Beat the Backlist: 2018 Edition!

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Beat the Backlist is a year-long reading challenge hosted by Novel Knight. It is “focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases.” The challenge begins on January 1st and runs until December 31st.

I signed up for this challenge this year but completely failed at it. I totally blame NetGalley *shakes fist* and my long hiatus….but I’ve totally got this in 2018! Time to get to the books I’ve been meaning to read for a while or the ones I should have reviewed this year but ran out of time to.


Proposed TBR:


My Team:

Part of the challenge is to submit the books that read you in order to support your team. The team with the most points has the opportunity to win prizes! My team is…

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Will you be participating in the Beat the Backlist challenge? 

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

34386617This week I’m looking forward to The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. I stumbled upon this series while browsing through some diverse book blogs. It has become one of my absolute favourites – the world, the characters, the commentary on social issues such as race, culture, customs, etc. – everything is just so well done. And…the author does it in very few words. Binti and Home, the first two novellas in the series, were both quite short (under 200 pages). It blows me away with home much she can transmit with so few words. If you haven’t read this series seriously get on it! This book is set to be released on January 15th by Tor.

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Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR. To be totally honest, I haven’t read very much since August. Work has taken up all my time and drained the energy from me. However, with the holiday break coming up I really want to get reading again. I miss it so much! *sobs*

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? 

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Halloween freebie! I usually don’t read scary books or at least any that are Halloween themed, so I decided to share ten books about witches that I look forward to reading.

Also….this is my first post in quite some time. I hope to get some reviews and other posts up very soon. Little by little I’m finding more time to work on the blog. I’ve really missed reading and posting on here.

Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? ❤

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

33158561This week I’m looking forward to Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. Last year I went into When the Moon Was Ours not sure what to expect. I had never read anything by McLemore in the past but had heard really good things. And all I can say is that all of those positive things were more than well deserved. Her writing style is lyrical, almost like poetry, that cracked my heart open. I was so incredibly moved by what I had read and therefore cannot wait to pick up her next book Wild Beauty. It sounds incredibly beautiful and I’m readying my heart for another emotional journey. Also…I adore the cover. It’s so beautiful oh my gosh! The book is scheduled to be released on October 3rd by Feiwel & Friends.

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Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

32718027This week I’m looking forward to The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. The cover this year are AMAZING! It’s what attracted me to this book and reading the description made me want it even more. Cairo, magic, myth…oh it sounds so good! It’s scheduled to be released on November 14th by Harper Voyager.

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Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

ARC August 2017

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It’s that time again! Read.Sleep.Repeat. are hosting another edition of ARC August. The challenge is all about having fun and getting some ARCs read.

These are the rules:

  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in

My TBR:

I’m keeping my TBR quite small because August is the first month of the new school year and it’s always a bit overwhelming. I’ll be teaching a new subject, working with new team members and trying to memorize tons of new names. Ahhh! I honestly don’t think that I’ll get through all 4 of these but crazier things have happened.