#BeattheBacklist 2022 and a Goal of 52 Physical Books Read!

Welp, last year’s reading goal was uh… less than met shall we say? It still was a lot better than the previous year (at least as far as reading books on my #BeattheBacklist planned list though the overall numbers according to Goodreads was quite a bit lower over all LOL), but I managed barely 20% of my overall goal of 100 reads of my physical TBR. Considering that, I’m dropping the number back down to 52 instead. Most of the titles below are going to be from the previous year’s list, but I have a fair number of new books I got last year (of course – oof I am a book hoarder to be sure) that I’m quite excited to read as well. So yeah, I’m adding those to the list, as well, because why not!


Granted, most of these are currently packed up after our move and won’t be unpacked until we have the bookshelves built in my new office, but I can at least get started on the books that I have on my bedside table and or have multiple versions of in eBook or audiobook format. Because I apparently hoard books in various forms as well as just in general. Like ya do. LOL.


But yeah, this challenge is always fun, as is the Bingo card that comes with it. I still don’t know why it’s so damned motivating, but I’ll take whatever motivation I can get! But yeah, if y’all are interested in checking it out, the main challenge blog is here: https://austinedecker.com/beat-the-backlist/ You can check out #BeattheBacklist on Twitter as well to check out folks’ sign ups. The community portion also tends to be super encouraging, too.



1. Sense and Sensibility - 3/26/22 - "you watched the show or movie first"

2. Calculated Risks - 6/02/22 - "an unusual or unexpected pet"

3. Square3 - 6/13/22 - "novella"

4. Sabriel - 6/18/22 - "first in a series you've been putting off"

5. Fated Blades - 6/19/22 - "indie or self published"

6. Beasts Made of Night - 8/19/22 - "debut novel"

7. Crown of Thunder - 8/20/22 - "second or fourth book in a series"

8. The Tea Master and the Detective - 8/20/22 - "6+ words in the title"

9. The Walls Around Us - 11/10/22 - "author has a first, middle, and last name on the cover (no initials)"

10. Ignite the Stars*

11. Tales from Watership Down

12. The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina

13. Lakesedge

14. The Once and Future Witches

15. The Grimrose Girls

16. Vampires Never Get Old

17. Over the Woodward Wall

18. A History of Wild Places

19. Foreshadow*

20. Feed*

21. Of Fire and Stars*

22. The Last Namsara*

23. Ash*

24. Lirael

25. Abhorsen

26. The City We Became *

27. An Unkindness of Ghosts*

28. The Belles*

29. The House in the Cerulean Sea*

30. Song of the Current*

31. Gideon the Ninth*

32. Tarnished are the Stars

33. Uprooted

34. Out Now

35. Are You Listening

36. As Old as Time

37. Stargate SG-1: Sacrifice Moon

38. Loosed Upon the World

39. Ghost Wood Song

40. This Splintered Silence

41. Cinderella is Dead

42. Manga Classics – Hamlet

43. Rebelwing

44. Devils Unto Dust

45. Once and Future

46. Anna Dressed in Blood

47. Where Dreams Descend *

48. Give the Dark My Love

49. With the Fire on High

50. The Hazel Wood

51. Spindle

52. Shadow Run


As always, I know I’ll end up reading new releases or new backlist books I get or reread or well… Let’s just say this list tends to be all over the place when compared to the “official” goal TBR above. But hey, it still counts as reading. I just don’t get to use my handy Bingo card for these. LOL


Bonus Books:

Book – Date Read – Format – Type aka non-list backlist book or new release or reread

1.1 Beauty - 2/17/22 - Audiobook - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

1.2 The Haunting of Maddy Clare - 2/23/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

1.3 An Inquiry into Love and Death - 3/02/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

1.4 Silence for the Dead - 3/05/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

1.5 The Other Side of Midnight - 3/07/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

1.6 Lost Among the Living - 03/10/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

1.7 Naked in Death - 3/15/22 - Audiobook & eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

1.8 Glory in Death - 3/17/22 - Audiobook & eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

1.9 Immortal in Death - 3/18/22 - Audiobook & eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

1.10 Rapture in Death - 3/21/22 - Audiobook & eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

1.11 Ceremony in Death - 3/22/22 - Audiobook & eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

1.12 Vengeance in Death - 3/23/22 - Audiobook & eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

2.1 Written In Read - 4/22/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.2 Murder of Crows - 4/27/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.3 Vision in Silver - 4/29/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.4 Marked in Flesh - 5/02/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.5 Etched in Bone - 5/04/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.6 Wild Country - 5/05/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.7 Lake Silence - 5/05/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.8 Crowbones - 5/06/22 - Audiobook & eBook - First read of 2022 release

2.9 Discount Armageddon - 5/13/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.10 Midnight Blue-Light Special - 5/14/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.10 Johnathon and Fran Healy's Collected Stories - 5/16/22 - eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

2.11 Half-Off Ragnarok - 5/16/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.12 Pocket Apocalypse - 5/18/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.13 Halfway Through the Wood - 5/19/22 - eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

2.14 Alice and Thomas Prices Collected Stories (to date) - 5/19/22 - eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

2.15 Verity Price and Dominic De Luca Collected Road Trip Stories - 5/19/22 - eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

2.16 Chaos Choreography - 5/21/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.17 Magic for Nothing - 5/24/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.18 Tricks for Free - 5/27/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.19 That Ain't Witchcraft - 5/31/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

2.20 Imaginary Numbers - 6/01/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

3.1 Spelunking Through Hell - 6/06/22 - Audiobook and eBook - First read of 2022 release

3.2 The Villa - 6/10/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

3.3 Key of Light - 6/13/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

4.1 Key of Knowledge - 6/15/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

4.2 Key of Valor - 6/16/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

6.1 Shades of Milk and Honey - 6/22/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

6.2 Rolling in the Deep - 7/20/22 - Audiobook - Reread of non-list backlist book

6.3 Into the Drowning Deep - 7/25/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

6.4 Beka Cooper: Terrier - 8/01/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

6.5 Beka Cooper: Bloodhound - 8/02/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

6.6 Beka Cooper: Mastiff - 8/03/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.1 Burn for Me - 8/22/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.2 White Hot - 8/22/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.3 Wildfire - 8/23/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.4 Diamond Fire - 8/23/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.5 Sapphire Flames - 8/24/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.6 Emerald Blaze - 8/25/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.7 Ruby Fever - 8/26/22 - eBook - First read of 2022 release

9.8 Rosemary and Rue - 8/27/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.10 A Local Habitation - 8/29/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.11 Dear Nameless Stranger - 9/07/22 - eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

9.12 Tact - 9/08/22 - eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

9.13 Turned out Well - 9/09/22 - eBook - First read of non-list backlist book

9.14 An Artificial Night - 9/10/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.15 Late Eclipses - 9/11/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.16 One Salt Sea - 9/19/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.17 Ashes of Honor - 9/22/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.18 Chimes at Midnight - 9/23/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.19 Full of Briars - 9/24/22 - eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.20 The Winter Long - 9/26/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.21 A Red Rose Chain - 9/27/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.22 Once Broken Faith - 9/29/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.23 The Brightest Fell - 9/30/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.24 Of Things Unknown - 9/30/22 - eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.25 The Unkindest Tide - 10/03/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.26 Hope is Swift - 10/03/22 - eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.27 The Killing Frost - 10/05/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.28 When Sorrows Come - 10/06/22 - Audiobook & eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.29 With Reveling - 10/06/22 - eBook - Reread of non-list backlist book

9.30 Be The Serpent - 10/07/22 - Audiobook & eBook - First read of 2022 release

9.31 How to Bake a Pie - 10/07/22 - eBook - First read of 2022 release