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Reading Bingo Challenge 2014

 
When facing a new year filled with so many possibilities for resolutions, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Do you want to challenge yourself to read more in the coming year? What about to read more widely? And where’s the motivation to stay on track?

Bingo—that’s where! Welcome to Retreat’s Reading Bingo Challenge 2014. We’ve created a printable bingo card with 24 reading challenges! Join us and challenge yourself to read more, to read more widely and to have fun doing it all!

You can approach the Reading Bingo card however you like: beginners, start by getting one line; if you’re more advanced, try the whole outside box on the card; experts, fill in the whole card!

We would recommend using one book per space, but if you read a book over 500 pages written by someone under 30, who are we to stop you from cover two squares with one read?

Reading Bingo Card

This year, for a little extra challenge, we’ve also created the Reading Bingo Card: YA Edition! We’ve come up with 24 challenges related specifically to books geared to teens. But you don’t have to be a teenager to participate!

Reading Bingo YA Card

Which card are you going to try your hand at? The original Reading Bingo 2014 card? The YA card? Both? Let us know in the comments.

Come back here often—we’ll be giving suggestions for reads that fit the various criteria in case you get stuck—or join the conversation on social media using #ReadingBingo to show us pictures, crowdsource your next read or just brag about how many squares you’ve covered! We also have a discussion board on Goodreads! We love to hear which books you’re reading and how many squares you’re covering so keep us updated as you go! We’ll keep you updated with our progress, too!

Ready? Grab your Reading Bingo card and lets get reading!
 
 

About Ainsley

Ainsley Sparkes is an avid reader and knitter. She feels that once she learns to knit and read simultaneously she’ll be unstoppable. A life-long love of books has led her to this position as Online Marketing Coordinator at Random House of Canada. But who knows, her recently reignited interest in mystery novels may convince her to give it all up to become a detective. You should follow Ainsley on Twitter here @RandomHouseCA. or here @AinsleySparkes.

122 Responses to “Reading Bingo Challenge 2014”

  1. Luanne says:

    I’ll give the original a go this year!

  2. Colleen says:

    I saw this last year late in the year so I’m eager to give it a try this year!

  3. Court says:

    This had looked good last year but I hadn’t joined in – will definitely try this out this year though!

  4. rfong says:

    Heads up, you have an extra trailing double quote in the href for the first chart link resulting in an error on click.

  5. Mark says:

    This is awesome – printing one for sure. Heads up – check your html on the link to the Adult card picture. I believe there is an extra ” at the end. :D Was able to access by clicking the link, then deleting the extra “.

  6. I’ve saved both and may dabble a little bit !

  7. Kristie says:

    OH! I am so willing to give this a try. Both the YA and Adult version.

  8. Ooh definitely going to try for both this year! I didn’t do so well last year.. :)
    Love the new design of the bingo cards too!

  9. Carilyn says:

    I’m already two books into the year and well on my way with number 3… I lost count in July last year, I was somewhere north of 50 :-) clearly not all my reads fit the bingo card

  10. Jennifer D. says:

    Hi there!!

    The link to print the 1st Reading Bingo card (non-YA) is broken.
    This message is being given when I click on the image:

    404 | Page Not Found!
    Sorry, but the page you were looking for is not here.

    Thanks for running this again in 2014. It’s a bit of fun to add to my reading.

  11. Lauren says:

    When I click on the top Bingo card, it leads to a 404 Page Not Found error.

  12. tlmfarmgirl says:

    I wonder, can you use one book for more than one square? I think my current read covers, the ‘second in a series’, ‘book by a female author’, ‘book based on a myth’, ‘book set in the summer’, ‘a book with magic’, and possibly ‘book by a favourite author’. So I think the challenge would be one book per square – which one should I use for: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater??? LOL Decisions, decisions…. #ReadingBingo

  13. Heather says:

    I did this last year, only used each book once. I got about half way , then kind of forgot to mark the reads off. will try and do better this year.

  14. Alena says:

    Great idea and I am in for sure. I’ve already filled in two squares.
    Under I
    A Forgotten Classic — BUtterfield 8 by John O’Hara
    A Book of Short Stories — The Color Master by Aimee Bender

  15. Sarah Hoolihan says:

    It’s only 8 days into 2014 and I have read 4 books and completed 2 lines on both cards with no free space…. I didn’t think that it was possible xD

  16. Meghan says:

    This looks awesome!! I think I’m going to try to fill in the whole board :)

  17. Meredith says:

    You all realize that the first one applies just as easily to YA books and the YA one to adult books, right (minus the 500 pages maybe)? It seems like there might have been more things that ARE geared more to teenage life versus “Oh, teens read fantasy books and comics, right?”

  18. Meredith says:

    Also keep in mind that uses images online makes these bingo lists difficult or impossible for people with vision problems.

  19. Tammy says:

    If I remember to print them off, I’m going to try for both! That’s about 1/2 my usual reading for the year, but I think some will be tough! Such a fantastic idea!!!!

  20. Mary says:

    Is there an on-line version?

  21. That’s awesome! I’m going to try the original card :)

  22. Teresa Salvatore says:

    I’m setting myself a huge goal! I’m going to try to get as many Reading Bingo squares filled on BOTH cards this year! Fingers crossed! I read 76 books in 2013, so, hopefully I can meet the Bingo criteria. ;)

  23. Lori says:

    I am giving this a whirl! Going for the Reading Bingo!

  24. Paula says:

    Just saw it and printed both, I want to start right now, the problem is what to choose, hehehehe

  25. Oh this one looks like too much fun! Can your American neighbors participate as well?!?

  26. Ratesjul says:

    How would you define “Forgotten Classic”?

    I’m looking forward to trying both of these… and some will be far easier than others!

  27. Aoife says:

    I’ll try that, too :D

    • Novus says:

      The Goodreads link goes to last year’s challenge and it doesn’t look the group has been active in several months.

  28. missinformation says:

    hi there! this is FANTASTIC. my online book group has developed a contest around this game and we are rafffling prizes for anyone who completes a “bingo” row. Very fun!

    our group consists of all sorts of professionals and students, including a number of librarians, ranging in age from 20s to 50s, and this is just the sort of thing to keep us all engaged, challenged and entertained. thanks so much for creating these, and please make some new ones! a great idea would be some seasonally-themed ones, like maybe a summer reading one? or by genre? or a really really hard one?

    obviously we can play the same card again, or improvise our own new cards, but i wanted to let you know that we are really enjoying this and look forward to the new challenge. thanks for encouraging and supporting readers like us!!

  29. ¡Hi!
    That challenge looks very good. I’m going to participate in it, because it sounds great and funny. So, thank you!

  30. Trisha Perry says:

    Both

  31. Martha says:

    I usually skip challenges, but this looks like fun. I’m tracking my progress at Reading is not the Challenge http://marista.blogspot.com/

  32. Jaime says:

    Both! This is such a great idea!

  33. Darlene says:

    I am going to try to do a line on both the Adult and YA versions of the card.

    Here is my sign-up post on my blog:

    http://darlenesbooknook.blogspot.ca/2014/01/retreats-reading-bingo-challenge-2014.html

  34. Reader Woman says:

    I am participating in both the Adult and Young Adult challenges and truly enjoying the choosing of the titles for each category. I have posted here about the Reading Bingo

    http://www.readerwoman.com/?p=1533

  35. PATRICIA BOOTH says:

    original

  36. Saundra McKenzie says:

    I will try the original Reading Bingo 2014 card.

  37. Sherrill says:

    Will probably try both. Since it’s the end of January have to go back and figure how many are already covered.

  38. tammy-lee Perrin says:

    I would like to join this reading So far since Christmas I have read Gone with Wind which wouldn’t count as started it in Dec. The second book Scarlet which i started Jan 10 2014. I loved this book so much. I am now onto Cujo. just don’t know what square to put him under. I don’t sleep much only about 3-4 hrs a night so reading is what i do instead of sleep. I may try both but will do one at a time.

  39. Patty says:

    I have so!!!! many unread books on my Kindle that I’m sure I can knock out a few of these catagories. I might even have some fun finding new books to find books to knock out the catagories I can’t cover. I better get reading, I’ve already lost 30 days!

  40. Paula F says:

    I’m giving both a shot this year! Using the titles I’ve read already this year I have a handful of squares already crossed off! Excited to see where this goes and how long it takes to black out both cards!

  41. Lisa Deasy says:

    I’m going to try the original.

  42. Julie K. says:

    I will be reading from the original and aiming for a blackout! I’m challenging my daughter to do the YA blackout and maybe I’ll have a little reward for BOTH of us if we both make it…. Maybe a mani-pedi girls day?

  43. I am the Events Coordinator for our local Senior Center and will soon be opening our on-site library, Book Nook at our senior center. It will be an honor system, lending library. You bring in three books, you take out three books, etc.

    I plan on using the Reading Bingo as an incentive to get my seniors more involved in reading. I think we will award a small prize for “bingo’s” on cards held by those participating and do it for the year of 2014. I love this idea. Thank you.

  44. Jen Butler says:

    I am going to do this for my church library (and myself of course). Will come up with a prize for our youth to encourage their involvement. SO excited about this!

  45. Cataluna6 says:

    I’m giving both a go!

  46. Reader Woman says:

    I am working on both the adult and the young adult Bingo cards and having a great time searching for the appropriate titles. Here is a post I did in late January on this event:

    http://www.readerwoman.com/?s=Random+House+Reading+Bingo

  47. Natt says:

    Joining this game, from Bangkok, Thailand

  48. Vicki L Gooding says:

    I just found the Reading Bingo Challenge 2014 on facebook. I actually have a few questions. Is this only for Canada? Is there a time frame, or is it through the course of the year. Does it have to be Random House titles? Thank you for you response.
    Vicki L Gooding

    • Ainsley says:

      Hi Vicki,

      Reading Bingo is open to everyone! This card is the 2014 card, so the idea is to fill it in throughout the year. You can use whichever books you like Random House titles or others. We just want you to have fun with it!

  49. Sabrina says:

    I love this concept; sounds fun! I’m new to this, but I hope to join in.

  50. Ali says:

    So, this is just for books you read this year? You can’t check off squares for books you’ve read before, right? Is there any sort of prize? Lol. I’m so busy with my books for AP Literature that I haven’t really gotten to read any books that I want to for awhile, lol.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Ali,

      Yes, we’re suggesting you check off based on the books you are able to read in 2014. No prize, just the fun of mixing up what you read!

  51. Faith Sherwood says:

    What a neat idea! Gonna try this original card challenge:)

  52. Carly says:

    I like the idea! I’m going to do both of them :) .

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