Book Bingo 2016 — it’s on!


Many thanks to my co-conspirators in the bingo card creation process:

To my dear friend for the pizza-fueled bingo planning get-togethers and for the fun of talking books all year long. 

To the Dear Man for suggesting and designing the pizza-themed bingo card. You always make us look good!

How to Play

Read a book that fits the category in a square. Complete just
one row, or go for blackout by reading a book in every category on the
bingo card. You have one year to complete the bingo card. Books started in 2015 but finished in 2016 count.

You can decide for yourself what each category means.
We’ve provided some definitions below, but you can free-style it if you like
— as long as you can make a case that the book fits the category.


The Categories (in alphabetical order)


A story that takes you on a thrilling journey


A life story in the person’s own words

Beach Read

Easy escapism

A Book Abandoned 

A book you didn’t finish. This is your free square.

Children’s Classic

A time-honored book written for young readers

Compelling Review

When you see an enticing blurb on a book jacket or an intriguing comment on GoodReads… this qualifies as a Compelling Review.


When things go wrong — a nervous breakdown or a natural catastrophe or anything in between.

Embarrassed to Admit…

Embarrassed to admit in public that I read this. Or, embarrassed to admit I didn’t read it until now.

Endorsed by an Author

A book recommended by author you recognize. Recommendation could appear in a review, a blurb, or an interview.

Everyone’s Reading It

You’ve heard about it, you’ve seen it, it won’t go away–so read it, already.


A book where food is a key ingredient


A book that evokes a historical period or event

Improve Your Life

Self-help, psychology, religion, or how-to. Any book that helps you pursue happiness.


Written by a journalist, or a narrative written in a journalistic style

Law and Order

Mystery, true crime, a lawyer’s memoir, or a book about the Supreme Court. Any book about the making, breaking, or enforcement of the law.




A book where music matters

National Book Award

A winner or a nominee, in any category

Older Than My Mom

A book published before my mom was born


Presidential election year! A book about a U.S. President or a presidential election, or a book a President has read.


A book about espionage or simply a nosy neighbor

Suburban Ennui

Is that all there is?

Title Attraction

You love the title of the book.


Dysfunctional families, intertwining storylines, surprising plots, or psychological suspense. Or just a book about knots.

Ugly Cover

Despite its cover, you want to read it, anyway.


So… let’s start creating our book lists, guys!