2018 BEAT THE BACKLIST GOALS & TBR
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 2018. Also, this challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2018 so you have a whole year to work on that TBR. Post updates throughout the year with #beatthebacklist. The complete details about the 2018 Beat the Backlist Challenge can be found HERE.
I was able to knock 24 titles off my backlist through this challenge last year, so I’m excited to see if I can beat that number in 2018. My TBR is of course still out of control so I’m going to up my goal to 30 backlist books this year and see how that shakes out. I’m going for a mix of Kindle reads and physical books in hopes of making a dent in both areas. I’ve made a tentative Backlist TBR list below but I’m a terrible mood reader so this list is subject to change as my moods dictate.
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Timekeeper by Tara Sim
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- Winter by Marissa Meyer
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
- The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
- Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
- Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
- Nemesis by Anna Banks
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
- Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
- Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner
- History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
- How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
Good luck with this challenge!
I did a backlist challenge this year, too, and I was able to knock off a lot of titles from my TBR. If I don’t participate in that one again, I might do this one!
I did two of them this year and it really helped a lot, so I’m hoping I’ll have similar luck in 2018.
Oh gosh, I should do this. I’m really trying to read more books that I own and just don’t get to. I’m hoping to take on less ARCs in 2018 so that should help.
Because I find it fun, from your list I’ve read:
The Raven Boys
We Were Liars
Murder on the Orient Express
History is All You Left Me
You have a ton that I also need to read too!
I’m still trying to find a good balance between ARCs and backlist titles, but these kinds of challenges definitely seem to help me not lose sight of those older titles.
I know about the trials of being a mood reader Suzanne, it’s rough! However I do love the sound of this challenge, it’s definitely one I need to look into. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
It was a lot of fun last year. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try 🙂
I joined Beat The Backlist for 2017 and though I didn’t do that well (I blame my month-long slump), I still managed to get a few books of my backlist and am eager to try again with some more books in 2018. You already have a great list here, many of which are still on my backlist as well, so inspiration aplenty 🙂 Hope you’ll get to a lot of these!
Thanks! If you do it in 2018, I hope you have a lot of success with it. 🙂
You have some really good ones on your list! I have a couple of them, I should really get reading them too. The Raven Boys is a great series! Happy reading and good luck. 🙂
I think I definitely need to participate in this. I have sooooo many backlist titles to read!
It really helped me knock quite a few backlisted titles off my TBR so I definitely recommend it 🙂
That’s a great-looking list, Suzanne. I’ve read Nevernight and Every Heart a Doorway and you’re in for a treat:). Best of luck with your Beat the Backlist and I think it would be a good idea to have a go at this…
I just added Timekeeper to my list too!! Snagged a copy on sale so definitely need to get to reading it!
Thanks for signing up for BTB and good luck with the challenge!
This seems a really interesting reading challenge – the kind of challenge that I need to get through my TBR pile. I think I may join it.
Good luck Suzanne! 😉
I’m taking part in this challenge too!! And I’m on team Dragon too! Good luck Suzanne 😀
Good luck to you as well!