r/Fantasy Book Bingo

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Bingo Squares – Mini Reviews & Suggestion Lists

What is Book Bingo? – Rules and explanation on reddit’s r/fantasy board.

First Row Across – Complete!

  • Slice of Life / Small Scale Fantasy | HARD MODE: Read something other than Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers.  
    • Square Complete: The Miracles of Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino (Hard Mode)
    • Mini reviews: The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, & The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
  • A SFF Novel Featuring a Character With a Disability | HARD MODE: Character must be a main protagonist, not a side character. 
    • Square Complete: Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe (Hard Mode)
    • Mini reviews: Deerskin by Robin McKinley, AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson, & The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
  • SFF Novella | HARD MODE: Not published by Tor.com publishing.  
    • Square Complete: Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Hard Mode)
    • Mini reviews: Silently and Very Fast by Cathrynne Valente, Los Nefilim by T. Frohock, This Census-Taker by China Mieville, The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
  • Self-Published SFF Novel | HARD MODE: Fewer than 50 ratings on Goodreads.
  • SFF Novel Featuring Twins | HARD MODE: One of the twins must be a main protagonist. 

Second Row Across: – Complete!

  • Novel Featuring Vampires | HARD MODE: At least one main protagonist is a vampire.
  • Format: Graphic Novel or Audio Book | HARD MODE: New to you graphic novel -or- an audiobook over 25 hours long.
    • Square Complete: Fun Home by Allison Bechdel – Review to Come
  • SFF Novel by a Local to You Author | HARD MODE: The closest to you author you can find. 
  • SFF Novel Featuring an Ocean Setting | HARD MODE: Over 50% of the book takes place in or on an ocean setting.
  • Cyberpunk | HARD MODE: Not Neuromancer or Snow Crash.
    • Square Complete: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi (Hard Mode)

Third Row Across: – Complete!

  • 2nd Chance | HARD MODE: No hard mode for this square.  
  • Afrofuturism | HARD MODE: Fewer than 1000 ratings on goodreads.
  • SFF Novel Published in 2019 | HARD MODE | Debut novel.
  • Middle Grade SFF Novel | HARD MODE: Do not use a re-read. 
  • A Personal Recommendation from r/Fantasy | HARD MODE: Do not use the most frequently recommended book. 

Fourth Row Across: – Complete!

  • Any r/fantasy Book Club Book of the Month OR r/fantasy Read-along Book | HARD MODE: Participate in the discussion threads during a current discussion. 
    • Square Complete: Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (Hard Mode)
  • Media Tie-In Novel | HARD MODE: Not Star Wars.
    • Square Complete: The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes (Hard Mode)
  • Novel Featuring an AI Character | HARD MODE: AI is a main protagonist.
  • Title of Four or More Words | HARD MODE: Seven word title.
  • Retelling | HARD MODE: Not based on a myth or folklore. Must be a previous published work. 
    • Square Complete: Triton by Samuel R. Delany (Hard Mode)

Fifth Row Across:

  • SFF Novel by an Australian Author | HARD MODE: Self-published or from a small press. 
  • The Final Book of a Series | HARD MODE: Published over a decade ago. Did not complete 😦
  • #OwnVoices | HARD MODE: Author and protagonist share two or more marginalized identities. 
  • LitRPG | HARD MODE: Female author. Did not complete 😦
  • Five SFF Short Stories | HARD MODE: Read an anthology or collection.