Welcome to Book Bingo 2019!
It’s our fifth annual Book Bingo event, and we’re so glad you’re here.
Once again, my collaborators and I have pondered categories and themes for the annual bingo card, and we realized we have several categories relating to fire and rebirth… so we’ve got a fiery theme and a hidden Phoenix this year.
Big thanks to the two people who make this possible:
My dear friend, who conspires with me all year long to develop this list of categories. So much fun.
The Dear Man, who goes into his office and then says, “Do you have a minute?” and shows me the most gorgeous design that captures every aspect we wanted (and then a little bit more). I love this.
How to Play
- Read a book that fits the category. Each book can qualify for only one category.
- Complete just one row or column, or go for blackout by reading a book in every category.
- All books must be finished in 2019. Books started in 2018 but finished in 2019 count.
- We’ve provided some definitions, but you can free-style it if you like—as long as you can make a case that the book fits the category.
- All categories can be fiction or nonfiction (your choice), unless otherwise specified.
About the Categories
Edgar Award: First Novel – A mystery that was nominated for — or won — the Edgar Allan Poe Award for First Novel
Heroine –Strong female voice: author, character, or subject
Palate cleanser – A book that refreshes and balances out what you’ve read lately
Genre-bending – A book that plays with genre — it might break the rules or be categorized in more than one genre
Gen X author – A book written by an author born between 1961 and 1981
Odd couple – A book about an unusual pairing
Classic I’ve never read –A book that’s stood the test of time
Pushing boundaries –A book that challenges your worldview or awareness. Or a book whose pioneering character or author breaks new ground.
Explore – A book that takes you or the character to a new place
Place Name – A book with a place name in its title (examples: Looking for Alaska. Or Alaska by Michener)
Life hack –A book with a shortcut that makes makes your life (or a character’s life) easier
Unbelievable – Nonfiction that’s stranger than fiction, or a novel whose premise you’re not buying
Green – A book with a green cover, or a book about nature, money, envy, or any other green thing
Fire –Literal fire, passion, or something burning within
Birth– The beginning or a fresh start
Romantic –Idealistic or passionate
Language –A book with a distinctive voice or a book in translation
LGBTQ –A book by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ
Novelty Book –A book structured in an unorthodox way
South Pacific – A book set in, or written by, an author from the South Pacific
Folktale –A story incorporating elements of a myth, legend, or fable
Map –A book about a journey, a guide to self-discovery, or simply a book with a map in it
Deep Dive – An investigative, immersive reading experience
Unruly Woman –A book about a woman who breaks out of the mold
Lost & Found – A story of rebirth or redefining a sense of self
To Sign Up…
Visit the Book Bingo 2019 announcement post and add your blog name & URL in the Comments. Easy as that.
If you have any questions about any of the categories, pop on over here and ask your question in the Comments, and I promise to respond.