#BeatTheBacklist Epic BTB Bingo: Final 14 TBR

As you may already know, I have signed up for the Beat The Backlist challenge as well as the Epic BTB Bingo card this year and so far things have been going way better than planned. In fact, I’m down to my final fourteen prompts to complete the full bingo card! I wasn’t expecting to reach this number this quick, but I guess it shows I have really been reading my backlist titles this year. Want to see my progress?

I already have a few line bingos, but I want to get the full bingo and with only 14 titles left and 7 months to read them, I don’t think that will be too much of a struggle. I’ve decided to make a TBR for the prompts that are left so I don’t have to go hunting for titles whenever I want to read another bingo title.  Find out what books I picked for my final 14 below!



# BANNED BOOK: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
# ANTHOLOGY: Alles Is Breekbaar (Fragile Things) by Neil Gaiman


# GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS WINNER: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
# BLURBED BY A FAVORITE AUTHOR: The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen
# SET IN A PLACE YOU WANT TO VISIT: The Island by Victoria Hislop


# BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby


# CHARACTERS WHO ARE TWINS: Cut And Run by Mary Burton
# A BOOK YOU LEARNED ABOUT FROM BTB: Ivory And Bone by Julie Eshbaugh


# BOOK ABOUT FOOD: The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana
# AMPERSAND (&) ON COVER/IN TITLE: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh


# COVER LOVE: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
# POPULAR AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


# PART OF A DUOLOGY: Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
# NEXT IN A SERIES YOU STARTED: Force Of Nature by Jane Harper

Have you read any of these titles and/or which of these do you think I should give priority to?


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Double Trouble ABC Challenge

I missed doing an ABC challenge in 2018… So even though I’m not sure I’ll actually finish the challenge this year, I decided to just give in and give it a go. The catch? I’ll be doing not one, but TWO ABC challenges: one with the book titles and one with the last name of the authors. Like the title states: double trouble! But hopefully also double the fun. (I know there are lots of existing ABC challenges out there, but I’m just doing my own challenge this year to keep things simple.)

My rules:

TITLE: read one book that has a title with each letter of the alphabet. The A’s and The’s don’t count… Also, the Q, X and Z titles can have those letters anywhere in the title.

AUTHOR: read a book with an author’s last name for each letter. If there is more than one last name, it should be the first that counts… And the Q, X and Z names can have the letter anywhere in the last name.

Let’s go ABC crazy!!

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2019 Beat The Backlist: Epic BTB Bingo #BeatTheBacklist

As you may already know, I have signed up for the Beat The Backlist challenge again this year and so far things have been going great. I wasn’t going to because I’m trying to avoid the pressure, but the Epic BTB Bingo card was just too much temptation for me and I ended up giving in. So this will be the official BTB Bingo update post!

A little reminder: my goal is to read a total of 80 books published before 2019, with at least 30 of them published 2016 or before.

Aaaaand I’m on team RAVENCLAW this year!!

Let’s continue with the empty EPIC BTB BINGO card first… I’ll be updating the second bingo card at the end of each month with the titles I managed to read and you can find a full list of prompts and titles below that one.

Below the books I (will) read for each prompt! Books I have read and posted on the challenge page are in blue.

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2019 Beat The Backlist: Official Update Post #BeatTheBacklist

I had a lot of fun with the previous Beat The Backlist challenges, so of course I signed up again. This challenge is hosted by Novelknight and in 2019 will be all about reading once more… No extra complications or extra points for reviews, just getting those backlist titles read and earning brownie points for that. This challenge is all about reading all those poor neglected books on your shelves instead of just new releases. We all love our new releases, but those older books deserve our attention too right? 😉 Books have to be published before 2019 to count, and you can set your own goals as you see fit.

I’ve decided to set my goal at a total of 80 books published before 2019, with at least 30 of them published 2016 or before.

Aaaaand I’m on team RAVENCLAW this year!!

On to the official update post part… Where I will share the books I’ve read that fit the challenge. Books that fit in with my personal challenge are either orange for books published in 2018 or 2017 or green for books published before that.

>>> Last updated June 18th 2019 <<<

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2019 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge #NGEW2019

I joined this challenge in 2017 and 2018 and both years it turned out to be a big success. I managed to read no less than 108! NG ARCs last year and 16 other ARCs; way more than I planned and in a way I’m hoping I’ll be less successful in 2019. Why? I want to finally read more backlist titles as well… Let’s see if I can find a healthy balance in 2019. This yearly challenge is currently hosted at Reading Between The Pages.

Challenge Guidelines

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. There is no deadline to signup.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
  • Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts, it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
  • Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
  • If you want to move up or down a level – go for it!
  • The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.
  • Questions: Feel free to leave a comment below or use the contact page at the top of this post.
  • Hashtag: #NGEW2019

The Levels

Bronze – 10 Books

Silver – 25 Books

Gold – 50 Books

Platinum – 75 Books

Diamond – 100 Books

I will be going for 50 books, which I hope will be doable. I currently have a whopping 17 NG books pending (plus a bunch of other ARCs) and a 94% ratio, so we’ll see how things go I guess.

Have you joined this challenge? What are your goals? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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2019 When Are You Reading? Challenge

I had a lot of fun during the previous four years (click to see lists for 2015 , 2016, 2017 and 2018), so of course I couldn’t resist signing up again for next year. This challenge is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about reading books either published or set in different time periods… The perfect way of reading books of different eras!

She made a slight change to the early eras for 2019, which suits me perfectly because I’ve always had trouble to find titles for the pesky 1600s era. The complete challenge will include 12 books from the eras. Below I will be adding the titles I have managed to read for each era, and again I will do things differently and not add every book to the list, just one or two for each era depending on the color each title has. I have divided my reads into two categories: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color.

>> Last updated June 1st 2019 <<

  • Pre 1300
    # Song Of Sacrifice – by Janell Rhiannon (1295-1251 BCE)
    # Circe – by Madeline Miller (before 8th century BCE)
  • 1300-1499
    # Bright We Burn – by Kiersten White (1454)
    # The Pumilio Child – by Judy McInerney (1457-1459)
  • 1500-1699
    # The Familiars – by Stacey Halls (1612)
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
    # Smoke And Key – by Kelsey Sutton (1895/1910)
  • 1900-1919
    # The Murmur Of Bees – by Sofia Segovia (1910-1930)
    # Romanov – by Nadine Brandes (1918)
  • 1920-1939
    # The Murder On The Links – by Agatha Christie (1923)
    # The Painted Veil – by W. Somerset Maugham (1925)
    # We Are Of Dust – by Clare Coombes (1938-1939)
    # The Big Sleep – by Raymond Chandler (1939)
  • 1940-1959
    # The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society – by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (1946)
    # Navigating Early – by Clare Vanderpool (1946)
  • 1960-1979
    # A Wrinkle In Time – by Madeleine D’Engle (1962)
    # The Insect Farm – by Stuart Prebble (1959-1972)
    # Daisy Jones & The Six – by Taylor Jenkins Reid (1966-1979)
  • 1980-1999
    # The BFG – by Roald Dahl (1982)
    # Tell The Wolves I’m Home – by Carol Rifka Brunt (1987)
    # The Fourth Courier – by Timothy Jay Smith (1992)
  • 2000-Present
    # The Travelling Cat Chronicles – by Hiro Arikawa (2012)
    # Finding Grace – by K.L. Slater (2019)
    # What The Wind Knows – by Amy Harmon (2019)
  • The Future
    # The Fever King – by Victoria Lee (2074/2122)
    # Here And Now And Then – by Mike Chen (2142)

Currently 11 out of 12 time periods read.

Have you joined this challenge this year? Do you tend to read a lot of books set or published in different eras? Feel free to comment! 🙂


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