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Beat the Backlist 2019 and other reading goals: 11/29/18

Cybils update

A year ago I wrote down my reading goals and signed up for this year's Beat the Backlist challenge. While I didn't participate in a lot of the social aspects, I did enjoy the reading part.

This year the reviewing aspect of the challenge is not longer that of the challenge. The reading is still there.

The goal is to read as many backlist books between January 1 and December 31, 2019 as possible. Especially if they are ones already sitting on your TBR pile.

A year ago my reading goals were to:

  • 52 newly published books
  • 52 Canadian books (new or old)
  • 100 backlist wishlist books
  • 52 mysteries
  • 52 comic books
  • 52 road narrative books

For the challenge, the bullet point didn't qualify and won't qualify again. Nonetheless, reading current is part of my personal goal for this blog.

2018 reading goals vs actual results

Although there is one month left, I have pretty much completed my goals. My other goal of working through my backlist of old reviews. As the 2019 challenge doesn't address reviews, I'll make a different post about that aspect of the blog

My goals for 2019 are remarkably the same as 2018:

  • 52 newly published books
  • 52 Canadian books (new or old)
  • 100 backlist wishlist books
  • 52 mysteries
  • 52 comic books
  • 52 road narrative books

But there is one change. In January I plan to dedicate the majority of my reading to all 2018 books I've purchased but have missed reading.

For a total of 360 books. Of those, more than half should be diverse (written by authors from different countries, authors of color, Native/First Nations authors, queer, disabled). That would be 181 books, minimum.

For this challenge, I'll post what I read by what category they were primarily read for.

Books read in 2019. Books with a * are newly published and don't count for the Beat the Backlist challenge

Published in 2019

  1. Bird and Squirrel All Tangled Up by James Burks; personal collection
  2. Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi et al.; personal collection
  3. Black Hammer, Vol. 3: Age of Doom Part One by Jeff Lemire; personal collection
  4. Circle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (Illustrator); library book
  5. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders; personal collection
  6. Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks; personal collection
  7. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee; personal collection
  8. The Extremely High Tide! by Kir Fox; personal collection / research
  9. Fearless Mary: The True Adventures of Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver by Tami Charles; personal collection
  10. Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts; personal collection
  11. Frazzled: Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties by Booki Vivat; personal collection
  12. Ghostbusters: Crossing Over by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening (Illustrations); personal collection
  13. Giant Days, Vol. 9 by John Allison; personal collection
  14. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley; personal collection
  15. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen; personal collection
  16. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire; personal collection / research
  17. Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley; personal collection
  18. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli; personal collection / research
  19. Murders and Metaphors by Amanda Flower; personal collection
  20. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas; personal collection
  21. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; personal collection / research
  22. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover; personal collection
  23. Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly; personal collection
  24. A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano; personal collection
  25. Swap'd by Tamara Ireland Stone; personal collection
  26. This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming; library / work
  27. Voltron Legendary Defender Volume. 3: Absolution by Mitch Iverson
  28. You Are Light by Aaron Becker; personal collection / work

Backlist Wishlist

  1. All Ducks Are Birds: But, Not All Birds Are Ducks by Tara Michele Zrinski; library book / work
  2. Birds & Other Animals with Pablo Picasso by Pablo Picasso; library book / work
  3. Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland; library book / work
  4. Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars; library book
  5. Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird by Pamela S. Turner and Andy Comins (photography)
  6. Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko and Dan Santat (illustrator; library book / work
  7. Final Girl by Michelle Schusterman
  8. The 5 Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna; library book
  9. Kids Draw Dinosaurs by Christopher Hart; library book / work
  10. Llamaphones by Janik Coat; library book
  11. Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo; library book
  12. Make-A-Saurus: My Life with Raptors and Other Dinosaurs by Brian Cooley; library book / work
  13. The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer; personal collection
  14. P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy; personal collection
  15. This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek; library book
  16. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas; library book
  17. White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig; personal collection

Diverse books

  1. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan; library book
  2. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic by Susan Tan and Dana Wulfekotte; library book
  3. Devils in Daylight (白昼鬼語) by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki; library book
  4. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake; personal collection
  5. The House that Lou Built by Mae Respicio; library book/ research
  6. Naomis Too by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and and Audrey Vernick; library book

Canadian books

  1. Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany; personal collection
  2. Border Markers by Jenny Ferguson; personal collection
  3. The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany; personal collection
  4. The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter; personal collection
  5. Heartwood Hotel 1: A True Home by Kallie George and Stephanie Graegin (illustrator)
  6. An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim; personal collection / research
  7. Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg; library book
  8. SOS at Night by M.A. Wilson; personal collection
  9. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence; library book


  1. To Brie or Not To Brie by Avery Aames; library book
  2. Buried in Books by Kate Carlisle; personal collection
  3. Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs; library book
  4. The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn by Carolyn Keene; library book
  5. Knife Edge by Andrew Lane; library book
  6. Prose and Cons by Amanda Flower; personal collection
  7. The Red Slippers by Carolyn Keene; library book
  8. The Sign in the Smoke by Carolyn Keene; library book
  9. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson; library book
  10. Which Big Giver Stole the Chopped Liver? by Sharon Kahn; library book

Comic books / graphic novels

  1. All Summer Long by Hope Larson; personal collection
  2. Beyond: the Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster; personal collection
  3. Birding Is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco; personal collection
  4. Delicious in Dungeon Vol. 2 by Ryoko Kui; personal collection
  5. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon; library book
  6. Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, Volume 1 by Hinowa Kouzuki; personal collection
  7. Magical Dance Volume 1 by Nao Kodaka; personal collection
  8. Misfit City Volume 1 by Kirsten Smith; library book
  9. Misfit City Volume 2 by Kirsten Smith; library book
  10. Monsters & Modules by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (Illustrations); library book
  11. The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator); personal collection
  12. Paper Girls, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Artist); personal collection
  13. Rainbow Brite #2 by Jeremy Whitley and Brittney Williams (Illustrator); personal collection
  14. Wrapped Up in You by Dan Jolley and Natalie Nourigat; library book

Road narrative books

  1. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor; library book
  2. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor; library book / research
  3. The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis; personal collection
  4. Lions & liars by Kate Beasley and Dan Santat (illustrations); library book
  5. Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall; personal collection / research
  6. The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall; personal collection / research
  7. The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson; personal collection
  8. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian; personal collection

For the ones that actually qualify for the challenge, I'll tag on Goodreads on a Beat the Backlist 2019 shelf.

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