.html. I actually finished the Books on France Challenge last year, but I never posted here about it – but here’s my blog post anyway: http://reading2011.blogspot.com/2013/12/books-on-france-2014-reading-challenge.html
welcome back Anja, curious to see what you will read this year, either in English or in French! I left a couple of comments on your blog. Your words encourage me to insert some French lines to my posts
What is a literary novel? Any examples? Thanks! (By the way, great challenge!)
Penny, here is wikipedia definition for Literary Fiction:
“Literary fiction is a term principally used for certain fictional works that hold literary merit. In other words, they are works that offer deliberate commentary on larger social issues, political issues, or focus on the individual to explore some part of the human condition. Literary fiction is deliberately written in dialogue with existing works created with the above aims in mind. Literary fiction is focused more on themes than on plot.”
You could also say it’s fiction that is neither mystery nor romance, nor historical, where the focus is more on the writing style than on the plot.
Proust for instance is clearly literary fiction.
Here is a list generated by Goodreads for literary fiction – you can see even if you are not part of Goodreads:
My last review, Nagasaki, was definitely a work of literary fiction
Your question make e think I should offer suggestions for each square
A Palace in the Old Village by Tahar Ben Jelloun, Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale,
merci, you were planning it for D5, right?
Right, D5 – ex-pat life in France
BTW have you seen this? http://www.retreatbyrandomhouse.ca/2015/01/reading-bingo-challenge-2015/
oh thanks! I know of several bingo reading challenges, but didn’t know about this one. really good: if someone wants something Canadian, and not just French, I’ll know where to send them!
And that gives me the idea to Create a Goodreads group for this challenge!! merci!
D4 Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano
excellent! you seem to really be taking this challenge seriously, lol. good for you!
It’s serendipity. I saw the Jellon book on the shelf when I was at the library to pick up the Modiano book which was on hold for me. I wasn’t really thinking about the challenge. It’s just that these are my kind of books. I think row D was made for me, thanks 🙂
wonderful! I’m glad row D is working for you, lol. Curious to see how you will feel in the last 3 squares!
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My first French book this year- How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are
It could go for several of the bingo squares- A5, B1, B4, E5- I might keep my options open at this stage…
I haven’t done a sign up post yet- I’ll try and do one soon.
excellent! At the end of the month, I will recap what has been listed so far. Getting really exciting!
Here is my first book, it could be for A1 or B1: Journeys Through France and Life, by Glenda De Vaney: https://wordsandpeace.com/2015/01/19/review-and-giveaway-journeys-through-france-and-life-i-love-france-128/
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A5 or B4 Self-Portrait in Green by Marie NDiaye
Not sure which square this will finally fill, but I wanted to get it in. An intriguing book by an impressive author. If this one sounds too weird, try All My Friends, her short story collection.
very interesting, thanks for adding it. I tried to comment on your blog post, but am having issues with your captcha tonight, have tried 4 times already and am ready to give up
I’ll check into the captcha thing–there isn’t supposed to be one. thanks for letting me know.
oh wow! I did manage to post it, after the 5th try, and the thing was twirling for ever
I got rid of it.. Thanks for the comment. I’m sorry you had such a problem. I’m glad you told me about it.
My second French Bingo read Honeymoon in Paris- B3,B5 or C2
And I got to doing an introductory French Bingo post.
I think I’m going to read line B, but we’ll see…
merci Louise, you have time to figure out how to finish your 1st Bingo, no worry
I’ll join in.
By a French female author A5
welcome, the more the merrier! I see you are currently reading Cousin Pons. In French? just curious
I wish. No my French is too rusty, but I’m working on it.
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Emma, here are the links to my first two reviews for this challenge (will link to an official sign-up post later):
Marguerite Duras’ Le Vice-consul (A5 bingo square) can be found at http://caravanaderecuerdos.blogspot.com/2015/01/le-vice-consul.html
Jérôme Ferrari’s Le sermon sur la chute de Rome (E5) can be found at http://caravanaderecuerdos.blogspot.com/2015/01/le-sermon-sur-la-chute-de-rome.html
Merci! À bientôt!
excellent, wow readers are really on a roll here! I really want to read the book by Ferrari, so on my way to see what you have to say.
Emma, here’s my sign-up post at last. Thanks again for the invitation.
you are welcome, good to see more interesting titles popping up here
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D2 The Normandy diary of Marie-Louise Osmont. 1940-1944
So glad I found this gem by searching my library online catalog for “Normandy.”
I entered this on the linky- sorry I missed the notice earlier today
no problem, with all my crazy changes on this, it was definitely confusing!
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Gosh this looks a tough one – French authors before 1800 would have me scratching my head. Oh and I’d have to go shopping just to be sure I had choices covering some of those squares
You have the great playwrights: Racine, Corneille, Molière. In theater you also have Beaumarchais, Lighter but funny. Plus of course Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, even The Marquis de Sade!! He wrote some stuff before 1800. See here for some ideas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/18th-century_French_literature. And there are some other interesting authors earlier than that as well!
They are authors I am ashamed to say I have never read. Still they are not going to go away are they??
lol no, they are CLASSICS that every French kid has to read. You should try Molière, he’s our kind of Shakespeare
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Balzac’s Cousin Pons
thanks. there’s now a Mr Linky, do you mind adding it there? easier than following this crazy long list of comments. thanks: http://www.blenza.com/linkies/links.php?owner=wordsandpeace&postid=28Jan2015&meme=12282
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I am joining this fun challenge. My goodreads shelf: http://goo.gl/Ds501p (short name)
awesome. please link your reviews with the mr linky widget after each review you post, and specify what square it should go in. here is the direct link, look at the previous ones to use the same format: http://www.blenza.com/linkies/links.php?owner=wordsandpeace&postid=28Jan2015&meme=12282.
otherwise you can find the Mr Linky widget on the Bingo page: https://wordsandpeace.com/2014/12/01/french-bingo-2015-reading-challenge/.
it is not enough to rate a book on Goodreads, you have to write at least a few lines about it.
then you can link your goodreads review with mr linky. to find your goodreads review url, once you have written your review on goodreads, look at the book. at the end of the My Review section, there are 2 things: ‘Comment’ and ‘See review’. click on See review, then you can copy that url from the url bar and paste it in mr linky, et voilà
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As I finsh Stendhal’s The Red and The Black, I see I qualify for at least one of your squares! Let me see if I can complete a row; I’ll try! xo
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Posted a review for Paris in July, and having just discovered your French Bingo Challenge thought I would join in. Hope that’s OK.
awesome, never too late! welcome and good luck for the final prize
Book Number Two posted… Two down, 23 to go. This is fun!
wonderful! keep it up, have fun above all!
Whoops! I meant D2. Al most got a line there. Have a romance, but need a French author before 1800…
wow, awesome! When you look at the links by others, #13 read Cousin Pons (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Cousin_Pons) for author before 1800. The author is Balzac (1799-1850): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor%C3%A9_de_Balzac. He wrote a multi-volume collection of interconnected novels (with recurring characters) reflecting life conditions in his time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Com%C3%A9die_humaineo.
I would recommend either Old Goriot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_P%C3%A8re_Goriot) or The Lily of the Valley (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Lys_dans_la_vall%C3%A9e), these are my favorite
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Bonjour Emma! Just added a link for Albert Camus’ L’étranger. Should be back for regular Bingo posting again soon!
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Bonjour! Nathalie Sarraute’s Le planétarium has been added. Another great read.
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Salut Emma, ça va? J’ai écrit un billet sur le roman policier de Jean-Claude Izzo, Total Khéops.
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merci Richard, excellent! J’ai 3 livres de lui que je n’ai pas encore lus!
Hi Emma, just added a mixed review of a Fred Vargas novel. Only need a D2 for my Bingo now!
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Thanks Richard. left a long comment on your post. Good luck for D2. Anything in mind?
Hi Emma and thanks for that “long comment”! For D2, I’ll likely be reading Zoe Oldenbourg’s Le bûcher de Montségur: 16 mars 1244 about the crusade against the Cathars. I’ve wanted to read this book for ages, but it was only recently that I saw for myself that it’s a history book and not a historical fiction book. It’s pretty good early on so far.
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oh, sounds good!
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I finally scored my unofficial Bingo, Emma, “unofficial” because an end of the year health scare will keep me from writing up a review of Proust’s The Guermantes Way (D2) for my diagonal A5 to E1 bingo. Still, it was fun playing. Thanks for hosting and Bonne Année!
wow, take care! and I hope 2016 is a better year for your health. well done for the Bingo, I’ll pick the winner at the beginning of Jan. don’t forget to join the 2016 French Bingo, I have introduced some new tiles
I managed to get Bingo yesterday – hooray! http://reading2011.blogspot.com/2015/01/french-bingo-2015.html
Bonne année Emma, et merci pour un défi très amusante !
bravo! will pick the winners at the beginning of January
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