Challenge Check-In: January to March 2022

Welcome to Challenge Check-In.
This post is an attempt to keep track of my reading challenges and bingo cards.

Welcome to my first Challenge Check-In. This year I’m attempting a couple of reading challenges which feature bingo cards, so I thought I’d create a check-in style post where I can post updated versions of each card to see how I’m getting on with my challenges. Progress has been fairly slow so far this year, but I’ve managed to fill a few prompts, particularly on my Beat the Backlist card. So, here’s how my reading challenges are progressing so far this year…

First, a quick glance at my total number of books read this year. As I said, slow progress, but there have been some really enjoyable books amongst my reading so I don’t mind taking my time with them.

Total Loaned Books Read 2022:  4
Total Own Books Read 2022:  3
Overall Total Books Read 2022:  7

MY BOOK OF THE CHECK-IN

As if it isn’t sometimes difficult enough for me to select my read of the month, I’ve decided I’ll also try and choose a read of the check-in! I’ve gone back and forth between at least two titles for a while on this but in the end I’m choosing…

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow. It’s a tale of family, magic, and finding a place in the world. I loved the writing, the setting and the characters (and the cover), so it’s my first ‘book of the check-in’.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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My total for this challenge is currently 6 books read.  So far I’ve read:

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King
Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress

This year Bingo is back with a great collection of prompts.  My original idea was to make the 24-prompt card my main focus, but, for now at least, I seem to be doing better with the variety of the 52-prompt card.  Here are updated versions of both cards showing my progress so far (both original cards can be viewed here) and a collection of covers that fulfil a prompt on either of the cards featured:

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OnceandFutureWitches NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried
WindThroughtheKeyhole MurderisEasy Foundryside

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – A book about siblings
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw – Novella
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante – One word title
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King – Your favourite trope on the page
Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie – Murder, mystery – or both!
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett – New-to-you author

PICTURE PROMPT BOOK BINGO

You can find out more about the Picture Prompts Book Bingo over at Bookforager, where you can also view the original bingo card. I like that this challenge is so open to interpretation based on the pictures provided. I’m off to rather a slow start with this one, so I’m hoping that by my next update I’ll have more pictures covered (although it seems a shame to cover such great pictures). Here’s my progress so far and a list of the titles I’ve used:

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Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

GOODREADS

I’ve read 7 books so far this year. It’s been a fairly slow start to my reading year.


So concludes my first Challenge Check-In of 2022. See you again soon.

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Reading Review: Febuary 2022

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

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The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King

Total Loaned Books Read This Month: 0
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Loaned Books Read 2022: 2
Total Own Books Read 2022: 2
Overall Total Books Read 2022: 4

MY READ OF THE MONTH

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The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King. Not exactly a tough choice this month as it’s the only book that I finished. I really enjoyed the story within a story within a story, and it’s made me want to get back to my series reread as well.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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My total for this challenge is currently 4 books read.  So far I’ve read:

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress

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This year Bingo is back with a great collection of prompts.  While my main focus is the 24-prompt card I may choose a few from the 52-prompt list as well (both cards can be viewed here).  Here is a collection of covers that fulfill a prompt on either of the cards featured:

OnceandFutureWitches NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried
WindThroughtheKeyhole

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – A book about siblings
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw – Novella
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante – One word title
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King – Your favourite trope on the page

PICTURE PROMPT BOOK BINGO

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You can find out more about the Picture Prompts Book Bingo over at Bookforager. Hopefully next month I’ll be posting a challenge check-in and I’ll have some progress to report. I do have a couple of squares covered so far, but am certainly looking for more.

GOODREADS

I’ve read 4 books so far this year. It’s been a month of slow reading.

GOALS

  • The Dark Tower reread is underway once more, and I hope it won’t be too long before I pick up the next book in the series.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge is ongoing and even though I only managed to read one book this month it did count towards the challenge and found a place on the Bingo card too.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

So concludes February’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: January 2022

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

OnceandFutureWitches NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante

Total Loaned Books Read This Month: 2
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 3

Total Loaned Books Read 2022: 2
Total Own Books Read 2022: 1
Overall Total Books Read 2022: 3

MY READ OF THE MONTH

OnceandFutureWitches

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow. This was my first book of the year and my first 5 star read. I was looking forward to this after enjoying The Ten Thousand Doors of January and it didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed this tale of three sisters trying to bring about a new age of magic. Great characters, great setting, and lovely writing.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

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My total for this challenge is currently 3 books read.  So far I’ve read:

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress

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This year Bingo is back with a great collection of prompts.  While my main focus is the 24-prompt card I may choose a few from the 52-prompt list as well (both cards can be viewed here).  Here is a collection of covers that fulfill a prompt on either of the cards featured:

OnceandFutureWitches NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – A book about siblings
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw – Novella
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante – One word title

PICTURE PROMPT BOOK BINGO

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You can find out more about the Picture Prompts Book Bingo over at Bookforager. I like that it’s so open to interpretation based on the pictures provided, and I’m hoping that I’ll have some progress to report soon.

GOODREADS

My target for 2022 is initially 20 books, which has become a regular starting point for this challenge. I always set a low target as my love for long books means it takes a while to complete a book, and I like taking my time with a good read.
This month I’ve read 3 books, so a target of 20 feels about right.

GOALS

  • My first read of the year was one of my own books, The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow.
  • My Beat the Backlist challenge has begun and is off to a good start. All three of the books I read this month count towards the challenge, and I managed to find Bingo categories for each one too.
  • I ventured into one of the under-explored genres mentioned in my Reading Resolutions when I picked up a crime novel.
  • I’m continuing my monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress I’ve made.

So concludes January’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Resolutions 2022

Welcome to my 2022 Reading Resolutions post.

It’s become something of a tradition on my blog to set out a few general reading hopes and goals for the coming year. Nothing too rigid, my Resolutions are mostly ideas and reminders about reading events and books I’d like to read soon.

As always I will participate in the Goodreads Challenge, setting myself a fairly low target. I enjoy keeping track of my reads and this challenge allows me to do that.
Beat the Backlist will also be making another appearance, to encourage me to give attention to some of the many books that have been on my TBR list for a while but never made it to the top.

General Goals

  • My own books – I want to give attention to books I already own by reading at least one of my own books per month.
  • Readathons – I hope to participate in reading events and readathons and update my blog regularly throughout. In particular I’m looking out for Reader’s Imbibing Peril. I’d also like to find more readathon events to participate in, and know there are such as Wyrd and Wonder and Sci-Fi Month.
  • Genres – I’d like to continue reading a variety of genres, and in particular to read more fantasy.
    I’d also like to explore more of what I’m calling my Under-Explored genres – Science Fiction, Crime and Historical.
  • Particular authors…The Dark Tower Series Part 2 – I read half of this series by Stephen King last year and I’d like to carry on and read the rest.
    I’d also like to read at least one other backlist title by Stephen King. I have copies of The Talisman, Different Seasons, Christine and Misery.
    Read at least one book by any of the following – Agatha Christie, Donna Tartt, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Laura Purcell.
  • Blog Updates – Continue monthly update posts to record my reading and any challenge progress.

Reading Challenges:

The Beat the Backlist Challenge including Beat the Backlist Bingo

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Goodreads

I’d like to read 20 books during the year

Possible Books to Read:

I created a list of potential reads for the year which I’ve included in my Beat the Backlist sign up post so I’ll post that here too…

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

There are many more books that I would like to include in my Backlist challenge but don’t want to make this list too exhaustive.

Beat The Backlist 2022

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Overview

A new year, a new TBR pile, and a new set of readers tackling their backlist!

Welcome to Beat the Backlist (the 2022 edition)! 
The Beat the Backlist reading challenge is designed to help you tackle all the books you keep meaning to read and still haven’t. Head over to AustineDecker.com for full details.

Guidelines

The guidelines are simple:

The book must be published in the previous year or earlier (for the 2022 challenge, anything published in 2021 or earlier counts).

You have to start and finish the book in 2022.

And that’s it!

Any format, any genre.

Re-reads count, and you don’t have to own the book.

It’s open for the entire year so whenever you feel like jumping in, you can!

BEAT THE BACKLIST BINGO

Bingo is back! I enjoyed this last year, and for 2022 Bingo is back, with new cards packed full of reading prompts. This year, there are two bingo cards available. You can find both at AustineDecker.com.
Bingo is an additional element to the challenge and finding books to meet each category is fun. I’ll mainly be attempting the 24-prompt card, but some of the prompts on the 52-prompt card are interesting too, so I’m adding that list to my challenge post as well, just for reference as I doubt I‘ll manage to read that many books over the whole year. My main focus will be the 24-prompt card.

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Potential Reads

2022 marks my sixth time participating in Beat the Backlist. As I did last year, I’ll set an initial target of 10 books to read, but hopefully will be able to manage more. My TBR pile is HUGE so there’s no shortage of books to choose from! Here is just a short selection of potential reads for this challenge…

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

There are so many more books I could have mentioned above, so I look forward to seeing how many books I manage to read for Beat the Backlist.


Monthly Progress

January

OnceandFutureWitches NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante

February

WindThroughtheKeyhole

The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King

March

MurderisEasy Foundryside

Murder is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4) by Agatha Christie
Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

April

BeautifulOnes RoomintheAttic

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas

May

DeathontheNile DeathComesastheEnd

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie

June

No progress to report

July

Hollows MidnightMan BillySummers

The Hollows by Mark Edwards
The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell
Billy Summers by Stephen King

August

EvilMind AngryPlanet NothingMan
HuntingEvil

An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers
The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter

September

Witch CrucifixKiller

Witch by Finbar Hawkins
The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter

October

Executioner PracticalMagic

The Executioner (Robert Hunter #2) by Chris Carter
Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1) by Alice Hoffman

November

SomethingWicked

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Beat The Backlist Bingo Progress

This year Bingo is back with a great collection of prompts.  While my main focus is the 24-prompt card I may choose a few from the 52-prompt list as well.  Here is a collection of covers that fulfill a prompt on either of the lists featured above:

OnceandFutureWitches NothingButBlackenedTeeth Buried
WindThroughtheKeyhole MurderisEasy Foundryside
BeautifulOnes RoomintheAttic DeathontheNile
DeathComesastheEnd   Hollows MidnightMan
BillySummers EvilMind AngryPlanet
NothingMan HuntingEvil Witch
CrucifixKiller Executioner PracticalMagic
SomethingWicked

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow – Book about siblings

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw – Novella

Buried (DC Jack Warr #1) by Lynda La Plante – One word title

The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5) by Stephen King – Your favourite trope on the page

Murder is Easy (Superintendent Battle #4) by Agatha Christie – Murder, mystery – or both!

Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett – New-to-you author

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Discovered via social media

The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas – Indie or self published

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie – You watched the show or movie first

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie – Forgotten on your shelf or eReader

The Hollows by Mark Edwards – a book set in the season you read it in

The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell – title is an alliteration

Billy Summers by Stephen King – superheroes/villains OR character in disguise

An Evil Mind (Robert Hunter #6) by Chris Carter – a book in a genre you never/rarely read

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers – set in space OR on/in the ocean

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard – a book about books

Hunting Evil (Robert Hunter #10) by Chris Carter – everyone has read it but you

Witch by Finbar Hawkins – Debut novel

The Crucifix Killer (Robert Hunter #1) by Chris Carter – First in a series you’ve been putting off

The Executioner (Robert Hunter #2) by Chris Carter – Second or fourth in a series

Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1) by Alice Hoffman – Involves family secrets

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – Classic novel