Join the Beat The Backlist 2019 Challenge
I love the Beat The Backlist challenge, and since we try and feature backlist titles on Thursdays on the blog, we have decided this year to be a partner blog and support this challenge with NovelKnight! This reading challenge is all about knocking off those older books from your to-read list. Any genre, any format, any length!
So I highly recommend checking out the challenge, joining in, and posting reviews of your backlist reads on Thursdays. We call our Thursday meme Book Rewind, and you can feel free to use that name too, but just be sure to give us credit/link back to us!
Not only are there Hogwarts house mini challenge, a goodreads group, a monthly reading book club, a Thursday instagram photo challenge, all to help support, promote, and read backlist books!
A backlist book is a book that was published in a prior year, so in this case anything that was published before 2019. Many blogs, ours included, share lots of current releases, and future releases, to help promote upcoming and recent books, but the backlist titles are so good and so many fall off the radar, so with this challenge, and with our weekly meme, we try to give those backlist books the spotlight!
Last year I made a goodreads shelf (which I will use this year as well, just have to remove the books I did read!), and set a goal that of my 115 total reading goal challenge, a third of those books should be backlist titles. Which was 36 books out of the 115, and as of today, I have read 41! So I successfully read backlist books, however I did not successfully review all of those books, which kind of is the secondary goal of the challenge.
This year I want to do the same and read at least a third of my reading goal, and to review at least half of them! I am trying to be realistic with my goals here…and half is more than I did this year, so fingers crossed it will motivate me! I haven’t set my ultimate reading goal, but I almost always increase it by 5 books each year, so we can assume it will be a total of 120 books, which means 40 backlist books.
I made a goodreads shelf for the backlist reads I wanted to try and read this year and semi-participated in the challenge. I plan on updating my goodreads shelf for 2019 & beyond to be a general backlist shelf of books I haven’t read yet. However, I’m not planning on setting a numbered goal at this time, or maybe at all. I did not participate last year, so I am excited to join in the challenge this year!
So be sure to go over to NovelKnight to read all about the challenge and to sign-up! Let us know in the comments if you are going to participate!