2019 was a pretty spectacular year of reading for me. I finished the year having read 186 books, which is the most I have ever read in a single year in my entire life probably. One of my goals for 2020 is to 1) read more new releases as I acquire them, but also 2) not get so distracted by new releases that my Backlist TBR becomes a mountain I don’t want to climb. Seems pretty contradictory, right? Right.
When I found out about Beat The Backlist (hosted by Novel Knight, click here for link to description), I was ecstatic! I love readathons that are pretty open ended but have a specific goal in mind (again, contradictory), and the description of this one pulled me. The premise of this readathon is to read as many backlist titles (pre-2020 releases) that are on your personal TBR. Now, it’s specified that you don’t have to own a copy of the book for it to count for the challenge, but for my own personal goal, I’m limiting myself to backlist titles that I own and purchased pre-2020 as counting. I have decided to do it this way because I already own a ton of books, and rather than becoming distracted by backlist titles I don’t own or will buy in 2020, I really need to focus on working through the titles I already live with.
I’ll be updating my progress with this along way, perhaps every quarter or third of the year. I will also be counting any backlist book I own that I acquired prior to 2020, but there are 20 specific titles that I definitely want to get to.
- Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
- A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- Everless by Sara Holland
- The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
- The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
I’m super excited to get started on this, and big shout to Novel Knight for organization and hosting Beat the Backlist yet again!
Comment down below if you’re planning on knocking out a few backlist titles this year! If so, which few are your top priority?