So this challenge last year was… well it was mostly a bust. Not because I didn’t read a ton of books – I more than met my goal of 52 – I just was absolutely TERRIBLE at tracking which of my “official” goal books I read, and completely forgot to track any of them over at the official #Beatthebacklist blog page for points. So, this may be more of a challenge than I even expected, but I’m OK with that. Just like last year, my goal is to primarily read physical books that I already own, and my minimum goal is 52 books – so a book a week.
Added to that, I want to try to make sure at least half of the books I read this year are by people of color, so 26 books minimum. I’d love to have a predominantly marginalized TBR this year, but I know I do read a lot of white queer authors, and I want to keep being mindful of my own blind spots and biases. It is a bit of a challenge hitting that number considering I’m only going off books I already own as I have only gotten really focused on diversifying my reading list over the past few years, so a lot of what I purchased prior to that was pretty painfully white. But I got close to 26 books by people of color, and that will be the one exception to my “It must be a book I already own” rule – if I am given/buy backlist books by people of color, then they will likely be shifted onto this list until I at least hit that 50% mark. I have the ones I know off the top of my head that I already own on here already, but I’m still only just barely at 26 books, so I need to take another look at my shelves and see if I missed any books by people of color. If not, then I definitely need to keep it in mind as the year progresses.
Adding to the complications of trying to organize this particular TBR (because I can NEVER make things easier on myself LOL), is that I am planning to read a good 10 books (the highlighted ones at the top of the list - edit, these WERE the highlighted ones at the top of the list but that list has now been reorganized because I suck at sticking to one form of organization LOL) over my two week winter break which started this past Saturday. Some of those will be read after the 1st, but that still means some of the books by POC on this list may not actually be read in 2020. We’ll see how/when I end up reading things to help reach that goal! Where ever I end up, I will adjust this list as we hit the new year just to keep myself on track.
I will as always be listening to audiobooks and probably reading some ebooks as well, but I really do want to move physical books out of my house if at all possible. And I can’t convince myself to purge books I haven’t even read yet LOL.
(So umm just FYI: keep an eye on my twitter over the course of the year – I may be doing some more “random box of books” giveaways as I decide what I absolutely need to own a copy of and what I’m willing to pass on so someone else can get an awesome read.)
In any case, below is the list I currently have planned to read. If my year goes anything like 2019, it’s entirely possible things will end up moved, but if I read a backlist book that isn’t on here, I may just… shift things to put it on the list. Because I’m an adult and I do what I want! After all, it’s not like I lack for backlist books to read by any means. I recently made the mistake of counting all the books on my “haven’t read yet” pile, and it topped out at around 160 give or take a few that I have up there to re-read so I can tackle the unread sequels I haven’t gotten to yet. Other than my rule of 50% must be by POC, this list is flexible and no where near set in stone.
Wish me luck and just an FYI, if you would like to join me in tackling your backlist pile, the blog post and sign up are here: https://www.novelknight.com/btb2020/
Edit as of 1/01/20: So I only ended up moving one book off this list prior to 2020, so we're still in about the same shape as far as books by POC and ARCs to get through. My winter books and ARCs (well what I originally thought were the only ARCs on my shelves; I realized while going through my shelves that I have more than I thought I did thanks to gifts of backlist ARCs) Wish me luck!
Editing again 1/05/19 LOL: I decided that now that I have the general goal list, I'll be updating them to list the order that I read/date read, as well as updating the Bingo card. Off to a good start I think!
The Jumbies - 1/05/20 - "Middle grade" *
Rise of the Jumbies - 1/09/20 - "Pirates or Set at Sea" *
Alien: Echo - 1/26/20 - "Unusual Science"
A Conspiracy of stars - 2/09/20 - "Plant(s) on the Cover"
Shades of Milk and Honey - 03/02/20 - "Released in the 2010s"
The Light at the Bottom of the World *
Stealing Snow *
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix *
Wicked Fox *
We Hunt the Flame *
The Storm Crow
The Serpent's Secret *
From Twinkle With Love *
With the Fire on High *
Anna Dressed In Blood *
Girl of Nightmares *
Hungry Hearts *
The Last Namsara
Three Dark Crowns *
Empress of a Thousand Skies *
City of Ghosts
Wicked Like a Wildfire
The Sandcastle Empire
The Stars are Legion
The Wrath and the Dawn *
Of Fire and Stars
Once and Future
Children of Blood and Bone *
These Ruthless Deeds *
The Brilliant Death
Akata Witch *
Shadow of the Fox *
Wild Beauty *
The Girl From Everywhere *
The Cruel Prince
Give the Dark My Love
Beyond the Red *
Bonus Reads! AKA Books I'm not counting as part of the specific goal list, but I still read including audiobooks, ebooks, 2020 releases, upcoming ARCs etc. Many will prolly also be backlist titles, but not the specific physical ones I planned to read. Mostly I just want a full accounting of what I actually read when and in what "order" though these will be odd half/decimal numbers to fit in where they would be on the main list LOL
0.1 Rolling In the Deep - 1/04/20 - audiobook - first read of backlist book
4.1 Rose Daughter - 2/23/20 - audiobook - re-read of backlist book
4.2 Into the Drowning Deep - 2/25/20 - audiobook - first read of backlist book
4.3 Imaginary Numbers - 2/27/20 - physical book - first read of 2020 purchased new release
4.4 Madame Xanadu: Disenchanted - 2/27/20 - physical book - first read of non-list backlist book
5.1 Glamour in Glass - 03/05/20 - physical book - first read of 2020 purchased backlist book
5.2 Without a Summer - 03/18/20 - physical book - first read 2020 purchased backlist book
5.3 Burn for Me - 03/25/20 - physical book - re-read of backlist book
5.4 White Hot - 03/25/20 - physical book - re-read of backlist book
5.5 Wildfire - 03/26/20 - physical book - re-read of backlist book
5.6 Diamond Fire - 03/26/20 - physical book - re-read of backlist book
5.7 Sapphire Flames - 03/27/20 - physical book - first read of non-list backlist book
5.8 A Hidden Fire - 03/28/20 - audiobook - first read of backlist book
5.9 Beka Cooper: Terrier - 4/01/20 - physical book - re-read of backlist book
5.10 Beka Cooper: Bloodhound - 4/02/20 - physical book - re-read of backlist book