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Beat the Backlist 2022: 01/01/22

Beat the Backlist
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I'm starting off the new year by thinking about my reading goals. My speed of reading has dropped off in recent months. I have other projects keeping me busy. So on Goodreads, I'm setting my goal to 250, down from previous years where I've set and met a goal of 300.

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 125 books.

My focus, though, will be on the remaining books purchased in 2021, 2020 and 2019 as well as older books acquired last year either through purchase or through Paperback Swap. .

My 2021 purchases weren't as numerous as 2020 or 2019, but I still have some left overs. I will continue to pair down my purchases. I have boxes of books still in storage that need to be read or donated. COVID precautions have stalled those plans.

Below is my list of unread books from 2021, 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 2021

  1. Coached in the Act by Victoria Laurie
  2. She's Fleeing a Byronic Hero by Lady Alana Smithee
  3. Death on the Shelf by Allison Brook and Mia Gaskin (Narrator)
  4. Doggone Deadly by Deborah Blake and Laura Jennings (Narrator)
  5. Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe
  6. A Murder Yule Regret by Winnie Archer and Emile Durante (Narrator)
  7. Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
  8. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  9. Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds and Raúl the Third
  10. Tik-Tok by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell
  11. You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
  12. Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
  13. An Eggnog to Die for Amy Pershing
  14. Ascender, Volume 4: Star Seed by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator)
  15. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico
  16. Death by Hot Apple Cider by Alex Erikson
  17. Digging Up Trouble by Kitt Crowe
  18. This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us by Katherine Locke
  19. Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
  20. Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O'Meara
  21. Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling
  22. Along the Saltwise Sea by A. Deborah Baker
  23. Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  24. The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes by Rick Riordan
  25. A Calculated Whisk by Victoria Hamilton
  26. Deadly Summer Nights by Vicki Delany
  27. Room to Dream by Kelly Yang
  28. The Vanderbeekers Make A Wish by Karina Yan Glaser
  29. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  30. What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie
  31. Shadowghast by Thomas Taylor
  32. The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley
  33. Murder by the Bookend by Laura Gail Black
  34. Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens
  35. Reading Between the Crimes by Kate Young
  36. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
  37. Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero by E. Lockhart and Manuel Preitano (Illustrator)
  38. Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry and C.S.E Cooney (Narrator)
  39. Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron
  40. The Heart Principal by Helen Hoang
  41. Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  42. Seven-Year Witch by Angela M. Sanders
  43. Never Say You Can't Survive by Charlie Jane Anders
  44. Phantoms by J.A. White
  45. Poultrygeist by Eric Geron and Pete Oswald
  46. Clash by Kayla Miller
  47. Much Ado about Nauticaling by Gabby Allan
  48. Ballgowns & Butterflies by Kelley Armstrong
  49. Linked by Gordon Korman
  50. Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation by John Lewis
  51. Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
  52. Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil
  53. Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton
  54. The Chariot at Dusk Swati Teerdhala
  55. Invisible Kingdom, Volume 3: In Other Worlds by G. Willow Wilson
  56. The Marvelous by Claire Kann
  57. Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon
  58. Reserved for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  59. Castle Shade by Laurie R. King
  60. The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O'Neill
  61. Night Owl by Sarah Mlynowski, Emily Jenkins, and Lauren Myracle
  62. The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait by Cleo Coyle
  63. Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink
  64. A Tale of Two Cookies by Eve Calder and Christa Lewis (Narrator)

TBR from 2020

  1. Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
  2. The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham (illustrator)
  3. Nacho Average Murder by Maddie Day and Laural Merlington (Narrator)
  4. Really Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  5. Spy x Family, Volume 4 by Tatsuya Endo
  6. COVID-19 in Three to Five Words by April Murphy
  7. Bird & Squirrel All or Nothing by James Burks
  8. Sugar and Vice by Eve Calder and Christa Lewis (Narrator)
  9. Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman (May 2022)

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. The Burning Queen by Kathryn Lasky
  7. The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
  8. Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire
  9. The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
  10. Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
  11. How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
  12. No Judgments by Meg Cabot
  13. Spy x Family, Volume 3 by Tatsuya Endo and Casey Loe (Translator)
  14. Spy x Family, Volume 2 by Tatsuya Endo and Casey Loe (Translator)
  15. And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder and Christa Lewis (Narrator)
  16. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman and Emily Rankin (Narrator)
  17. Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman
  18. Killer in the Carriage House by Sheila Connolly, Emily Durante (Narrator)
  19. Spy x Family, Volume 1 by Tatsuya Endo and Casey Loe (Translator)
  20. Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie, Volume 1 by Keigo Maki
  21. Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day and Laural Merlington (Narrator)
  22. No Country for Old Gnomes by Delilah S. Dawson

Older books

  1. Art Matters by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell (2018)
  2. Bear Country by Doreen Cronin, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrations) (2018)
  3. Death by Espresso by Alex Erickson (2018)
  4. Famous Mistakes by Carolyn Keene (2018)
  5. Fly Me to the Moon, Volume 1 by Kenjiro Hata (2018)
  6. The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller by Cleo Coyle (2018)
  7. Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman (2018)
  8. Jook Joint #1 by Tee Franklin, Alitha E. Martinez (Illustrator) and Mike Hawthorne (Illustrator) (2018)
  9. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Volume 3 by Sumito Oowara (2018)
  10. Moriarty the Patriot, Volume 5 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and Hikaru Miyoshi (Illustrations) (2018)
  11. Murder at the Mansion by Sheila Connolly and Emily Durante (Narrator) (2018)
  12. My Dress-Up Darling, Volume 1 by Shinichi Fukuda (2018)
  13. My Dress-Up Darling, Volume 2 by Shinichi Fukuda (2018)
  14. Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (2018)
  15. A Nancy Drew Christmas by Carolyn Keene (2018)
  16. The Reckless Club by Beth Vrabel (2018)
  17. The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding (2018)
  18. Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946 by Gary Giddins (2018)
  19. Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 2: The Victim Syndicate by James Tynion IV, et. al. 2017)
  20. A Californian's Guide to the Birds Among Us by Charles Hood (2017)
  21. Caramel Crush by Jenn McKinlay (2017)
  22. Dark Shadows: Yes, Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrations) (2017)
  23. Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge and Vanessa Daniels (Narrator) (2017)
  24. Gimme Shelter: Misadventures and Misinformation by Doreen Cronin and Stephen Gilpin (Illustrations) (2017)
  25. Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett (2017)
  26. The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (2017)
  27. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Volume 2 by Sumito Oowara (2017)
  28. Mein Leben als Werwolf-Butler 01 by Megumi Muraoka and Alexandra Klepper (Translator) (2017)
  29. Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (2017)
  30. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (2016)
  31. Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen by James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows (Artist), et. al. (2016)
  32. A Ghoul's Guide to Love and Murder by Victoria Laurie (2016)
  33. Into the Wild: Yet Another Misadventure by Doreen Cronin and Stephen Gilpin (Illustrations) (2016)
  34. Komi Can't Communicate, Volume 1 by Tomohito Oda (2016)
  35. Komi Can't Communicate, Volume 2 by Tomohito Oda (2016)
  36. The Promised Neverland 1 by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu (Illustrator), and Luise Steggewentz (Translator) (2016)
  37. Supergirl: The Girl of Steel by Jeph Loeb et al (2016)
  38. Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon (2016)
  39. Vanilla Beaned by Jenn McKinlay (2016)
  40. Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle (2015)
  41. Faux Paw by Sofie Kelly (2015)
  42. Noragami: Stray God, Volume 13 by Adachitoka (2015)
  43. Noragami: Stray God, Volume 14 by Adachitoka (2015)
  44. Noragami: Stray God, Volume 15 by Adachitoka (2015)
  45. This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle (2015)
  46. The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin and and Kevin Cornell (Illustrations) (2014)
  47. The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin and Kevin Cornell (Illustrations) (2014)
  48. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (2014)
  49. A Midwinter's Tail by Sofie Kelly and Cassandra Campbell (Reading) (2014)
  50. Noragami: Stray God, Volume 12 by Adachitoka (2014)
  51. Final Sentence by Daryl Wood Gerber (2013)
  52. Merman in My Tub, Volume 3 by Itokichi (2013)
  53. Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire and Emily Bauer (Narrator) (2013)
  54. 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma (2013)
  55. Sweetness and Lightning, Volume 1 by Gido Amagakure and Adam Lensenmayer (Translator) (2013)
  56. The Unkindness of Ravens by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrations) (2013)
  57. Death in Four Courses by Lucy Burdette (2012)
  58. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire and Emily Bauer (Narrator) (2012)
  59. Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  60. Harrowing Hats by Joyce and Jim Lavene (2011)
  61. Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis (2011)
  62. Smells Like Treasure by Suzanne Selfors (2011)
  63. Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas (2010)
  64. 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (2009)
  65. Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell (2008)
  66. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (2007)
  67. Bleeding Hearts by Susan Wittig Albert (2006)
  68. Endangered Species by Nevada Barr and Cindy Williams (Narrator) (2006)
  69. Dead Man's Bonesby Susan Wittig Albert (2005)
  70. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (2005)
  71. Gund by Bruce S. Raiffe, Alex Baron Raiffe (2005)
  72. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (2003)
  73. Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier and Karen White (Reader) (1999)
  74. Valentine Murder by Leslie Meier and Karen White (Reader) (1999)
  75. Back to School Murder by Leslie Meier and Karen White (Reader) (1997)
  76. Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden (1995)
  77. Deadly Appearances by Gail Bowen (1990)
  78. Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies by Pija Lindenbaum and Gabrielle Charbonnet (translator) (1990)
  79. House of Cards by Michael Dobbs (1989) (original)
  80. Reel Murder by Marian Babson (1987)
  81. The Suicide Murders by Howard Engel (1980)
  82. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978)
  83. Susannah Screaming by Carolyn Weston (1975)
  84. The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman and George Guidall (Narrator) (1970)
  85. The Game of X by Robert Sheckley (1965)
  86. Alias Jane Smith by Clarence Budington Kelland (1944) (reread)
  87. The Norths Meet Murder by Frances Lockridge (1940)
  88. Orlando by Virginia Woolf and Clare Higgins (Narrator) (1928)
  89. Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie (1911)

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