2018 Beat the Backlist RESULTS!


2018 Beat the Backlist has come to an end.  How did I do?  Meh… I guess I did okay.  Not great.

I read 15 books I consider part of ‘Beat the Backlist’.  What I qualify are books I put on my TBR list before 2018, and they were published before 2018.  I also don’t count sequels.  (If I did count sequels, it’s actually closer to 32 books.)

Also, thank you to Novel Knight for hosting a fantastic challenge!  I look forward to it every year!

The Results

Birdie’s Original 2019 Pre-List:

  1. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
  2. Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell ✔️
  3. Shades of Twilight by Lauren Howard
  4. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher ✔️
  5. We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  7. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  8. Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes
  9. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
  10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  11. Withered + Sere by TJ Klune ✔️
  12. Devil’s Cut by JR Ward
  13. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  14. Dance with Me by Heidi Cullinan
  15. Release by Patrick Ness
  16. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  17. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  18. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  19. Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ✔️
  20. Vicious by VE Scwab ✔️
  21. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett ✔️
  22. Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin
  23. Female of the Species by Cindy McGinnis

Surprise!  I read these too:

  1. Taboo for You by Anyta Sunday ✔️
  2. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ✔️
  3. Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday ✔️
  4. Jackaby by William Ritter ✔️
  5. Widdershins by Jordan L Hawk ✔️
  6. Latakia by J.F. Smith ✔️
  7. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant ✔️
  8. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison ✔️
  9. Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones ✔️

I’m proud of me!

About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

8 Responses

  1. I think you did great! Sometimes it’s hard picking a TBR at the beginning of the year. I had like 30 books on my TBR originally for BTB, and by the end of the year, I didn’t even want to read some of them anymore.


  2. Wow.

    I am hoping I’ll have that same kind of feeling of self-driven gratitude after I complete my first #BeatTheBacklist challenge this coming year!! What really fuelled my interest was having the chance to dig into stories I just never had the joy of reading previously… looks like you read as eclectically and diversely as I do! Happy travels this New Year into the bookish realms that interest you!!


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