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#BeattheBacklist2023!

So, great news for my reading goal last year: I read 110 books which blew my goal of 52 books on Goodreads out of the water! The less than great news: only a whopping 9 of those were physical books from my #beatthebacklist2022 goal list. Still, considering some outside forces that kept my brain power and focus at the lowest levels they've been in a VERY long time, I feel OK about that. Rereading (which was honestly the bulk of my reading this year) still counts for me, and bonus it was comforting in a way I really needed. So I am not going to be too down on myself for that.


Really, this challenge is less about achievement as such for me, and more about encouragement and progress. I enjoy tracking which books I've read and filling out the bingo card I get from the official challenge page (Over here if you want to join in the reading game! https://austinedecker.com/beat-the-backlist/ ), and even if I don't hit many on my goal list, it's still a step in the right direction AND helps me remember that some of these books exist buried as they are on my TBR Mountain lolsob. (No, seriously tho - after purging 32 books from my shelves this morning as a "clearing out some space for 2023" exercise, I STILL have 101 unread books sitting on my shelves. My book hoarding habit continues apace, I guess!)


Anyway! I was amused to realize today while looking back through old blog posts that I've participated in this challenge for 5 years now, and I definitely plan to continue to do so as long as our host keeps posting about it and creating the bingo cards! Are there any reading challenges y'all find yourselves coming back to year after year? Drop me a comment and I'll check them out!


And now, without further ado: the 2023 Bingo Card and my current (tentative) list of goal books from the physical TBR!



Physical TBR Mountain Goal List for #BeattheBacklist2023

1.SWEEP OF THE HEART - 1/01/23 - "a character is lost royalty"

2.THE MERMAID'S VOICE RETURNS IN THIS ONE - 1/14/23 - "free space"

3.THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY - 1/27/23 - "less than 170 pages"

4.CINDERELLA IS DEAD

5.RETRIBUTION RAILS

6.TALE AS OLD AS TIME

7.BEAUTY QUEENS

8.ONCE & FUTURE

9.THE BELLES

10.LAKESEDGE

11.THE PASSAGE

12.THE INHERITANCE OF ORQUIDEA DIVINA

13.LOVE AND OTHER GREAT EXPECTATIONS

14.TRUTHWITCH

15.THE DISASTERS

16.A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES

17.THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR

18.LADY OF QUALITY

19.THE ONES WE'RE MEANT TO FIND

20.THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES

21.THE CITY WE BECAME

22.AETHERBOUND

23.ASH

24.CIRCE

25.UPROOTED

26.THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE

27.THE GRIMROSE GIRLS

28.THE PRINCESS AND THE SCOUNDREL

29.A RUSH OF WINGS

30.GHOSTWOOD SONG

31.ARE YOU LISTENING?

32.REBELWING

33.THE BOOK OF COLD CASES

34.DARK AND SHALLOW LIES

35.THE DEATH OF JANE LAWRENCE

36.THE STARLESS SEA

37.THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE

38.THISTLEFOOT

39.FIENDISH

40.THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK

41.FIRE AND HEIST

42.FEED

43.MIRANDA AND CALIBAN

44.THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES

45.DEVILS UNTO DUST

46.HAMLET - MANGA CLASSICS

47.COLD THE NIGHT, FAST THE WOLVES

48.SEASONAL FEARS

49.OUT NOW

50.THIS WAY MADNESS LIES

51.FORESHADOW

52.VAMPIRES NEVER GET OLD

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 2023

2.1.MAGIC TIDES - 1/20/23 - eBook - First Read 2023 Release

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