Challenge: Anne & Kristilyn’s 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

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It’s almost 2014, which means it’s time to sign up for the 2014 Book Bingo Challenge, hosted by myself and Anne from Creativity’s Corner!

Throughout 2013, we had been asking for feedback on the challenge and we took your suggestions to heart, which means some changes have been made this year! When we thought about all the things we wanted to include in this year’s challenge, we ended up making a list:

  • Reading the books in our TBR pile
  • Re-reading some books
  • Stepping outside of our comfort zone in reading
  • Reading some newly released books
  • 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:

BINGO Challenge 2014-01

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, 2014.
  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. You can add your post to the Linky at the end of this 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 SQUARES are a little different this year — now you can use those squares to read ANY book you like of any genre! Woo!
  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 2014.
  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. Every 3 months I will post an update here and all participants can link to their own updates. An update post will go up April 1st, July 1st, October 1st, and December 31st.
  11. 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 #BookBingo2014 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:

BINGO Wins 2014-01

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!

Add your start-up post link to the Linky below!


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

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141 thoughts on “Challenge: Anne & Kristilyn’s 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge

  1. Ohhhh YAY! I had so much fun with your bingo card last year, I was hoping you would do it again for 2014! 😀 I’ll be signing up asap!

    I’m hoping I can complete the card this year, since there’s not as much rereading involved in this one (those were the only squares I failed to complete on the 2013 card). This is going to be so much fun!

  2. Yay! Im so glad you’re doing this again and that you changed the reread column with a mix it up one! Last year I filled all the columns except the rereading one.
    I’m so excited, I’ll def be signing up! 😀

    • I think a lot of people had issues with the rereading. For some reason, I managed to complete it, despite my hesitations at first, but I know rereading isn’t for everyone! Thanks for signing up!

  3. I love the new board! So it only takes one book each to mark off the squares in mix it up and genres? I might actually get a black out this year! I’m definitely signing up, just want to wrap up some of this year’s stuff before making any sign up posts.

  4. Yay! I’m excited you’re doing this again! And that there is a lot less rereading because that’s where I mostly struggled last year. So even though I’m busy next month, I’ll be joining in! Since there is the whole rest of the year why not eh?

  5. I wasn’t planning on doing another challenge, but you guys made the bingo card so awesome, I couldn’t stay away from it. I really like what you did here!! I think the card is much more enjoyable now. The only thing I didn’t completed this year was the re-reading part (crossed 2 or 3 squares), so I’m happy you took it down to only one book! Having the mix-up is especially exciting 😀

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  7. Looks great! I got so busy working two jobs this past year that I failed to keep up with my challenges as much as I had hoped. Question for you: unless the square indicates more than one book is required, only one book is required to mark that square off, correct?

  8. I’m going to be sure to sign up again this year. The board is much better than last year. I managed to complete the challenge besides the rereading. I’m going to make a few changes to the board to make it more doable for myself. I want a challenge that takes books away from my TBR pile instead of adding on. I plan to get rid of a few of the genres and put in other squares that I think will help me.

  9. Hi! I am so excited to try this Book Bingo! I am a little confused on the TBR Pile, Series, and New Releases columns. When it says one book, you read one book (ie., Harry Potter and the Philopsher’s Stone) then in the second book you would have to put Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

    • Correct! One book for the one book square, two books for the two books, and so forth. The series squares don’t have to be just one series, either, just any book from A series.

  10. This challenge looks super fun and I’m excited to join! I just was wanting some clarification on the series category. What I think it is is that I read one book that is part of a series and cross of the one books category and then read two books that are part of another series and so on right? So for the five books I’d need to find a series with five books in it? Just want to make sure I’ve got it right or figure it out of I’m wrong! Thanks!

      • I’m still a little confused on this one. Abbi explained it one way and I think you answered it a different way…I think. (Sorry for my confusion). For the series category…lets say I’m reading Series X, Y and Z. If I get to the final square I can read 3 books from Series X, and 1 book from Series Y and 1 from Series Z and cross that square off correct? As long as I read 5 books that are from some series. I wouldn’t HAVE to read 5 books from Series X only to cross that square off?

      • Exactly! Just 5 books from 5 series, or 5 books from the same series … so long as they’re series books and you’ve read 5, you can cross off that square!

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  18. I completed the challenge last year. I am signing up again this year. I decided to create my own board that I think will suit me better. I love the new board I just happen to not read some of those genres and I don’t think I can read that many new releases. Thanks for hosting.

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  21. Looks like I’m one of the few that actually re-reads! I’m all signed up and ready to start crossing off boxes. I do have a question. If I re-read a classic, can I use it for the classic square?

    • Oh, you’re not the only one who rereads! I actually reread a LOT more last year than I ever had … it was great!

      If you reread a classic, you can use it for the classic square OR the reread square, but not both! Only one book per square (well, unless it’s a square that requires you to read more than one)!

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  23. Looks really fun and I’m planning on entering this, but I need a bit of clarification first. (I had a couple other questions that were already addressed.) What do you consider a new release? Any book released in 2014? Books released in the six months prior to reading them? I tend to read not a lot of ‘new’ books, so I would consider any book published since 2012 as a new book – but I’m guessing that’s probably not what you mean.

  24. This looks like fun! Question: Is there a way to “X” the boxes on the digital image? I don’t want to keep track on paper, so I’d love to be able to do that. What program would one use?

    Thanks for hosting!

    • Hope you don’t mind me jumping in here…
      I’m going to be using Photoshop – but that’s because I already had it installed. You might try using Paint as I believe most computers come with it factory installed.I also did a quick search of ‘graphics program free download’ at google and came up with a bunch of results if you don’t have Paint.

    • I’m chiming in, too! Last year I used PicMonkey to check off boxes on my board. I saved the board onto my computer desktop, uploaded it into picmonkey, used a graphic to “cross out” a box (I used buttons as my Bingo “chips”), then saved the image back onto my desktop. Then I just reloaded the new image back into PicMonkey each time I wanted to cross off a box. The website is free to use and pretty easy.

  25. I’m signed up! So excited to play Bingo again this year.. I was TWO books short of completing my entire board in 2013. I’m aiming to do it this year! Thanks Kristilyn and Anne for hosting again. xx

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  27. I’m a bit late to the game, but I just signed up too! One question though: what Constitutes a “new release”? Just books that will be published from now on, or also books from the past 3 months, or the past year?

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  41. I’m totally joining in with this fun challenge! My post will automatically post this Saturday, 3/22, with all of the rules. My only question is about the books getting crossed off…I’m a little confused and just want to see which is correct. Let’s use the TBR Pile as an example. If I read one book from my TBR pile I get to cross off the top square. If I read another 2 books off my TBR pile then I can cross of the second square? So basically, to cross off all the squares in the TBR list we’d have to have read 15 books? Same with the series and the new releases?

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