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A Tarot Black Lives Matter Reading Bingo


UPDATE: The deadline for the bingo has been extended to December 31!

#NotYourGrandmasBingo

Hello my hippest of friends! Hope you are all having a fabulous day. If so, it is about to get even more fabulous, for today I’m unveiling the Tarot Black Lives Matter book bingo, presented by The Tarot Sequence fandom. This is s reading challenge event running from July 6 to December 6 December 31 aimed to help us discover, read, and support Black authors and their work.

Absolutely ZERO knowledge of The Tarot Sequence series is required in order to participate, as the event is meant to be, first and foremost, a celebration of Black voices within the book community. It’s a chance to show our love for Black authors, especially queer Black authors, and encourage each other to read more diversely and smartly, to read beyond the reaches of our comfort genres, and further educate ourselves on the subjects that are raised in these stories. And most importantly, to make that a habit, not just a one-off.

We have created a bingo card with each square corresponding to a tarot-specific prompt (the 22 Major Arcana, plus a few custom additions). After reading a book that fulfills said prompt, you can cross it out. For each filled square you will gain ONE (1) entry, with a bonus entry if the book is LGBTQ+, into a raffle for some incredible prizes detailed below. For each line of five squares in a row that is completed, you will gain an additional THREE (3) entries. By completing the entire grid, you’ll gain a bonus of SIX (6) entries. The overall number of squares you’ve filled out will count towards your ranking, which comes with a cool badge that you can show off for bragging rights.

You can go for as few or as many squares as you want, and you’re welcome to do update posts, TBRs posts, reviews, recommendation lists, and share on your blog and other social media using #TarotBLMBingo.



Rules

  • Books must be written (or co-written) by Black authors.
  • Unless specified, books can be fiction or non-fiction; prose, verse, or graphic novel.
  • Only one square may be filled by a re-read, and each book can only be used once. Multiple books by the same author is perfectly okay!
  • After each book, we highly encourage you to write a review (or draw or film–get creative!) and share on Goodreads, Amazon, and social media (please do NOT tag authors in negative reviews). 
  • Email your bingo cards to tarotsequenceevents@gmail.com, along with country of residence (for prize purposes) and, if you’re comfortable sharing, social media usernames (so that we know to tag you in winner announcement posts).

End date: December 6 December 31 (11:59 PM PST)

For more info, please refer to the guidebook pdf attached at the end of the post, which will go into all the prompts, prizes, and more in detail.



Prizes (International + US)

All prizes, unless specified, are available for international participants. And you can, of course, opt out of the prize draw while still participating in the bingo.


  • Grand Prize: A BIG special prize that will be revealed closer to the end date

  • Three Winners: A book purchase up to $30 from a Black author (Book Depository or if in US, from a Black-owned bookstore) 

  • Two winners (US only): A copy of K.D. Edwards’ The Hanged Man (The Tarot Sequence 2)

  • One Winner: A book sleeve

  • One winner (US only): A mini book bundle containing a paperback of Check Please Vol. 2, Fragile Remedy bookmarks, and a small curated tea package

  • One winner: An art commission of anything and anyone (with or without background) by artist @JakeShandy

  • One winner: A podfic up to 10k words (any fandom, requires permission from fic author, preferably no NSFW). Offered by Sam @HeartS530. (Note: a podfic is a fanmade audio recording of a fanfic)

  • One winner: A significant recurring cameo in Book 3 of K.D. Edwards’ The Tarot Sequence



Rankings


5 SQUARES COMPLETE – Elemental


5 SQUARES COMPLETE – Dragon

10 SQUARES COMPLETE – Principality


15 SQUARES COMPLETE – Companion


20 SQUARES COMPLETE – Arcana



Relevant Files and Graphics


Drive Folder (containing all graphics, cards, guidebook): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17CVKuhTHw_kx9-PhWjvETb__TCpdT00n?usp=sharing


I hope you can find the time to join us! And if you have any questions you can leave them here below in the comments or contact me on Twitter @aildreda, or email directly at tarotsequenceevents@gmail.com.

Happy reading! <3

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37 comments

🌌Sia is the Star Arcana🌌 (@raenbowgirl) July 7, 2020 - 12:11 pm

Kathy…gods damn. This isn’t just an incredible project you’ve put together; this is a gorgeous post! The graphics… So much wow. You have SUCH INCREDIBLE TALENT, babs. I cannot salute you enough. I hope you know how brilliant you are <3

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 7, 2020 - 5:36 pm

I LOVE YOU SIA but I can’t take credit for all the gorgeous graphics!! Send the love and praise over to Pei!! She made all the ranking images and the banner and the prize cards. I just did the bingo card, really. 😛

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siavahdainthemoon July 8, 2020 - 12:55 am

I WILL HAPPILY SEND ALL THE LOVE AND PRAISE PEI’S WAY AS WELL! But that doesn’t make you any less brilliant – this was all your idea and you got it together single-handedly! I’m so excited to dive in 8D

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jennifertarheelreader July 7, 2020 - 2:20 pm

Wow, this is amazing! The graphics, the prizes, and I LOVE this Bingo challenge. I will try my best to do this, Kathy. I read black authored books, but I just need to be more organized, and I can definitely read more. Thank you again!

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 16, 2020 - 5:33 am

Yay!!! I’m glad to hear! 😊 I actually might need to ask you for some recommendations on a few of them! I’ve been having a hard time with some of the prompts (even though I came up with them haha)

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proxyfish July 8, 2020 - 5:00 am

This is wonderful! And beautiful and brilliant… the idea is amazing and the graphics are stunning <3

I am one of those people who picks up books and doesn't think twice about who wrote it until after the fact… With awareness being so vital, now more than ever, I want to fully embrace reading more diversely and celebrating amazing books by amazing people!

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 16, 2020 - 2:29 am

Yes!! ❤ I realized at some point that I was so used to reading SFF books by white authors, and it didn’t cross my mind to actively seek out stories from more diverse POVs. But I’ve been trying to be better about it, and I hope this will be a good opportunity to continue that. 🙂

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maddalena@spaceandsorcery July 8, 2020 - 5:59 am

What an interesting – and worthy! – challenge! I love that there are various levels so one does not need feel daunted by impossible goals… 😉
Thanks for sharing!

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Tammy July 9, 2020 - 5:49 am

This is so cool! I saw Keith’s tweet about it and now I’m excited to participate! Such a great idea😁

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Never Not Reading July 9, 2020 - 7:13 am

Oh wow, thanks for hosting this! I’m glad it lasts until December. As a rely-er upon Inter-Library-Loan I need plenty of TIME to await all my reads.

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 16, 2020 - 1:40 am

Absolutely! Happy to hear you’ll be joining ❤ And yeah, I was originally thinking October, but I figured we’d need more time to figure out our TBR list, etc.

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peifufu July 9, 2020 - 10:59 am

Yay, super excited for this!!!!! Gotta start planning books!!

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 16, 2020 - 1:37 am

Hype!! ❤❤

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waytoofantasy July 11, 2020 - 2:08 pm

Obviously super excited to see this post. <3

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 14, 2020 - 7:14 pm

*cheers* ❤❤❤

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Nicole Evans July 12, 2020 - 3:54 pm

This is AMAZING, my dear. You’ve outdone yourself. I cannot wait to participate!

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky July 14, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Yaaaaaaaaay I can’t wait to see your TBR Nicole!!! I’m still figuring mine out 😛

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Nicole Evans July 20, 2020 - 10:54 am

I’m pretty excited for the books on my list! Though I’m even more excited for those they will get added to it! <3

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24hr.YaBookBlog July 20, 2020 - 6:47 am

Such a creative project to read more Black authors! The graphics are stunning too Kathy, great post! 😄💖

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dianthaa July 23, 2020 - 7:48 am

This is great!
Quick question, is there any limit on novellas or single-volume graphic novels?

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Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky August 4, 2020 - 7:04 pm

Sorry Dia! I got caught up on some personal things and forgot to check on the blog stuff. But there are no limits! We sent you a email reply too 🙂

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dianthaa August 5, 2020 - 1:29 am

Sorry it took me so long to figure out where to email lol, it was even in the post thank you for the answer

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