Looking over the books I’ve read this year, I began to realise that I have travelled a bit more widely than usual – which put me in mind of a challenge I’ve been meaning to try but keep forgetting to get around to, FictionFan’s Wanderlust Bingo. In addition to her rules that a country can only be used once, I also decided that the book can only fill the slot if the setting is important either atmospherically or to the content/plot. For instance, although very little of Rose Nicholson actually takes place at sea, there is an important scene on the Edinburgh-St Andrews journey at the start of the novel that sets up the rest of the book. I’ve filled out twelve of the squares already – let’s see how many I can manage by the end of the year… I will probably end up doing some rejigging because, for instance, I have Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s I Do Not Come To You By Chance up soon on my TBR, which I think is set in Lagos (city). I’m hoping to read a campus novel for the free square and even have one in mind – but I reserve the right to change my mind and fit something else in there at the last minute!

Making the bold assumption that I am going to stick roughly to what I have planned for the rest of the year, here are some of the spots that I am hoping to fill:

Polar regions – An African in Greenland (Tété-Michel Kpomassie)

Village (Norway) – The Wreath (Sigrid Undset)

Island (Iceland) – The Island (Ragnor Jónasson)

Beach (Greece) – This Rough Magic (Mary Stewart)

I’m completely stumped for both Desert and Forest, though – suggestions? Recommendations? I’m all ears!