Beat the Backlist Challenge 2017


The second challenge I am signing up for, hopefully to complete in 2017, is the Beat the Backlist Challenge, which is being run by Novel Knight. This challenge really stood out to me as something practically essential for me to complete, as there are so many books which I desperately want to read, but I get distracted, or a new release steals my attention. I have tried to set myself a goal of reading some older books that have been on my radar for a while before, such as my hopeful summer TBR (and the following ‘unsuccess’). I’m hoping this will be a little more successful, as there is a whole year to complete it in instead of six weeks!

Seeing as it runs over the course of a year, I am going to choose twelve books, one for every month, as I think this is a manageable goal to set myself.

  • January – Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • February – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • March – The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  • April – Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  • May – Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics by David Smith
  • June – The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • July – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • August – The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  • September – One Day by David Nicholls
  • October – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • November – Watching the English by Kate Fox
  • December – The Princess Bride by William Goldman

If I have some extra time on my hands, I can hopefully read them sooner, so I could be done before December! Ultimately though I’m going to stick to these monthly goals as a minimum. The books I’ve chosen are all ones that have been sitting on my shelf for months, if not years, so I feel like they’re good choices (and this is why there isn’t masses of YA). Some of them have been taken from my summer reading list as well. Wish me luck for the challenge!