Reading Goals for 2018 & Beat the Backlist Signup! #BeatTheBacklist @BeatTheBacklist hosted by @AustineDecker Go Team #DeweyDragons!

Hello awesome reader. So as I’m sure you’ve surmised I’m joining the Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge hosted by NovelKnight. At first I was hesitant to sign up because I worried I don’t read enough and I would let my team down. But because I so badly want to put a big dent in my TBR pile, with some books waiting as long as 4 years, this seemed like the perfect fit.

In 2017 I read and reviewed about 39 books. This year I would like to do much better. I anticipate having more time to read in 2018 so I’m setting a goal of at least 40 for this challenge and hopefully 48+ total books read and reviewed. Hopefully I’m not dreaming too big and life doesn’t slow me down again!


I went over my TBR and made a rough draft of 72 books to read in 2018 & 2019. I’ve cherry picked the books below from my list for a very rough TBR for this challenge. I’ll get to as many as I can. This list is numbered for counting sake but it is not in order:

TBR Sneak Peek:

  1. Hardened Hearts Anthology by Eddie Generous and others http://amzn.to/2BCb5CU
  2. The Spirit Mage by Layton Green http://amzn.to/2CgjkVy
  3. The Adventures of Harry Morgan by Clabe Polk (Vol. 1) http://amzn.to/2B94yQ8
  4. Broken Rules by Hanleigh Bradley http://amzn.to/2keaJHY
  5. Rhuna: Keeper of Wisdom by Barbara Underwood http://amzn.to/2yR4EWB
  6. The Rishis: Book of Secrets by Robert Delgado http://amzn.to/2oD5rdV
  7. Tee for Two by Sybil Powell http://amzn.to/2oywUNC
  8. Gravity Games by John Matsui http://amzn.to/2B6bkGd
  9. Shoeburn and the Ill-Fitting Necklace by Shoeburn Ruffet http://amzn.to/2CUeIBe
  10. Rain by India R Adams http://amzn.to/2kG8oFh
  11. The Fatness by Mark A Rayner http://amzn.to/2BiZVDc
  12. Afterdeath by Benoit Chartier http://amzn.to/2DFXFT5
  13. State of Emergency by Mary Hallberg http://amzn.to/2B7uY4K
  14. The Red Satin Shoes by Melissa Saari http://amzn.to/2B7DWPp
  15. Please Don’t Be Waiting For Me by Todd Stadtman http://amzn.to/2BQbq1Q
  16. Staring Into Darkness by C. L. Clark http://amzn.to/2jdaZGz
  17. Elemental Affinity by J C Steel http://amzn.to/2BZZuNm
  18. A Glimmer of Guile by Mary Patterson Thornburg http://amzn.to/2BjFcuP
  19. The Step-Spinsters by Madina Papadopoulos http://amzn.to/2qazmec
  20. The Divine Heart by Danielle R Mani http://amzn.to/2CWGBI8
  21. Luska by Will Robinson http://amzn.to/2BmpoYi
  22. Jake & The Dragons of Asheville by Brian Kacica http://amzn.to/2Bzt3Gu
  23. The Abduction Chronicles by Thomas L. Hay http://amzn.to/2CX25Vf
  24. Transference by Kate Jonuska http://amzn.to/2CZ50g3
  25. Hope and Walker by Andrew Cull http://amzn.to/2BA4dWQ
  26. Shadows and Lies by Gerald Darnell http://amzn.to/2CXqOsz
  27. What Haunts Me by Margaret Millmore http://amzn.to/2BzvOYd
  28. Inevitable Ascension by V. K. McAllister http://amzn.to/2zgAXOF
  29. Madam Tulip by David Ahern http://amzn.to/2CXoWQz
  30. The Bleeders by Michaela Haze http://amzn.to/2CXX52S
  31. Thread and Other Stories by Eric Halpenny http://amzn.to/2CYuaM5
  32. 200 Very Short Stories by Helen Keeling Marston http://amzn.to/2Bzrqsm
  33. Nightmare Waiting by Glenn McGoldrick http://amzn.to/2BiKbvJ
  34. And the Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee http://amzn.to/2BQk2FI
  35. Black and White by Nick Wilford http://amzn.to/2BzclGZ
  36. Revelations by Samuel Alexander http://amzn.to/2kZjHIH
  37. Tainted Blood: Face Your Demons by Nina Hobson http://amzn.to/2zfRe6J
  38. Monsters I have Known by Jess Hartley http://amzn.to/2BmMluf
  39. The Enemy Within by Scott Burn http://amzn.to/2BkAflB
  40. (REVIEWED!) Ebb Tide by Jase Kovacs http://amzn.to/2CZn61s
  41. The Secrets of Isalayne by Kari Lynn West http://amzn.to/2BAN4w2
  42. A Case of Domestic Pilfering by Rohase Piercy, Charlie Raven http://amzn.to/2CY4H5s
  43. Introducing Gertrude Gumshoe http://amzn.to/2CXru0Z
  44. Tridea’s Children by Kevin Peake http://amzn.to/2BOYyZP
  45. Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell http://amzn.to/2BkZS5v
  46. The Everett Exorcism by Lincoln Cole http://amzn.to/2BXAdDB
  47. Bodacious Creed by Jonathan Fesmire http://amzn.to/2BRt05L
  48. Skin Food by Type A http://amzn.to/2BALxXa
  49. Wicked Fallout http://amzn.to/2CXgeSw
  50. Downfall by Colin Sims http://amzn.to/2BRu0Xv
  51. True Magic by Colin Sims http://amzn.to/2DuFzEg
  52. The Sherlock Effect by Raymond Kay Lyon http://amzn.to/2BOlEQd
  53. Murder in Little Shendon by A. H. Richardson http://amzn.to/2Dwu8vW
  54. Vices and Virtues by Ashley Franz Holzmann & other authors http://amzn.to/2CYxE19
  55. (Un)Graceful Cat by B.A. Gabrielle http://amzn.to/2CYTCkG
  56. The Hands of Ruin by Dylan Lee Peters http://amzn.to/2BlGOo3
  57. Timekeeper by Tara Sim http://amzn.to/2EGtNXU
  58. Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr http://amzn.to/2CwAlen
  59. Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio http://amzn.to/2ECUvRv
  60. Cold Feet Fever by Maureen Fisher http://amzn.to/2EFOWS4
  61. The Next Together by Lauren James http://amzn.to/2CtxbIy
  62. (REVIEWED!) Cupid’s Kiss by Courtney Hunt http://amzn.to/2CmmzWG
  63. (REVIEWED!) Heart of a Highlander by Collette Cameron http://amzn.to/2BzTUAR


Completed Books for the Challenge:

  1. (REVIEW) Ebb Tide by Jase Kovacs http://amzn.to/2CZn61s
  2. (REVIEW) Cupid’s Kiss by Courtney Hunt http://amzn.to/2CmmzWG
  3. (REVIEW) Heart of a Highlander by Collette Cameron http://amzn.to/2BzTUAR



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14 thoughts on “Reading Goals for 2018 & Beat the Backlist Signup! #BeatTheBacklist @BeatTheBacklist hosted by @AustineDecker Go Team #DeweyDragons!

  1. E. M. Jenkinson says:

    Thanks to you I just added another challenge!

    1. odbookreviews says:

      Ooh I see the sorting hat made you a Bard. We got a little friendly competition going there. 😉
      Hey, we also have a couple books in common, that’s cool!

      1. E. M. Jenkinson says:

        Right?! I was hoping for the same team, but alas the sorting hat thought otherwise! I have a few I might add to my list later — like all my BOTM books I haven’t read. 😹😹😹

  2. Daja @ThoughtfulBlackGirl says:

    We’re on the same team! Good luck teammate! I haven’t heard of most of these books so I might have to add even more books to my TBR.

    1. odbookreviews says:

      Awesome!! Good luck to you too!
      After looking at your post I think one you might be interested in is The Spirit Mage, but you’d have to read book 1, The Brothers Three (by Layton Green) first. It’s about 3 brothers and their friend who go on a dangerous adventure to a fantasy world. I think you’d like the assassin and the loyalty between the friends&brothers. I really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to book 2!

  3. Uma @Books.Bags.Burgers says:

    Yay we’re on the same team <3 And wow all the books in your list are new to me so now my TBR has grown considerably. Good luck with the challenge 🙂 GO DRAGONS!!

    1. odbookreviews says:

      Good luck to you too!

  4. CeCeLibrarian says:

    I’m on team Novel Knights but your blog looks pretty awesome. It’s cool to be able to connect with so many readers.

    1. odbookreviews says:

      Indeed it is, and I’ve already found so many more great blogs to read, like yours for example 😉

  5. sjhigbee says:

    This sounds great! I haven’t yet got to grips with any 2018 Reading Challenges — and this year I think I should… I need to get down to doing it at the weekend:)

    1. odbookreviews says:

      Are you going to do any? This is my first year doing something like this but I think it’s just the motivation I need to tackle my ridiculous TBR pile. If you end up doing any, send me a link to your post!

      1. sjhigbee says:

        I will! I haven’t yet decided — which is pathetic, isn’t it?

        1. odbookreviews says:

          Not really. There are maybe too many good options. I know I keep seeing challenges that are tempting me, but I’m trying not to overwhelm myself haha

          1. sjhigbee says:

            Thank you for those kind words — I don’t feel such a wuss:))