Beat the Backlist // 2017 review and 2018 sign-up

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We all seem to be reading too much, and are astonished by our progress, but our TBR just keeps increasing?? For every book I read, I seem to be adding three more to my TBR on Goodreads!

Earlier this year I had this small “clean-up” of my TBR on Goodreads where I read the synopsis of old books and decide whether to keep them or not. I removed, maybe, 20 books? And then I didn’t find the time to do more. I should really get to it.

Beat the Backlist challenge, hosted by NovelKnight, is focusing on crossing off those old titles on your TBR that have been released before the current year. There’s a lot of love for upcoming novels and new releases so we need a little nudge to read the old ones too.

Click here to read more about the challenge.

I signed-up for the challenge last year and despite there being Hogwarts house points and Instagram prompts, I was only focused on reading backlist books. I thought before signing up for 2018, I’d review the number of backlist books I read this year (yet).

Number of books read in 2017 (yet): 196

Number of backlist books read (yet): 141

Wow, okay. I’ve actually read above 50 books that released THIS year. Last year, I set a challenge for myself to read at least 50 books released in the same year and this time without even trying, I reached that goal. And to be honest, most of these backlist books were released in 2016 which I realised as I was checking the publication dates. I’m a little sad I didn’t read further back books more.

For 2018, I’m not keeping a goal number, again, because I now I will read enough backlist books. Because not all new releases are readily available for me to read, anyway. But! I am planning to participate in the challenges and activities a little more this time.

But to keep some goal, here are 10 books I want to finish reading in 2018:

  1. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  2. Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot (I’m a little miffed that I haven’t read all the books in The Princess Diaries series, so even though it might not be my cup of tea now, I want to read it)
  3. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  4. You’re never weird on the internet by Felicia Day
  5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  6. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
  7. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
  8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  9. All’s fair in blog and war by Chrissie Peria
  10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I usually don’t participate in challenges, but I do join in on a few ones which allow general selection. Let’s see what 2018 brings!

Are you participating in any challenges this year, reading or otherwise? What are some of your goals for 2018? Have you read any of these books?

7 thoughts on “Beat the Backlist // 2017 review and 2018 sign-up”

  1. Thanks for signing up for BTB!! Oh my goodness, An Ember in the Ashes and Illuminae are both amazing!! Hope you love them!

    Good luck and happy reading! 🙂


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