Beat the Backlist Challenge 2018

Hey guys! So 2018 is already underway and even though I have posted a wrap-up of last year which included any (reading) challenges I was planning on participating in, I only just saw this one and it is a must do.

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, but mostly through my personal twitter account. You can request to follow me/view my page here. **Just as a side note- my Twitter is personal, so I do not exclusively post about books/bookish things**

Update: I am on Team Story Sorcerers (how appropriate)! Can’t wait to get started!

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So, to start off 2018, here is my personal “Back List” that I will be desperately trying to dominate this year. These are all books that I physically own, and have not read (whether in ebook or physical form).

  1. Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
  2. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  3. Camino Island by John Grisham
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  5. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen*
  6. Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  7. Artemis by Andy Weir
  8. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu*
  10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowan
  11. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
  12. The Girls by Emma Cline
  13. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  14. Watching Glass Shatter by James J Cudney
  15. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  16. Everyone’s and Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn too by Jonny Sun
  17. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  18. Little Fires Everywhere bu Celeste Ng
  19. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  20. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  21. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas*
  22. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  23. The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell


*Though these titles technically have 2018 publication dates (and those are not allowed for this challenge) they are on my list because I acquired ARCs of them in 2017 and have not started them yet.

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This looks like a pretty solid starting point for me. I am sure I will add more books to this list as I acquire them throughout the year. Again though- these are meant to be books you physically own, that are *not* new releases in 2018. Keep track of my progress and let me know how you are doing throughout the year!


POPSUGAR 2017 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

So even before I started this wonderful little blog, I had been participating in the POPSUGAR reading challenges on my own. At first I would print them out and fill in books that matched as I went along. Last year though, I printed it out and wrote down choices for each prompt ahead of time. Sadly though, I have misplaced that paper since, and needless to say, did not follow through with many of the suggestions I gave myself.

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Instead, I have reprinted the challenge, and filled in from the books I read this past year as they fit. Today I will present you with those that I have filled (and missed). I feel the need to note that not all the books I read this year fit into the prompts, so this does not reflect a complete overlook of my reading this year.

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Without further ado, I give you the POPSUGAR 2017 Reading Challenge!


A book recommended by a librarian

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A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long

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A book of letters

An audiobook

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A book by a person of color

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A book with one of the four seasons in the title

A book that is a story within a story

A book with multiple authors

An espionage thriller

A book with a cat on the cover

A book by an author who uses a pseudonym

A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read

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A book by or about a person who has a disability

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A book involving travel

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A book with a subtitle

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a book that’s published in 2017

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a book involving a mythical creature

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I don’t know if you would consider ghosts mythical creatures…but it is as close as I could think of…

a book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile

a book about food

a book with career advice

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I wouldn’t say that this had “career advice” but it was a book about things that happen in a place that I have made my career…close enough, right?

a book from a nonhuman perspective

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a steampunk novel

a book with a red spine

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a book set in the wilderness

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a book you loved as a child

a book by an author from a country you’ve never visited

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a book with a title that’s a characters name

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a novel set during wartime

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I actually read a lot of books about wartime this year. They are usually some of the best children’s writing that you can find.

a book with an unreliable narrator

a book with pictures

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a book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you

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a book about an interesting woman

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a book set in two different time periods

a book with a month or day of the week in the title

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a book set in a hotel

a book written by someone you admire

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a book that is becoming a movie in 2017

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a book set around a holiday other than Christmas

the first book in a series you haven’t read before

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a book you bought on a trip

Advanced List:

a book recommended by an author you love

a best seller from 2016

a book with a family member term in the title

a book that takes place over a character’s lifespan

a book about an immigrant or refugee

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a book from a genre/sub-genre that you’ve never heard of

a book with an eccentric character

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a book that is more than 800 pages

a book you got from a used book sale

a book that has been mentioned in another book

a book about a difficult topic

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a book based on mythology


I still haven’t decided whether or not I am going to map out next year’s list ahead of time with books already on my TBR or if I will just let it fly like I usually do. For those who are curious, here is where you can find 2018’s Reading Challenge.

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Do this with me! What are some prompts you are looking forward to filling? How do you usually participate in a challenge (if not this one, what else do you do throughout the year)?