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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. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette and Joell Jacob
  11. Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson
  12. Death on the Page by Essie Lang
  13. The Do-Over by Jennifer Honeybourn
  14. Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  15. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  16. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
  17. The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
  18. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
  19. Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin
  20. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  21. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
  22. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough
  23. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese
  24. Ghost-Spider, Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over by Seanan McGuire
  25. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  26. Giant Days Volume 12 by John Allison
  27. Giant Days Volume 13 by John Allison
  28. A Gift for a Ghost by Borja González
  29. Go to Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley
  30. Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass
  31. Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
  32. Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê and Andie Tong
  33. The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle
  34. The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  35. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
  36. If I Couldn't Be Anne by Kallie George and Geneviève Godbout
  37. (Im)perfectly Happy by Sharina Harris
  38. In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany
  39. Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe by Sarah Mlynowski
  40. Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
  41. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
  42. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino
  43. Lift by Minh Lê and Dan Santat
  44. The Lost Carnival by Michael Moreci
  45. A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
  46. Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  47. The Map of Stars by Laura Ruby
  48. The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord and Julie Blattman
  49. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
  50. A Mixture of Mischief by Anna Meriano
  51. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Collector's Edition, Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
  52. Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
  53. Notorious by Gordon Korman
  54. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
  55. The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
  56. Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali
  57. The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
  58. The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
  59. Outside In by Deborah Underwood and Cindy Derby
  60. Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher
  61. The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra
  62. The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover
  63. Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  64. Rick by Alex Gino
  65. A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan and Floyd Cooper
  66. Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King
  67. Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
  68. Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux
  69. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
  70. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
  71. A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  72. Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble by Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru
  73. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
  74. Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
  75. Story Boat by Kyo Maclear and Rashin Kheiriyeh
  76. Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party by Yumi Heo
  77. Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
  78. There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
  79. The Thief Knot by Kate Milford and Jaime Zollars
  80. Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
  81. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  82. We Didn't Ask for This by Adi Alsaid
  83. We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
  84. We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  85. The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol
  86. Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson
  87. World's Worst Parrot by Alice Kuipers
  88. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson


  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. In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow
  9. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino
  10. The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
  11. Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
  12. Roll with It by Jamie Sumner
  13. Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish
  14. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  15. Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower
  16. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  17. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  18. You Are Never Alone by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim


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


  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. Descender, Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  11. The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon
  12. Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands
  13. The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn
  14. I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
  15. If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillón
  16. It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  17. Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton
  18. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  19. The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis
  20. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  21. Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  22. 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. Curse of the Were-wiener by Ursula Vernon (2010)
  29. 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)
  6. Uzumaki by Junji Ito (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 Edinburgh by Miroslav Sasek (1961)
  3. This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek (1960)
  4. This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek (1960)


  1. This is London by Miroslav Sasek (1959)


  1. Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright (1944)
  2. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (1942)
  3. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (1941)




  1. The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1913)
  2. The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1910)


2019 Reviews by year published

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