Reading Challenge: Joining Beat the Backlist 2020

(Because joining one readathon is never enough!)

I saw Ana’s (@ Black Goddess Reviews) post about this, and it looked so fun that I had to sign up too! This is hosted by NovelKnight – check out their post for all the info!

(I’m also doing the Start On Your Shelfathon hosted by The Quiet Pond, focusing on reading books you already own. I think a combination of these two would be epic motivation to whittle my overstuffed bookcases at home! Making space for more books, of course…)


The book must have been published in 2019 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including ARC/eARC) as long as it released in 2019 or earlier (i.e. 2020 releases won’t count).

You have to start and finish the book in 2020 to count it. Any books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 won’t count. Any books started in 2020 and finished in 2021 also won’t count.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Use your local time zone!

Team Challenge (Optional!)

I love libraries with all my heart (every library haul is a bit OTT). And I’ve definitely got a strong history of lending and borrowing with my close friends! I’m joining the ‘Borrowers’ – go team! (Did I mention I love team sports?) I’m also pretty happy as the team colour is yellow, and I’m a proud Hufflepuff (and coincidentally also had yellow as my house colour in both primary and secondary school). If you sign up for the team challenge, you submit each book you’ve read and earn points for your team!

Reading Goals and Book Bingo

As I did with #StartOnYourShelfathon, I’m going to mark my personal goal for this at 40 books. But because I’m greedy ambitious, I’m going to try and fill out this 80(!!) prompt book bingo card between Jan 1st and Dec 31st 2020. One book per prompt…we shall see what chaos will descend when we reach the latter months of 2020 😂

Preliminary TBR:

  • ‘Aurora Rising’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (By 2+ authors)
  • ‘Tuck Everlasting’ by Natalie Babbitt (From your childhood)
  • ‘The Tyrant’s Tomb’ by Rick Riordan (Middle Grade)
  • ‘The Crowfield Curse’ by Pat Walsh (Genre mash-up)
  • ‘Girls of Storm and Shadow’ by Natasha Ngan (Book that shares your zodiac sign)
  • ‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon (Title words start with the same letter)
  • ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas (Own voices author)
  • ‘Rebel’ by Marie Lu (the 4th book in a series)
  • ‘The Hand, the Eye and the Heart’ by Zoë Marriott (Twisted fairy tale retelling)
  • ‘Barefoot on the Wind’ by Zoë Marriott (Companion novel)
  • ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi (New to you author)
  • ‘Poems to Live Your Life By’ selected by Chris Riddell (Book of poems/short stories)
  • ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker (From myth or legend)

I’ll be continuously updating this post with the books I do read, and linking to my reviews!

Books read:

  • ‘Pax’ by Sara Pennypacker (non-human main character)
  • ‘The Tyrant’s Tomb’ by Rick Riordan (didn’t live up to the hype)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling, illust. Jim Kay (from your childhood)
  • ‘The Graveyard Book, Volume Two’ by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell (released in the 2010s)
  • ‘Heartstopper’, Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman (author you want to meet)
  • ‘Saga’, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (social media made you read it)
  • ‘Heartstopper’, Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman (LGBTQIA+ rep)
  • ‘Saga’, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (graphic novel/manga)
  • ‘Saga’, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (space travel)
  • ‘Saga’, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (4th book in series)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ by J.K. Rowling, illust. Jim Kay (author with a middle initial)
  • ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness (book turned movie/show)

Here’s to a good reading year in 2020! What will you be reading next year?

5 thoughts on “Reading Challenge: Joining Beat the Backlist 2020

  1. The Tyrant’s Tomb and Children of Blood and Bone are both books I need to read, though I’m not sure I can handle The Tyrant’s Tomb after what happened in the previous book 😭😭 Good luck with reading all the books on your TBR!! ❤

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