It’s time to Beat the Backlist!

Beat the Backlist is back for 2022, and I’m ready to tackle all those unread books from years gone by!

For the uninitiated, Beat the Backlist is a yearly reading challenge run by Austine Decker with just one simple goal – to read as many books as possible from your TBR, provided they were published prior to the year of the challenge. This means anything 2021 and earlier is fair game this year!

There’s prompts and bingo cards if you’re into that kind of thing, as well as a reading tracker spreadsheet, and groups set up in places like StoryGraph and GoodReads. For more info, be sure to head to the Beat the Backlist website HERE.

In preparation for the 2022 edition, I did a bit of unhaul so I’d have a little less to work with. You can find out more in next Thursday’s video, but here’s what’s left:

TBR (physical)
The Shape of Darkness – Laura Purcell
The Corset – Laura Purcell
A House-Boat on the Styx – John Kendrick Bangs
Cold Bath Street – A.J. Hartley
Leia: Princess of Alderaan – Claudia Gray
Bloodline – Claudia Gray
Things in Jars – Jess Kidd
The Great Swindle – Pierre Lemaitre
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland
The Unspoken Name – A.K. Larkwood
Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton
Hild – Nicola Griffith
Jazz Owls – Margarita Engle
The Guineveres – Sarah Domet
Chimes – Anna Smaill
The Monster of Her Age – Danielle Binks
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea – Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Luckenbooth – Jenni Fagan
Legendborn – Tracey Deonn
Who’s Afraid? – Maria Lewis
Who’s Afraid Too? – Maria Lewis
Who’s Still Afraid? – Maria Lewis
It Came From The Deep – Maria Lewis
The Witch Who Courted Death – Maria Lewis
The Wailing Woman – Maria Lewis
Devotion – Hannah Kent

TBR (Kobo)
Unfollow – Megan Phelps-Riper
The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang
Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann
Terra Nullius – Claire G. Coleman
How To Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
The Testaments – Margaret Atwood
The Five – Hallie Rubenhold
Rosie and the Shadow People – A.M. Sandoval
Tender is the Flesh – Agustina Bazterrica

NetGalley leftovers
Latitudes of Longing – Shubhangi Swarup
Ashes of the Sun – Django Wexler
Spindle City – Jotham Burrello
In the Realm of Ash and Sorrow – Kenneth W. Harmon
Mr Campion’s Seance – Mike Ripley
Lonely Castle in the Mirror – Mizuki Tsujimura
The Savage Instinct – Marjorie DeLuca
The House of Styx – Derek Künsken
Bear Boy – Justin Barker
The Good Wife of Bath – Karen Brooks
A Wish Too Dark and Kind – M.L. Blackbird
Leather and Sage – Taylor Shepeard
The Cartographer’s Secret – Tea Cooper
Graveneye – Sloane Leong
The Curse That Binds Us – Katie Hayoz

I’ve left out any book series I’m part way through – I didn’t get to any of them last year, so I think I want to set aside time to restart them entirely. I’ll still count them towards my Beat the Backlist total if I do read them (provided they’re published pre-2022 of course) but just for now, they’re staying off the list.

My plan is to mark books off here as we go, so I’ll post updates as and when that happens. I’ll also add any pre-2022 books I pick up along the way, as well as any books I read on Serial Reader.

I’m actually planning a few challenges/videos to knock off some of these books – stay tuned for those! And if you’ve got any of these on your own TBR and would like to do a buddy read, please let me know – comment here or send me a DM on Instagram!

Let me know if you’re taking part in Beat the Backlist this year – or any other reading challenges for that matter!

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