I know a lot of people on here stress about the size of their TBR. I know people who prefer to keep their TBR below 100. I am not one of those people. Actually, in reality, I add books CONSTANTLY to Goodreads. Currently I am sitting on a 466 count in “Want to Read.” For some that would be extremely daunting and overwhelming. For me though, it doesn’t always bother me. Actually, what bothers me most is my physical TBR piles, but we can talk about that another time.
As some of you may remember, I have signed myself up for some mock book award discussions that will be taking place mid December and January. Due to the required reading for these discussions, I have decided I will not be reading anything else for the rest of the year. This makes me so sad because I had a rather large physical list of books that I wanted to get to this year, but unfortunately will have to add them to my Backlist Books, which I will display for you all here tonight.
Unlike the Popsugar and Book Riot challenges where you fill in prompts throughout the year with books you have read/are reading, Beat the Backlsit allows you to create your own TBR from already existing books on your list! There is no struggling to find the perfect book to fill a specific prompt. This is completely unique to you and your reading preferences, allowing you to slay those books you really (actually) want to get to.
You can find out more, or join the challenge here on their website! They also recommend you updating on social media platforms so that others can follow your progress (and that your progress gets your team credit throughout the year). I will be updating my progress (sporadically) on WordPress, mostly through my TBR Tuesday features but also with a tab at the top of my page. You can see which books I have crossed off throughout the year, here.
Without further ado, let’s get down to that forever long backlisted TBR:
- A Spark of Light – Jodi Picoult
- The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee
- Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak
- Catwoman: Soulstealer – Sarah J. Maas
- Vox – Christina Dalcher
- Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young
- Geekerella – Ashley Poston
- Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman
- Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
- Next Year in Havana – Chanel Cleeton
- Dry – Jarrod Shusterman and Neal Shusterman
- Uncommon Type – Tom Hanks
- Camino Island – John Grisham
- Illuminae (series) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
- Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
- How To Break Up With Your Phone (nonfiction) – Catherine Price
- The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin
- City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab
- I’ll Be There For You (nonfiction) – Kelsey Miller
- The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
- The Girls – Emma Cline
- Stalking Jack the Ripper (series) – Kerri Maniscalco
- Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty
- Cross Her Heart – Sarah Pinborough
- Every Breath – Nicholas Sparks
- Other People’s Houses – Abbi Waxman
- Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver
- Red Clocks – Leni Zumas
- Winter In Paradise – Elin Hilderbrand
- As Bright As Heaven – Susan Meissner
- The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner
- Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
- Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
- The Late Show – Michael Connelly
- A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman
- Great Expectations (reread) – Charles Dickens
- The Color Purple (reread) – Alice Walker
- The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
- Baby Teeth – Zoje Stage
- Becoming (nonfiction) – Michelle Obama
- One Day in December – Josie Silver
Ya’ll, this is COMPLETELY unrealistic to be honest. These are just all the physical books I own, that I really wanted to get to this year and wasn’t able to find the time for. I know I probably won’t even get to half of these with new releases always grabbing my attention and work related reading going on, but they are all still fairly fresh in my mind, and books I would be really happy to dive into in 2019.
Also part of the Beat the Backlist Challenge is a Hogwarts Mini Challenge, in which you earn points for your house throughout the year. Of course you know what house I will be representing in this challenge:
apparently there are very few Gryffindor participants thus far, so if you are a proud Gryffindor, don’t forget to sign up so that your house is properly represented! Actually, that goes for all the houses :] They will be starting a Goodreads page where the house “common rooms” will be set up so that you can chat with housemates and get motivation and advice throughout the year.
This is a very fun, at your own pace, year long challenge, which as it turns out, are the best kind for me personally! I hope to see your updates throughout the year, expect to see more of mine in 2019!