#BOTNBingo: Because I needed one more reading challenge

Well, yeah, I have a problem. Since discovering the bookternet, I’m all about the reading challenges. I’m pretty sure serious Readathon withdrawal (Andi, Rachel, ya hear me?) is the reason I jumped on this bandwagon as soon as I saw Shaina talk about it on twitter:

Yes, reaction GIFs are my favorite method of communication. 

So I’ve jumped on the bandwagon, and just in time. The #BOTNSBookBingo, organized by the lovely folks at Books On The Nightstand. It goes from Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th, 2016) all the way up to Labor Day (September 1st, 2016). Basically, a summer of reading glory, all mapped out for you! If you haven’t yet, go build yourself a card: http://tinyurl.com/BOTNSBingo2016

Note: The website is set up to generate a new card each time you refresh the page, so make sure you save/print yours as soon as it has been generated!

Here’s mine:

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This is a pretty good mix of things I usually enjoy reading, and things I’d never considered, like nature writing or a fiction set during a plague. Couple of categories, like a book about art or an artist, or a ghost story, are not types of books I gravitate towards (I read everything, so this statement is probably more anecdotal than empirical), so it’s a good mix. My goal is to truck along with #readmyowndamnbooks with this one, but I suspect with the unusual categories I might have to reach out to the library for support.

I’ve talked before about how I thought my rate of success is pretty low with longer reading challenges, but I have a feeling that having specific tasks will help me focus better. All I need to do now is organize what I want to read and that should prevent the slump from setting in. 24 specific books in the span of 3 months seems totally doable. 

If anyone out there is participating, let me know in the comments and we can compare cards!



Author: Janani @ The Shrinkette

Speed reading aficionado. Unapologetic book pusher. Point me to the nearest bookshelf. My blog is dedicated exclusively to supporting and promoting marginalized voices. Pronouns: They/them

20 thoughts on “#BOTNBingo: Because I needed one more reading challenge”

  1. Okay, I’m not participating because I already have enough reading obligations without piling on more. However, I am very much looking forward to hopping into other people’s comments and making unsolicited recommendations of books in categories they’re having a hard time filling. So you can count on me for that, going forward! :p

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  2. Oh, Janani! I feel your pain! So many challenges that I had no idea existed until I started reading book blogs. I think I’ll send this to a couple of friends who haven’t yet joined me in the booknet.

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  3. Your love of books and challenges amazes me more every week.
    I finally decided to do the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. Hopefully the books I’ve read this year can help me cross off a lot of categories from the list. I’m scared that I won’t complete it and fail, though. :s

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    1. YES NAZ WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE. Lol, the Read Harder challenge is awesome. I guarantee you’ve already read some stuff that’s fulfilled some of the tasks, and even if you haven’t, I’m positive you’ll finish it by the end of the year.

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      1. I am tempted by them all, but then they make me cranky because I feel trapped by them. But, of course, I usually still try to beat the Dec. 31 deadline on them all, so I guess they work.

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  4. I am abysmal at reading challenges, but I had to go print out a card anyway. My card wants me to read long books or old books or long old books. I can see myself failing already!

    In other news, is it strange that I can think of a couple books set during plagues without even really applying myself to the task? LOL!

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    1. Wait seriously?! Because I could use some recommendations. Also, feel free to reach out if you need a cheerleader to motivate you through reading challenges; I love pushing books and reading on people.


  5. Ooh, this looks like fun! I generated a card with a mix of categories I’m pretty sure I can handle, if I don’t get distracted. We only have a couple of categories in common–Set in South America and Shortest Book on Your TBR–so there must be tons and tons of different options!

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    1. Oh I generated a couple more after printing mine out and there’s a plethora of options! But yay I’m glad we’re participating in a challenge together!



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