#BeatTheBacklist Reading Challenge 2018

Beat The Backlist is a reading challenge all about reading backlist books! I'm on team Story Sorcerers and I cannot wait to start reading!

Whew, I’m posting so many extra posts this month! There’s just so many things going on at the moment! Anyway, I wasn’t going to do any other reading challenge than the one on Goodreads, but I recently found the Beat The Backlist Challenge, and I decided to participate pretty much straight away. I have quite a few 2017 releases on my TBR that I won’t be able to read within the next two weeks, but also some older series that I really want to read next year. Basically, I’m pretty sure I can manage to read quite a few backlist titles, and I’ve decided to make it more fun with this challenge. Here’s my goal and TBR!

My Challenge Goal

I’ve decided I want to read two backlist books a month, which would equal to 24. Since I’m all for pretty, roundup numbers, I going to go for 25. Does that even make sense?! Anyway, 25 seems doable and I think I can manage that. Like I said, there’s a few books/series I really want to pick up and I had already planned to reread some as well. I also hope to listen to lots of audiobooks in 2018 and most of the ones I’m interested in are published even prior to this year.

The other goal I have isn’t really about reading, but more about actively participating in this challenge. There’s will be teams and Rafflecopter giveaways and even a Bookstagram challenge! I haven’t really done Bookstagram challenges yet, but this will be a nice first one.

To Be Read

I’m not going to decide on all the backlist books I’ll be reading in 2018, but I do have about half of it planned out! You can also have a look at my Goodreads shelf for all the books.

Shadow & Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and possibly all of the Grisha books. I’ve been wanting to read these for a while now, but I haven’t had the opportunity yet! I’m going to get the books for sure this year, and obviously these are backlist titles as Ruin & Rising (book three) was released in 2014.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’ve been wanting to read Simon vs. since I knew it was being made into a movie. I’m going to listen to the audiobook of this one, probably, since I have it shelved on my Storytel account, I just haven’t listened to it yet!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I think I read my first Victoria Schwab book this year, or and the end of 2016 and I loved it. I’ve read the Monsters of Verity duogoly and the Shades of Magic trilogy, and I absolutely loved all the books. I decided to wait with reading Vicious because there’s a new edition coming out in 2018 and oh my goodness, the cover looks epic!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, because by some miracle I haven’t read it yet. It was released earlier this year but, of course, it will be a backlist title by next year, and I’m actually not sure when I’ll read this. At this point, I’m thinking of waiting till right before the release of the final Throne of Glass book, if I can manage to wait that long, hehe!

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. One of my other goals for 2018 is to review books I loved but haven’t reviewed yet. The Raven King is one of those, but it’s been over a year since I read them all and I think I might need to refresh my memory before I dive into TRK.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. I only started reading Harry Potter in the first half of 2016 and I haven’t been able to get the last two (Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows) books. I really want to finish reading the series, though! I might also get the illustrated editions which I could also count as backlist? We’ll see, I guess. I’m just really excited about reading them!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I loved this book when I read it last year, but I didn’t get the best paperback copy and I really want to read it again. I’m thinking of getting a regular UK paperback, since the one I have is smaller. And if I’m getting it anyway, I might as well just read it right away! Although I might actually get the audiobook, as I absolutely loved it when I tried to listen to it for the first time in 2016.

My Team

When you sign up for Beat The Backlist, you’re also assigned to one of the four teams: Novel Knights, Dewey Dragons, Story Sorcerers or Book Bards. There will be monthly giveaways and one person from the team with the most points will win a book! It’s a super fun way to read backlist books and make it a bit of a competition! I’m on team Story Sorcerers and I already cannot wait to start reading!

If you’d like more info, here’s the signup post and the official challenge page.

Are you joining #BeatTheBacklist? Or have you already signed up? What team are you on? What books will you be reading? Feel free to share your TBR links and chat!





  • I love this list! A few of these have been on my backlist as well. I’m trying to not start brand new series and catch up or finish the ones I have started or own already.

    • Thank you! I’d definitely do the same! But I don’t really have any series I should be finishing… I think, hehe!

  • Sumedha

    I’m joining in on the challenge as well! I’m part of the Dewey Dragons. I joined last year as well but I never participated in the challenges because I’m more of a freestyler and most of the activities weren’t reading-related. This year I really want to get into the activities more, and hopefully we have a few reading-centric as well!

    My TBR: https://thewordyhabitat.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/beat-the-backlist-2018/

    • YAY! I didn’t really know about the activities (I thought it was just reading and keeping scores) but that’s actually a lot of fun! I’m not sure what I’ll be able to do other than reading just yet, but I’ll guess we’ll found it, hehe! Good luck with your challenge!

  • dominique_x

    Sounds fun to join this challenge. I am really looking forward to read your blogposts about it. I am quite curious about your review of the Raven Cycle books as well, since I honestly don’t have a clue what they about, but I really want to read them, haha. I really need to pick up Our Dark Duet and the rest of the ADSOM books.

    • I wrote reviews of the first three books already, if you’re interested! You can find them in my Review Archive! I think you’ll like them! And of course any Schwab book is amazing, I can’t wait for her new releases next year! (If there are any… I’m actually not sure!)

  • I haven’t signed up but this looks like so much fun!! I really want to read The Night Circus as well, I’ve been meaning to for so long but I just never got around to it. Every single review I’ve read of The Night Circus has been so positive though…

    • Yeeeessss! Oh my goodness, you should really read The Night Circus! I struggled with it a bit at first, but it was so worth it and it was such an incredible book!

  • I doubted about participating in this one but I feel like I’ll be trying to keep track of my reading on way too many places if I do.. It does sound fun but I don’t want to feel like I have to update five places every time I finish a book, haha.

    Have fun with it though! Hope you enjoy it and win something [because that’s always fun. :D]

    • I hadn’t even though about that yet, honestly, haha! I don’t really mind, though. I love keeping track of my progress so it doesn’t really bother me.

      Thank you! Winning is definitely always fun, hehe!

      • I already have.. three places I think, where I keep track of everything. I’m bound to neglect some of them if I want to track on even more platforms, haha. :p

        • I can imagine how easy it is to neglect some, when you already keep track on three, haha! I only really keep track on Goodreads and then “copy” that to my blog once I’m done. I did actually write it down earlier this year, but it wasn’t much fun so I’m honestly curious on how I’ll do with the challenge… 😅

  • I wasn’t going to, but I’m signing up after reading your post!! The way you wrote about it made it sound much more fun than when I read it at the actual hosts’s page. Oops!
    I’ll share my TBR with you when it’s done!!

    • That’s so good to hear! I have to admit, the host’s page is quite overwhelming in terms of into and graphics and stuff, so I can see why it put you off! I can’t wait to see your TBR. 😉

  • Charley Hrobsky

    I decided to join after seeing you and a few other of my blogging faves participating! I am PUMPED to have a year-long reading challenge to help me knock down my TBR shelf. Sadly, I’m not on the same team as anyone I know, but I am excited to meet some new bloggers! (I’m on the Novel Knights.) I definitely should read a few of the books you have on here (like The Night Circus and Teh Raven Cycle). Good luck!

  • Yes I am doing this! I did it this year too for the most part.

    I am a NovelKnight 😀

    Good Luck 😀 Opponent. 😉