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

The Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Hard Mode ✓

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


by Scott Westerfield

Hard Mode ✓

Superheroes (Hard: Not DC or Marvel)


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)


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+)