Books On the Nightstand Bingo


Okay, so I’ve basically forgotten about all the reading challenges I enthusiastically signed up for at the beginning of the year (except for the Goodreads challenge, but let’s face it, that pretty much takes care of itself as long as you track what you’re reading on Goodreads). But my friend Julianne who blogs over at the brilliant Outlandish Lit told me about Books On the Nightstand’s Bingo and, well, I was seduced by its charms.

First of all, it’s bingo. I love bookish bingo. But that’s not all – you get your own card! As in, there are multiple cards, and you can download yours by going to this link. The challenge runs from May 25 to September 7, so there’s still some time to get in on the awesome!

Above you can see my card, much of which I’m very excited to check off. Here’s my progress so far:

By any Booktopia author: A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson
On a topic currently in the news:
An author’s debut: The Shore by Sara Taylor
Set in another country: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (set in the  UK)
10 short stories:
From the Harvard Classics 5 foot shelf:
With an animal as a key character: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Set in South America: Purity by Jonathan Franzen (partially set in Bolivia)
A literary magazine or journal (of any genre): Quill & Quire, Bookmarks, The New York Review of Books
With footnotes: Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg
Written by an author you’ve met: The Gold Eaters by Ronald Wright (I haven’t finished this, but I started it during the contest dates, so I’m adding it anyway!)
Popular Psychology:
Free square: Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami
With time travel:
Published in 2015: Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
Written by someone under 21:
With a red cover:
With a blue cover: Free Days With George by Colin Campbell (well, mostly blue, anyway.); Alive by Scott Sigler
A biography of someone you dislike:
By or about a celebrity: The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg
Part of a series: Alive by Scott Sigler
By a local author: Wicked and Weird by Rich Terfry (okay, so not totally local, but Canadian, so that’s kind of the same thing)
A play:
Humor or satire: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
About a subject that challenges you: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll; Dietland by Sarai Walker

If you’re participating share the link to your post in the comments so I can compare cards and books!


  1. bitsnbooks

    I’m doing it too! I saw it on Shaina’s blog and signed up. I think I’ve marked off maybe four books as it currently stands (I should really do an update post soonish). Mine’s here

    I think I’ve checked off Set Before 1800, Western, Six Words or More in the Title, and actually that’s it. Only three.

    I wish I’d got the Time Travel square though. I love reading about time travel. It makes my head hurt though because I overthink the whole thing.

  2. Shaina

    Me, me, me! Julianne wrangled me in as well, of course.

    I've already cleared seven of my squares, but I'm not that close to getting bingo yet. We actually share quite a few: about a subject that challenges you, published in 2015, popular psych, with footnotes, from the Harvard Classics 5 foot shelf, and on a topic currently in the news.

    Excited to see how you continue to fill the card! 🙂


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