2020 r/Fantasy Book Bingo Reading Challenge

It’s after April 1st (the start of the new bingo period) and that means that a new r/Fantasy book bingo challenge has started! I talk about bingo a lot around here and though maybe some of you might like to take part or know more about it. So, here we are.

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 your 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!



This is my SIXTH year running the challenge! I can’t believe it’s been going on that long already. I’ve already got my entire card planned out this year (despite initially deciding not to participate this year, go figure). I’m not going to do a themed card other than ‘books you already own’ so you’ll be able to find all of these on my TBR of Doom. 🙂


List of Books I’m Reading for 2020 r/fantasy Bingo Challenge:

  1. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami – audiobook
  2. The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky – physical book
  3. A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland – ebook
  4. The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells – ebook
  5. The Perfect Assassin by K. A. Doore – ebook
  6. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff – physical book and audiobook
  7. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – ebook
  8. Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller – physical book
  9. Written in Red by Anne Bishop – physical book
  10. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – physical book
  11. Rebel by Krista D. Ball – ebook
  12. The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal – physical book
  13. Docile by K. M. Szpara – physical book
  14. Vita Nostra by Maryna and Serhiy Dyachenko – ebook and audiobook
  15. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – ebook
  16. Redshirts by John Scalzi – physical book
  17. Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker – physical book
  18. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey – audiobook
  19. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin – physical book
  20. Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint – physical book
  21. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – physical book
  22. Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett – ebook
  23. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – physical book
  24. Card Captor Sakura Clear Card Vol 1 by CLAMP – physical book
  25. Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly – physical book

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!

23 thoughts on “2020 r/Fantasy Book Bingo Reading Challenge

  1. Susy's Cozy World says:

    I am so excited to take part in this! And the Bingo card is amazing!! 😍 I haven’t planned ahead with all the books I want to read for it, I think at the moment I see what it fit as I go, but I am really excited!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Glad you’re excited! I usually don’t plan ahead either, it’s easier to try and fill as many squares as you can organically, but I’m using this as an opportunity to get through some things in my TBR so it should be interesting. 🙂 Good luck!

  2. Zezee says:

    I really like this type of reading challenge and have seen it featured on other blogs by people who are participating. I’d like to join. Not sure about this year yet but def for next year.

  3. Tammy says:

    I’ve never done a bingo challenge, but this is tempting! I’m going to take a look at my TBR and see what I can use. This is awesome, Lisa😁

  4. Sammie @ The Writerly Way says:

    This looks like a really fun bingo, and oh my gosh, your picks look great! So many of them are on my TBR, too, so I’ll be curious what you think. :3 I need to read The Wolf in the Whale this year, too. I’ve heard wonderful things about it! Foundryside, too! Hope you enjoy these and that you’re able to fully fill in your card.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! A LOT of these have been in my TBR for some time so this is the motivation to get them read. 🙂 I’ve heard amazing things about both of those books which is why I picked them up, just haven’t had the chance to get to them yet. 🙂 Thanks!

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