2023 Book Bingo

Two years down (2021, 2022) and yet another one to go!

Much more breathing room last year than the year before (two weeks!) and I’ve already been reading more this year, so I’m confident. Let’s do it.

As a side note, if anyone I know wants to read along on any of these, drop me a line. Love to chat about books. 😄

Rules:

  • Must be speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, horror with speculative elements)
  • Limit the number of novellas (fewer than 40k words or defined by the author as such) or combine them
  • A book of short stories counts
  • Graphic novels/manga should be treated as novellas
  • Web novels count (if they’re long enough)
  • Audiobooks count

Official thread

Recommendations thread

Books by category on storygraph

This post will automatically update as I tag books and I’ll post ~if~ when I finish! I’m going to go for hard mode again as much as possible. Should be fun. :D

2023 Book Bingo

The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood


Hard Mode ✓


Title with a Title (Hard: Not a title of royalty)

Zeroes

by Scott Westerfield


Hard Mode ✓


Superheroes (Hard: Not DC or Marvel)

Blindsight

by Peter Watts


Hard Mode ✓


Bottom of the TBR (Hard: Always hard mode, this is hard enough)

The Cartographers

by Peng Shepherd


Hard Mode ✓


Magical Realism or Literary Fantasy (examples) (Hard: Not from the examples)

A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking

by T. Kingfisher


Hard Mode ✓


Young Adult (Hard: Published in the last 5 years)

Phoenix Extravagant

by Yoon Ha Lee


Hard Mode ✓


Mundane Jobs (Hard: Does not take place on Earth)

Throne of Jade

by Naomi Novik


Hard Mode ✓


Published in the 00s (Hard: Not top 30 on the Best of 2023 list)

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman


Hard Mode ✓


Angels and Demons (Hard: Angel or demon protagonist)

Stories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang


Hard Mode ✓


Five SFF Shorts (Hard: An entire anthology)

Prodigal Son

by Dean Koontz


Hard Mode ✓


Horror (Hard: Not Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft)

The Book of Zog

by Alec Hutson


Hard Mode ✓


Self-Published / Indie Publisher (Hard: Fewer than 100 ratings or an AMA)

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

by Melissa Bashardoust


Hard Mode ✓


Set in the Middle East / Middle Eastern SFF (Hard: Author of Middle Eastern heritage)

The Scourge Between Stars

by Ness Brown


Hard Mode ✓


Published in 2023 (Hard: Debut)

The Space Between Worlds

by Micaiah Johnson


Hard Mode ✓


Multiverse and Alternate Realities (Hard: Travel is not through a literal door)

Rosewater

by Tade Thompson


Hard Mode ✓


POC Author (Hard: In a futuristic, sci-fi world)

House of Suns

by Alastair Reynolds


Hard Mode ✓


Book Club / Readalong (Hard: With participation)

Set in Space (Hard: Characters not originally from Earth)

Six-Gun Snow White

by Catherynne M. Valente


Hard Mode ✓


Novella (Hard: Not published by Tordotcom)

The Last Unicorn

by Peter S. Beagle


Hard Mode ✓


Mythical Beasts (Hard: No dragons or dragon-like creatures)

Shadow and Bone

by Leigh Bardugo


Hard Mode ✓


Elemental Magic (Hard: Not Shades of Magic or Codex Alera)

The Witch's Heart

by Genevieve Gornichec


Hard Mode ✓


Myths and Retellings (Hard: Not Greek or Roman)

Under the Whispering Door

by T.J. Klune


Hard Mode ✓


Queernorm Setting (Hard: Not futuristic)

Tress of the Emerald Sea

by Brandon Sanderson


Hard Mode ✓


Coastal or Island Setting (Hard: Features sea-faring)

Dreamer's Pool

by Juliet Marillier


Hard Mode ✓


Druids (Hard: Not the Iron Druid Chronicles)

Lock In

by John Scalzi


Hard Mode ✓


Featuring Robots (Hard: Robot protagonist)

The Infinite

by Ada Hoffmann


Hard Mode ✓


Sequel (Hard: Book 3+)