categories

Categories that might appear as the squares on a bingo card:

 

  • That you want to read because of the cover.
  • That you want to read in spite of the cover.
  • Sub-title on the cover.
  • Bird or animal on the cover.
  • Person on the cover.
  • Blurbed by someone you admire.
  • Number in the title.
  • One-word title.
  • Month or day of the week in the title.
  • Title that’s a character’s name.
  • Written in the first person.
  • Written in the second person.
  • Epistolary.
  • With an unreliable narrator.
  • Told from more than two different points of view.
  • Story within a story.
  • About a person with a disability.
  • Protagonist with a different gender/sexual orientation from your own.
  • Protagonist with a different ethnicity from your own.
  • Non-human protagonist.
  • Set in a different season.
  • Set in more than one time period.
  • Set in a place you’d like to vacation.
  • Set in a place you’d like to know more about.
  • Set in the state where you live.
  • Set in a country you’ve never visited.
  • Non-fiction.
  • Non-fiction about science.
  • Retelling.
  • Alternate history.
  • Historical fiction.
  • Speculative fiction.
  • Set in a different country.
  • Magical realism.
  • Fantasy.
  • Mystery.
  • Romance.
  • Thriller.
  • About travel.
  • About politics.
  • About religion.
  • About nature.
  • About a homecoming.
  • About art/artist(s).
  • About food.
  • With recipes, patterns or puzzles.
  • More than 500 pages.
  • Part of a series.
  • Translation.
  • Best-seller.
  • Classic.
  • Classic you “should’ve read”.
  • Memoir or autobiography.
  • Memoir or autobiography of a US political figure.
  • Biography.
  • Biography of a royal.
  • Biography of a US political figure.
  • Collection of essays.
  • Collection of poetry.
  • Originally published in the 19th century.
  • Originally published in the 20th century.
  • Originally published in the 21st century.
  • Originally published this year.
  • Originally published posthumously.
  • Originally published within five years of the year you were born.
  • Debut.
  • Prize winner.
  • Prize-winning author (but not a prize-winner).
  • Prize runner-up (e.g. short or long list, finalist).
  • Banned in the U.S.
  • Banned in a country outside the U.S.
  • Wanted to read for more than a year.
  • Made into a movie.
  • Made into a TV series.
  • Seen on Gilmore Girls.
  • Re-read.
  • Outside your comfort zone.
  • That you think will make you a better person.
  • An author from the state where you live.
  • An author from a country you’ve never visited.
  • An author of color.
  • An author who died last year.
  • An author with a disability.
  • With more than one author listed on the cover.
  • Written under a pseudonym.
  • Backlist from an author you read for another square.
  • Backlist from an author on your current year favorites list.
  • Latest book by an author you love.
  • Borrowed.
  • Already own.
  • Audiobook narrated by the author.
  • Audiobook with one narrator.
  • Audiobook with multiple narrators.
  • Recommended by a family member.
  • Recommended by a friend.
  • Recommended on a podcast.
  • Recommended in Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide (any year).

updated May 19, 2019