May Bookish Bingo 🌞

Are you ready for another round of Bookish Bingo? Join us in May and conquer your TBR!

Click here to read the rules and download your Bookish bingo card below. Make sure you share your progress with us by using #BookishBingo on social media. Let us know what books you’re reading for each prompt below!

When you get bingo shout it out here and we’ll congratulate the winners each month in our newsletter.


Thank you to @cstrong555, @ellerudy, @cyamagata, and @dennis for suggesting prompts for this board! Have an idea for a prompt for next month? Share it here.


Whoa! Some toughies on the board – especially because of the layout of the prompts.

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Agreed! If I could just switch some of the categories around… :thinking::sweat_smile:

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Oh my, this seems to be a tough month for me to decide to start trying their bingo :joy:

Recommendations please for:

  • podcasts about books
  • a space opera… no idea what this would be. Like Hitchhiker’s Guide? Does it require singing?
  • books with a character in therapy

I think I’ll be targeting that top row, or possible vertically down the middle depending on what a space opera ends up being. :tada: has podcasts recommending and discussing books, as well as news on the latest books.

Book with a character in therapy: Flowers for Algernon (it was a re-read for me last month.)

I googled space opera books. This is what I got: Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking."


Awesome, thank you! I haven’t read flowers for algernon in many years, that’s a good idea for a reread! So dramatic space stories haha got it :ok_hand:

You are so welcome! Good luck on your Bingo quest.

Here are some space opera suggestions…
-Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
-Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

I found both of these series absolutely addicting, even though initially I did not think I would enjoy the “space opera” genre

The space opera prompt was inspired by May the 4th which is Star Wars day!


Ah, perfect then! I recently picked up a dramatized copy of a Star Wars novel and I’m so curious to see how they handled it as play-format. :ok_hand:


Wow there are some hard prompts on here. So far I have a list going of some ideas. This is what I have so far:

-Published in May: The Library of Legends
-2020 Anticipated Read: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
-On Your TBR for 5+ Months: Ginny Moon
-Theme of Motherhood: Born Survivors (This will be a reread for me and is an amazing book)
-Mexican or Mexican-American Author: Esperanza Rising
-Begins with M: Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters
-Featured on Bookish First: The Imortalists
-Audio Book: Peter Pan
-Flowers on the Cover: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
-Fourth in a Series: A Feast for Crows
-Memoir: Dog Years
-Multiple Authors: The Inn
-See Yourself in the Protagonist: The Little Women Letters
-Yellow Cover: Meadowlark

This is ambitious- let’s see how I do!

I feel like I have the first line down.
Published In May - Goldilocks
2020 Anticipated - Aurora Burning
Theme of Motherhood - The Mother Code

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I already have some prompt suggestions for June.

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Need a BookishFirst book rec for some of this month’s prompts? Check out our Instagram post here!

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I got a bingo, but I confess that seeing this card influenced my choices. The cool thing is that it pushed me out of my comfort zone a little bit in a few ways.
Featured on BookishFirst: The Hiding Girl by Dorian Box
Audiobook: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Free Space
Addresses Mental Health: What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Muslim Protagonist: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
(theme of motherhood not in the bingo but that was Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton)

I have a few more books lined up that qualify depending on how much I’m able to read!


I got 2 bingos, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to check anymore off this list before the end of May.:slightly_smiling_face::heart::open_book:



These are the books that I read:

Published in May:
Begins with M:
Flowers on the Cover:
Multiple Authors:

Four Star Read:
Fourth in Series:


May Bingo! Across the top:

Four Star Read: Movie Night With the Reagans (Mark Weinberg)
May Published: High Season (Judy Blundell)
Anticipated in 2020: The Park (John Freeman)
5+ Months on TBR: On Political Economy (J.J.Rousseau)
Motherhood: Excellent Sheep (William Deresiewicz)


My first Bookish Bingo! :heart_eyes:
Four Star Read: The Holdout
Published in May: The Paris Hours
2020 Anticipated Read: The Operator
On Your TBR for 5+ Months: My Not So Perfect Life
Theme of Motherhood: Olive Kitteridge

Extra reads:
Mexican or Mexican-American Author: Gods of Jade and Shadow
Multiple POVs: Olive, Again


Also my first bookish bingo! I worked hard to make sure I got it. :slight_smile:

Top row:
4 star: pretty funny for a girl by Rebecca Elliott
Pub in may: big summer by Jennifer Weiner
2020 anticipated: real men knit by Kwana Jackson
5+ month tbr: lexicon by Max Barry
Motherhood: the joy luck club by Amy Tan