Bookish Bingo: Spring 2016

Posted February 29, 2016 by Bekka in challenges / 72 Comments

bookish bingoHello everyone and happy Spring! It’s the beginning of a new season (sort of? Just roll with it) and that means it’s time for a new Bookish Bingo! I am very, very excited about this card and its categories. I worked really hard on these squares, so I hope you all enjoy this round of Bookish Bingo.

How does it work?

The object of Bookish Bingo is to get as many bingos as possible. That is, five across, up and down, or diagonally. With each bingo you achieve, you get one extra entry into the giveaway at the end of this round.

Novellas, graphic novels, nonfiction, and fiction across all genres and categories can be counted towards your Bingo card. However, you can only have one square per book.

In order for a book to count, you must have read it between March 1st and May 31st. You do not have to review each book and you do not have to have a blog to participate.

To sign up, leave a comment on this post – simple as that.



That’s right! There will be a read-a-thon this round, and I am so, so excited. It’s always been a blogging “dream” of mine to host one of these things, and I think I finally figured out how. The read-a-thon will be the first week of April, from 12 am April 3rd to 11:59pm on April 9th. I will have more information about the read-a-thon later this month, but there will be a group read, mini-challenges, and a giveaway!

Now, onto the card!

spring bingo

As always, I will offer some recommendations for some of the categories!

Second Chance – This is simply a book that you previously put down, but you’re giving it another chance. Other second chance options include: a reread, giving an author a second chance after you didn’t like their first book, giving a series a second chance after you decided to quit.

Set in Space

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Radiance by Cat Valente

Nonbinary MC – the Main Character’s gender does not fall into the binary system

  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
  • Uncovering Ray by Edie Daford

Set over 200 Years Ago – Not necessarily written then, just set during a time period that long ago

  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  • Da Vinci’s Tiger by Laura Malone Elliott

Criminals – Assassins, pirates, thieves, drug dealers, mob families, anything goes

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Based on a real event – doesn’t have to be nonfiction

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Foer
  • Family by Micol Ostow
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Book Toward Another Challenge – Doing a paranormal romance challenge? A contemporary challenge? Read a book toward one of your other challenges. Only doing the Goodreads Challenge? Reader’s Choice!

Retelling – Fairytales, historical events, mythology, Arthurian retellings, Shakespeare retellings, anything really

  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Set in More Than One Country

  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Also Anna & the French Kiss!)
  • The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
  • The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

Characters are Not Human – Aliens, werewolves, robots, etc

  • Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Cage by Megan Shepard

Flowers on the Cover

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
  • How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Written Under a Pen Name

  • Feed by Mira Grant
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Written by More Than One Author

  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

End of the World – Apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fiction

  • On the Edge of Gone by Corrine Duyvis
  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Ashfall by Mike Mullin


Have fun!


72 responses to “Bookish Bingo: Spring 2016

  1. Rebecca

    It’s here, YAY. I love these bookish bingo challenges and this latest round looks like so much fun. Thanks for hosting, I’m excited to participate 🙂

  2. Ahhh the card is so cute!! I’m happy to see Retellings listed again this round because I didn’t get to that square last round and I wanted to. I’m also excited about the Second Chance square. I have a shelf on GR called “on pause” that’s full of books I started reading and never finished because I got distracted by new releases. I’m glad to have an excuse to go back to at least one of them.
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  3. Just a quick question: Does each book need to be started and finished during the timeframe, or merely completed during it? I don’t want to accidentally cheat!

  4. D

    I’m curious about this, but also hesitant. I read a vast ecclectisism of books so I’m wondering how some of my reads would work for this…like The Three Musketeers, for instance, could I count that toward criminal?
    Also, could a memoir count as a “true event”?

    At any rate, it’s awesome!

  5. Ah I did not do well with my Winter bingo card but I am going to try again and HOPEFULLY get at least one bingo this time(I love this card!)

  6. I seriously thought I left a comment earlier.. Anyway! I am definitely taking part in this one! I don’t know where I’ll keep track online, unless I live-tweet which I probably will, but I’m going to print out a copy and write the book that corresponds with each square on the back. Some of these are going to be a challenge for me and bring me out of my comfort zone but hopefully I’ll discover some new favorites!
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