Evan’s Book Hunt


Each slate contains five criteria. When you finish reading a book, assign it to any one entry from any available slate. You can’t hoard finished books to assign in the future. You can’t count a reread book unless implied otherwise by the criterion. You can’t reassign a book after assigning it. When you complete a slate, give yourself a reward. You may also send me your completed criteria for a slate to be listed as a winner. Slates will be published on an ad hoc schedule. Inspired by Magdalen and Lisa’s book bingo. My own allocations are in parentheses.

Slate 1

A book translated from Russian (The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky)

A book for young adult readers

A play written before the 20th century by someone other than Shakespeare

A book in which a bird appears as an omen or portent

The first novel by a poet (Mammother by Zachary Schomburg)

Slate 2

A book translated from German

A book by a transgender person

A mystery or thriller with a non-white protagonist/investigator

A book with a new cover design but a previous edition’s typesetting

The first collection of poetry by a novelist

Slate 3

A book translated from Korean

A book from the library (Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple)

An anthology of science fiction or fantasy stories

A book other than the first from a series of which you have not read the first book (A Darker Domain by Val McDermid)

A play in verse by someone other than Shakespeare

Slate 4 — Shakespeare

One of the comedies

One of the histories

One of the tragedies

A nonfiction book about Shakespeare or his plays

A fiction or drama adaptation of or sequel to a Shakespeare play

Slate 5 — Translation

A book translated from Spanish, French, or Italian

A book translated from Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian, or Icelandic

A book translated from Chinese

A book translated from Arabic or Hebrew

A book translated from ancient Greek, Latin, or Sanskrit

Slate 6 — by Jules

An illustrated book

A book of essays by a woman (Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino)

A book that prominently features a cat or cats

A book borrowed from a friend

A book set someplace you know little about