Beat the Backlist Challenge 2017

Posted December 26, 2016 by Lizzy in Books/Writing / 7 Comments

I am so excited to find this challenge! Creating reading lists and goals for the coming year is one of my favorite parts of the new year. I’m so happy to have an official challenge for my backlist, haha. I even found another book blogger to follow in the process, since I saw Kourtni’s post about it, and then Lia’s, and followed them to the wonderful host, Austine at NovelKnight!

I’m totally copying this from the info post, because I’m too lazy to make all my own links when they’ve already been put together in such a lovely, logical way.

The Beat the Backlist Challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases. Over the years, and especially this one, we’ve noticed that new releases are getting more and more attention while our TBRs continue to grow. While we LOVE new releases, we also want to show some of those older titles love too.

This challenge doesn’t have levels or a set number of books you need to read.

YOU set your own reading goal. YOU pick the books. YOU read at your own pace.

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So, my official TBR List is going to be limited to books I already own, either physical copies or ebooks. I’ve been trying to read down my bought books for the last year, and well…I didn’t do so great last year, as you can see on my Official 2016 TBR Page – I only read 20/45, so slightly less than half. I even had a successful book buying ban January through June of 2016, but I totally fell off the bandwagon the last 6 months. Anyway!

I’ll be putting up a page for my TBR 2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge, but here is the list for right now. I know that I won’t read all these and that I will read other books not on the list, but this is a good place to start. I’m not even going to try to link all these to GoodReads…sorry, guys. There’s 70, in case anyone was wondering. 😛 My GOAL though, is 40 books off this list.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass – Jim Butcher 2015
The Ageless Agatha Christie – J.C. Bernthal 2016
And I Darken – Kiersten White 2016
Animal Reiki – Elizabeth Fulton 2006
The Animal Reiki Handbook – Kathleen Prasad 2009
The Art of Discworld – Terry Pratchett 2004
Atlantis: Ancient Legacy, Hidden Prophecy – John Michael Greer 2007
Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) – William Ritter 2015
Beauty: an Overland Ever After Tale – Caroline Lee 2016
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
The Book of Crystal Spells – Ember Grant 2013
Cast On, Kill Off – Maggie Sefton 2012
Clicker Training for Cats – Karen Pryor 2003
Crystal Healing – Judy Hall 2010
Devotion – Adam Makos 2015
The Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe – Edgar Allen Poe
Everland – Wendy Spinale 2016
Fear the Drowning Deep – Sarah Glenn Marsh 2016
The Fiery Cross – Diana Gabaldon 2001
The Fifth Elephant – Terry Pratchett 2000
Finding Fraser – KC Dyer 2016
First Lord’s Fury – Jim Butcher 2009
Flawed – Cecilia Ahern 2016
Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) – William Ritter 2016
Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) – Kendare Blake 2012
The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer 2016
Halloween – Silver Ravenwulf 1999
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) illustrated – 2015
Heartless – Marissa Meyer 2016
Herb Magic for Beginners – Ellen Dugan 2006
The Highly Sensitive Person – Elaine N. Aron 1997
J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth – Daniel Grotta 1996
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
June – Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Know You, Know Your Horse – Eunice Rush
Labyrinth – Kate Mosse 2006
A Letter of Mary (Mary Russell #3) – Laurie R. King 2014
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid – Bill Bryson 2007
The Love That Split the World – Emily Henry 2016
Magick of Reiki – Christopher Penczak 2004
The Making of Outlander – Tara Bennett 2016
Maskerade – Terry Pratchett 1997
Modern Book Collecting – Robert A. Wilson 2010
Monstrous Regiment – Terry Pratchett 2003
Nicotine – Nell Zink 2016
Night Watch – Terry Pratchett 2002
Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson 2001
Pardonable Lies – Jacqueline Winspear 2005
The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin – Stephanie Knipper 2016
Red Queen (Chronicles of Alice #2) – Christina Henry 2016
Root, Petal, Thorn – Ella Joy Olsen 2016
The Secret Chord – Geraldine Brooks 2015
Sepulchre – Kate Mosse 2008
The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner 2016
This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab 2016
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake 2016
The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
The Trespasser – Tana French 2016
Vassa in the Night – Sarah Porter 2016
War Stories II – Oliver North 2004
War Stories III – Oliver North 2005
Waterless Mountain – Laura Adams Armer 1993
The Wayward Bus – John Steinbeck 1947
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de la Luce #2) – Alan Bradley 2010
Wintersmith – Terry Pratchet 2006
The Wodehouse Companion – Richard Usborne 2002
The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware 2016
Worlds of Ink and Shadow – Lena Coakley 2016
Write a Novel and Get It Published – Stephen May 2012
Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett

The idea here isn’t to make this a competition, but to help you shrink your TBR with a bunch of other people doing the same thing. BUT if you’re looking for a little extra motivation for this challenge…

Hogwarts House Cup Mini Challenge

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I’m also EXTREMELY excited that there’s a Harry Potter House Cup mini challenge to go with it…I’m planning to play for Hufflepuff! I’m something of a Ravenpuff, but I always feel bad at how much Hufflepuff is made fun of.

I foresee LOTS of posts about this challenge, since the majority of my TBR books are backlist books. I’m SO excited!! I might even try to do the Instagram challenges…we’ll see. 😉 Thanks so much to NovelKnight for putting it all together!

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