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. 😄


  • 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

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

Superheroes (Hard: Not DC or Marvel)


(Hard Mode)

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

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

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

Phoenix Extravagant

(Hard Mode)

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

Throne of Jade

(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

(Hard Mode)

Angels and Demons (Hard: Angel or demon protagonist)

Five SFF Shorts (Hard: An entire anthology)

Prodigal Son

(Hard Mode)

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

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

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

Published in 2023 (Hard: Debut)

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

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

Book Club / Readalong (Hard: With participation)

Novella (Hard: Not published by Tordotcom)

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

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

Myths and Retellings (Hard: Not Greek or Roman)

Queernorm Setting (Hard: Not futuristic)

Tress of the Emerald Sea

(Hard Mode)

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

Druids (Hard: Not the Iron Druid Chronicles)

Featuring Robots (Hard: Robot protagonist)

The Infinite

(Hard Mode)

Sequel (Hard: Book 3+)