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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 community...at 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.

~Jennifer

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!
Tobias car
  • keli

Introducing the Halloween Mini-Challenge: September 1 to October 31, 2021



Ta-da!

I am so excited, I can barely stand it. Fall is my favorite time of year! This mini-challenge is set up exactly like the last three challenges. Cover your card to be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a $25 Amazon gift card.

This challenge begins on September 1 at 12:00 a.m. You are free to begin any book for the card this weekend, but it will not count unless you finish it September 1 or after. 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!

If anyone has a hard time reading the orange squares, please let me know and I will write them out. It looks lighter than it did in my adobe program.

Please post any questions you might have regarding any square and we will answer them.

Free but Halloweeny = Anything with murder, mayhem, mystery, monsters, fall, or just anything that reminds YOU of the season!

Classic Horror = Horror fiction that was published prior to 1990, i.e., Frankenstein, Dracula or anything that has horror elements prior to 1990. Lots of good horror came out in the 70s and 80s.
Tobias car
  • keli

Completion of Mini-Challenge #3 Masterpost, Summer Bingo



It is hard to believe that we are going into the final week of the summer book bingo! You have until midnight August 31, 2021 to finish any book you want counted towards your card.

For those who want to be entered into the drawing at the end of the year, please post your completed card, OR a link to your card, OR the books you used, in the comments below. Please type COMPLETED in the subject line. I will begin the list in this thread.

COMPLETED

1. gilda_elise
2. asphaltcowgrrl
3. severina2001
4. honor_reid



We have two more mini challenges after this one. Halloween Bingo starts September 1 and runs through October 31 and Holiday Bingo starts November 1 and runs through December 31. Yay!

Previous Mini Challenge Completion Masterposts

Completion of Mini-Challenge #1 Masterpost, COVID-19 Season 2 Challenge!
Completion of Mini-Challenge #2, Spring Challenge!
Completion of Mini-Challenge #3, Summer Challenge!
Johnny black shirt
  • keli

Introducing the Summer Mini-Challenge: June 21 to August 31.



Happy Summer! This mini-challenge is set up exactly like the last challenge.😎

This challenge begins on June 21 (the first day of summer here in the States) 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 June 21 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!

Please post any questions you might have regarding any square and we will answer them.

Read a Book with Terrible Reviews Resources: If you are having a hard time finding a book with bad reviews (reviews can be very subjective), any from goodreads worst lists will count. You can find 2020's list HERE!. Another resource can be found here: Bestselling Books with Bad Reviews.

Read a Vacation Destination Book: This can be a nonfiction travel book about a place you've always wanted to visit or can be a fiction book about characters traveling on vacation (traveling on vacation needs to be the main premise of the book). For example I am going to try to read The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald.

Read a book you saw a tv/movie character read: honor_reid found a great resource if you are having trouble finding a book for this square. https://booksareeverywhere.tumblr.com/

Thanks to all who are participating! This has been a fun way for us to do bingo this year.
Johnny black shirt
  • keli

MASTERPOST: Completion of Mini Challenge #2, Spring Challenge!

I hope everyone has been doing well with their spring bingo card! I cannot believe today is the last day. You have until midnight to finish any book you want counted towards your card.



For those who want to be entered into the drawing at the end of the year, please post your completed card, OR a link to your card, OR the books you used, in the comments below. Please type COMPLETED in the subject line. I will begin the list in this thread.

COMPLETED:

1. severina2001
2. white_jenna
3. asphaltcowgrrl
4. honor_reid
5. gilda_elise



Thank you for participating! Summer's card will be up soon!
dancing lion

'Book Featuring Water' rec

Once upon a time, like, over 100 years ago, Congress proposed introducing hippos to the American swamps to eat the invasive water hyacinth. The hippos would then be eaten themselves by Americans. While this never came to pass, Sarah Gailey imagines that it does in American Hippo, collecting her two novellas and two short stories. A diverse cast (and their riding hippos) plan a grand caper (operation!) in the bayous. This was a Christmas gift from 2019 and I'm kicking myself for letting it molder in my TBR stack for so long. I highly rec it! :D

Also, thanks to the mods for running these mini-challenges! I'm definitely reading more from my TBR stack, vs getting distracted by shiny new things/fanfic/chipping away at interesting but never ending nonfic tomes.

Johnny black shirt
  • keli

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!
Johnny black shirt
  • keli

Completion of Mini-Challenge #1 Masterpost

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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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