Dear book-lovers,

2019 is here and I have decided to take part in a few reading challenges, so here is one challenge for which I also decided to make a partial TBR. It’s not a full list of books that I plan on reading because I’m not good with following such lists, as I’m a mood reader. Oh, I can never know what I’ll want to read next. Which is hard sometimes because when some long waited book gets into my hands I may not be able to read it. You will be surprised on how often that happens to me. Argh…

But let’s get to the point, so one of the reading challenges that I decided to take part in is 2019 BEAT THE BACKLIST hosted by Austine  at NovelKnight.

Any genre, any format, any length. Any book published in 2018 or earlier is fair game.
Re-reads count. And you don’t have to own the book!

The book must have been published in 2018 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including an ARC/eARC) as long as the release date is earlier than 2019.

You have to start and finish the book in 2019 to count it. Any books started in 2018 and finished in 2019 do not count. Any books started in 2019 and finish in 2020 also do not count.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 (your local time)

Official Challenge Tags
#BeatTheBacklist #BeatTheBacklist2019


There are also several activities that people can join, like Weekly Photo Challenge, Reading Bingo, Hogwarts House Mini Challenge (most probably I won’t be taking part in it), a book club on Goodreads hosted by team at Of Wonderland. And a few post series hosted on different blogs – Book Rewind Thursday hosted by BookCrushin with the goal to review backlist books each week; Backlist Shelf Control a weekly feature on Fridays about backlist’s book you are excited to read on The Reading FaeryPreviously on the Shelf post series highlighting previous installments in series that have upcoming releases on Saturdays at NovelKnight, and also, on Thursdays, Beat the BackLIST post featuring backlist titles based on a particular theme or topic.

I may take part in these post series some times during the year. But now let’s jump into both Reading Bingo challenges and my TBR list for them, so I can go and sign up for this reading challenge, which is my first one, by the way 😉

BTB Regular Reading Bingo Challenge

btb2019_bingo_readerThe Regular Bingo features 24 prompts and I’ll try to fill all the board, so here is my TBR for 2019 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge’s Regular Bingo.

1. Less than 1000 Goodreads rating –  Whiskey Dick (Whiskey Dick #1) by Ryan Ringbloom (2018) – 214 rating

2. Under 200 pagesDestroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi (2012)

3. Borrowed or gifted – I have a couple of hundred books to choose from, so this will depend on my mood

4. One word titleEvermore (Everless #2) by Sara Holland (2018)

5. From your 2018 TBRHonor Among Thieves (The Honors #1) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre (2018)

6. A book about books – not sure for this one yet, but hope to find something later

7. A genre you don’t normally readThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (2017)

8. A debut authorThe Queen’s Rising (The Queen’s Rising #1) by Rebecca Ross (2018)

9. Animal on the coverThe Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (2018)

10. StandaloneHunted by Meagan Spooner (2017)

11. Rec’ed by someone elseBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (2014)

12. Indie author – not sure for this one yet, but hope to find something later

13. Over 400 pages – Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco (2017)

14. Cover with your favourite colour (purple) – Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renée Ahdieh (2018)

15. Cover loveStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor (2017)

16. Title is a nameCirce by Madeline Miller (2018)

17. Book to movie/showShadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo (2012)

18. On your TBR 2+ yearsHush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick (2009)

19. Part of a trilogyDream On (The Silver Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier (2014)

20. #ownvoices – not sure about this, but hope to find a good book for it at some point in 2019

21. 2018 releaseSeafire (Seafire #1) by Natalie C. Parker (2018)

22. Finish a seriesThe Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa (2011)

23. New-to-you-authorThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (2014)

24. Cover art redesignNight Film by Marisha Pessl (2013)

BTB Epic Reading Bingo Challenge



Epic BTB Bingo with 80 prompts, so I most probably won’t do all 80, but instead I’ll try to get BINGO a few times horizontally and vertically as it’s marked with the red lines. So here is my current Epic BTB Bingo’s TBR.

Horizontal #1

Animal on the coverCity of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab (2018)

Banned book – Not sure yet, but there should be a few to choose from

Based on folklore/mythThe Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden (2017)

Book with time travelPassenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken (2016) or I could choose another one, as I have a few of them on my shelf

Book to movie / showSix of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo (2015)

Favourite romance trope (hate-to-love or fake relationship) – I’ll read a few of these, so let’s see later

AnthologyBecause You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Amerie, Renée Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon, in collaboration with 13 booktubers (2017)

Major Cliffhanger – maybe Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi (2018) has one

A debut AuthorSea Witch (Sea Witch #1) by Sarah Henning (2018)

Horizontal # 2

Part of a series 4+ books – I have a few ideas but not sure which series I will start or maybe a re-read

A season in the title – hard to say which book I’m going to choose for this task

NovellaA Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas (2018)

A genre you don’t normally readEscaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco (2018)

Goodreads Choice Awards winner – here again choice can be made dependent on my mood as there are a lot of books to choose from

Book about a warThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2005)

New-to-you-author – I’m happy to find a book for this one later

Blurbed by a favourite author – not sure about this book yet, but there are some good choices ahead

Set in a place you want to visit – oh, I would be ready to travel the world, so here can be almost any book

Horizontal #3

Book with magic – my favourite kind and there are several that I could choose from, so I’ll leave some mood dictated free choice for the moment

Under 200 pages – Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi (2013)

Adventure or journey story – not sure on this one yet

One word title – There are several options, so let’s see when time comes to read

Poetry – The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic #2) by Amanda Lovelace (2018)

A book someone you know lovesA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab (2015)

Borrowed or gifted – I’m a mood reader, so I need some free space for extra reading choices, this means here I can read any book from my huge gift or library book collection

New York Times bestseller – again a free reign for me

Horizontal #4

From your 2018 TBRThese Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch (2018)

Part of a duologyWayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken (2017)

2018 releaseFuryborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand (2018)

Set in space – not sure which book will go for this one yet

Cover art redesign – one more book that I’m not sure about

Everyone’s read it but youIlluminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (2015)

Next in a series you startedRowan Wood Legends (The Lost Clan #2) by Olivia Wildenstein (2017)

Title is a name – No idea for this one but I’ll try my best to find a well suited book

Regret not reading sooner –  I guess here I have quite many books to choose from later

Vertical #1

Banned book – repeating task, so who knows maybe I’ll read just one book for this one

Over 400 pagesGemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (2016)

A season in the title – again repeating, so the same goes here

(Any) Holiday readThe Holiday Kiss (Briarwood High #4) by Maggie Dallen (2018)

Under 200 pagesThe Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by Holly Black (2018)

Villain / anti-hero is the protagonistTo Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (2018)

Murder Mystery – no idea at the moment fro this one

SequelThe Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden (2018)

Part of a duologyCrooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo (2016)

Vertical #2

Book to movie/show – one more repeat, so let’s see later what I’ll do with this one

Multiple points of view – actually I have no idea for this one yet

Goodreads Choice Awards winner – repeating, but I’ll read for this task extra, as I like it

Translated from another languageJust Dreaming (The Silver Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier (2015) – translated from German

StandaloneSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik (2018) or Uprooted by Naomi Novik (2015)

Share a name with author or character – this one will be super hard for me as I have never really found a book with character’s name Inga (as it’s Scandinavian name and I read mostly books written by authors from USA or UK). Maybe I’ll read something from Inga Moore’s picture books, as also author with my name is not than long.

Set in a schoolSchool Spirits (Hex Hall #3.5) by Rachel Hawkins (2013)

Cover art redesign – again repeating, so maybe the same books as before

Vertical #3

Major Cliffhanger – I have no idea about this one but I hope to find one while reading some of the books published before 2019

Less than 500 Goodreads ratings – Poseidon’s Academy by Sarah A Vogler (2018 / ARC) – 27 rating

Blurbed by a favourite author – a repeat but maybe I’ll find a second book for this one

Color in the title – There are a few books that I can choose from later on

Borrowed or gifted – this is my favourite choice, so I’ll take this 3rd repeat as well, the moody reader in me is happy

Prequel – Haven’t decided on this one yet

Classic you never read – oh, there are so many…I’ll just choose something when the time comes

A book involving music – not sure about this one but let’s hope for the best

Title is a name – repeating for the 3rd time, so at this moment I’m not sure on this one


So here you go about 45 books on this TBR list and many free places still fill in with time. Which is a good choice as I’m a mood reader, and can never follow a set TBR. So this shouldn’t be too bad as there is still many free choices available with my plan to read more than 70 books this year, and only about 45 of them being set. However, they are not set in stone. Nope. Changes can always happen, especially if my reading mood gets a say in it. You can find out more about other reading challenges in my next post here and there will be also updates coming on my special 2019 Reading Challenges page (link coming soon).

Are you taking part in any reading challenges of 2019? have you signed up for 2019 BEAT THE BACKLIST?

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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  1. Well done on picking books for all the prompts, that’s a lot of work! I didn’t go that far on my post, oops! I hope you manage to cross off a lot of them! 🙂

    I’m a mood reader too so I am going to make my books fit the challenges after I have read them!

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