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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Literature in the News: Reading Bingo Challenge 2014

Has anyone ever heard of reading BINGO?  It’s a new one for me.  Julie at Happy Catholic blog (hat tip)  made me aware of it and in my search apparently I found it is fairly widespread.  I’m with Julie; my reading list is way longer than I can accomplish, so I don’t actually need games to spur me to read.  However, I can see how this can create a varied reading list to spread one’s horizons.

Random House publishers puts out an annual challenge, and here’s their challenge for this year.

When facing a new year filled with so many possibilities for resolutions, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Do you want to challenge yourself to read more in the coming year? What about to read more widely? And where’s the motivation to stay on track?

Bingo—that’s where! Welcome to Retreat’s Reading Bingo Challenge 2014. We’ve created a printable bingo card with 24 reading challenges! Join us and challenge yourself to read more, to read more widely and to have fun doing it all!

You can approach the Reading Bingo card however you like: beginners, start by getting one line; if you’re more advanced, try the whole outside box on the card; experts, fill in the whole card!

We would recommend using one book per space, but if you read a book over 500 pages written by someone under 30, who are we to stop you from cover two squares with one read?

Here’s an actual reading BINGO card.




The game seems to be an approach to get kids and adolescents to read more, but certainly adaptable for adults.  If you do a Google Images of “Reading Bingo” you can find all sorts of reading bingo sheets for various ages.




  1. This is a brilliant idea. Our library has a similar system for children. They give them a blank card and everytime they borrow a book from the library the librarian rubber stamps a "bookworm" in a square on the card. When the card is filled the child gets a certificate.

    I can't understand why they don't do this for grown-ups too. I'd love to have a certificate.

    God bless.

    1. Well, if you read the books I discuss on my blog, Victor M. I'll be glad to give you a certificate...lol. Thanks for stopping by. :)