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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. Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
  7. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  8. Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds and Raúl the Third
  9. Tik-Tok by Candace Robinson and Amber R. Duell
  10. You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
  11. Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
  12. An Eggnog to Die for Amy Pershing
  13. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder by Maria DiRico
  14. Death by Hot Apple Cider by Alex Erikson
  15. Digging Up Trouble by Kitt Crowe
  16. This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us by Katherine Locke
  17. Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
  18. Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O'Meara
  19. Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling
  20. Along the Saltwise Sea by A. Deborah Baker
  21. Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  22. The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes by Rick Riordan
  23. Deadly Summer Nights by Vicki Delany
  24. Room to Dream by Kelly Yang
  25. The Vanderbeekers Make A Wish by Karina Yan Glaser
  26. Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  27. What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie
  28. Shadowghast by Thomas Taylor
  29. The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley
  30. Murder by the Bookend by Laura Gail Black
  31. Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens
  32. Reading Between the Crimes by Kate Young
  33. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
  34. Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero by E. Lockhart and Manuel Preitano (Illustrator)
  35. Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry and C.S.E Cooney (Narrator)
  36. Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron
  37. The Heart Principal by Helen Hoang
  38. Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  39. Seven-Year Witch by Angela M. Sanders
  40. Never Say You Can't Survive by Charlie Jane Anders
  41. Phantoms by J.A. White
  42. Clash by Kayla Miller
  43. Much Ado about Nauticaling by Gabby Allan
  44. Ballgowns & Butterflies by Kelley Armstrong
  45. Linked by Gordon Korman
  46. Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation by John Lewis
  47. Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
  48. Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil
  49. Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton
  50. Invisible Kingdom, Volume 3: In Other Worlds by G. Willow Wilson
  51. The Marvelous by Claire Kann
  52. Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon
  53. Reserved for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  54. Castle Shade by Laurie R. King
  55. The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O'Neill
  56. Night Owl by Sarah Mlynowski, Emily Jenkins, and Lauren Myracle
  57. The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait by Cleo Coyle
  58. 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. Sugar and Vice by Eve Calder and Christa Lewis (Narrator)
  8. 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. Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day and Laural Merlington (Narrator)
  21. 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. The Promised Neverland 1 by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu (Illustrator), and Luise Steggewentz (Translator) (2016)
  36. Supergirl: The Girl of Steel by Jeph Loeb et al (2016)
  37. Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon (2016)
  38. Vanilla Beaned by Jenn McKinlay (2016)
  39. Crowned and Moldering by Kate Carlisle (2015)
  40. Faux Paw by Sofie Kelly (2015)
  41. This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle (2015)
  42. The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin and and Kevin Cornell (Illustrations) (2014)
  43. The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin and Kevin Cornell (Illustrations) (2014)
  44. A Midwinter's Tail by Sofie Kelly and Cassandra Campbell (Reading) (2014)
  45. Merman in My Tub, Volume 3 by Itokichi (2013)
  46. Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire and Emily Bauer (Narrator) (2013)
  47. 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma (2013)
  48. The Unkindness of Ravens by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrations) (2013)
  49. Death in Four Courses by Lucy Burdette (2012)
  50. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire and Emily Bauer (Narrator) (2012)
  51. Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay (2011)
  52. Harrowing Hats by Joyce and Jim Lavene (2011)
  53. Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis (2011)
  54. Smells Like Treasure by Suzanne Selfors (2011)
  55. 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (2009)
  56. Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell (2008)
  57. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (2007)
  58. Bleeding Hearts by Susan Wittig Albert (2006)
  59. Dead Man's Bonesby Susan Wittig Albert (2005)
  60. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (2005)
  61. Gund by Bruce S. Raiffe, Alex Baron Raiffe (2005)
  62. Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier and Karen White (Reader) (1999)
  63. Valentine Murder by Leslie Meier and Karen White (Reader) (1999)
  64. Back to School Murder by Leslie Meier and Karen White (Reader) (1997)
  65. Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden (1995)
  66. Deadly Appearances by Gail Bowen (1990)
  67. Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies by Pija Lindenbaum and Gabrielle Charbonnet (translator) (1990)
  68. House of Cards by Michael Dobbs (1989) (original)
  69. Reel Murder by Marian Babson (1987)
  70. The Suicide Murders by Howard Engel (1980)
  71. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978)
  72. Susannah Screaming by Carolyn Weston (1975)
  73. The Game of X by Robert Sheckley (1965)
  74. Alias Jane Smith by Clarence Budington Kelland (1944) (reread)
  75. The Norths Meet Murder by Frances Lockridge (1940)
  76. Orlando by Virginia Woolf and Clare Higgins (Narrator) (1928)
  77. Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie (1911)

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