r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge

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You can read more about it here, but essentially, it’s a reading challenge running from April to April where you have to read enough books belonging to those categories to get a Bingo, though most people try for a full card (or several). An author can only be used once, and only one reread is allowed. I’ve been a participant since its inception (in 2015) and I find it one of the most fun reading challenges out there.

This year, I will continue with only one card. I find the 2020 card much easier than the 2019 one, but I want a nice, relaxed challenge. No giving a fuck about hard mode, no double or themed cards.

Greyed out title means a book hasn’t been read yet.

Current status: 8/25 (32%)


Novel Translated from its Original Language

  • Daughter from the Dark by Sergey & Maria Dyachenko

Setting Featuring Snow, Ice, or Cold

  • Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

Optimistic SFF

  • Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Novel Featuring Necromancy

  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Ace / Aro Spec Fic

  • Mindtouch by M.C.A. Hogarth (probably replacing it with something else later, as the rep is not good, even if it does count)

Novel Featuring a Ghost

  • A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar

Novel Featuring Exploration

  • The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

Climate Fiction

  • Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta

Novel with a Colour in the Title

Any r/Fantasy Book Club Book of the Month OR r/Fantasy Read-along Book

Self-Published SFF Novel

  • Legacy of Ghosts by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

Novel with Chapter Epigraphs

  • City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Novel Published in 2020

Novel Set in a School or University

  • The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

Book About Books

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

A Book that Made You Laugh

  • A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

Five SFF Short Stories

  • To Balance the Weight of Khalem by R.B. Lemberg (read here)
  • An Explorer’s Cartography of Already Settled Lands by Fran Wilde (read here)
  • A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow (read here)
  • Do Not Look Back, My Lion by Alix E. Harrow (read here)
  • So Much Cooking by Naomi Kritzer (read here)

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Feminist Novel

  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Novel by a Canadian Author

Novel with a Number in the Title

  • Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone

Romantic Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

  • The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

Novel with a Magical Pet

  • Jhereg by Steven Brust

Format: Graphic Novel

Novel Featuring Politics

  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

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