Wanderlust Bingo Challenge

I have completed reading the books for this challenge, although there are four that I haven’t reviewed. It has taken me two years and I’ve read 25 books, some of which I wouldn’t have thought of reading if it hadn’t been for this challenge. I travelled round the world and ventured into Outer Space in Ray Bradbury’s Leviathan ’99 and into the realms of fantasy in J R R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ring Trilogy.

I enjoyed all of them, especially the 5 star books marked with an asterisk *.

Here’s the final list with links to my reviews (where they exist):

North America (USAInland by Téa Obreht

Small Town ( CanadaA Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson*

Island (CreteGreece) The Island by Victoria Hislop

Train (travelling from Ostend to Constantinople, via Cologne, Vienna and Belgrade) Stamboul Train by Graham Greene

Far East (Hong Kong, CambodiaThe Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré*

Indian Sub-Continent (India) Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga*

Village (IrelandThe Wonder by Emma Donoghue *

Oceania (AustraliaA Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

Forest (GermanyWhite Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

Space (The Universe) Leviathan ’99

Mountain (Spain and other countries ) The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley

South America (based on Peru) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett*

Free Square (Middle Earth) The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien*

River (Rio Negro in BrazilState of Wonder by Ann Patchett*

Polar Regions (The South Pole, Antarctica)– Ice Bound by Jerri Nielsen* (nonfiction)

Desert (Saudi Arabia) The Night of the Mi’raj by Zoë Ferraris

Walk (Malaya) A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Southeast Asia (Vietnam) The Quiet American by Graham Greene

Africa (Belgian Congo) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Beach (England) The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths

Road (ScotlandCoffin Road by Peter May*

Europe (Belgium) Ashes by Christopher de Vinck

Sea (in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Middle East (present-day Iraq, Kuwait, and parts of Iran, Syria, and Turkey) Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

City (FranceThe Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


My thanks to FictionFan who devised this challenge – I’m looking to seeing what she comes up with next.

10 thoughts on “Wanderlust Bingo Challenge

  1. I’m glad you’ve had such a pleasant journey around the world, Margaret. And I’m not surprised you gave the May five stars; he’s so talented! You’ve also reminded me (for which thanks) of Bel Canto, which is on my list of ‘books I keep meaning to put on the TBR but haven’t yet.’ It’s a great challenge, and I’ll be interested, too, to see what FF comes up with next!

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  2. Fantastic! Well done! We’ve matched a couple of boxes and there are others on the list that I’ve loved. But also loads I haven’t read and will look at when trying to fill boxes next time. I wondered if I’d missed your review of Last Man in Tower, but I see you haven’t reviewed it. Did you enjoy it? I loved it when I read it a few years ago – in fact, I think it may have won a FictionFan Award that year. Next card will appear next week… 😉

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  3. Thank you! I loved Last Man in Tower and did intend to write about it, but then I was so keen on getting on with reading the next book. And then going into hospital put an end to blogging for a while. I’m not back to normal yet, but I am looking forward to the next card – and can use some of the books in your boxes too, maybe! 🙂


  4. Hats off to you for completing this – it loos a lot easier than it is to fill in all those squares. It takes a fair degree of creativity to come up with suitable titles for some squares when you can’t duplicate countries.

    Of the books you’ve read I’ve read only three – Bel Canto, Last Man in the Tower were both fabulous. Heart of Darkness was challenging and I really didn’t get it the first time – second time around it made a bit more sense.

    Would you do this again??


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