The 2021 book bingo reading challenge

I really enjoyed the 2020 book bingo challenge, and I know that many of you did, too. So I’m excited to do this again in 2021. This time, though, I really would love to have more of a reading community so we can all nerd out together. Because reading more + reading widely is always fun, right?

Without ado, presenting….

The 2021 book bingo reading challenge

There are two main parts to this reading challenge: choose your bingo journey + commit to a monthly check-in.

I’ve created a special Reader’s Nook on SubStack, where we will meet every month to discuss our latest reads.

Your book bingo journey

There are 25 prompts on the book bingo reading challenge. You get to decide how many you want to do.

2021 book bingo challenge prompts
Click image to download high-res bingo card

Go for the full house, which means you commit to reading 25 books in 2021.

Pick your rows: Choose a few rows and commit to finishing those during the year.

You can choose two horizontal or two vertical rows, for example, which would mean a commitment to read 10 books during the year.

If you choose one horizontal and one vertical row of books, that gives you 9 books for the year.

Or choose a combination of horizontal, vertical and diagonal rows – choosing 3 rows means a commitment to reading 12-13 books in 2021.

Monthly check-ins for the 2021 book bingo reading challenge

There will be a monthly check-in, because what’s a challenge without one, right?

Track your progress on your bingo card {don’t you love crossing off books as you read them?}, tell us about the books you read, the one you loved the most, or give us mini-reviews of all books you’ve read so far for this challenge.

You will receive an email from me on the 1st Saturday of each month, inviting you into the Reader’s Nook for some bookish discussions. The comments on SubStack work much like Facebook, so we can all just nerd out together on all the books we’ve read, the authors we love, and maybe share some quotes and reviews.

Are you in?

Download the book bingo card here, join the Reader’s Nook, and drop me a comment telling me you’re in!

You’ll get the first email on the 2 January 2021, so we can get the ball rolling!

I hope you’re as excited about this challenge as I am! I look forward to having you join in. Do spread the word about this challenge – the more the merrier, right? xx

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  1. I’m in! I really enjoyed the challenge in 2020 although my updates fizzled out due to illness. But I read at least 12 books and enjoyed at least 11 of them. Hemingway is the pits!

    • So wonderful to have you join in again this year, Lisa! Don’t you just love those good reading years, when you enjoy most of the books you read?

      And I hope you’re feeling better! xx

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  3. Hey Shinj,

    This sounds good but honestly I like reading at my pace, so I never end up signing for a challenge.

    I’m part of a book club so we do end up exchanging and sharing our reads regularly and also reading one common book every quarter!

    I read some great books this year, a few which I totally enjoyed included:
    The Forest of Enchantments by CDB, 11 minutes 34 seconds in this Strange world by Elf Shafak, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Man Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett.
    Currently reading Avni Doshi’s A Girl in White Cotton and also Tara Westover’s Educated.

    Have a fabulous wrap up to 2020 and a healthy, book drenched 2021!

    Hugs. ♥️

    • Hey Natz! There’s no pressure to read at any pace or even to finish the entire bingo for that matter. It’s just an interesting way – I think – of reading a diverse set of books that interest you.

      11 minutes 34 seconds in this Strange world is on my TBR – I do love Elif Shafak’s writing!

      Wish you a fab 2021 too! <3

    • I think it should…I have an entire year to find out! 😉 It would have been great to have you join in, but of course, I completely understand about not staying away from book challenges.

  4. Can we do this challenge without signing up for Reader’s Nook? I’m a pretty solitary creature and prefer to keep it that way, especially because any form of interaction makes me feel like I’m being forced to read, if you understand? I do have a webpage where I’ll be keeping track of what I read ( and will do the challenge even if it doesn’t ‘count’ if I don’t join Reader’s Nook…. or who knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself and join at some point anyway, but without the discussions. I have zero interest in that and it turns me away from challenges usually. And I do have a LOT of other challenges and things going on, otherwise.

    Thanks for putting this together! I’ll happily poke at this either way, officially or unofficially. It looks like fun. 🙂

    • You can certainly do it without joining the readers nook! I wouldn’t want you to feel forced to do anything you don’t want to! I would love to see what you read, so I’ll just bookmark the page you shared and drop in to have a look. I do hope you enjoy reading. 🙂

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