2021 Mystery Genre Bingo

2021 Mystery Genre Bingo

2021 Mystery Genre Bingo

The 2021 Mystery Genre Bingo challenge is new! In the past, I participated in a Genre Bingo reading challenge in a group on Goodreads (2018, 2019, and 2020). The idea was to create a bingo card with a variety of genres and make as many “bingos” as you wanted for the challenge.

I love mysteries, so I thought I would make a bingo card that focused on mysteries and thrillers. While I have enjoyed the variety of genres in the past, this year I want to focus on reading mysteries. By altering the challenge a little, I get the fun of bingo and read lots of mysteries.

The 2021 Mystery Genre Bingo challenge has 25 prompts. I like a challenge, so I hope to read a book for each prompt.

To make a bingo card, visit the Bingo Card Generator. Enter the following information:

  • Card Title: 2021 Mystery Genre Bingo
  • Word List: Amateur Sleuth, Caper, Cozy Mystery, Detective, Domestic Suspense, Golden Age Mystery, Historical Mystery, Hardboiled, Legal Thriller, Locked Room Mystery, Medical Thriller, Middle Grade Mystery, Murder Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Noir, Paranormal Mystery, Police Procedural, Political Thriller, Private Investigator, Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Spy Thriller, Techno Thriller, True Crime, Young Adult Mystery, Whodunit
  • Free Space: Yes
  • Free Space Text: Any Mystery
  • Free Space Description: “leave blank”
  • Free Space Placement: Center
  • Card Size: 5 x 5
  • Number of cards to create: 1
  • Click “Generate Bingo Cards”


2021 Mystery Genre Bingo Card
Updated mystery genre bingo card


  1. Mystery Thriller – Not One of Us by Debbie Hebert
  2. Caper –
  3. Murder Mystery –
  4. Golden Age Mystery –
  5. Whodunit –
  6. Amateur Sleuth – Swamp Santa by Jana Deleon
  7. Political Thriller –
  8. Domestic Suspense – The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice
  9. Historical Mystery – After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore
  10. Young Adult Mystery –
  11. Medical Thriller –
  12. Private Investigator –
  13. Any Mystery – The Other Mothers by M.M. Chouinard
  14. Police Procedural –
  15. Detective – NYPD6 by James Patterson
  16. Middle Grade Mystery –
  17. Legal Thriller – Muzzled by David Rosenfelt
  18. Techno Thriller –
  19. Noir –
  20. Locked Room mystery – One by One by Ruth Ware
  21. True Crime –
  22. Romantic Suspense –
  23. Psychological Thriller – The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
  24. Paranormal Mystery – The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
  25. Cozy Mystery – Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge

2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge

2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge

The 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge is here! This is one challenge I do each year. I love the variety of prompts. Some prompts are easy, others are more challenging and take me out of my comfort zone.

So far, I’ve had good luck sticking with the challenge and finishing it. I was able to finish it in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Hopefully, I manage to complete this year’s new challenge.

The 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge has 40 standard prompts and 10 advanced prompts. My goal is to complete all 50 prompts. Below is the list of prompts. I will update this list as I work on the challenge.

15/50 completed


  1. A book that published in 2021 – Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan
  2. An Afrofuturist book
  3. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
  4. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
  5. A dark academia book
  6. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
  7. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job – Undercurrents by Mary Anna Evans
  8. A book that has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction
  9. A book with a family tree
  10. A bestseller from the 1990s
  11. A book about forgetting – Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle
  12. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)
  13. A locked-room mystery – One Little Secret by Cate Holahan
  14. A book set in a restaurant
  15. A book with a black-and-white cover
  16. A book by an indigenous author
  17. A book that has the same title as a song
  18. A book about a subject you are passionate about
  19. A book that discusses body positivity
  20. A book on a Black Lives Matter reading list
  21. A genre hybrid
  22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
  23. A book with something broken on the cover – The Party by Robyn Harding
  24. A book by a Muslim American author
  25. A book that was published anonymously
  26. A book with an oxymoron in the title – Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
  27. A book about do-overs or fresh starts – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  28. A magical realism book
  29. A book set in multiple countries
  30. A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021
  31. A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality – How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White
  32. A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”
  33. A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)
  34. A book about a social justice issue
  35. A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)
  36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads – Black Coral by Andrew Mayne
  37. A book you think your best friend would like
  38. A book about art or an artist
  39. A book everyone seems to have read but you – Anxious People by Fredrick Backman
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
Advanced Prompts
  1. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  2. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  3. The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover
  4. The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover
  5. The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time
  6. A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t – Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  7. A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing – The House Uptown by Melissa Ginsberg
  8. A book from your TBR list chosen at random
  9. A DNF book from your TBR list
  10. A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library) – The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth