2021 r/Fantasy Book Bingo Reading Challenge

April 1st (the start of the new bingo period) has come and gone and that means 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 a lot of you might also be new to this challenge. So, I thought it would be good to post my yearly announcement here.

r/Fantasy Book Bingo is something I initially started on kind of a whim. Several years ago, after I’d been lurking around on 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! Thanks much to u/eriophora for the awesome upgrade in bingo card graphics this year. ❤

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 SEVENTH year running the challenge (geez! I can’t believe how time flies!). I’m not planning on actively participating this year, however I might still tick off all the squares by accident–who knows? (I say that and yet I’m already thinking about books I could read that would count for squares….). So, what do you think about this challenge? Are you participating this year? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

26 thoughts on “2021 r/Fantasy Book Bingo Reading Challenge

  1. Mischenko says:

    This is a neat challenge! I would’ve done this one, but my hands are pretty full this year. I’m definitely going to keep this one in mind for next year. 😉

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! We try to make it fun and inclusive. I don’t know if I’ll be doing it myself or not this year but I do always try to fill it in with what I’ve read and see how many I can cross off. 🙂

  2. Tammy says:

    I have never done a bingo challenge but maybe this will be the year? This looks like its got some challenging prompts, so it could be a lot of fun😁

    • waytoofantasy says:

      These challenges can be fun! I know most people try to do the whole card but you really only have to get a bingo and call it a day. But we’re all overachievers in the book community here LOL. If you try it I hope you have fun with it.

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum says:

    I love seeing bingo challenge cards! I tend to do them at the of the year in “reverse” though, see how many squares I can mark off with the books I’ve read over the course of the year, just to add that element of “chance” like real bingo 😀

  4. Realms of My Mind says:

    I’ve stopped doing book bingos as they just don’t fit my reading style, but I still love this idea and seeing all the squares you come up with! Such a great way to encourage people to look into different corners of fantasy!

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! Well most people forget that to ‘win’ this one you only need to get a single bingo so just five squares in a row. You might even get a bingo without even trying, I know I usually do every year LOL. 😉

  5. Zezee says:

    Lol at cat squasher.
    I might do it. More likely that I keep the card and then see how many books I read fit the category at the end of the year. I’d love to read a cat squasher though 🙂

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