Mod post: Announcement regarding 2021 plans for the community.

Hello all! I hope everyone is doing well and are managing this crazy year as best as they can.

I wanted to take a quick moment to announce after discussing this with keli we have decided that we will not be hosting a reading challenge or bingo game in 2021. This is not a decision we've reached lightly, but due to the ongoing pandemic and the real life issues we (plus justjo2u) are dealing with both pandemic-related and otherwise, we do not have the extra time to give a game or challenge the attention it deserves (see the 2020 challenge as an example. We set it up and then all hell broke loose, and the community didn't get any attention from the mods at all.)

We will, however, be leaving the community open in the hopes that it will become a general books/reading least for 2021. We would love for you all to share other reading challenges or reading related games you may be participating in, book memes/quizzes, book reviews, book recs (either asking for or sharing) or just general book discussion. I am making a resolution to be more active here myself in the coming year.

At the end of 2021, we will reevaluate and make a decision as to the future of the community in the coming years.

As always, we are so thankful to each and every one of you who have participated in this community in the past.


ETA as of 1/16/21: keli had the brilliant idea to have a series of small, stress free "mini bingo" games/challenges throughout the course of the year. You can find the first of these posted here. Enjoy!
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Introducing the Spring Mini-Challenge: April 1 to June 20.

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This mini-challenge is set up exactly like the last challenge. We decided to end it on June 20, because June 21 is the first day of summer here in the US and there will be a summer mini-challenge. 😎

This challenge begins on April 1 at 12:00 a.m. You are free to begin any book for the card now, but it will not count unless you finish it April 1 or after. As like the last challenge, those who complete the card will get their name in a drawing to win a gift card at the end of the year. To those who love to read but are finding it hard to complete your cards, just remember that short stories, children's books, etc. count if they fit the square!

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Reminder you still have until March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. to complete your COVID19 mini-challenge. Once you do, please post HERE to let us know so we can get you on the list.

I hope you join us again! Enjoy!
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Completion of Mini-Challenge #1 Masterpost


We are down to the final week and-a-half of the first mini-challenge here at LJ Book Bingo! I hope you have all done well! For those of you who want to get your name in the end-of-the-year drawing for the $25 amazon gift card, please comment here with a link to your completed card or, alternatively, you can post your completed card/books in a comment below. I will then add you to the list that is under the cut.

You still have until March 31 at 11:59 p.m. to get your squares covered. The next challenge will be posted on Sunday, March 29 to give you time to choose your books before the official start time of 12:00 a.m. April 1.

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One Month Left! Mini-Challenge and an opportunity for a year end prize.

Hard to believe, but there is only one month left in the COVID-19 Season 2 Stay at home and read a book 2021 LJ Book Bingo Mini Challenge! Yikes, that's a mouthful! I hope you're all staying healthy while reading and covering your squares.

Since the mini-challenge is going so well, we have decided to keep going and will even be offering a small prize again this year! For everyone who completes each mini-challenge (= blacks out their card), they will get their name in a drawing for a $25US Amazon e-gift card. If the winner is not from the US, we will do our best to get your e-gift card to you in your own currency, but it will only equal $25US. At the end of each challenge we will make a post that will give you an opportunity to post your books/card in a comment or post a link to your card. If you don't complete this challenge, don't worry! There will be four more mini-challenge opportunities to get your name in the drawing.

Good luck in the final month. Thanks for playing with us!

For anyone interested, you can see my card under the cut.

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What are you currently reading?

Would love to hear what everyone is currently reading. Comment below!

I am currently reading Midnight Library by Matt Haig. My local book club chose this for our February read. It is Goodreads Choice 2020 Winner for Fiction. It is also the first book I bought this year. I try to utilize my library as much as I can but I was number 32 in line for the book and need it read by February 10. :) The book is good so far. The plot is amazing. I am using it for the New Adult bingo square. It was published Sept 2020.

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2021 BINGO CARD #1: January - March

We said we were not going to do anything formal here, and we are not, but we decided to periodically throw out mini bingo cards/challenges for anyone who would like to participate. If it goes well and people are enjoying it, we will continue.

First up, running January 1 through March 31 --> COVID-19 bingo! With many countries still in lockdown and many of us wanting to make more time to read, we thought this would be fun! This is not like your typical bingo. There are no calls. Just work towards filling all your squares. We hope you share your reading with the community by either posting here or posting a link to your journal, however you are under no obligation to do so.

This mini-card focuses on genres.

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- keli, stellar and jo

Looking forward to 2021

After looking back at the past year, it's time to set our new objectives for 2021!

So what are your plans?
Will you take part in some challenges? Which ones?
Will you take part in the Goodreads reading challenge? What goal did you want to reach?
Do you plan to discover new authors, new styles? Or will you keep going with loved authors or ongoing series?
What are the new books you're looking for in 2021?

Looking back at 2020

Did you set yourself some goals for 2020?
Did you achieve these goals?
Did you manage to read more than expected?
Have you discovered new books, genres, authors, series and fell in love?
Were you disappointed by some readings?
Share everything about your year in reading!