r/fantasy 2021 Book Bingo

Hosted by natrosette

391 participants, 2292 books added

Starts: Thursday, 01 April 2021

Ends: Thursday, 31 March 2022

Fantasy Book Bingo is a yearly reading challenge within the r/fantasy community. Its one-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out authors and books, to boldly go where few readers have gone before....(okay, a lot of us have gone here by now, just roll with it!)

The core of this challenge is all about encouraging folks to step out of their comfort zones, discover new and amazing reads, and motivate everyone to keep up on their reading throughout the next year.

Official reddit thread. - See for more details and resources.

1. You can’t use the same book for multiple prompts.
2. You may not repeat an author on the card EXCEPT: you may reuse an author from your short story square elsewhere on the card.
3. You can only use ONE square for a re-read--all other books must be first time reads.
4. You may substitute ONE square from the 2020 card with a square from a previous r/fantasy bingo card.
5. For an extra challenge/bragging rights you can complete hard mode on any or all of the prompts.
6. To complete hero mode,  review EVERY book that you read for bingo. 

Challenge prompts

1. Five SFF Short Stories (232 books added)

Any short story as long as there are five of them.

HARD MODE: Read an entire SFF anthology or collection. 

2. Set in Asia (93 books added)

Any book set in Asia or an analogous fantasy setting that is based on a real-world Asian setting.

HARD MODE: Written by an Asian author. 

3. A Selection from the r/Fantasy A to Z Genre Guide (122 books added)

Any book listed in our A to Z Genre Guide.

HARD MODE: A book by a BIPOC author. 

4. Found Family (201 books added)

Or as TV Tropes calls it - Family of Choice. Often not biologically related, these relationships in a group typically form through bonds of shared experiences and become as important (in some cases more) as family members.

HARD MODE: Featuring an LGBTQ+ character as a member of the found family. 

5. First Person POV (231 books added)

defined as: a literary style in which the narrative is told from the perspective of a narrator speaking directly about themselves. Link for examples.

HARD MODE: There is more than one perspective, but each perspective is written in First Person. 

6. Book Club OR Readalong Book (128 books added)

Any past or still active r/Fantasy book clubs count, as well as past or current r/Fantasy readalongs. NOTE: All of the current book club info can also be found on our Goodreads page. Every book added to our Goodreads shelf counts.

HARD MODE: Must read a current selection of either a book club or readalong and participate in the discussion. 

7. New to You Author (370 books added)

This would be an author whose work you've yet to read, meaning no novel, no novella, no short fiction, etc.

HARD MODE: Not only have you never read their work before but you've not heard much about this author or their work before deciding to try a book by them. 

8. Gothic Fantasy (108 books added)

Gothic Fantasy is similar to Gothic Fiction but it includes fantasy elements or settings. Gothic Fiction is "a style of writing that is characterized by elements of fear, horror, death, and gloom, as well as romantic elements, such as nature, individuality, and very high emotion. These emotions can include fear and suspense." (Source) Here is a good 'introductory post' on Gothic Fantasy for further reading from Book Riot.

HARD MODE: NOT one of the ten titles listed in the Book Riot article. 

9. Backlist Book (240 books added)

For our purposes we're considering 'backlist' an author's older titles that are not their latest published book or part of a currently running series (no further sequels announced when you read it). The author must also be a currently publishing author.

HARD MODE: Published before the year 2000. 

10. Revenge-Seeking Character (156 books added)

Book has a character whose main motivation in the story is revenge.

HARD MODE: Revenge is central to the plot of the entire book.