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.


  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  3. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  5. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  6. Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  8. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  9. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  10. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  11. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  12. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  13. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  14. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  15. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  16. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
  17. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  18. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  19. Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  20. Nemesis by Anna Banks
  21. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  22. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
  23. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
  24. Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys
  25. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  26. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  27. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
  28. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  29. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  30. The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman

I’ll also be participating as a member of the Dewey Dragons BTB Team.  Let me know if you’re a fellow Dragon!

Are you planning to join the Beat the Backlist challenge in 2018?

21 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    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!

  2. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    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!


    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      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.

  3. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    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!

  4. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    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…

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