Summer Reading? Try Books On The Nightstand Bingo!

So Ann and Michael of my favourite book podcast that I am not a host of ha! have come up with a great idea if you are struggling with your summer (or indeed possibly winter if you are down under) reading which I think is brilliant, all sorts of fun and we should all join in with… Because it is based around books you already own, can borrow and may already have in the back of the reading part of your brain to get to ‘at some point’. I am a bit funny about reading challenges – I know, I know I have set myself one recently with shorter fiction but bear with me – however ones that you can work your own TBR or library loan/loanable are always worth a twirl. So what is it… It is only Books on the Nightstand Bingo!

Now in the words of Ann and Michael (who will now know I have had a bit of a BOTNS catch up listen as this is a few weeks old) the way it works is… “Just visit the link below and you’ll see a BOTNS bingo card. HIT REFRESH TO GET A NEW, RANDOM CARD. You will also see a link to print the card. Use this BOTNS Bingo Card in any way you like to enhance your summer reading. You can choose to go after a particular Bingo row and pick the books that fit; you can read as normal and check off books as you read; or write each of your words on a slip of paper and draw randomly, reading until you get Bingo!” How brilliant is that? To give it a whirl follow this link here and join in by pressing refresh to mix them up. I have already and here is mine…


I have spent many an hour, while some of the conferences I am event managing have been ‘in session’, mulling over them all and what my options are and it is great fun just playing at working out which books you have which can tick off which square… I am going for FULL HOUSE!!!! In fact I am planning on presenting my card to Ann and Micheal all complete when I see them in Asheville in August – swot much? The one I am really struggling with is middle-grade book… Hmmmm!

So who else fancies giving it a whirl? If you do let me know or share your bingo card someway some how and what you might read to get a line or full house?



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9 responses to “Summer Reading? Try Books On The Nightstand Bingo!

  1. I’m doing this too, Simon! I also have the middle grade square and for that one I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond, one of my all time favorites. I wonder what you would think of that one – probably that it’s too nice 😉 Here’s mine so far:

    I’m working to fill my whole card, too. The graphic novel is the square that intimidates me – I’ve never read a graphic novel before. But I just finished my 10th short story and can cross that box off today. In fact, I think I’ll go do that now…

  2. Ooh, this looks like a fun challenge! Full house might be a stretch for me, but will definitely aim for Bingo this summer 🙂

  3. Sounds fun! Full house is rather tempting…

  4. I am doing this too! And also aiming for a full house. At least the middle grade book should be an quick read. Good Luck.

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  6. I’m going to try this! For a middle grade book, how about Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt or something by Neil Gaiman like The Graveyard Book?

  7. dellastr

    Or my favorite books for younger readers: Wonder by R. J. Palacio or Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. Both beautiful stories.

  8. I’ll second the recommendation for Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Really fantastic and touching.

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