2017 Beat the Backlist #2


This is a reading challenge hosted by NovelKnight to help conquer our TBRs. The main point is to finish reading books that are on your TBR and released BEFORE 2017. So this year’s releases don’t count. Read NovelKnight’s original post.

I already posted my list once, which you can see here. But now that I’ve made (only some) headway, I thought I’d update my list.

First, review of the last one:

  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockheart. Read it. 5/5.
  2. The Summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han. Read it. 2.5.
  3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Read it. 3/5. (my review)
  4. Frostfire by Amaznda Hocking. Haven’t read it yet. I’m not wanting to, to be honest.
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Read it. 2/5 (my review)
  6. The Rest of us Just Live Here. I NEED TO GET TO THIS.
  7. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I’ll get to it, but let me read A Conjuring of Light, first, please?
  8. The thousandth floor by Katharine McGee. Haven’t read it yet.
  9. Seven Days of you by Cacilia Vinesse. No idea what this book is, right now, even. Haven’t read it.
  10. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Read it. Loved it. 5/5.

So I’ve read only half the list. But, at least that, right? I got side-tracked later and just read random books.

Here’s my updated list of BTB TBR (with synopsis and links because I can’t believe I was so rude to not provide them earlier):

1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

outlander.jpgThe year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I got a chance to get a free audiobook credit for any book I wanted in return for a review by eStories and I picked Outlander. Maybe I should have picked a smaller book because this is a 34 HOUR BOOK OMG. And due to some glitch, I’m not able to download it offline to listen in bus rides everyday which makes it so hard for me to finish it. Most my tasks usually involve thinking and I can’t listen to audiobooks while studying etc. I’m hoping to find some time soon, but I don’t know.

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2. History is all you left me by Adam Silvera

history is all you left me.jpgWhen Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life

I’ve heard so much about Adam Silvera’s books, especially this one, and I HAVE TO GET TO IT LIKE RIGHT NOW. (But obviously, right now is flexible because I want to read #allthebooks)

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3. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

the rest of us just live here.jpgWhat if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

Love the title and synopsis. Heard so many good things about this book. This is staying in my BTB TBR.

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4. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

neverknight.jpgThe first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

I actually started reading this, but got through only one chapter. Sigh.

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5. Kiss of deception by Mary E. Pearson

kiss-of-deceptionA princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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6. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

this savage song.jpgThere’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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And that’s it for now! I’ve kept this list shorter so it won’t seem daunting and also because I know that I’ll simply end up reading books “I’m in the mood for” as usual. I’m prioritising what books to read as well.

Are you participating in Beat the Backlist challenge? What books have been on your TBR for SO LONG that you have to pick up and read NOW? Because otherwise you might get crushed under your massive TBR. Also, make lists like these, they help.



4 thoughts on “2017 Beat the Backlist #2”

  1. I hadn’t seen this reading challenge, but I love it! I recently conquered a couple of books that had been on my TBR list– Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Both were great! I might have to jump in on the challenge, even though at this point the month is almost half over! 🙂

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