Almost all of my books are backlist because I don’t read a ton of new releases, buuuut… I have a lot of books. Like, a lot a lot. One of my resolution things for 2018 was to read my shelves, and I think over 50% of what I’ve read (probably closer to 75%) were books I already owned before the start of 2018, so yay!
Next year, I want to continue with that, and I’m officially joining Beat the Backlist.
If you don’t know what Beat the Backlist is, check out Novel Knight (the creator) and read up on it. Basically, read backlist titles (books published before 2019), and only books you start after the new year begins can count.
Also! There’s a mini-challenge to read to earn points for your Hogwarts house. I’m honestly pretty evenly split between Slytherin and Ravenclaw, but I feel like Ravenclaw is always the majority of people in any Hogwarts related reading challenge, so I’m signing up as a Slytherin 😛
My TBR choices below are completely random (I’m literally just looking at my shelves while I write this) and in no particular order. They’re also probably not the books I’ll end up reading, but I’m going to try. I’m picking 12 books, with the hopes of reading at least one of my backlist books each month next year.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– I’ve read the Shades of Magic trilogy and Vicious, but I have both of the books in the Monsters of Verity duology on my shelf and I need to read them.
Life After Life by Kate Atkins– I’ve wanted to read this for ages, and it’s been on my shelf at least a year.
White Teeth by Zadie Smith– I think I’m the last person to read this one. I’ve heard great things, so I’m looking forward to it.
John Dies at the End by David Wong– I saw the movie and I think I remember liking it. The book has been chilling on my shelf for like two years, though, so I need to get to this one.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters– This one hasn’t been on my shelf very long, but it’s been on my TBR for ages. I might save it for Tome Topple, if there’s one in the spring.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel– I don’t even have an excuse for having not read this one, other than it’s location. It gets kind of hidden and I forget I actually did buy it.
Talon by Julie Kagawa– Funny story: I bought this for-freaking-ever ago and planned to read it ASAP. Then I entered a giveaway for the third book (I totally missed that it was the third, not second, oops) and won a copy. So, now I have books one and three, and I’ve been waiting for my library to have a copy of the second to read this one. Guess which books they have? The first and the third *headdesk*
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent– I want to read this so bad! I forgot I bought a copy because it somehow ended up smushed behind other books for months. I just found it while unhauling some things, and I feel like I might read it soon.
The Terror by Dan Simmons– I think I bought this one earlier this year, and I might save it for October. Probably not, but maybe.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– Yeah…I still haven’t read this one
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– Ugh. I just want to get it over with. In all honesty, the only reason I’m even going to attempt this one is because I bought it. I read ACOTAR and was not a fan.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi– And another big-name, super-hyped book I have not read. (And have owned for years. Oops.)