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#BEATTHEBACKLIST2024

It’s that time again! No, not for the obligatory reflecting on last year and focusing on my goals for next year – that should go up tomorrow. It’s time for this year’s #beatthebacklist challenge acceptance post! Seriously, y’all, this continues to be my favorite reading challenge I’ve found. I’ve participated since the very first year in 2017, and I just can’t resist the reading community (and the bonus bingo cards that are still WAY too encouraging to my brain but effective in reminding me to read!). I still have yet to “win” the challenge, but each year I’ve read a little more of my backlist than I might have without the challenge to cheer me on. And this year I’ve even found the associated Discord which might help even more!

 

Last year, I read far less than I did in 2022 which was a bit of a bummer – only 46 total according to Goodreads. On the upside, almost half of those were backlist titles! A total of 21 in fact! Yes, it wasn’t half of the 52 of my goal, but still, that’s progress so I’ll take it!

 

As always, reading progress and community is the whole point for me. If you’d like to join me, feel free to check out all the details here: https://austinedecker.com/beat-the-backlist/ 

 

Anyway, my big goal continues to be to knock out the few ARCs I have on my shelves if at all possible so I can get on with donating them either to the local high school (for YA) or possible to some of my readers as random newsletter prizes (once I uh… actually get that set up!). Reading diverse authors is also a big focus, especially authors of color. There aren’t currently as many on my shelves since I haven’t allowed myself to buy near as many physical books in recent years since I’m SUPPOSED to be lowering that overall number lolsob, but I should have more than a few in the mix! And third, for the past few years, I’ve kept this goal list to solely fiction, but I have several writing craft, lifestyle, and witchy non-fiction reads that I’ve kept separate on my shelves, and I’d really like to get some of those read this year, too. We’ll see how it goes!


And now, without further ado: the 2024 Bingo Card and my current (tentative as lord knows my reading whim often drags me off to some of the nearly 50 OTHER backlist books on my shelves lolsob) list of goal books from the physical TBR:


2024 TBR MOUNTAIN BEATTHEBACKLIST GOAL LIST:

1.  THE INHERITANCE OF ORQUIDEA DIVINA - 1/03/24 - "an unexpected inheritance"*

2.  OTHER BIRDS - 1/08/24 - "bird is the word"

3. DARK AND SHALLOW LIES - 1/09/24 - "character name is a color"

4. THE BOOK OF COLD CASES - 1/10/24 - "hotel, mansion, or castle"

5. MANGA CLASSICS: THE STORIES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE - 1/13/24 "coauthored or illustrated"

6. CIRCE - 1/16/24 - "a retelling of a classic"

7. DARK AND DEEPEST RED - 1/24/24 - "dance the night away"

8. ASH - 1/25/24 - "popular throwback"

9. GIDEON THE NINTH - 2/07/24 - "first in an unfinished series"

10. MANGA CLASSICS: HAMLET - 2/08/24 - "published 100+ years ago"

11.  SONG OF THE CURRENT - 2/13/24 - "on your TBR 5+ years"

12.  IDENTITY - 3/25/24 - "that's not my name"

13. DEAR WRITER, ARE YOU IN BURNOUT? - 5/01/24 - "mentioned in a podcast or newsletter"

14. THE AUTHOR STUCK LIST - 5/15/24 - "writing about writing"

15. THE DEATH OF JANE LAWRENCE - 5/22/24 - "STEM stan"

16. THE VERY SECRET SOCIETY OF IRREGULAR WITCHES - 6/04/24 - "good vibes only"

17. LIFE WITHOUT ENVY

18.  WITCHY MAMA

19. FORESHADOW

20.  SLEEP NO MORE

21.  THE INNOCENT SLEEP

22.  APOCALYPSE SCENARIOS

23.  LETTERS TO THE PUMPKIN KING

24.  LAKESEDGE

25.  CINDERELLA IS DEAD

26.  ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD

27.  AS OLD AS TIME

28.  BEAUTY QUEENS

29.  SPINDLE

30.  AETHERBOUND

31.  THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES

32.  THE ONES WE’RE MEANT TO FIND

33.  AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS

34.  QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR

35.  A RUSH OF WINGS

36.  UPROOTED

37.  COLD THE NIGHT, FAST THE WOLVES

38.  REBELWING

39.  THE MAKER’S GUIDE TO MAGIC

40.  WRITING MAGIC

41.  LAKELORE

42.  VENOM & VOW

43.  SERENDIPITY: TEN ROMATIC TROPES, TRANSFORMED

44.  OUT NOW

45.  THE DISASTERS

46.  THE BELLES

47.  THISTLEFOOT

48.  THE STARLESS SEA

49.  THIS SPLINTERED SILENCE

50.  THE GRIMROSE GIRLS

51.  THE PRINCESS AND THE SCOUNDREL

52.  THE PASSAGE

53  A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES

 

So there it is! Probably more ambitious than I’ll manage, as per the usual, but still a list I think I can sink my teeth into (or otherwise update, rearrange, and start over as I wish LOL).

 

And of course, every year I either reread things or read new releases or backlist that I only have electronic copies of, which I still want to track, but won’t give myself credit for on the handle bingo card above, AKA:

 

THE BONUS BOOKS:

1.1 INHERITANCE – 1/07/24 – eBook/audiobook – First read of electronic only backlist title

3.1 SAN DIEGO 2014: THE LAST STAND OF THE CALIFORNIA BROWNCOATS - 1/10/24 - First read of electronic only backlist title

8.1 LOST IN THE MOMENT AND FOUND - 2/01/24 - First read of electronic only backlist title

8.1 DEAR WRITER, YOU NEED TO QUIT - 2/13/24 - Reread of electronic only backlist title

11.1 IRON AND MAGIC - 2/29/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.2 MAGIC BITES - 3/03/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.3 MISLAID IN PARTS HALF KNOWN - 3/04/24 - First read of electronic only backlist title

11.4 SMALL MAGICS - 3/04/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.5 MAGIC BURNS - 3/06/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.6 MAGIC STRIKES - 3/06/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.7 MAGIC MOURNS - 3/07/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.8 MAGIC BLEEDS - 3/07/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.9 MAGIC DREAMS - 3/08/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.10 MAGIC SLAYS - 3/10/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.11 GUNMETAL MAGIC - 3/11/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.12 MAGIC GIFTS - 3/11/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.13 MAGIC RISES - 3/11/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.14 MAGIC STEALS - 3/12/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.15 MAGIC BREAKS - 3/14/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.16 MAGIC STARS - 3/14/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.17 MAGIC SHIFTS - 3/16/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.18 MAGIC BINDS - 3/17/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.19 IRON AND MAGIC - 3/18/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.20 MAGIC TRIUMPHS - 3/19/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.21 MAGIC TIDES - 3/20/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.22 MAGIC CLAIMS - 3/21/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

11.23 BLOOD HEIR - 3/22/24 - Reread of electronic & physical backlist title

12.1 ON WRITING - 4/09/24 - First read of electronic only backlist title

16.1 YELLOW JESSAMINE - 6/04/24 - First read of electronic only backlist title


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