Some of you have probably noticed me talking about book bingo around here and were wondering what exactly I was going on about. Well, now that it’s after April 1st (the start of the new bingo period) I thought I’d do a post about it.
r/Fantasy Book Bingo is something I initially started on kind of a whim. Several years ago, after I’d been skulking about reddit’s r/fantasy community for a bit, I found myself engaged in thread about book challenges. In the discussion I mentioned having done a book bingo before and then said ‘I should make a fantasy one for the subreddit’ and a couple of people were like ‘yeah, you totally should’ and thus r/Fantasy Book Bingo was born.
So, what is r/Fantasy Book Bingo? It’s a year long reading challenge with the aim of getting readers to branch out, look at books they may have otherwise passed up, discover new authors and subgenres, etc. It’s really all about broadening ones horizons while having fun reading. There is a bingo card with twenty-five squares, each with its own specific requirement to tick off. If you get a bingo you can go into a prize drawing. If you fill out the entire card then you can get Reading Champion flair in the subreddit (basically a little tag beside your name that says Reading Champion).
Here is this year’s r/Fantasy Bingo Card!
Some of these squares require a bit more explanation, and for that you can find the full rules and square information here on r/fantasy.
This is my FIFTH year running the challenge and it’s really been a lot of fun. A lot of hard work but also very rewarding seeing people have so much fun with it and discover new books and authors. I’ve also gotten a lot of help with running bingo over the years and I’m super appreciative to everyone who has helped take on bingo duties — it’s been great seeing folks come together for this and I’d like to think I’ve made some new friends along the way.
What do you think about a bingo challenge? What reading challenges are you participating in? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!