In April I decided to try my hand at two Bingos. I’m new to the world of reading challenges this year but Bingos seem like a fun challenge. I joined Retreat by Random House’s Canadian BINGO for the rest of the year (read more about my Canadian BINGO Card here) and I also joined Great Impressions Ready for Spring BINGO which ran from April to June.
In my sign-up post, I had listed all the books that I wanted to use for the full card. Now, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a full card but I wanted to make sure I had enough variety as I am a mood reader. A lot of these books were also ones I had purchased in the past and really wanted to knock off my TBR list.
Of the 25 I had picked, I read 7 by July 1. So no BINGO (my goal was to get two lines) with these books.
HOWEVER, I did read 59 books in total (April – June) so I’m sure SOMETHING will work for these squares! I also did some reshuffling of my original picks (is that legal?) and this is what I got:
- Murder Mystery: Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Forgotten Fridays: All the Pretty Poses by M. Leighton
- Aussie Author: Chancing on You by Melinda Ellen
- Reread: —
- Dark Contemporary: Bad Reputation by K.B. Nelson
- Classic: —
- Yellow Cover: —
- April/May/June Release: Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren
- Rain or Storm in Title: —
- High Fantasy: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Parental Relationships: The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
- Bullying: All the Rage by Courtney Summers
- FREE: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
- Anthology or Collection: —
- WWII: The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
- Horror: —
- Thieves/Assassins/Pirates: All Fall Down by Ally Carter
- Parallel Universe: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Green Cover: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
- #weneeddiversebooks: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
- Illustrated Cover: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Part of a Trilogy: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- Nonfiction/Memoir: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
- Historical: —
- Plants on Cover: One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
No so bad! Now I only have 7 spots not filled:
And I got my two lines of BINGO!
What I learned?
Bingo challenges that have such a limited time span are not for me! Because I rely so heavily on my library for books (a habit I am trying to modify as per my Tackling the TBR challenge) via holds, I don’t have the luxury to only read the books on the list! In the future, I think I am going to try and pick one BINGO card at the start of the year and try to fill it up by the end. Or if I do try one that spans a couple of months, try to pick only one row to complete instead of random squares on the card. I suppose I could always just wing it and not pick books at the start, but half of the fun of this challenge was finding books that worked for this card!