Beat the Backlist 2020 Sign Up & Tentative TBR


Going in to 2020, one of my biggest resolutions is to do less challenges since I pretty much bailed on most of the ones I signed up for in 2019.  One challenge I know I still want to do, however, is the Beat the Backlist Challenge, mainly because it ties in with one of my other bookish resolutions for 2020, which is to read more of the older books I own that have been sitting on my shelves neglected in favor of newer releases.  This past year the Beat the Backlist Challenge helped me to knock 36 backlisted titles off my TBR and since, aside from the Goodreads Challenge, it’s the only challenge I plan to do at this point, I’ve decided to increase my goal to 50  for 2020.  Wish me luck!  You can read about the rules for the challenge at but the basic gist is that the challenge runs all year long and all of the books you read  for it must have been published in 2019 or earlier.  There are also a fun mini challenge built into BTB and this year I’m planning to take part and represent the Multi-Taskers since I’m the kind of reader who isn’t satisfied with reading just one book at a time.

Team Multi-Taskers!

Below is my tentative 2020 TBR, but as I’m such a mood reader, this list is subject to change.  A few of these are carryovers from last year’s challenge TBR. I will say though that I finally did purge about 10 titles from my overall TBR after putting them on this challenge list for three years in a row and still not reading them. Clearly I had lost interest in them so it was just time for them to go.

  1. The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
  2. All Systems Red – Martha Wells
  3. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  4. Get a Life, Chloe Brown – Talia Hibbert
  5. The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes
  6. The Tattoist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
  7. The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
  8. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
  9. The Starless Sea – Erin Morganstern
  10. Circe – Madeline Miller
  11. Summer of ’69 – Erin Hilderbrand
  12. Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo
  13. An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
  14. One Day in December – Josie Silver
  15. The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
  16. Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
  17. The Huntress – Kate Quinn
  18. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  19. A Dance with Dragons – George R.R. Martin
  20. Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas
  21. The Whisper Man – Alex North
  22. Never Have I Ever – Joshilyn Jackson
  23. Next Year in Havana – Chanel Cleeton
  24. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – Kim Michele Richardson
  25. My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite
  26. The Night Tiger – Yangsze Choo
  27. The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys
  28. The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black
  29. The Dry – Jane Harper
  30. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  31. Miracle Creek – Angie Kim
  32. To the Bright Edge of the World – Eowyn Ivey
  33. Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson
  34. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
  35. When We Left Cuba – Chanel Cleeton
  36. Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman
  37. Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
  38. Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
  39. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
  40. Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir
  41. The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh
  42. Dating You, Hating You – Christina Lauren
  43. City of Glass – Cassandra Clare
  44. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
  45. The City of Brass – S.A. Chakraborty
  46. Ellie and the Harpmaker – Hazel Prior
  47. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
  48. The Toll – Neal Shusterman
  49. Gods of Jade and Shadow – Silvia Moreno- Garcia
  50. How to Walk Away – Katherine Center


18 replies
  1. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    I have a standing goal every year to read more from my backlist/shelves. Sure. There are always new releases from favorite authors that I want to read, but otherwise I really like to focus on the books I own and were so excited to get/read at one time. From your list, I enjoyed The Flatshare and really loved One Day in December. And I plan to start The Queen of Nothing very soon!

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    I LOVE your TBR for this challenge! So many good ones or ones I want to read as well. I’m also going to do this challenge again but not set a TBR this time.

  3. Olivia Roach
    Olivia Roach says:

    Okay, I am seeing way too many of my favourites on this list for me to pull them all out and say THESE ARE THE GOOD ONES, and I also see so many of the books which are on my own TBR as well. But I hope you will love them all and be able to get around to enjoying these backlist titles. I will be eagerly watching your wrap ups to see what you think of them.

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