Good morning, everyone! Today is our first ever Beat the Backlist update! I am so excited to be participating in this challenge for the very first time. Beat the Backlist has been a lot of fun so far, and I think that it will continue to be as the year goes on.
Unlike the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I did not choose my titles for Beat the Backlist in advance. I wanted to give myself some room for spontaneity in my book selections this month, but was also pretty heavily invested in reading books from various series. Despite this lack of planning, I was able to complete a considerable number of prompts this month (12 total), and I’m extremely pleased with my current challenge progress.
Here are the prompts I completed in January:
- Set in a major city:
- Person on the cover:
- The Castlemaine Murders (Kerry Greenwood)
- First line is less than 10 words:
- Queen of the Flowers (Kerry Greenwood)
- It’s on a ship!
- Death By Water (Kerry Greenwood)
- Mentions a pineapple:
- Murder in the Dark (Kerry Greenwood)
- Author has a book releasing in 2021:
- Murder on a Midsummer Night (Kerry Greenwood)
- Character lets out a breath they didn’t realize they were holding:
- Unnatural Habits (Kerry Greenwood)
- Character has a dream scene:
- Murder and Mendelssohn (Kerry Greenwood)
- A book with illustrations:
- Includes a 2nd-person point of view:
- Non-human character:
Many of the books I read for Beat the Backlist this month are titles from Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher Mystery series. Since these books take place later in the series, I have not reviewed them here on The Unapologetic Bookworm to avoid spoilers for earlier books. But if you’d like to learn more about this series, I did review the second book, Flying Too High, in one of last year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge updates. This series of books has also inspired a television series, which I absolutely love, called Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
One of the things I love about Beat the Backlist is the fact that I can track my progress using a bingo board. While I’m still a few squares away from getting my first bingo, I’ve already managed to complete most of this year’s bonus prompts. This has been a fun way to track my progress, and it’s given me a great excuse to break out my holiday and seasonal stamps!
Here’s a look at my bingo board for the month of January:
I really enjoyed all of the books that I read this month for Beat the Backlist, and I’m looking forward to continuing the challenge in February! If you are interested in participating in this reading challenge yourself, it’s not too late to get started. You can learn more about the challenge by visiting the NovelKnight website.
Have a great rest of the weekend!