The book review café #BookChallenge 2019 #HelpNeeded #SOS


This year I’m hoping to widen my horizons and read more books out of my comfort zone, it maybe a new author to me, a book in a different genre, or so on, as I mainly read and love my crime and psychological thrillers this could be a huge challenge for me 🙈

So here’s the thing I’ve seen the book bingo challenge but I wanted mine to be different, if I had my way it would consist of crime thrillers and more crime thrillers. So then I had an idea I thought I would ask all you lovely followers of my blog to come up with some themes to fill my challenge card up with. Here is an example of the one on Goodreads…..


Mine will consist of a 16 book challenge which I hope to complete by the end of the year (although this could end in a epic fail, and I could still be trying to complete it in ten years time, have you seen my ARC pile?😂😂) Also I will be including **one free square** which will be a book of my choice and hopefully make the challenge less challenging.

I would love it if you could suggest a category and before I start my challenge I will post my grid along with the persons name who came up with the idea.  So get your thinking caps on and all ideas and comments greatly appreciated.





42 thoughts on “The book review café #BookChallenge 2019 #HelpNeeded #SOS

  1. Nicola Thompson

    I dont know if youd put this in trilogy or fantasy, but the Dark Jewel Trilogy by Amy Bishop is one of the best things Ive ever read. Its dark, its funny, its beautiful, is rife with social commentary. Though if you want to put that in fantasy, a sci-fi trilogy (or satire) you might try I’d The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. Oh and one last one! The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk, which is a dystopian book centred around the idea of (i think) if Y2K happened and San Francisco was the only sanctuary.

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  2. bucksbooksbeyond

    Over Christmas I read This Is Going to Hurt by Adam kay. Could probably put that in Memoir, Biography or Humour and Comedy. It’s very very funny and it’s a fairly quick easy read on the life of a junior doctor. I really enjoyed it and like you I read a lot of crime and psychological thrillers so it made a nice change x

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  3. yvonnembee

    I see the category called Trilogy and there is one that immediately springs to mind. Its called The Darkest Hand Trilogy by Tarn Richardson. This is a mix of historical from 1890’s, Catholic secret societies, end of days oh and werewolves. Now I know this is going to be way out of your comfort zone and may not be to your taste, but it may be of interest to others reading your post 😀

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  4. lollyrugs Post author

    Now they sound intriguing believe it or nor before I starred blogging one of my favourite series was The Vampire Academy series I loved these books, so will definitely take a look Yvonne and thanks for the recommendations x

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  5. Rosie Amber

    Great idea. As you prefer crime, I’ve thought of some books that combine crime with other genres.
    YA fantasy – The Birr Elixir by Jo Sparks
    YA – The Children of Albion by Jill Turner


  6. whatcathyreadnext

    Some ideas for categories (a few I’ve seen on similar bingo cards):
    Alternative history (e.g. False Lights by K J Whittaker or SS-GB by Len Deighton)
    A book published the year you were born (obviously can’t offer a suggestion for that one!)
    Book written by your namesake (or as near as you can get)
    Literary prize winner

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  7. Jo

    What a fantastic idea! I think that if you want to make the challenge a little less daunting, you can try to include a couple of categories that aren’t genre specific e.g. a debut author, or an author who is new to you. But, if you’re going out of your comfort zone, I’d like to suggest a novel with a non-human character / point of view, and a novel set in the future.
    Good luck with your challenge 🙂

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  8. Graeme Cumming

    I lean towards cross-genres, but I don’t know if that’s a category or not. If it is, Dean Koontz tends to write thrillers that have something else included (horror, fantasy, sci-fi). Which reminds me, horror doesn’t appear on that challenge card. Worth dipping a toe in that water?

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    1. lollyrugs Post author

      I love books with horror in them Graeme and i used to be obsessed with Dean Koontz books, which reminds me I haven’t read one of his in a long time so thanks for the suggestions


  9. BookVue

    Hi! You could go back to classics, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of my favorite. If you’d like to try something completely different, then I’d suggest Indian mythological thriller like the Shiva trilogy by Amish Tripathi.


  10. Fictionophile

    I have two recommendations Lorraine. For literary fiction I suggest “Where the Crawdads Sing” (it has just a hint of mystery that might appeal to you). For horror fiction I’d suggest “The dead house” by Billy O’Callaghan. Both were fab reads.

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