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Beat the Backlist 2021: 01/01/21

Beat the Backlist
Hosted by Austine of Novel Knight.

I'm starting off the new year by thinking about my reading goals. Once again I completed by GoodReads reading challenge of reading 300 or more books. I plan to do the same this year.

The Beat the Backlist goal, though, is focused on books published in previous years. My most basic goal for this challenge is to have half my reading be backlist. Numerically that would be a minimum of 150 books. Last year I surpassed that goal with more than 171.

My focus, though, will be on the remaining books purchased in 2020 and 2019 that I've yet to read. While I won't limit myself to these books only, I'm posting my current list of TBR books and their release months for the last two years. I do have older books on hand I'd like to read but they are primarily in storage. Getting them out of storage, read, and weeded is another longer term goal.

My 2020 purchases weren't as numerous as 2019, but I still have some left overs. For 2021, I plan to purchase fewer books. I know now from three years of doing this challenge how many new books I can easily read and review in a timely manner. I will do my best to keep my purchase numbers closer to that ceiling.

Below is my list of unread books from 2020 and 2019. I will cross them out as I read them. I will also add other books to the list as I read them, and will bold them.

TBR from 2020


  1. Ascender, Volume 3: The Digital Mage by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  2. The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley
  3. Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
  4. Tin by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell


  5. The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage by Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan (Illustrator)
  6. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  7. Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart


  8. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  9. Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
  10. Death by French Roast by Alex Erickson
  11. Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella
  12. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  13. Muffled by Jennifer Gennari
  14. One Way or Another by Kara McDowell
  15. Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker
  16. Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
  17. A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong
  18. Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem (illustrator)
  19. Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Illustrations)


  20. The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling
  21. Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds
  22. Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
  23. Hatch by Kenneth Oppel and Sophie Amoss (Narrator)
  24. Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn and Christa Lewis (Narrator)
  25. Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
  26. My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee
  27. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
  28. Smash It! by Francina Simone
  29. Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner
  30. Turning Point by Paula Chase
  31. Well Played by Jen DeLuca
  32. The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen


  33. Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim


  34. War Stories by Gordon Korman
  35. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power


  36. Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  37. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Collector's Edition, Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova


  38. Camp by Lev A.C. Rosen
  39. Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luisana Duarte Armendáriz
  40. Read or Alive by Nora Page
  41. This Coven Won't Break by Isabel Sterling


  42. This Spell Can't Last by Isabel Sterling

TBR from 2019


  1. A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
  2. Reverie by Ryan La Sala


  3. Color Outside the Lines by Sangu Mandanna
  4. A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo
  5. Coral by Sara Ella
  6. Invisible Kingdom, Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson
  7. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


  8. The Burning Queen by Kathryn Lasky
  9. Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn
  10. Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
  11. The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
  12. The House of Brides by Jane Cockram
  13. Jackpot by Nic Stone
  14. Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire
  15. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Artist)
  16. On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young and Dina Pearlman (Narrator)


  17. The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
  18. Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
  19. The Big Shrink by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  20. How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
  21. It's a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories by Katherine Locke
  22. Just Because by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault
  23. More to the Story by Hena Khan
  24. No Judgments by Meg Cabot
  25. Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
  26. Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
  27. Well Met by Jen DeLuca


  28. Cookies and Clairvoyance by Bailey Cates
  29. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
  30. The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey


  31. Blastaway by Melissa Landers
  32. The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

Older books

  1. Read and Gone by Allison Brook (2018)
  2. Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Ginns (2018)
  3. Feast: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller (2017)
  4. Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 3 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi (2017)
  5. Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates (2017)
  6. Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron (2016)
  7. Ghosts from Our Past by Erin Gilbert, Abby L. Yates, and Andrew Shaffer (2016)
  8. Flipped for Murder by Maddie Day (2016)
  9. Restaurant to Another World Volume 3 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (Illustrations) (2016)
  10. Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton (2015)
  11. Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella (2015)
  12. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (2014)
  13. Muffin But Murder by Victoria Hamilton (2014)
  14. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (2014)
  15. Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont (2012)
  16. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (2012)
  17. Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon (2012)
  18. Stray Bullets by Robert Rotenberg (2012)
  19. The Walled Flower by Lorraine Bartlett (2012)
  20. Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  21. A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett (2011)
  22. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly (2011)
  23. Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  24. Negative Image by Vicki Delany (2010)
  25. Ghastly Glass by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (2009)
  26. Red Bones by Ann Cleeves (2009)
  27. Rockridge by Robin Wolf and Tom Wolf (2007)
  28. The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly (2005)
  29. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly (2004)
  30. The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson (2003)
  31. Made You Look by Diane Roberts (2003)
  32. Bloodroot by Susan Wittig Albert (2001)
  33. The Drastic Dragon of Draco, Texas by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (1986)
  34. This is Munich by Miroslav Sasek (1961)
  35. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller (1945)

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