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Amulet 8: Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi
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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
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Lavender Lies by Susan Wittig Albert
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Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
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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. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee; personal collection
  5. The Extremely High Tide! by Kir Fox; personal collection / research
  6. Fearless Mary: The True Adventures of Mary Fields, American Stagecoach Driver by Tami Charles; personal collection
  7. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire; personal collection / research
  8. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; personal collection / research
  9. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover; personal collection
  10. Voltron Legendary Defender Volume. 3: Absolution by Mitch Iverson

Backlist Wishlist

  1. Final Girl by Michelle Schusterman
  2. The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer; personal collection
  3. P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy; personal collection
  4. This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek; library book
  5. White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig; personal collection

Diverse books

  1. Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic by Susan Tan and Dana Wulfekotte; library book
  2. Devils in Daylight (白昼鬼語) by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki; library book
  3. The House that Lou Built by Mae Respicio; library book/ research
  4. 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. The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter; personal collection
  3. SOS at Night by M.A. Wilson; personal collection


  1. Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs; library book
  2. The Red Slippers by Carolyn Keene; library book
  3. The Sign in the Smoke by Carolyn Keene; library book
  4. 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. Monsters & Modules by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (Illustrations); library boo
  9. Rainbow Brite #2 by Jeremy Whitley and Brittney Williams (Illustrator); personal collection

Road narrative books

  1. The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis; personal collection
  2. Lions & liars by Kate Beasley and Dan Santat (illustrations); library book
  3. Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall; personal collection / research
  4. The Secrets of Winterhouse by Ben Guterson; personal collection
  5. 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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