#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!

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