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 www.novelknight.com 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.
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.
The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary All Systems Red – Martha Wells The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers Get a Life, Chloe Brown – Talia Hibbert
- The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes
- The Tattoist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman The Starless Sea – Erin Morganstern Circe – Madeline Miller Summer of ’69 – Erin Hilderbrand Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo
- An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
One Day in December – Josie Silver
- The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
- Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
- The Huntress – Kate Quinn
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han A Dance with Dragons – George R.R. Martin Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas The Whisper Man – Alex North Never Have I Ever – Joshilyn Jackson Next Year in Havana – Chanel Cleeton The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – Kim Michele Richardson My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite
- The Night Tiger – Yangsze Choo
The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black
- The Dry – Jane Harper
- Uprooted – Naomi Novik
Miracle Creek – Angie Kim
- To the Bright Edge of the World – Eowyn Ivey
Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson
- Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan
- When We Left Cuba – Chanel Cleeton
Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman
- Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
- Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
- They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir
- The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh
Dating You, Hating You – Christina Lauren City of Glass – Cassandra Clare
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
- The City of Brass – S.A. Chakraborty
Ellie and the Harpmaker – Hazel Prior The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
- The Toll – Neal Shusterman
- Gods of Jade and Shadow – Silvia Moreno- Garcia
How to Walk Away – Katherine Center
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!
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I just finished The Flatshare over the weekend and thought it was such a fun read.
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.
Good luck to you!
Yay! So glad you’re joining. I’m still tinkering with my list, too.
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Good luck to you on the challenge! 🙂
I can’t tell you how many of these books I want to read as well! Definitely Ninth House and The Starless Sea are priorities. Good luck with this challenge!
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Good luck with your goals!
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We are once again on the same team. =D I love how diverse your TBR pile is – so many genres and categories. I hope you love A Torch Against the Night as much as I did.
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Good luck to you on the challenge! 🙂
This is awesome! Good luck with you challenge!
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Good luck! I’m working on this challenge, too.
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Thanks! Good luck to you too. 🙂
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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I’m glad to hear so many of these are favorites of yours. Hopefully it means I’ll love them too. 🙂