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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Canadian Book Challenge: 2020-2021

Beat the Backlist 2020

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Books Reviewed in 2020:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray
  2. A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
  3. Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  4. Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir
  5. Chirp by Kate Messner
  6. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
  7. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone and Dawud Anyabwile
  8. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
  9. Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet
  10. Death on the Page by Essie Lang
  11. Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  12. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  13. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
  14. The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
  15. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
  16. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  17. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
  18. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough
  19. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese
  20. Ghost-Spider, Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over by Seanan McGuire
  21. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  22. Giant Days Volume 12 by John Allison
  23. A Gift for a Ghost by Borja González
  24. Go to Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley
  25. Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass
  26. Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
  27. Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê and Andie Tong
  28. The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle
  29. The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  30. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
  31. If I Couldn't Be Anne by Kallie George and Geneviève Godbout
  32. Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
  33. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino
  34. Lift by Minh Lê and Dan Santat
  35. The Lost Carnival by Michael Moreci
  36. A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
  37. Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  38. The Map of Stars by Laura Ruby
  39. The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord and Julie Blattman
  40. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
  41. A Mixture of Mischief by Anna Meriano
  42. Notorious by Gordon Korman
  43. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
  44. The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
  45. The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
  46. The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
  47. Outside In by Deborah Underwood and Cindy Derby
  48. Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher
  49. The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra
  50. The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover
  51. Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  52. Rick by Alex Gino
  53. A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan and Floyd Cooper
  54. Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King
  55. Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
  56. Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux
  57. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
  58. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
  59. A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  60. Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble by Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru
  61. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
  62. Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
  63. Story Boat by Kyo Maclear and Rashin Kheiriyeh
  64. Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
  65. There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
  66. The Thief Knot by Kate Milford and Jaime Zollars
  67. Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
  68. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  69. We Didn't Ask for This by Adi Alsaid
  70. We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
  71. We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  72. The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol
  73. World's Worst Parrot by Alice Kuipers


  1. Ascender, Volume 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  2. The Big Shrink by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  3. Black Hammer, Volume 4: Age of Doom Part Two by Jeff Lemire
  4. Clever Little Witch by Mượn Thị Văn and Hyewon Yum
  5. Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer
  6. The Great Brain Robbery by P.G. Bell
  7. I'm Worried by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  8. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino
  9. Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
  10. Roll with It by Jamie Sumner
  11. Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish
  12. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  13. Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower
  14. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  15. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  16. You Are Never Alone by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim


  1. Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink
  2. The Bride Was a Boy by Chii
  3. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
  4. Counting to Perfect by Suzanne LaFleur
  5. Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
  6. The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  7. (Don't) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen
  8. Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June
  9. The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane by Carolyn Keene
  10. Heartwood Hotel 4: Home Again by Kallie George
  11. Home and Away by Candice Montgomery
  12. The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee
  13. The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
  14. I'm Sad by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  15. If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold
  16. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  17. Llamaphones by Janik Coat
  18. Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo
  19. Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron
  20. Nate Expectations by Tim Federle
  21. No Grater Danger by Victoria Hamilton and Emily Woo Zeller
  22. The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis
  23. The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  24. Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
  25. The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
  26. The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker
  27. Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
  28. The Space Between by Dete Meserve
  29. Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman
  30. The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
  31. The Terrible Two's Last Laugh by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
  32. The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
  33. The Walking Bread by Winnie Archer


  1. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Birds & Other Animals with Pablo Picasso by Pablo Picasso
  4. Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 2 by Ryo Maruya
  5. Crust No One by Winnie Archer
  6. Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle
  7. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  8. Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson
  9. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 4 by Ryoko Kui
  10. The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon
  11. The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn
  12. I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
  13. If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillón
  14. It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  15. Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton
  16. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  17. The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis
  18. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  19. Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  20. Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda


  1. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  2. Above by Roland Smith
  3. Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars
  4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Volume 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
  5. Descender, Volume 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  6. Descender, Volume 3: Singularities by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  7. No Cats Allowed by Miranda James
  8. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead
  9. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


  1. All Ducks Are Birds: But, Not All Birds Are Ducks by Tara Michele Zrinski (2015)
  2. Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James (2015)
  3. BLAME! MASTER EDITION 1 by Tsutomu Nihei (2015)
  4. Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle (2015)
  5. Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson (2015)
  6. Death by Tea by Alex Erickson (2015)
  7. Descender, Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (2015)
  8. My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, Volume 1 by Sanzo (2015)
  9. White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton (2015)
  10. Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet (2014)
  11. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti (2014)
  12. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (2014)
  13. No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton (2014)
  14. Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle (2014)
  15. The Silence of the Library by Miranda James (2014)
  16. Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle (2013)
  17. Bobo the Sailor Man! by Eileen Rosenthal (2013)
  18. Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton (2013)
  19. Freezer I'll Shoot by Victoria Hamilton (2013)
  20. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (2013)
  21. A Match Made in Heaven by Trina Robbins and Xian Nu Studio (2013)
  22. Paperboy by Vince Vawter (2013)
  23. Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee (2020)
  24. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Robin Mayhall (2012)
  25. Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle (2012)
  26. I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi (2012)
  27. Out of Circulation by Miranda James (2012)
  28. The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy by W. Daniel Quillen (2010)


  1. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann (2009)
  2. Dragon Kiss by E.D. Baker (2009)
  3. Dread Pirate Fleur and the Ruby Heart by Sara Starbuck (2009)
  4. The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman and Komako Sakai (2003)
  5. City of Orphans by Avi (2000)



  1. The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham (1987)
  2. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)


  1. Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun (1979)


  1. Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber (1966)
  2. This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek (1960)
  3. This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek (1960)


  1. This is London by Miroslav Sasek (1959)


  1. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (1942)
  2. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (1941)




  1. The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1910)


2019 Reviews by year published

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