2019 Beat the Backlist TBR


First things first: Beat the Backlist is a year long challenge, the focus of which is knocking older books off your to-read list. They can be any genre, any format, any length. There are just a few rules:


* The book must have been published in 2018 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including an ARC/eARC) as long as the release date is earlier than 2019. 
* You have to start and finish the book in 2019 to count it. Any books started in 2018 and finished in 2019 do not count. Any books started in 2019 and finish in 2020 also do not count. 

* The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019

Sign up here if you’re interested. This post also has a lot more info about the challenge and an FAQ and graphics and fun stuff like that. 🙂 

This year I’m participating in the Hogwarts House mini challenge as part of Hufflepuff house. You can read more about that here


I didn’t do great in 2018 at the Beat the Backlist challenge, but that’s partially because I set all sorts of weird extra perimeters around it for myself, mostly around only counting books I already owned physical copies of before the challenge started. I think my idea was trying to conquer Book Mountain (which is what I call the physical TBR shelves that are taking over my bedroom, which at least count contained 411 books – this is just physical books I own on my TBR and does not include ebooks or rereads… URGH). Not only did I NOT read many books from Book Mountain, the thing managed to GROW AND MUTATE over the year. Like, a LOT. 


ANYHOO. In 2019 I’m doing the challenge *as intended* thankyouverymuch, which is convenient because I’m so behind on ARCs that I have about 50 past due ones for books published in 2017 and 2018 that will also count for this challenge in 2019. SO BONUS, I can also use #BeatTheBacklist2019 to conquer my past due ARCs as well as Book Mountain, MWAHAHAHHAHAHA!

My goal for Beat the Backlist 2019 is 100 books (I know, lofty goals, right?) and to kick things off I put together a super tentative TBR list. This list is comprised almost entirely of past due ARCs (some aren’t quite past due yet, but by the time 2019 rolls around they will be!) and books I purchased off Book Outlet and never read. That’s right, I am a book dragon, sitting gloriously atop my hoard. ALL SHALL LOVE ME AND DESPAIR! I’ve created a Goodreads shelf for #2019BeatTheBacklist and my TBR is also below, if you want to see what I’m going to try to knock out. This is more just guidelines than actual rules, of course, and there’s no way I’m getting through ALL of these, but the list does give me at least some sort of place to focus. 🙂 

How about you? Are you going to be a part of the Beat the Backlist challenge for 2019? How about the Hogwarts House mini challenge? If so, what house are you?
(My TBR list is under the cut, so click to read more if you got here on my main page, because it’s loooooong.)

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Title Author Format Status Rating My Review
All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother Danielle Teller ARC to read
Can’t Catch Me: And Other Twice-Told Tales Michael Cadnum ARC to read
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility Hillary Manton Lodge ARC to read
Ten Kisses to Scandal (Misadventures in Matchmaking, #2) Vivienne Lorret ARC to read
Dare to Love a Duke (The London Underground, #3) Eva Leigh ARC to read
29 Dates Melissa de la Cruz ARC to read
My Favorite Half-Night Stand Christina Lauren ARC to read
Victorian Fairy Tales Michael Newton ARC to read
Sugar: My Life as a Sugar Babe Monique X ARC to read
Outrun the Wind Elizabeth Tammi ARC to read
Mr. Nice Guy Jennifer Miller ARC to read
In the Vanisher’s Palace Aliette de Bodard ARC to read
Unwritten Tara Gilboy ARC to read
In the Night Wood Dale Bailey ARC to read
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2) Mackenzi Lee ARC to read
Misfits (Royal Academy Rebels #1) Jen Calonita ARC to read
Damsel Elana K. Arnold ARC to read
Couldn’t Ask for More (Brothers of Theta Delta Theta #2) Kianna Alexander ARC to read
More Than a Phoenix Ashlyn Chase ARC to read
Emma and the City Amy Hilliges ARC to read
Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles, #1) Connie Glynn ARC to read
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers Maxwell King ARC to read
Keep Christianity Weird: Embracing the Discipline of Being Different Michael Frost ARC to read
Mirage (Mirage, #1) Somaiya Daud ARC to read
An Earl Like You (The Wagers of Sin,
#2)
Caroline Linden ARC to read
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1) Grace Draven ARC to read
A Touch of Gold (A Touch of Gold, #1) Annie Sullivan ARC to read
These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1) Sara Raasch ARC to read
Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1) Mary E. Pearson ARC to read
The Future is Blue Catherynne M. Valente ARC to read
Devoted to Pleasure (Devoted Lovers, #1) Shayla Black ARC to read
Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Three W.M. Fawkes ARC to read
What Kitty Did Next Carrie Kablean ARC to read
One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4) Manda Collins ARC to read
Storm Glass (Harbinger #1) Jeff Wheeler ARC to read
The Bookshop of Yesterdays Amy Meyerson ARC to read
The Bird and the Blade Megan Bannen ARC to read
Order of Protection (Courting Justice #1) Lexi Blake ARC to read
Born of Air (Dragon Soul, #4) Sean Michael ARC to read
Blind the Eyes (Threads of Dreams #1) K.A. Wiggins ARC to read
You Never Forget Your First Earl (The Worthingtons, #5) Ella Quinn ARC to read
The Oddling Prince Nancy Springer ARC to read
Onyx and Ivory Mindee Arnett ARC to read
The Otter of Death (Gunn Zoo Mystery #5) Betty Webb ARC to read
The Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3) Janna MacGregor ARC to read
Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1) Laura Sebastian ARC to read
The Sisters Mederos Patrice Sarath ARC to read
Siren’s Lure (The Aermian Feuds #2.5) Frost Kay ARC to read
Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1) Rowenna Miller ARC to read
Over Raging Tides (Lady Pirates, #1) Jennifer Ellision ARC to read
The Wedding Date Jasmine Guillory ARC to read
Once Upon a River Diane Setterfield ARC to read
Your One and Only Adrianne Finlay ARC to read
Fated: Cinderella’s Story (Destined #1) Kaylin Lee Kindle Unlimited to read
Hidden Blade (The Soul Eater #1) Pippa DaCosta Kindle Unlimited to read
Red’s Alphas (Wolves of Crimson Hollow #1) M.H. Soars Kindle Unlimited to read
Game of Lies (Messenger Chronicles #2) Pippa DaCosta Kindle Unlimited to read
A Dance of Silver and Shadow (Beyond the Four Kindgoms #1) Melanie Cellier Kindle Unlimited to read
The Luckless (Second Age of Retha #1) A.M. Sohma Kindle Unlimited to read
Admiring Ash (Love Letters #1) Anyta Sunday Kindle Unlimited to read
Allison’s Adventures in Underland (Harem of Hearts #1) C.M. Stunich Kindle Unlimited to read
Claimed (Haven Realm #4) Mila Young Kindle Unlimited to read
Breakwater (Broken Tides #1) Catherine Jones Payne Kindle Unlimited to read
The Way You Make Me Feel Maurene Goo library? to read
Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3) Holly Black own to read
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #11) Mercedes Lackey own to read
A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters, #12) Mercedes Lackey own to read
Vassa in the Night Sarah Porter own to read
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) Leigh Bardugo own to read
Olivia Twist Lorie Langdon own to read
Hello Stranger (The Ravenels, #4) Lisa Kleypas own to read
A Blade So Black L.L. McKinney own to read
To Marry a Scottish Laird (Highland Brides, #2) Lynsay Sands own to read
The Total Package Stephanie Evanovich own to read
The Highlander Takes a Bride (Highland Brides, #3) Lynsay Sands own to read
So I Married a Sorcerer (The Embraced, #2) Kerrelyn Sparks own to read
Signs Point to Yes Sandy Hall own to read
Reforming a Rake (With This Ring, #1) Suzanne Enoch own to read
Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1) Rachel Hawkins own to read
Put Up Your Duke (Dukes Behaving Badly, #2) Megan Frampton own to read
One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild (Dukes Behaving Badly, #3) Megan Frampton own to read
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced, #1) Kerrelyn Sparks own to read
Heroes Are My Weakness Susan Elizabeth Phillips own to read
Falling for the Highlander (Highland Brides, #4) Lynsay Sands own to read
Danger, Sweetheart MaryJanice Davidson own to read
An English Bride In Scotland (Highland Brides, #1) Lynsay Sands own to read
All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (The Debutante Files, #2) Sophie Jordan own to read
Sense & Sensibility (The Austen Project, #1) Joanna Trollope own to read
What You Always Wanted (If Only . . ., #8) Kristin Rae own to read
The Rogue (Devil’s Duke, #1; Falcon Club, #4) Katharine Ashe own to read
The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides, #6) Valerie Bowman own to read
Charity Tahmaseb own to read
The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3) Liz Carlyle own to read
Night Hawk Beverly Jenkins own to read
Immortal Nights (Argeneau, #24) Lynsay Sands own to read
Hungry for You (Argeneau #14) Lynsay Sands own to read
How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1) Manda Collins own to read
Forbidden (Old West, #1) Beverly Jenkins own to read
Duels and Deception Cindy Anstey own to read
Breathless (Old West, #2) Beverly Jenkins own to read
Always Lynsay Sands own to read
Then Came You (The Gamblers, #1) Lisa Kleypas own to read
The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters, #1) Kimberly Bell own to read
Scared Scriptless Alison Sweeney own to read
Newt’s Emerald Garth Nix own to read
Definitely Not Mr. Darcy Karen Doornebos own to read
Can I See You Again? Allison Morgan own to read
Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1) Nicole Castroman own to read
Rose & Thorn (Ash & Bramble, #2) Sarah Prineas own to read
Ash & Bramble (Ash & Bramble, #1) Sarah Prineas own to read
The Legend of Lyon Redmond (Pennyroyal Green, #11) Julie Anne Long own to read
The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1) Peter S. Beagle own to read
To Kill a Kingdom Alexandra Christo own to read
Song of the Current (Song of the Current, #1) Sarah Tolcser own to read
Redshirts John Scalzi own to read
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) Alwyn Hamilton own to read
Not in the Script (If Only . . . , #3) Amy Finnegan own to read
It Started With a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green, #10) Julie Anne Long own to read
Close Enough to Touch Colleen Oakley own to read
It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8) Julie Anne Long own to read
Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) Rachel Caine own to read
First Watch (The Fifth Ward #1) Dale Lucas own to read
Dating You / Hating You Christina Lauren own to read
The Wish Granter (Ravenspire, #2) C.J. Redwine own to read
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) C.J. Redwine own to read
Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1) Catherynne M. Valente own to read
School for Sidekicks Kelly McCullough own to read
Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2) Holly Black own to read
White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) Holly Black own to read
Six-Gun Snow White Catherynne M. Valente own to read
The November Girl Lydia Kang own to read
Seven Black Diamonds (Seven Black Diamonds, #1) Melissa Marr own to read
Level Grind (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1-4) Annie Bellet own to read
Kissing in America Margo Rabb own to read
All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes Betsy St. Amant own to read
Anyone but You (Twisted Lit #3) Kim Askew own to read
Exposure (Twisted Lit #2) Kim Askew own to read
Tempestuous (Twisted Lit #1) Kim Askew own to read
Dumplin’ Julie Murphy own to read
When Dimple Met Rishi Sandhya Menon own to read
Spinning Silver Naomi Novik own to read
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) Amie Kaufman own to read
The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2) Katherine Arden own to read
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) Katherine Arden own to read
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Holly Black own to read
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) Patrick Ness own to read
Must Love Plague (A Sisters of the Apocalypse Novel #1) Shelly Chalmers owned ebook to read
Beta Test (#gaymers #2) Annabeth Albert owned ebook to read
Sleeping with the Boss (Anderson Brothers #1) Marissa Clarke owned ebook to read
Dear Jane (Animal Attraction #1) Marissa Clarke owned ebook to read

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