The Beat the Backlist Challenge is hosted by Austine at NovelKnight.com and its focus is to encourage readers to finally get through some titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even those that have gotten pushed aside for new releases. The primary guideline for the challenge is that the books you choose must have been published prior to 2017. Also, this challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2017 so you have a whole year to work on that TBR. Post updates throughout the year with #beatthebacklist.
This will be the first challenge I’ve participated in since I joined the blogging community so I’m pretty excited about it. My TBR is also out of control so I think this challenge is perfect for me. I’m forever shoving aside books I still really want to read in favor of newer releases. It’s time to take control of my TBR!
Below is my tentative (and possibly overly ambitious) list of books that I want to get off my backlist this year. May the force be with me!
- A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
- Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
- Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
- When We Collided by Emery Lord
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
- The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
I also signed up for the optional Hogwarts House mini challenge because it sounded like fun. The house I chose to represent is Gryffindor. Thanks so much to Austine for hosting such a great challenge and good luck to everyone who is participating!