Beat the Backlist 2022 May through November Update

It’s been quite a while since my last post, but I have been reading! And posting reviews. They’re just the short ones on Amazon or in Facebook groups and occasionally GoodReads. I’ve also been reading and reviewing for No Flying, No Tights. So I took an unannounced, unplanned hiatus from my blog. But I’m back and happy to discuss books again! Here’s some of the backlist books I’ve tackled over the last six months.

If you’d like to find out more about the BtB challenge as well as plenty of graphics you can use, please read the original post here. Here’s the empty board!

I’m pretty proud with the amount of prompts I’ve finished so far this year! I won’t be able to fill in all the blank ones before 2023, but I should be able to fill in a few more.

Have you read any of these titles? What did you think about them?

Beat the Backlist 2022 March & April Update

I have finished very few books since my last update; however, I have been reading. Just not in an easily quantifiable way. I’m systematically going through my physical TBR to weed out books that I will just never get around to reading. It’s part of my focus this year to really examine what I’ve been holding on to and what I can let go.

If you’d like to find out more about the BtB challenge as well as plenty of graphics you can use, please read the original post here. My plan is to post monthly with an update to the Bingo card with the plan to fill out the entire board by end of year. Here’s the empty board!

I have not finished any of the books outlined in red that I started in February. But I am almost finished with the first Sunborn Rising book. I’m hoping to finish by the end of the month. I was trying to listen to The Priory of the Orange Tree as an audiobook, but that wasn’t working for me and the group I was trying to read it with stopped posting before our first check-in, so I might find another 500+ page book for that prompt. We’ll see.

I did finish Magic for Liars, but I did not enjoy it. It was much darker than anticipated and I didn’t connect with any of the characters.

I am reading four other books right now. Two are 2022 releases and won’t count for this challenge, one is “set in the mountains,” and the last one is a graphic novel I’m reviewing for No Flying, No Tights.

What have you been reading lately? Do you find it’s hard to focus on words when the rest of the world is in chaos? What are you doing instead? Let me know in the comments!

Charity Anthologies For Ukraine

I have the privilege of sharing with all of you that two anthologies just released with all proceeds to go directly to Ukraine! There are other anthologies that have or are releasing soon, but I’m most excited about these as they contain some of my favorite independent authors and feature stories of romance and science fiction or fantasy. Please follow the links below to find out more about the participating authors and the specifics about how the project came together!

Beat the Backlist 2022 February Update

Although I wasn’t able to focus on reading much during the rest of February, I wanted to post a quick update about the few new prompts I have finished and the ones I have started on. You can find out more about the challenge as well as plenty of graphics by reading the original post here. My plan is to post monthly with an update to the Bingo card with the plan to fill out the entire board by end of year. Here’s the empty board!

I was able to finish five more prompts due to some snow days, which I used to tackle a stack of graphic novels I’ve been wanting to read. And I managed to finish two short audiobooks that matched prompts on the board.

I also started working on a few titles that I really want to finish for a couple of prompts, but I didn’t make it very far into any of them during February (those are outlined in red below). Here’s hoping that March is kinder and I can make more progress on my backlist! It’s starting to look like I have better focus so far.

I’ll be back with another update at the beginning of April! What do you plan on reading this month or year? Any fun challenges that you’re taking part in?

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #59

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #58

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading

Audiobook Review: Sting Magic by Sarah K.L. Wilson

Sting Magic (Empire of War and Wings #1)
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 21st 2020 by Sparkflight Books

Having enjoyed the author’s Fae Hunter series, I was excited when she announced this new series that featured magic that takes the shape of birds with an MC whose magic is shaped like bees instead. I’m sorry it took me so long to start this series as I greatly enjoyed book one on audio.

The narrator did a great job differentiating the various characters and I loved the development of the story. My one gripe is that I did not enjoy the main character’s personal growth. It felt too slow for me. I would have liked to see her be less repetitive in her thoughts and actions, especially when the first attempt did not work. Hopefully, the character growth will pick up over the final four books 🙂

I’m hoping to pick up and read the rest of the series over the course of this year. We’ll see if I can achieve that goal!

Summary:

She has the wrong kind of magic but the right kind of heart.

In the Winged Empire, magic comes on swift wings.

Literally.

It manifests from its bearers as a bird, granting its skills to those who wield it.

But this year, things are different.

Aella is the fiercely determined daughter of settlers on the far edge of the Winged Empire. Her huge family means everything to her and when the Empire strips them of their weapons, leaving them defenseless against the deadly magic that surrounds their settlement, she feels powerless to help.

Unfortunately, her frustration comes out in the worst way possible – as aberrant magic.

When Aella’s magic manifests, it doesn’t come as a bird. It comes as an angry swarm of bees.

And that aberration will threaten her life and everything she loves.

Can Aella keep her family safe by learning to control a magic born of frustration and fear before it masters her instead?

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #57

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #56

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading