CHALLENGE: Anne & Kristilyn’s 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

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Anne from Creativity’s Corner and I LOVE a good challenge. So when we saw the dates dwindling down for 2012, we KNEW we had to come up with something awesome for the new year. Thus, the 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge was born!

When we thought about all the things we wanted to include in this challenge, we ended up making a list:

  • Reading the books in our TBR pile
  • Re-reading some books
  • Reading some new books
  • Reading books that EVERYONE but us has read
  • Reading books from series that we have started & have been neglecting

In order to keep track of everything, we came up with a fancy, schmancy scoreboard:

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Of course, a challenge isn’t really a challenge unless there are some rules and guidelines:

  1. Be awesome. If you’re not, this isn’t going to work.
  2. The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013.
  3. If you want to participate, you can join in any time of the year! Feel free to write up a blog post with the rules linking back to my and Anne’s blog in your sign-up post.
  4. If you read one book for the “1 book” in any category, you can’t change it later on when you read another book to “2 books.” Once a square is crossed off, it’s crossed off for good! (Feel free to print off the scoreboard to keep track!)
  5. Books read for one square are for that square ONLY and cannot be counted towards another category. This is all about reading ALL THE BOOKS.
  6. The FREE SQUARE isn’t really a free square. In order to cross it off, you must read a book by either:
    1. Reading a book picked by another participant, or
    2. Reading a book in a genre picked by another participant.
  7. You can start your board over again, but ONLY if you receive the stamp of awesome by completing a blackout. The “winners” of the challenge will be the ones who achieve the most winning combinations by the end of 2013.
  8. You can feel free to post your reading list for each category, though it’s not a requirement.
  9. Having a blog or writing reviews for books read is not required. So long as you want to have fun, you can participate!
  10. This isn’t a race, but don’t be afraid to rub your reads in the other player’s face. This will be seen as encouragement. Feel free to use the hashtag #2013BookBingo on Twitter!

While you can definitely “win” by the boring ol’ vertical or horizontal (or diagonal!) lines, the best ways to win are as follows:

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Like it says in the guidelines, the ONLY way to start a new board is to become the SUPER READER! The goal is to read ALL THE BOOKS! To be a winner (thus, to become the awesomest reader around), you’ll want to accomplish as many wins as possible!

UPDATE: I had a question about when we will post updates for the challenge, so I decided that every 3 months I will post an update here and all participants can link to their own updates. Tentatively, an update post will go up April 1st, July 1st, October 1st, and December 31st. 

Will you participate in this challenge? Do you have what it takes to become a super reader? 

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231 thoughts on “CHALLENGE: Anne & Kristilyn’s 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

  1. I love the sound of this! You and Anne have come up with such a clever, new challenge, interesting challenge and though I’m not signin up just yet, as soon as I’ve worked out what I’m doing (don’t want to challenge myself too much otherwise I might explode) I’ll be back. Seriously, awesome challenge. So smarty pants! Did I mention I love this? I do!

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    • You can definitely combine it with another challenge! I updated the post above and there will be an update post on this blog every 3 months where participants can link to their update, or comment on their update. I suggest printing off the scorecard to keep track!

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  4. HOW FUN!!!!!!! So, I want to make sure I understand this. I read one book, cross off One Book square. I therefore need to read Two more books to cross off Read Two Books square, and so? So, I need to read 15 books total for each column?

    This is SO cool, ladies. One of the most inventive challenges I’ve ever seen. :)

  5. This sounds really cool!
    But i’m kind of confused…
    If I say… read 5 books from my TBR pile do I cross out the whole entire TBR row?
    Or am I wrong about this?

  6. This challenge is very funny but I think I didn’t understand a few things… Let’s make an example: I start the challenge reading a book that is part of a series. Then I put a x on that square. After that, what can I do? I must go on the “read 2 books line” or I can read, for example, one book every one but me has read? And to win, what I have to do? X all the squares, reading 75 books?!

    • You can “win” the Bingo however you’d like to! If you only want to complete a few columns — say, the TBR column and new book column — then that’s up to you. To become the “super reader,” you would have to read a total of 73 books. But really, we see it as a personal challenge, so the amount you want to accomplish is completely up to you!

      Does that help?

  7. Okay, I already joined 3 challenges and I regret that I haven’t seen this one before, but now I’m wondering if I should participate anyway. Can I use books in other reading challenges for this one?

    Let’s say:
    I’m also a participant in the Dystopian reading challenge. When I read a book there that everyone has read but me, can I also use that book to cross of a square here? :) Or do I really have to read seperate books for the challenge?

  8. Ooh, this sounds like fun! Although I do find it a bit daunting that the goal is “to read ALL THE BOOKS!” but all of the ways to win involve re-reading 6 books (at a minimum)! I don’t know if I could keep up with ALL THE BOOKS while also re-reading that many. In fact, I think I’ve only re-read one book, ever. (Unless you count reading the physical books and then also listening to the audiobooks, because I’ve done that twice with the Wheel of Time books and countless times with the Harry Potter books!)

    In any case… I think I might still join up. :D

    • Well, technically, the “Ways to Awesome” are the hardcore ways to win. You can also complete a few lines! It’s really more of a personal challenge, so whatever winning combo you’d be up for, I’d say go for it!

      And audiobook rereads are a definite yes! I’m planning to “reread” the rest of the Harry Potter series via audiobook. :)

      I hope you can still join us!

      • Yes, I will definitely join (as soon as I get a chance to prep up a blog post, etc)!

        It’s weird, because if I listen to an audiobook as my first experience with a book, I consider it “read” once I’m finished with it. But for some reason I don’t say “I’ve read all the Harry Potter books 3 times” because I’ve listened to them on audio twice after reading the physical books. Why is that? It’s like, I think it only counts if I read the words on paper? I don’t know. Maybe I should just change my way of thinking!

      • My husband doesn’t think that listening to audiobooks is actual reading. I think it is! Though, I don’t do as much “rereading” through audiobooks as I’d like to. Yay for joining!

  9. This is so VERY cool. And…now that I’ve seen that books used for other challenges can count…I’m definitely going to be in. Will put together a sign up post. Is there a linky to join….or does my just saying I’m joining here in the comments count?

  10. Crazy, evil, and fun. No never mind I’m already doing 5 challenges, but will sign up anyways. The series ones don’t have to be all one series, do they (like the 5 books in a series)? They can mix and match (like a harry potter, Beautiful Creatures, ASOIAF, etc)?

  11. This is such an awesome challenge! I can’t wait to get started :) Just a quick question though – each book only counts for one square though right? So if I reread Across the Universe, I could have the 1 reread stamp but couldn’t count AtU in any other square?

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  15. I am so in! I love Bingo (suck at it lol) and this could easily be fit in with all the other challenges/books I’m reading in 2013. Only 5 to win, what an amazing concept!! Love the idea. I’ve downloaded the board to keep track of :) How do we turn in our “scorecard”?

    • I think the scorecard will be more of a personal accomplishment, since there are no prizes or anything. I plan to post up a progress report every 3 months, so you can link to your progress OR you can tell other participants in the comments how you’re doing. Thanks for participating!

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  17. Just discovered this challenge on another blog & think I’ll join in as it fits nicely with the goals I was planning for 2013. I’ll be posting about it on my blog soon!

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    • I’m not sure what you’re asking — for the series column, it can be ANY series book, like book 1 in this series, and book 6 in that series, etc. It just has to be A book that’s part of a series. If the square says “read 5 books in a series,” they don’t have to be from the SAME series — just series books. Does that make sense?

  21. This is a great challenge and I am in! Just have one question about the column ‘read books everyone but me has read’ – are we talking about a really popular book (eg. Harry Potter or To Kill a Mocking Bird) or is there some way of determining which books ‘everyone’ has read?

    • I think that’s a column where you can use your own discretion. For example, there are books that it seems like all the blog followers I follow have read — at least, most of them. Then, there are books that are classics, or books that just seem to have a LOT of reviews on Goodreads. For me, I’m basing a lot of my picks for that category on books that all of my blogging friends have read. Hope that helps!

  22. I have a question about “winning”. It says that the winners are the ones who get the most winning combinations, but you only start a new board if you do the super reader. Does that mean that if you’re going for the super reader, it’s better to first do a line, then turn that into an X, etc. rather than just filling it in at random? Or does getting the super reader only count for one “win”?

    • I think I may have worded that wrong … I think, ultimately, you can go for whatever win you want. It’s really more of a personal challenge. If you want to go for the super reader, go for it! I know my challenge right now is to get some lines, to work my way to the x, or the x with a square, and then to the super reader, ultimately starting a new board.

      Does that help at all?

  23. I’m in – signup post is here. I didn’t mention it in the post – not sure if I have to – but I plan on completing it by making the first letter of my name “T” and then maybe lowercase if I have time.

    Question about the free square – we have to do something from another participant – how are we going to know what the other participants are reading?

    • Yay! I’m glad you’re participating!

      For the free square, you can look for a recommendation from someone else who is participating — they can pick a book from your reading list, OR a particular genre for you to read. I hope this helps!

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  25. Okay, I’m back. I finally posted my 2013 Reading Challenges this afternoon and am pretty excited about this one. I am imagining myself going for Super Reader because I want that stamp of Awesome on my blog. LOL! But it’s a mighty big reach mostly because I don’t see myself re-reading 15 books in 2013. Which is a bummer because that last column is in all the cool shapes. :D

    Here’s my sign up post:
    http://theromanticlife.blogspot.com/2013/01/2013-book-bingo-reading-challenge.html

    • Yay! I hope you can become the super reader! :)

      Don’t worry – I plan to put up a feedback form later in the year about the board and how we can improve the challenge for next year. I’m already rethinking a few things, so you’ll have to stay tuned. :)

  26. This sounds fun – if I were to sign up now, could I use books I’ve already read since 1 Jan to count for the challenges, or would it only count from the sign up time? I probably won’t get too far in the re-read section like a lot of others have said.

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  29. Read about your challenge on Bev Hankins’ “My Reader’s Block” blog! Sounds like fun. One question: since I’m starting in March, can I count books I’ve read since Jan 1?

  30. Just to clarify: the category on “part of a series”, for the multiples (ie 3 books), are they all to be from the same series? or can they be 3 books by 3 different authors, each of which is part of a series?

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  33. OK, so I’ve just completed my primary blog challenge of the year – reading and blogging 52 books for charity. I only discovered this challenge when looking at the blog of a friend. Can I join now, and cross off squares as applicable, even if I read them earlier this year? Or do I have to start from the beginning, starting now, in May? Cause then I think I’ll have to wait until next year to participate, and I’d hate for that to happen.

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