2019 Beat the Backlist Update

We have made it to the halfway point for the year and so I thought it was time to revisit my BtB TBR!! This is merely the list I made at the beginning of the year based on the books already on my shelves (either physically or on my Kindle) that I had yet to read. I have managed to make a decent dent in the list, in addition to reading plenty of other backlist books I’ve acquired since (as one does).

Photo Aug 12, 7 48 12 PMI have found that I have felt a good sense of accomplishment from reading so many older books, but I also often feel a little guilty when I want to read new books. In fact, my 2019 releases have suffered because of this to the point where I hadn’t read a single book-box book between the months of January and March. Since I get 3 different boxes each month (FairyLoot, OwlCrate, and UnicornCrate) this meant I was building up quite a pile. In response to that, I have taken a little pressure off myself and started to filter these books in as well. It felt like defeating the whole purpose of this challenge (i.e. whittling down the TBR) if I was just filling it back up on the front end and hunting for backlist titles NOT on my list to fill the prompts.

I am sure that as we move into the second part of 2019 this challenge will become more difficult for me – too many great books for 2019 flooding my wishlists – but I am determined to persevere! I set a goal of 80 and plan to hit it! That being said and without any further ado, here is my updated BtB TBR.


  • Beyond a Darkened Shore – Jessica Leake (April 2018 FairyLoot book)
  • Fire & Heist – Sarah Beth Durst (December 2018 FairyLoot book)
  • Hunting Prince Dracula – Kerri Maniscalco
  • Even the Darkest Stars – Heather Fawcett (reread)
  • All the Wandering Light – Heather Fawcett
  • Once a King – Erin Summerill
  • The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  • Seeker – Arwen Elys Dayton
  • Traveler – Arwen Elys Dayton
  • Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
  • Linger – Maggie Stiefvater
  • Forever – Maggie Stiefvater
  • Shatter Me – Taherah Mafi
  • Jackaby – William Ritter
  • The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
  • Retribution Rails – Erin Bowman
  • The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker
  • The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm – Christopher Paolini
  • The Inheritance Cycle series – Christopher Paolini (all rereads)
  • Stormdancer – Jay Kristoff
  • Kinslayer – Jay Kristoff
  • Endsinger – Jay Kristoff
  • War Storm – Victoria Aveyard
  • The Traitor’s Kiss – Erin Beaty (reread)
  • The Traitor’s Ruin – Erin Beaty
  • Scythe – Neal Shusterman (reread)
  • Thunderhead – Neal Shusterman
  • This Shattered World – Amie Kaufman/Meagan Spooner
  • Their Fractured Light – Amie Kaufman/Meagan Spooner
  • Pride – Ibi Zoboi (October 2018 OwlCrate book)
  • Fawkes – Nadine Brandes
  • Renegades – Marissa Meyer (reread)
  • Archenemies – Marissa Meyer
  • Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake (reread)
  • One Dark Throne – Kendare Blake (reread)
  • Two Dark Reigns – Kendare Blake
  • Lady Midnight – Cassie Clare (reread)
  • Lord of Shadows – Cassie Clare (reread)
  • Queen of Air and Darkness – Cassie Clare
  • The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  • Watership Down – Richard Adams (reread)
  • The Gemma Doyle Trilogy – Libba Bray (all rereads)

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Books I’ve read for this that weren’t on my original list:

  1. Matched – longdistance (a Dramione fanfic because I will go down with that ship)
  2. Cadaver & Queen – Alisa Kwitney
  3. Dance Upon the Air – Nora Roberts
  4. Heaven and Earth – Nora Roberts
  5. Face the Fire – Nora Roberts
  6. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Pirates – Mackenzi Lee
  7. Dark Witch – Nora Roberts
  8. Shadow Spell – Nora Roberts
  9. Blood Magick – Nora Roberts
  10. HPatGoF – JKR
  11. The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson (my fave YA contemporary)
  12. Skyward – Brandon Sanderson
  13. The Great Hunt – Wendy Higgins
  14. Veins of Gold – Charlie Holmberg
  15. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
  16. Amber & Dusk – Lyra Selene
  17. Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi
  18. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  19. Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater
  20. HPatOotP – JKR
  21. HPatHBP – JKR
  22. These Broken Stars – Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman
  23. The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton
  24. Star-Crossed – Pintip Dunn
  25. Kill the Farm Boy – Delilah Dawson & Kevin Hearne
  26. Caraval – Stephanie Garber
  27. Legendary – Stephanie Garber
  28. HPatDH – JKR
  29. Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
  30. Illumiae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  31. Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  32. The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West (awesome pretend-bf trope!)
  33. Playing Her Secret Crush – Casey Griffin

If you add them all up, I have actually completed 48 on my BtB goal of 80! Not all of them fit into the Bingo Prompts, so I will likely end up over 80, but so far things are looking great!


Do you see any favorites on this list? What books have I not checked off yet that you would suggest I push to the top of my list?! I love suggestions, so hit me up in the comments!

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