Good morning, everyone! February may have been a short month, but I had the opportunity to read a ton of great books!
In my previous Beat the Backlist update, I mentioned that I had not selected book titles for this challenge in advance, but was giving myself some room for spontaneity in my book selections. I followed the same guideline this month, and focused on reading books that caught my attention, rather than selecting titles specifically to fulfill prompts.
As it turned out, many of the books I read throughout the month of February ended up fulfilling prompts anyway.
Since I also participated in the Mini Manga Readathon on February 5-7th, I did end up reading a significant number of manga titles this month. It would have been very easy to use a single series to fulfill several Beat the Backlist prompts, especially since I read a few longer series during the readathon, but I wanted to make things a little more challenging. In order to do this, I allowed myself to use manga to fulfill prompts…but only if I read the entire series (or all of the books that have been released so far, in the case of an ongoing series).
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the number of prompts I was able to complete this month. While I did not complete as many prompts as I did in January, I am continuing to make steady progress.
Here are the prompts I completed in February:
- Purple cover:
- From your 2020 backlist TBR:
- More than one author:
- Brings out the geek in you:
- Has a map:
- Cover features your favorite color prominently:
- Assassination Classroom, volumes 1-21 (Yusei Matsui)
- The cover of each volume of this series features a different color or pattern. Some of my favorite covers include volume 6 (blue and purple), volume 10 (rainbow), and volume 15 (metallic purple).
- Book written in verse:
- Bilbo’s Last Song (J.R.R. Tolkien; illustrated by Pauline Baynes)
I will be posting my reviews of Assassination Classroom and Bilbo’s Last Song during the month of March, and I hope you will stop by The Unapologetic Bookworm to check out those reviews.
My Beat the Backlist bingo board is coming along very nicely! After completing 7 additional prompts during the month of February, I have officially completed 37% of the board (a total of 20 squares, including the free space). I’ve also managed to complete all of the bonus prompts!
Here is an updated look at my bingo board:
I’ve had a lot of fun participating in Beat the Backlist this month, and I’m really looking forward to continuing the challenge!
My next Beat the Backlist update will be posted on March 31st. Since I am planning to participate in March Mystery Madness during the month of March, I think it’s safe to assume that you’ll be seeing a considerable number of mystery novels represented in next month’s update.
I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!