Introducing Book Bingo 2021

Welcome to Book Bingo 2021!

It’s a new year, my friends, and it’s time for some new goals and new changes to move all of our lives in a good direction. We hope Book Bingo can help you structure your reading in a positive way.

The Theme

This year’s theme is nautical because some of our categories (Knotty, Survival, The Explorer, Breezy) made us think of the sea. Also because we like the ocean (just like the year we had a pizza theme just because we love the pizza).

The Team

Book Bingo happens each year because of the collaborative efforts of two of the world’s finest humans

  • My dear friend, who brings inspiration and humor and intelligence and fun to the whole process
  • The Dear Man, who brings the graphical brilliance and creativity and delight to our design every year. We give him a few phrases and he turns it into something beautiful.

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 2021. Books started in 2020 but finished in 2021 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. (This is one of my favorite sports)
  • All categories can be fiction or nonfiction (your choice), unless otherwise specified.

The Categories

To Sign Up

Couldn’t be easier… just leave a Comment on this post with your name. If you’re a blogger, also include your blog name & URL so we can follow along with you.

The Printables

Here’s the bingo card in pdf format:

Questions? Answers!

If you have any questions about any of the categories, ask your question in the Comments of this post, and I promise I’ll respond.


Now let’s start doing some reading, my friends!

31 thoughts on “Introducing Book Bingo 2021

    • Hooray! Welcome, Wendy — so glad you’ll be part of book bingo this year. The open secret of our bingo card is that you can wedge *almost* any book into most of the categories. So part of the fun is creating the rationale for what a book fits any given category.

  1. Michele

    The world needs more Book Bingo options! I had fun with Seattle Public Library’s 2020 summer version and look forward to diving into these categories. Thanks for hosting this.

    • Hi Michele! I couldn’t agree more — Book Bingo everywhere is one key to happiness. So glad you’re diving into this version of Book Bingo. Looking forward to hearing your reading choices. Enjoy!

  2. Lindsay

    I am so excited about this and wish I had Known about Book Bingo last year and the year before .I can’t wait to get started.

  3. Mindy Bogue

    A little late to the game, but I’m in. Didn’t do a book challenge last year (of all years, lol), and am ready to do one this year but make it a little different. 🙂

  4. So far I’ve done:
    1000 books to read before you die: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
    Eye catching: The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
    Instant Classic: The Martian by Andy Weir
    Noir: The Changeling by Victor LaValle
    Quest: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
    Immigrant: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

    All great reads! Here’s my StoryGraph profile where I track and review all the books I read (you do need an account to view, though):

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