2023 Literary Life Bingo Reading Challenge,  Show Notes

Episode 151: The Literary Life Podcast Reading Challenge 2023

This week on The Literary Life podcast our hosts introduce the 2023 Reading Challenge! Angelina, Cindy and Thomas are excited to share with you about all the categories on this year’s Literary Life Bingo Reading Challenge! You can download your own copy of the challenge here, as well as check out our past reading challenges. Scroll down in the show notes to see a list of the links and books mentioned in this episode. You can use the hashtag #LitLifeBingo on social media so we can all see what everyone is reading in 2023!

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Find Atlee’s list of Movies and Their Literary Roots in pdf form here.

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Commonplace Quotes:

Much that we call Victorian is known to us only because the Victorians laughed at it.

George Malcolm Young, from Portrait of an Age

I think that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.

Annie Dillard, from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body.

Joseph Addison


by William H. Davies

My mind has thunderstorms,
That brood for heavy hours:
Until they rain me words,
My thoughts are drooping flowers
And sulking, silent birds.

Yet come, dark thunderstorms,
And brood your heavy hours;
For when you rain me words,
My thoughts are dancing flowers
And joyful singing birds.

Book and Link List:

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Episode 14: “The Adventures of a Shilling” by Joseph Addison

Episode 3: The Importance of Detective Fiction

Episode 16: “Why I Write” by George Orwell

Reading Challenge Downloads

The Letters of Jane Austen by Jane Austen

Abigail Adams: Letters ed. by Edith Gelles

The Letters of Dorothy Osborne to William Temple ed. by G. C. Moore Smith

Few Eggs and No Oranges by Vere Hodgson

Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis

Letters of C. S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor ed. by Sally Fitzgerald

Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman by Lord Chesterfield

The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer

The Aeneid by Virgil

The Saga of the Volsungs by Anonymous

The Vision of Sir Launfal by James Russell Lowell

Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Ramayana of Valmiki ed. and trans. by Robert and Sally Goldman

The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton

P. D. James

Edmund Crispin

Alan Bradley

Patricia Moyes

Peter Granger

Rex Stout

Sir Walter Scott

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

Mythos by Stephen Fry

The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Coming Up for Air by George Orwell

P. G. Wodehouse

The Last Days of Socrates by Plato

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

Champagne for the Soul by Mike Mason

Edges of His Ways by Amy Carmichael

The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald Knox

Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Jane Austen

Patrick Leigh Fermor

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Heroes by Stephen Fry

Troy by Stephen Fry

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The Mabinogion trans. by Sioned Davies

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

Idylls of the King by Alfred Tennyson

Cindy’s List of Literature of Honor for Boys (archived webpage)

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

The 39 Steps by John Buchan

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

The Well Read Poem

An Experiment in Criticism by C. S. Lewis

The Truth and the Beauty by Andrew Klavan

The Magic Apple Tree by Susan Hill

Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill

Jacob’s Room is Full of Books by Susan Hill

The Medieval Mind of C. S. Lewis by Jason Baxter

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff

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  • Elizabeth Berish

    I was really glad to hear you recommend Niel Gaiman’s “Norse Mythology”. I have been eyeing that book since it came out because I love Norse legends and myths. However, I’ve read Gaiman in the past and HATED his books. I will have to give that one a try.

    • admin

      Hm, I’m not sure why the link above would not be working. It is still showing the archived webpage for me. You could try pasting this link into the Wayback Machine if the link here in the show notes won’t work for you: http:/www.ordo-amoris.com/2010/05/literature-of-honor-for-boys.html

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