Reading is my escapism and my daily dose of optimism. Reading reminds me that there is always hope, no matter how dire the outlook is.

I don’t know about all of you, but I could use some more reading of fiction and less reading of the news. Because I need that hope right about now.

With most everyone staying home and social distancing due to the crazy that is our world, there’s no better time to start a reading challenge! Well, reading bingo. With prizes of course.

I created Heart Full of Ink Social Distancing Reading Bingo to give us the escapism of reading, share the joys of fictional worlds together, and have some fun. And help bookstores too.

Because the winner of the reading bingo will be randomly selected and receive a $25 gift card to the independent bookstore of their choice!

Anyone can play! You can play by yourself. You can get your kids to play with you. Or you can tell your teens to read instead of watching Tiger King yet again. (Sorry not sorry.)

Bingo Card:

You can save it, screenshot it, download it and print it out – use it however you want to keep track of your reading.

How To Play:

Your goal for the reading challenge is to complete five boxes in a row (bingo!). To achieve bingo you need to check five boxes horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. You can read a book from any genre, any length. (Meaning, yes you can count those picture books you read to your kids. If they fit the categories.)

You have all 30 days to complete this! It is not a contest of who can read the fastest.

Fill out this form once you’ve hit bingo, and be entered to win the $25 gift card!

The challenge starts on April 1st, 2020 and round 1 ends on April 30th, 2020. If there’s enough interest, we’ll start round 2 in May!

Social Media & Filling Out The Form:

Use the hashtag #HFOIReadingBingo or #HFOISDRB, posting pictures of the books as you read them. Be sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram! (To be honest, I’ve been avoiding Twitter. If you do tag me there, I probably won’t see it.)

You MUST post and tag me on social media, so I can follow along with your reading journey.

Toward the end of the month, I will post a form for everyone who hits bingo can fill out. You will have to add links to your social media posts. I will randomly select one winner out of all of the entrants.


Your Prize:

If you win, you will receive a $25 gift card to the indie bookstore of your choice! I have a few suggestions including The Ripped Bodice, Tattered Cover Bookstore, and Love’s Sweet Arrow, but if you have a local independent bookstore where I can buy a gift card online, I will happily buy that for you.

You just have to win Heart Full of Ink Social Distancing Bingo first. 😉

Not Sure Where To Start:

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for some of these categories, fear not. I will be posting a book suggestion for every category, starting April 2. You can also search the hashtags to see what others are reading.

Feel free to post your own recommendations as well!

Ready, set, go read!