2019 Beat the Backlist


Surprise! I’m going to do another reading challenge this year! I didn’t think I would be joining any other challenges this year but this one actually fits in perfectly with one of my goals this year so why not! Austine @ NovelKnight is hosting this great challenge. The goal of this challenge is to read books that have been on your TBR for awhile. Basically any book that was published 2018 or earlier is fair game. The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 so any book from your backlist read between those dates counts towards the challenge.

I already wanted to read a lot of the books that I’ve kept waiting on my shelves so I didn’t really have a set number or anything that I wanted to go with. So I just emptied one of my shelves and filled it up with different choices that I really want to read this year. Links go to Goodreads.


I will also very loosely be marking off squares for this bingo card. I’m not going to go out of my way to fill in any squares but any book published pre-2019 that fulfills a square will be great.


Are you participating in this challenge? Have you read any of the books on my list?



2018 When Are You Reading Challenge

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Hey guys! I came across this awesome reading challenge yesterday on Yvo @ It’s All About Books blog.  She had just posted her wrap up for the 2017 edition of the challenge.  I’ve been looking for ways to add more variety to what I read this year since last year was fully dominated by fantasy and this seems like the perfect way to do it.  The challenge is hosted annually by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Basically the goal is to read one book that takes place in each time section by the end of the year.  I was originally going to participate unofficially because my main goal for the year is to read my unread owned books (there are a LOT) but when I did some digging around, I found at least one book that will fulfill each section so I decided to just go for it officially.  As I complete books for each category, I will update this post with title, author, and year.

2018 When Are You Reading Challenge

The complete challenge will include 12 books from the following eras:

  • Pre 1500
    • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory (1450s-1485)
  • 1500-1599
    • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (1591)
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
    • Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange (1806-1816)
    • Mr. Knightley’s Diary by Amanda Grange
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
    • The Diviners by Libba Bray (1926)
  • 1940-1959
    • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (1941)
  • 1960-1979
    • The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (1977)
  • 1980-1999
    • It by Stephen King (1984-1985)
  • 2000-Present
    • The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher (2011)
    • Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher (2012)
    • Thief by Tarryn Fisher (2013)
    • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (2017)
    • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (2018)
  • The Future

Are you participating in this challenge?  What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels?

2016 Read My Books: November Update

2016 Read My Books

Wow! I am really late this month in posting the link up for the challenge! Sorry about that guys! November was a crazy month.  It’s hard to believe we are now down to the last month of the challenge already.  We’re in the home stretch now!  Good luck to you all! 🙂

If you are participating in this challenge, you must link up a progress report in order to get another entry into the end-of-year giveaway!  You don’t have to make an entire post just for the challenge, just include a line for how many books counted towards the challenge in your monthly recap post.  If you don’t do a monthly recap post on your blog, feel free to send out a tweet with your progress and link up using the direct URL to that tweet.  You could also post a photo to Instagram and link up using the direct URL to that photo!  Don’t forget the challenge hashtag – #2016readmybooks

#readthemargin Reading Challenge

picture_20161201_201557732Hey everyone! Happy December! Hard to believe it’s almost the end of 2016 already.  Today I’m coming at you with most of my December TBR.  Originally I had planned to catch up on some ARCs but  I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and this particular post stuck out to me.  I immediately clicked on the hashtag to find out more.  From what I could gather it was a reading challenge to read marginalized books.  Eventually I found the original source of the hashtag and confirmed that that was indeed the case. Read the original post here.

Basically from December 1st through January 1st, you read books written by marginalized authors (marginalized people includes groups like women, the queer community, people of color, disabled people, muslim and jewish people, etc.).  Have fun and share what you’re reading on Twitter and Instagram using #readthemargin.  I will also be doing a weekly check-in with this challenge about what I’ve been reading and any books I’ve added to my TBR that would qualify for this challenge.

I’ve been having a pretty slow couple of reading months lately so I’m not sure how many of these I will read but it’s always nice to have some options.  For this month I will just be reading books that I already own but haven’t read yet.  These are the books that I will be reading from this month.picture_20161201_201231423

  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Kindle)
  • Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Kindle)
  • Dawn by Elie Wiesel
  • Day by Elie Wiesel
  • Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist (arc)
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (arc)
  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

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Are you participating in this challenge?  What books are you reading?

2016 Read My Books: January Update

2016 Read My Books

January is coming to a close already!  How did that happen so fast?  For those of you participating in the 2016 Read My Books Challenge, it is time to link up with your monthly review posts that include an update on your challenge progress!

Remember that each month you link up your progress report gets you another entry into the giveaway at the end of the year but you MUST submit your link to be entered!  Not doing a blog post?  That’s fine too!  Post on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #2016readmybooks and link up your post! You have one month to link up your post, Tweet or Instagram pic before the linky closes!