Pick-Your-Theme Reading Bingo


Time to figure out my 2017 reading plan! And the plan is: There is no plan. But, a game of bingo sounds like a good way to start. Typically I get an idea or curiosity in my head and I start reading any and all books that I can find on the subject. I read fiction and non-fiction. I let one book suggest other books and so on and so forth. It is not a plan and barely a strategy, but it is ideal for book bingo. Last year I posted a reading goal on Goodreads based on what I had been able to accomplish the year before and blew past it. Shooting for quantity was exciting and motivating. This year, I’m heading into my TBR pile with a different angle in mind.

Maybe you’re an aspiring writer getting a grip on a scene or main event that has significant ramifications and you want to get into the nitty-gritty details of how to best portray the many angles of the situation and impact? Maybe you’re looking to focus on an area of personal improvement. Maybe the news has triggered a curiosity in a political development, social crisis, or natural phenomena? Maybe you’re getting ready to query your book manuscript and need to know what other books are circulating with a similar slant. Perhaps you want to read more diverse authors or more female authors or more translated books? It could be any number of interests, genres, or ideas that inspire your participation. The driving thought behind Pick-Your-Theme Bingo is to let part of your reading year intentionally focus on one objective. Quality instead of quantity this year…but hopefully both 🙂

If you’d like to join me, I’m including instructions and the BINGO card below. This is Pick-Your-Theme Reading Bingo!


  1. Pick a theme you would like to explore further in 2017. Examples could be mime, detective work, gardening, colonial rule, history of native peoples, faith, science, traveling in Antartica, social justice, law, urban development, bananas. Whatever subject gets you fired up is fair game: you can be enmeshed in its tangle of complexity or a happy newbie. Go for it.
  2. Read books that correspond to the various categories listed in the squares of the Bingo Card below. Each book can only be used on one block.
  3. Everyone to get five in a row, up, down, or diagonally, is a winner.
  4. You win an expanded perspective in 2017.

Now, I already encountered a problem with my goal because if one goal is good, two must be great. Right? So I’m picking two themes for two different BINGO games. Indecision is a good thing when it prompts you to read more books, right? The two themes I will be pursuing are continuations from 2016’s reading: Expressions of Faith and Race in the U.S.

Bingo Card

If you’d like to give it a whirl with your reading list this year, let me know what theme you’ll be reading. I’ll keep Reviews & Revisions updated on my progress as well.

In any case, Bingo or not, Happy Reading in 2017!

reading book bingo


8 Responses to “Pick-Your-Theme Reading Bingo”

  1. rslavoie

    This is amazing!! I’m printing this out when I get home and showing it to John. He’s not as much of a reader but if it’s a game maybe it’ll motivate him! 😉 also – I like winning things that involve lots of reading 🙂

  2. Austin L. Wiggins

    I love this idea! I’ve got a goal to read 52 books this year (unfortunately I’m a bit more on the quantity side this year) and gamifying my reading is a great way to do it!

    • rebeccarvincent

      Thanks for passing it on, but oh! I’m so jealous!! I’m going to be joining a book club later this month for the first time in a looooong time! You guys are awesome for reaching the 20-year mark! Kudos!!


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