Lists and Challenges

Beat the Backlist 2018

I have been looking for a book challenge to do for 2018. I am just getting into the idea of yearly challenges (I just sort of maybe did my first one this year) and am trying to find a good one for me. When I read about Beat the Backlist on Bluestocking Bookworm’s blog, it felt right. So, I’m going for it! Officially hosted by Novel Knight, each participant makes their own TBR list of books published prior to 2018, with the goal of not forgetting “older” books in favor of new releases. I LOVE the idea behind that. PLUS, in a super fun and wonderfully geeky twist, when you officially sign up, you get assigned to one of 4 teams and as you read/check books off your personal TBR list, you log those reads and get points for your team. Honestly, I am absurdly excited about this.

Here are the books on my Beat the Backlist TBR that I already own. I’m excited about how many books that means I can buy this year! …or maybe I’ll be responsible and hit up the local library. 😉

Without further ado, here is my (incredibly ambitious) self-curated Beat the Backlist TBR.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Magical Realism: 

  • The Changeling
  • Gather the Daughters
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances
  • Station Eleven
  • The Fifth Season
  • Autonomous
  • Binti
  • Borne
  • Assassin’s Apprentice

Contemporary Lit: 

  • Hum If You Don’t Know the Words
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing
  • My Absolute Darling
  • No One Is Coming to Save Us
  • A Visit from the Good Squad
  • The God of Small Things
  • A Gentleman in Moscow
  • The Secret History
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Young Adult (all genres): 

  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Invictus
  • Hunted
  • Jane, Unlimited
  • Night of Cake and Puppets
  • A Wrinkle in Time (reread)

Other (Short Story/Essay, Middle Grade, Mystery/Thriller, Graphic Novel, etc.): 

  • Her Body and Other Parties
  • Wonder
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Lady Chatterly’s Lover
  • The Vagina Monologues
  • We Should All Be Feminists
  • Persepolis

That’s 32 books (if I counted right). I have read over 100 this year, and my goal is to do the same in 2018…which means that this backlist is about one third of my reading list for the new year. That still gives me a lot of flexibility to add/change books based on my mood/new releases and other unforeseen circumstances. I think I can do it!

Along with the publication of this post I have submitted my official “registration” to the challenge and…I’m a Story Sorcerer! Here we go 2018!

I’m pretty nervous-excited going into this. Have you heard of or done any good reading challenges? Did you enjoy them? Do you like the sound of this one and want to join me?!


12 thoughts on “Beat the Backlist 2018

  1. The only year long reading challenge I do is my Goodreads goal. Most reading challenges I do are 24 Hour Readathons, or sometimes week-long events.

    But it looks like you have a really great list of books to read. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! I also do the Goodreads goal, but since it’s been successful the past few years, I decided to try and step it up a little! I haven’t done any 24 Hour Readathons yet…I’ve seen a couple and do want to try one, but I’m a little intimidated!

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      1. I usually do Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon every year. There is one in April and one in October. Also, if you follow @zoeherdt (readbyzoe) on Twitter she does a few random 24 Hour readathons through the year. Another Twitter account to follow is @24hourathon; they usually do a readathon every quarter.

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