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.)




TitleAuthorFormatStatusRatingMy Review
All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's StepmotherDanielle TellerARCto read
Can't Catch Me: And Other Twice-Told TalesMichael CadnumARCto read
Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and SensibilityHillary Manton LodgeARCto read
Ten Kisses to Scandal (Misadventures in Matchmaking, #2)Vivienne LorretARCto read
Dare to Love a Duke (The London Underground, #3)Eva LeighARCto read
29 DatesMelissa de la CruzARCto read
My Favorite Half-Night StandChristina LaurenARCto read
Victorian Fairy TalesMichael NewtonARCto read
Sugar: My Life as a Sugar BabeMonique XARCto read
Outrun the WindElizabeth TammiARCto read
Mr. Nice GuyJennifer MillerARCto read
In the Vanisher's PalaceAliette de BodardARCto read
UnwrittenTara GilboyARCto read
In the Night WoodDale BaileyARCto read
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)Mackenzi LeeARCto read
Misfits (Royal Academy Rebels #1)Jen CalonitaARCto read
DamselElana K. ArnoldARCto read
Couldn't Ask for More (Brothers of Theta Delta Theta #2)Kianna AlexanderARCto read
More Than a PhoenixAshlyn ChaseARCto read
Emma and the CityAmy HilligesARCto read
Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles, #1)Connie GlynnARCto read
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred RogersMaxwell KingARCto read
Keep Christianity Weird: Embracing the Discipline of Being DifferentMichael FrostARCto read
Mirage (Mirage, #1)Somaiya DaudARCto read
An Earl Like You (The Wagers of Sin, #2)Caroline LindenARCto read
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1)Grace DravenARCto read
A Touch of Gold (A Touch of Gold, #1)Annie SullivanARCto read
These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1)Sara RaaschARCto read
Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1)Mary E. PearsonARCto read
The Future is BlueCatherynne M. ValenteARCto read
Devoted to Pleasure (Devoted Lovers, #1)Shayla BlackARCto read
Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume ThreeW.M. FawkesARCto read
What Kitty Did NextCarrie KableanARCto read
One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)Manda CollinsARCto read
Storm Glass (Harbinger #1)Jeff WheelerARCto read
The Bookshop of YesterdaysAmy MeyersonARCto read
The Bird and the BladeMegan BannenARCto read
Order of Protection (Courting Justice #1)Lexi BlakeARCto read
Born of Air (Dragon Soul, #4)Sean MichaelARCto read
Blind the Eyes (Threads of Dreams #1)K.A. WigginsARCto read
You Never Forget Your First Earl (The Worthingtons, #5)Ella QuinnARCto read
The Oddling PrinceNancy SpringerARCto read
Onyx and IvoryMindee ArnettARCto read
The Otter of Death (Gunn Zoo Mystery #5)Betty WebbARCto read
The Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3)Janna MacGregorARCto read
Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy #1)Laura SebastianARCto read
The Sisters MederosPatrice SarathARCto read
Siren's Lure (The Aermian Feuds #2.5)Frost KayARCto read
Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)Rowenna MillerARCto read
Over Raging Tides (Lady Pirates, #1)Jennifer EllisionARCto read
The Wedding DateJasmine GuilloryARCto read
Once Upon a RiverDiane SetterfieldARCto read
Your One and OnlyAdrianne FinlayARCto read
Fated: Cinderella's Story (Destined #1)Kaylin LeeKindle Unlimitedto read
Hidden Blade (The Soul Eater #1)Pippa DaCostaKindle Unlimitedto read
Red's Alphas (Wolves of Crimson Hollow #1)M.H. SoarsKindle Unlimitedto read
Game of Lies (Messenger Chronicles #2)Pippa DaCostaKindle Unlimitedto read
A Dance of Silver and Shadow (Beyond the Four Kindgoms #1)Melanie CellierKindle Unlimitedto read
The Luckless (Second Age of Retha #1)A.M. SohmaKindle Unlimitedto read
Admiring Ash (Love Letters #1)Anyta SundayKindle Unlimitedto read
Allison's Adventures in Underland (Harem of Hearts #1)C.M. StunichKindle Unlimitedto read
Claimed (Haven Realm #4)Mila YoungKindle Unlimitedto read
Breakwater (Broken Tides #1)Catherine Jones PayneKindle Unlimitedto read
The Way You Make Me FeelMaurene Goolibrary?to read
Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3)Holly Blackownto read
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #11)Mercedes Lackeyownto read
A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters, #12)Mercedes Lackeyownto read
Vassa in the NightSarah Porterownto read
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Leigh Bardugoownto read
Olivia TwistLorie Langdonownto read
Hello Stranger (The Ravenels, #4)Lisa Kleypasownto read
A Blade So BlackL.L. McKinneyownto read
To Marry a Scottish Laird (Highland Brides, #2)Lynsay Sandsownto read
The Total PackageStephanie Evanovichownto read
The Highlander Takes a Bride (Highland Brides, #3)Lynsay Sandsownto read
So I Married a Sorcerer (The Embraced, #2)Kerrelyn Sparksownto read
Signs Point to YesSandy Hallownto read
Reforming a Rake (With This Ring, #1)Suzanne Enochownto read
Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)Rachel Hawkinsownto read
Put Up Your Duke (Dukes Behaving Badly, #2)Megan Framptonownto read
One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild (Dukes Behaving Badly, #3)Megan Framptonownto read
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced, #1)Kerrelyn Sparksownto read
Heroes Are My WeaknessSusan Elizabeth Phillipsownto read
Falling for the Highlander (Highland Brides, #4)Lynsay Sandsownto read
Danger, SweetheartMaryJanice Davidsonownto read
An English Bride In Scotland (Highland Brides, #1)Lynsay Sandsownto read
All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (The Debutante Files, #2)Sophie Jordanownto read
Sense & Sensibility (The Austen Project, #1)Joanna Trollopeownto read
What You Always Wanted (If Only . . ., #8)Kristin Raeownto read
The Rogue (Devil's Duke, #1; Falcon Club, #4)Katharine Asheownto read
The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides, #6)Valerie Bowmanownto read
The Geek Girl's Guide to CheerleadingCharity Tahmasebownto read
The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3)Liz Carlyleownto read
Night HawkBeverly Jenkinsownto read
Immortal Nights (Argeneau, #24)Lynsay Sandsownto read
Hungry for You (Argeneau #14)Lynsay Sandsownto read
How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1)Manda Collinsownto read
Forbidden (Old West, #1)Beverly Jenkinsownto read
Duels and DeceptionCindy Ansteyownto read
Breathless (Old West, #2)Beverly Jenkinsownto read
AlwaysLynsay Sandsownto read
Then Came You (The Gamblers, #1)Lisa Kleypasownto read
The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters, #1)Kimberly Bellownto read
Scared ScriptlessAlison Sweeneyownto read
Newt's EmeraldGarth Nixownto read
Definitely Not Mr. DarcyKaren Doornebosownto read
Can I See You Again?Allison Morganownto read
Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1)Nicole Castromanownto read
Rose & Thorn (Ash & Bramble, #2)Sarah Prineasownto read
Ash & Bramble (Ash & Bramble, #1)Sarah Prineasownto read
The Legend of Lyon Redmond (Pennyroyal Green, #11)Julie Anne Longownto read
The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn, #1)Peter S. Beagleownto read
To Kill a KingdomAlexandra Christoownto read
Song of the Current (Song of the Current, #1)Sarah Tolcserownto read
RedshirtsJohn Scalziownto read
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)Alwyn Hamiltonownto read
Not in the Script (If Only . . . , #3)Amy Finneganownto read
It Started With a Scandal (Pennyroyal Green, #10)Julie Anne Longownto read
Close Enough to TouchColleen Oakleyownto read
It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8)Julie Anne Longownto read
Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)Rachel Caineownto read
First Watch (The Fifth Ward #1)Dale Lucasownto read
Dating You / Hating YouChristina Laurenownto read
The Wish Granter (Ravenspire, #2)C.J. Redwineownto read
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)C.J. Redwineownto read
Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)Catherynne M. Valenteownto read
School for SidekicksKelly McCulloughownto read
Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)Holly Blackownto read
White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)Holly Blackownto read
Six-Gun Snow WhiteCatherynne M. Valenteownto read
The November GirlLydia Kangownto read
Seven Black Diamonds (Seven Black Diamonds, #1)Melissa Marrownto read
Level Grind (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1-4)Annie Belletownto read
Kissing in AmericaMargo Rabbownto read
All's Fair in Love and CupcakesBetsy St. Amantownto read
Anyone but You (Twisted Lit #3)Kim Askewownto read
Exposure (Twisted Lit #2)Kim Askewownto read
Tempestuous (Twisted Lit #1)Kim Askewownto read
Dumplin'Julie Murphyownto read
When Dimple Met RishiSandhya Menonownto read
Spinning SilverNaomi Novikownto read
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Amie Kaufmanownto read
The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)Katherine Ardenownto read
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)Katherine Ardenownto read
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)Holly Blackownto read
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)Patrick Nessownto read
Must Love Plague (A Sisters of the Apocalypse Novel #1)Shelly Chalmersowned ebookto read
Beta Test (#gaymers #2)Annabeth Albertowned ebookto read
Sleeping with the Boss (Anderson Brothers #1)Marissa Clarkeowned ebookto read
Dear Jane (Animal Attraction #1)Marissa Clarkeowned ebookto read

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