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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

    December

  1. The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley
  2. Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
  3. Tin by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell

    November

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

    October

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

    September

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

    August

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

    July

  31. War Stories by Gordon Korman
  32. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

    June

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

    May

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

    April

  39. This Spell Can't Last by Isabel Sterling

TBR from 2019

    December

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

    November

  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

    October

  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)

    September

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

    August

  26. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
  27. The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

    July

  28. Blastaway by Melissa Landers
  29. The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

Older books

  1. Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans by Russell Ginns (2018)
  2. Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates (2017)
  3. Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella (2015)
  4. Muffin But Murder by Victoria Hamilton (2014)
  5. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (2012)
  6. Buttercream Bump Off by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  7. A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett (2011)
  8. Red Bones by Ann Cleeves (2009)
  9. Rockridge by Robin Wolf and Tom Wolf (2007)
  10. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Alice Kimberly (2004)
  11. Made You Look by Diane Roberts (2003)
  12. Bloodroot by Susan Wittig Albert (2001)
  13. This is Munich by Miroslav Sasek (1961)
  14. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller (1945)

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