Happy Tuesday! Today I’m going to go over my second and third row of potential picks for r/Fantasy’s Bingo Challenge.
For the full details of the challenge, check out r/Fantasy’s 2020 Bingo Announcement thread.
For my first row picks, check out my post about it.
Second row potential picks:
Novel featuring a ghost. Hard mode: At least one main protagonist is a ghost
- Right now, the only one I have that I think would work is Joyland by Stephen King. I borrowed this from my mom, which asking her was the only way I knew it had a ghost. I don’t think it’s a protagonist though so no hard mode for this one.
Novel featuring explanation. Hard mode: The exploration is the central plot
- A Natural History of Dragons is probably going to be my book. I mentioned it as a possibility for another square already but as this is the only one I can think of for this one, well, that kinda answers itself. I’m not sure if this is hard mode or not yet, I’ll have to wait til I finish it to see.
Climate fiction. Hard mode: Not post-apocalyptic
- I feel like this topic was written for The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison
Novel with a color in the title. Hard mode: Not black, red, gray or white
- The Priory of the Orange Tree would work, which is obviously hard mode
- Jade City would also work. I’m not sure which between the two I’d wanna read, they both sound super good!
Any r/Fantasy book club book of the month or read-along book. Hard mode: Must read a current selection and participate in the discussion
- I don’t think I wanna pick one for this. My goal is to do hard mode and obviously I don’t know what the books will be yet!
Third row potential picks:
Self-published novel. Hard mode: Fewer than 50 ratings on Goodreads
- This is another one that’s hard to pick ahead of time. I have a few self-pub’d ebooks on my kindle app I know. But honestly I’ll probably have to go looking for one to fulfill this prompt.
Novel with chapter epigraphs. Hard mode: Original to the novel (not quotes, etc from elsewhere)
- I think I wanna read Arm of the Sphinx for this one! Hard mode!
Novel published in 2020. Hard mode: Debut novel
- There are so many good books coming out this year, man. So many. I’m not gonna pick now, I don’t wanna limit myself
Novel set in a school or university. Hard mode: Harry Potter or The Magicians
- Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Hard mode! I’m rather pumped for this one
Book about books. Hard mode: Does not feature a library, public or private
- There could be a few for this one. The Library of the Unwritten stands out first in my mind but obviously wouldn’t count for hard mode.
- The Book of Strange New Things would also work and I think it’d count for hard mode
And that’s it! Compared to past years, I’m weirdly having a harder time coming up with books that fit, despite my original impression that the prompts were ‘easier’ and that I have more books now than I did before. Weird, huh? Fourth and fifth row picks will be out soon! Happy reading!