Beat the Backlist Challenge (2021)

One of my biggest reading resolutions for 2021 (aside from not buying every shiny new release that catches my eye) is to read more of the books that I already own. I have so many books on my bookshelf that I purchased, intended to read, and just… never did. To keep myself motivated and accountable, I’m joining a reading challenge!

The Beat the Backlist Challenge is hosted by NovelKnight and challenges readers to read books that were published in 2020 or earlier. When I participated last year, I read 27 backlist titles that had been on my TBR. This year, I’m aiming to read 20 backlist titles that I haven’t already read.

I’m not going to make a defined TBR for this since I already know I’ll deviate from it, but I will track the books that I read for the challenge below once the challenge officially starts.

  1. Beach Read by Emily Henry (pub: 2020; my review)
  2. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang (pub: 2020)
  3. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (pub: 2020; my review)
  4. The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole (pub: 2020)
  5. Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots (pub: 2020; my review)
  6. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (pub: 2020; my review)
  7. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch (pub: 2020)
  8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (pub: 2010; reread; my review)
  9. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (pub: 2011; reread; my review)
  10. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (pub: 2013; reread; my review)
  11. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (pub: 2020; my review)
  12. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (pub: 2020)
  13. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (pub: 2020)
  14. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (pub: 2020)
  15. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (pub: 2013; reread; my review)
  16. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (pub: 2014; reread; my review)
  17. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (pub: 2015; reread)
  18. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (pub: 2000; my review)
  19. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (pub: 2011; reread)
  20. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (pub: 2011)
  21. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (pub: 2020)
  22. People Like Us by Dana Mele (pub: 2018)
  23. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (pub: 2016; my review)
  24. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes (pub: 2019)
  25. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (pub: 2020)
  26. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (pub: 2000)
  27. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black (pub: 2020; my review)
  28. An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn (pub: 2000)
  29. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (pub: 2015; reread; my review)
  30. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune (pub: 2020; my review)
  31. Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener (pub: 2020)
  32. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (pub: 1992)
  33. Severance by Ling Ma (pub: 2018)
  34. Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman (pub: 2016)
  35. Sadie by Courtney Summers (pub: 2018)
  36. Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman (pub: 2019)
  37. Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman (pub: 2020)
  38. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay (pub: 2018)

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