Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 | Update 3

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It’s October now! Back in August, I made an update 2, and in June, an update 1 to a post I originally made in April when r/Fantasy’s Fantasy Bingo began.

If you’re interested in participating and want to know the full details, here is the 2020 announcement thread about it. And here is the list of recommendations, crowd sourced by all the participants!

New additions:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – This one only filled one category, and that was the Goodreads readalong one. Apparently the group read it back in October of 2018, so I lucked out.

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – This one fits in two places: politics and feminist, so it might get moved around before the end of the bingo challenge – it’ll all depend on what else I read in the meantime.

Only two new additions here. I read a lot of books but unfortunately they are from an author I’ve already used on the bingo card, don’t fit any categories, or plain just aren’t fantasy/sci-fi books. So I’m hoping after the new year to really focus on this so I can finish it by the end of March. I’d really like to do it this time around.

If you’re participating, do let me know! Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 | Update 2

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It’s August now! Back in June, I made an update 1 to a post I originally made in April when r/Fantasy’s Fantasy Bingo began.

If you’re interested in participating and want to know the full details, here is the 2020 announcement thread about it. And here is the list of recommendations, crowd sourced by all the participants!

New additions:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – Obviously filling the ‘number in the title’ prompt, I thought this book was decent. I think the hype of it got to me though so it was a tad underwhelming. My mother in law loves this book though so now I can tell her I’ve read it too, haha.

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – Self-published! Doesn’t qualify for hard mode though, as this serious is a rather popular one. This book was… decent, I think. I still don’t know how I feel about it. Part of me is super frustrated at it and another part wants to read book two. Hm hm.


So I’ve read a good twenty books since last update, but only two of them were novels that were also spec-fic by unique authors. I know the graphic/audio novel spot is still open and I have a million choices for that, so I’m probably going to save it for last and just fill it in with whatever I want.

Until next update!

Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 | Update 1

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It’s June now! Back in April, Fantasy Bingo 2020 began. It’s a year-long reading bingo hosted by reddit’s r/Fantasy. If you’re interested in participating (You can start whenever and retroactively add books read after April 1st of this year) check out the details here.

This is the progress I’ve made so far. Books are subject to move around if I find a better book to go there.

So I’ve read six fantasy novels since April 1st, and luckily all of them counted for at least one category! So far, so good!

If you’re participating in Fantasy Bingo, do let me know! Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 | Fourth and Fifth Row Picks

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Happy Easter! Today I’m going to go over my fourth and fifth 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, look here. For my second and third row picks, look here.

The card:

Fourth row picks:

A book that made you laugh. Hard mode: Not Pratchett

  • I feel like this one’s gonna have to wait to fill. I mean how am I gonna know ahead of time if it’ll make me laugh or not?

Five short stories. Hard mode: An entire anthology

  • This one’s always hard for me because I’m not a huge short story person (it’s a me problem, not a book problem). I do have one anthology though: The Time Traveler’s Almanac edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, which is about, you guessed it, time travel stories. Hard mode!

Big dumb object. Hard mode: The classic golden-age of science fiction definition of Big Dumb Object

  • Right now I’m thinking either Sphere by Michael Chrichton. Or if I actually finish Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey, then Caliban’s War!

Feminist novel. Hard mode: Feminist novel by a person of color or Indigeous author.

Novel by a Canadian author. Hard mode: Book from an Canadian small press OR self-published Canadian author

Fifth row picks:

Novel with a number in the title. Hard mode: Also features a color in the title.

Romantic fantasy/Paranormal romance. Hard Mode: Read and participate in HEA Book Club pick

  • For hard mode, obviously I’ll have to wait and see what the picks end up being, but otherwise I’ve got Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Soulless by Gail Carriger which would work

Novel with a magical pet. Hard mode: Magical pet can also speak

  • Yet again The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden would fit for this one. And honestly that’s all I can think of for this one. If I find one by a happy accident, yay.

Graphic novel/audio book. Hard mode: Stand-alone graphic novel/Audio book over 25 hours long

  • I’m not even gonna put something here, there are endless possibilities

Novel featuring politics. Hard mode: Not featuring royalty

  • I don’t own this yet but it’s probably going to be The Tyrant Baru Cormorant, which is my most anticipated release for this year. I. am. SO. PUMPED.

And that’s it! All five rows more or less given ideas. I’m really hoping to actually finish the square this year. If you’re participating, lemme know! Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 | Second and Third Row Picks

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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.

The card:

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

Novel with a color in the title. Hard mode: Not black, red, gray or white

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)

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


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!

Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 is here! | First Row Picks

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Happy April 1st! Today is the day that the 2020-21 fantasy bingo card was released!

For those unfamiliar, the r/Fantasy subreddit hosts a bingo challenge every year, from April 1st-March 31st. If you find it later in the year you can retroactively add books you’ve read since April 1st to fulfill the prompts. At the end, you report your findings on the subreddit and for each bingo you get, you’re entered to win prizes! So a full card will get you twelve entries – five horizontal, five vertical, and two diagonal.

I’ve participated every year since 2017 but have yet to fully complete a card. But I’ve always ended up winning an ebook or two regardless!

If you’re interested in participating and want to know the full details, here is the 2020 announcement thread about it. And here is the list of recommendations, crowd sourced by all the participants!

And here is this year’s card!

Like every year I’ve posted about this challenge, I’m going to go through each square and give some potential books I might read for it. I try to pick these from books I already own, as my goal is to cut down my TBR not add to it. 😛

First row potential picks:

Novel translated from its original language. Hard Mode: written by a woman

  • Anything fantasy-esque by Haruki Murakami. These are originally in Japanese, so perfect. Physically I have 1Q84. Not hard mode but it’d fill the square.
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. This was originally in German I believe, and it would count for hard mode. It would also count as my one allotted reread, as I read it back when I was 12 or so. I never did read the third one, Inkdeath, though, so a reread might actually be in store as it is.

Setting featuring snow, ice, or cold. Hard Mode: The entire book takes place is this setting

  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin – would count for hard mode!
  • The Terror by Dan Simmons – this one is intimidating. The copy I have is a mass market paperback and honestly it’s about as thick as it is tall. I believe this would also count for hard mode. I think.

Optimistic SFF. Hard Mode: Not Becky Chambers

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – obviously wouldn’t count for hard mode
  • A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – I’m reading this for the OWLs Magical Readathon as is, so this’ll most likely end up here. Hard mode!
  • Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan – This is a chunker and it’s intimidating but I’m pretty sure I’m gonna really like it. Hard mode!

Novel featuring necromancy. Hard Mode: Necromancer is the protagonist

  • The only book I have right now that I think would count would be The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, but honestly I’m not sure and I don’t wanna check because spoilers. So this square will be a challenge, and honestly it makes me all the more set on my Nano 2020 novel, which contains a necromancer. Does it count if I read my own book?

Ace/Aro spec fic. Hard mode: Ace/Aro protagonist

  • Right now, I don’t own anything that fits this prompt! I need to find something for this. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

And that’s it! My second and third row picks will be up sometimes next week, and the fourth and fifth row picks the week after that. If you decide to participate in this challenge, lemme know! Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo 2019-20 is finished! I did decent!

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Today is March 31st, meaning r/Fantasy’s Bingo Challenge ends at midnight tonight. And considering none of the books I could possibly get done today would count for squares, I’m posting this now.

This is my final bingo card:

As you can see, I got six bingos: Three vertical, two horizontal, one diagonal. I had intended to fully fill the card, I even planned my 10 in 2020 around it, but.. well, I fell into a manga kick, and you can’t really use manga for this, so. I didn’t get there. But I did get bingos, so I’ll be entered for prizes. Next year, I’ll try for the full card.

If you are interested in participating in Fantasy Bingo, 2020’s card will be announced on the r/Fantasy subreddit tomorrow! And it’s exactly what it sounds like – a bingo for fantasy novels. All the rules and whatnot will be explained in the post that’ll go up, so I’m not gonna go into it here. But I’ve been participating in this since probably 2016 or so and it’s a lot of fun, so if you’re a fantasy lover I highly recommend it.

I’m very pumped for the new card tomorrow, and I’ll be making a post about it for sure – it’s going to be a bonus Wednesday or Thursday post, depending how late in the day the new card shows up.


And that’s it! If you participated this year or plan on it starting tomorrow, lemme know! Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo | Update 3

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Happy Thursday! Today I’m updating my progress on Fantasy Bingo, which runs from April 1st 2019 – March 31st, 2020.

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Only two new additions this update. I’ve been reading a lot of manga recently. In January, I’m gonna point my reading directly at this, and hopefully update 4 will have more oomph.

SFF novel of a title with 4 or more words: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht. This was a good fit for this square, but unfortunately, I didn’t love the read itself.

Personal recommendation from r/Fantasy: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. I posted a while ago in r/Fantasy asking for comedy recs, and this seemed to be the popular one, so I picked it! I ended up rather enjoying this, too.


And that’s it! If you’re participating in fantasy bingo, lemme know!

Fantasy Bingo 2019 | Update 2

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Hi! Back in March/April, I declared I was participating in Fantasy Bingo this year, and earlier this summer, I made my first update. Well, here’s update number two!

If you are interested in participating (It runs from April 1st 2019 – March 31st 2020 and you can add books you’ve read between April 1st and now retroactively), check out the full announcement post here for the rules and whatnot. Also, check out the huge post of recommendations if you need ideas to fill topics.

Here is this year’s card:

Keep in mind I might juggle squares around as the months go by, but here is my progress so far.

Fantasy Bingo 2019

New additions for this update:

SFF Novella: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This was pretty good. I had heard a lot of hype about this one

Graphic Novel or Audiobook: The Girl From the Other Side vol 1 by Nagabe (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) I actually ended up reading two volumes of this, and I have a third as well. It counts for hard mode because it was new to me!

Second Chance: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This was second chance because I’d tried this series once before and thought it was just okay. This second book though I ended up liking a lot more than the first.

Middle Grade SFF Novel: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This one achieved hard mode because I’d never read it before. I liked it!


And that’s it! Four more books. To be fair, I’ve been reading a lot (read: a lot) of manga recently, so while I’m up to 90 things read this year, that’s why not many of them qualify for bingo. There are a couple I read that I might add at the end if I don’t read a book that fits, but I’m gonna keep it skim because well… can only add one or two. So I wanna wait and see which ones I need.

Are you participating in bingo? Lemme know!

Fantasy Bingo 2019 | Update 1

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Hi! Back in March/April, I mentioned that I had completed Fantasy Bingo 2018, which is a year-long reading challenge hosted by r/Fantasy over on reddit. On April 1st, the new bingo challenge began, and I’ve been reading books towards in since. Last year, I did monthly updates in my wrap up posts but I noticed I didn’t always read towards it every month, so this year I’m going to do more sporadic updates when I actually have new books to add onto the thing.

If you are interested in participating (It runs from April 1st 2019 – March 31st 2020 and you can add books you’ve read between April 1st and now retroactively), check out the full announcement post here for the rules and whatnot. Also, check out the huge post of recommendations if you need ideas to fill topics.

Here is this year’s card:

When I signed up, I decided to attempt Hard Mode when possible, which is when the prompts are further restricted (hard mode prompts can be found in the post I linked) and I also wanna do Hero Mode, which is where I write a review for each book read. Now if you’ve been following my blog lately you’ll notice I haven’t written many reviews in the past couple months. I’ll get there… They’ll show up, hehe. If they’re not written yet, the Hero Mode will be shown as not struck out, but also not bolded.

Keep in mind I might juggle squares around as the months go by, but here is my progress so far:

Fantasy Bingo 2019

Novel featuring a character with a disability: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) I didn’t expect this book to count for really anything, buuuuut one of the characters ended up being injured, resulting in the loss of one of their senses. I won’t say who or why or what, for spoilers. But it made this book count for this square.

SFF novel by a local to you author: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) According to Goodreads, this author lives about 400 miles from me. Being from the United States, 400 miles is a 7 hour car ride and would definitely be considered ‘local’. I didn’t go out of my way to find a closer author though, so no hard mode for this one.

Novel featuring an AI character: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) One of the main character’s friends is a robot with a witty AI personality. So, totally counts.

Retelling: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is a retelling of a Russian folktale!

SFF novel by an Australian author: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) Pretty sure both authors are Australian, but I know at least Jay Kristoff is.

Final book of a series: League of Dragons by Naomi Novik (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is the ninth and final book in Novik’s Temeraire series. It was a long time coming and I’m pining for it now. I miss it.

#OwnVoices: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is a fantasy book based on the events of the Rape of Nanjing. It was really good and rather intense.

Five SFF Short Stories: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by a buttload of authors (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) To be honest I kinda dreaded this square. I’m not a huge fan of short stories and this collection just reiterated that to me.


And that’s it so far. All future posts will only mention new books added, and if any books have been moved to different squares. Happy reading!