Do you miss the days of checking off a book for summer reading? Do you want to reclaim those days where you had to read during your summer break off from school? Do you just need an excuse to read? Well, you're in luck! Seattle Arts & Lectures and the Seattle Public Library announced on May 25th the squares for this year's Summer Book Bingo.
If you haven't been around our store in the summer, you might not have heard me fangirl over this, seen my various posts and fanfare about this, or coerce some of my coworkers to get in on this. And, if you're new to this in general, every summer, Book Bingo comes out with 24 squares (+ a free square) of reading prompts to guide your summer reading! Some of the squares this year include Hip Hop, Manga or graphic novel, and BIPOC poetry collection. Be sure to check our Staff Picks page for the Recommended by an independent bookseller square! Like regular bingo, you could be entered to win a gift card for an independent bookstore by reading 5 books vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. You also have the ability to black out the card by reading every square and entered in to win a drawing for one of their grand prizes!
All that to say, I love giving you all some reading suggestions for these squares and this summer is no different. Down below are a few books I think you should read that are bound to check off at least one box on your list!
It ends on September 5th so you still have lots of time to read some good books this summer. You can either drop off the paper copy of your bingo to any of the Seattle Public Library branches, fill out their submission form on their website, or post a photo with the hashtag #BookBingoNW2023 to either the Library's or SAL's social media channels. The hashtag is also a great way to follow what other people on Twitter and Instagram are reading throughout the summer, interact, and get some ideas!
Seattle Reads (past or present):
Includes a Recipe:
Trans or Nonbinary Author:
True Crime or Crime Fiction:
SAL Speaker (past or upcoming):
Debut Essays or Short Stories:
BIPOC Poetry Collection:
Manga or Graphic Novel:
BIPOC or LGBTQIA+ Horror:
Same Author, Different Genre: