[BEAT THE BACKLIST 2019] Update #1

The first half of 2019 has flown by! I thought it would be fun to do an update on my Beat the Backlist challenge, that I was really hoping to succeed in this year haha.

At the beginning of January I wrote a BtB article in which I showed a list of books I wanted to read (40) that qualified as Backlist books. I’ve wanted to do an update every 3 months but because of not having blogged for some months now, I missed out on the 3 month mark haha.

I’ll put down the list of 40 books in each Update article and Cross off the ones that I’ve finished reading and talk about them some more.

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In the past 6 months I was able to cross off the following:

◊ Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves #1)

5 beautiful stars to this first book in this spin-off duology that’s bound to make it’s way into my favorites list as well as the prior written trilogy. I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to read this!!! This is Mary e. Pearson at her best and if you haven’t picked this book up yet or any other Pearson book for that matter: do so ASAP. I promise you’ll have no trouble whatsoever falling in love with this author’s writing. It’s just magnificent. Waiting for the sequel to arrive, upcoming August, is torture in its purest form.

◊ the Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (the Queen’s Rising #1)

Rebecca Ross crafted a really interesting world in the Queen’s Rising. The story set in this world was wonderfully written down I think. I was enthralled and engaged right from the start and the book only gets better and better when the story progresses more.

I loved the world building and the politics that are woven into the story. And I also really liked the small amount of magical elements and the writing was just truly addictive. There’s a bit of romance present, not too much, that was in beautiful balance with the story-line and character development.

Every time I picked this book up, I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough, especially when reading the second part of the book. A super fast-paced and really awesome read and I can’t wait to get my hands on its sequel!

◊ Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch (Snow like Ashes #2)

This one, I buddy read with my friends Candyce and Isabelle from the Bookdutchessess. I ended up giving this book a 3 star rating. I think this second book didn’t quite live up to its expectations unfortunately.I liked Snow like Ashes a lot when I first read it, but I also thought it was quite ‘standard’ – things we’ve all seen before in YA land and not much surprises really – so I was hoping for a stellar sequel and for a moment I thought I was getting it, but alas…

But aside from the remarks, there were definitely enjoyable elements to me as well.
The book is mostly fast-paced so I liked that and I still do like this author’s writing even though she wasn’t surprising with this one. I think Mather’s character had a tremendous development and I really liked all of the supporting characters as well. I also liked exploring more of this world and getting to know the people of some of the other countries and read more about their culture. All in all, there was enough for me to enjoy and I’m definitely curious enough to reading and seeing how it all ends in the conclusion book.

◊ the Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano (the Glass Spare #1)

This was a really fun and entertaining read. Was it flawless? Nope.
It has a lot of elements that have become a typical YA thing, but still..
It had some original elements, the characters were fun to read about, there’s a tiny bit of romance present and the writing was so enthralling! I gave this book a 4 star rating.

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Annnnd that was it! I’ve managed to finish 4/40 books on my Backlist TBR while I’ve read a total of 80 books up until this point, yikes! This has me feeling a bit anxious about the other 36 books still waiting to be read haha. 4 books is still Something, but at this pace I’ll never be able to cross of 40 Backlist books haha.

The ones I put on this list are all books I really want to read but with ARC books and new releases coming in between as well, I just somehow can’t seem to catch up on my Backlist books.

I still very much want to complete this year’s Beat the Backlist challenge so I really have to step up my game from now on haha. I do read some other backlist books in between, so I basically could just let them count for this challenge for example. But I really wanted to read all of these 40 books in particular, so that’s why I feel adamant about continuing using this pre-set TBR.

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There are some books that I already started over time and really hope to finish soon, so maybe I’ll be able to at least put a dent in my list haha. I am almost finished with the following;

◊ a Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
◊ Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
◊ Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
◊ Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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For the upcoming months, I still need to plan ahead as to what I want to read from the backlist TBR. I’ve worked a lot with pre-set tbr’s at the beginning of the year, which worked really well for me because of buddyreads and blog tours and things like that, that I need to plan, and I find that it’s something I really like even though I’m a mood reader. In the past months I haven’t been keeping track due to being busy and not having blogged for a while so I slacked off. Really want to pick it back up again now.

The books I currently really look forward to start reading from my BtB tbr are Furyborn by Claire LeGrand, One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Before she Ignites by Jodi Meadows and Scythe by Neil Shusterman. Already curious to see which books I’ll cross off in the next 3 months.

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Do you have a lot of backlist books on your shelves? Which backlist book is one you really hope to get around to read ASAP?

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