Friday, June 30, 2017

Beat The Backlist Update

The year is officially half over, so I thought I'd just do a quick update on how I'm doing with my Beat the Backlist challenge. This has probably been the easiest challenge to do, except also kind of hard with proofreading because obviously almost none of the books that I'm hired to proofread will qualify for the challenge. But my goal for this challenge was only 40 books for the year, so I should have 20 done now to be on track. So let's see how I'm doing (and I honestly don't know how many I've read because I've been horrible about shelving them on Goodreads for easy reference.) Titles link to my reviews unless marked with an *. 

  1. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
  3. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
  4. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  5. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  6. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  7. The Initiation by Jena Cryer
  8. Unmentionable by Therese O'Neill
  9. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  10. Fluffy Strikes Back by Ashley Spires
  11. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  12. Sorry Not Sorry by Naya Rivera
  13. George Carlin Reads to You by George Carlin
  14. Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison
  15. Messenger by Lois Lowry
  16. Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana by Mike Barr
  17. Hetaera: Daughter of the Gods by J.A. Coffey
  18. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  19. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  20. The American Cancer Society New Healthy Eating Cookbook by Jeanne Besser
  21. Black Book by Dylan Jones
  22. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  23. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  24. Feed by M.T. Anderson*
  25. Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes*
  26. The Gathering by Dan Poblocki*
  27. Freakling by Lana Krumwiede*
  28. Beast by Donna Jo Napoli*
Apparently I've read 28 backlist books so far this year, which is amazing progress for this point. I don't think any of them are books that were on my list when I started this challenge, but oh well. I'm not good at sticking to lists anyway. I've just got to read two backlist books per month for the rest of the year to meet my goal, and that should be doable!

Now if you've stuck with me thus far, you deserve to know that #TeamHufflepuff is currently in the lead for house points (by my count) and has won the house cup 4 out of the 6 months we've been doing this so far. #TeamRavenclaw is in second, followed by #TeamSlytherin, and #TeamGryffindor is bringing up the rear. There is still time for you to join the challenge if you wish. Simply go to NovelKnight's blog and enter (just click the name I've linked to the challenge page.) If you want to read for a particular house, you will have to sign up for that separately after signing up for the main Beat the Backlist Challenge and you can do that here. (Hufflepuff's preferred.)

I hope to have you all join us. - Katie