Beat the Backlist Challenge – 2017

Spines of books with the text NovelKnight presents Beat the Backlist: A reading Challenge

We all have that “to be read” pile on our bedside table or our “to-read” list on Goodreads that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I chose this challenge, hosted by NovelKnight over a couple of the other “to be read” challenges out there because this one doesn’t require you to already own the books. Since I really don’t buy many print books, my “to-read” list doesn’t have a lot of things on it that I actually own. This challenge will allow me to work through that list whether I have an e-book version or whether it’s something I borrow from the library.

This one doesn’t have specific levels, so I’m going to choose 50 books as a goal. Maybe I’ll knock off more from my list, who knows, but with all the other challenges I’m participating in, I think 50 is a good start. Plus, that’s almost one a week, so when combined with the newer books I’m reading and reviewing as well, I think that’s a great number to start with.

Along with the main challenge, there’s a separate Hogwarts House Cup mini challenge where you can join a Hogwarts house and for every page you read of an item off your backlist, every review you write for a backlist item, etc. gains you points for your house. I’m a Ravenclaw – Let’s go Ravenclaw!!!

If you’re interested in joining the challenge, click on the button/link at the bottom and it will take you to the challenge’s main page.

These are the titles I’m hoping to conquer during this year – though they may change based on availability at the library and/or at my choosing:

  1. The Water and the Wild – K.E. Ormsbee
  2. The Doorway and the Deep – K.E. Ormsbee
  3. Wish – Barbara O’Connor
  4. Are we Smart Enough to know how Smart Animals Are? – Frans de Waal
  5. The Man Who Made Things out of Trees – Robert Penn
  6. The Edge of the Empire – Bronwen Riley
  7. The Jefferson Highway – Henry D. Lydell, Jr.
  8. Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles – Shari Green
  9. The Constitution of the United States of America – Modern Edition
  10. Brightwood – Tania Unworth
  11. The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict
  12. The Silent Songbird – Melanie Dickerson
  13. A Tale of Two Mommies – Vanita Oelschlager
  14. Discovering Big Cat Country – Eric Dinerstein
  15. Olmec Obituary – L.J.M. Owen
  16. Comrades on the Colca – Eugene Buchanan
  17. 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson
  18. A is for America – Devin Scillian
  19. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
  20. Air Bound – Christine Feehan
  21. Earth Bound – Christine Feehan
  22. Fire Bound – Christine Feehan
  23. Chasing Vermeer – Blue Balliett
  24. The Art Forger – B.A. Shapiro
  25. Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell – Chris Colfer
  26. B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet – Marie & Roland Smith
  27. The Columbus Affair – Steve Berry
  28. Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? – James Shapiro
  29. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat – Sofie Kelly
  30. D is for Drinking Gourd – Nancy I. Sanders
  31. Death of a Dapper Snowman – Angela Pepper
  32. Dreams of Lilac – Lynn Kurland
  33. The Cracked Spine – Paige Shelton
  34. The Sisters Grimm #1: The Fairytale Detectives – Michael Buckley
  35. Garden Spells – Sarah Addison Allen
  36. Home Sweet Gnome – Jennifer Zane
  37. Crime & Poetry – Amanda Flower
  38. The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate, Discoveries from a Secret World – Peter Wholleben
  39. I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
  40. L is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet – Carol Crane
  41. The Mermaid’s Madness – Jim C Hines
  42. One Bad Apple – Sheila Connolly
  43. The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
  44. The Cold Dish – Craig Johnson
  45. Be Light Like a Bird – Monika Schröder
  46. S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet – Helen Foster James
  47. Gilt Series: By Invitation Only – Geneva Lee
  48. Spell Booked – Joyce & Jim Lavene
  49. South of Superior – Ellen Airgood
  50. To Follow My Heart – Sherry Ewing
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Here’s what I’ve gotten done so far (some titles may be different from those listed above):

  1. The Water and the Wild – K.E. Ormsbee
  2. The Doorway and the Deep – K.E. Ormsbee
  3. Conquer Me – Geneva Lee
  4. Crown Me – Geneva Lee
  5. Wish – Barbara O’Connor
  6. A Tale of Two Mommies – Vanita Oelschlager
  7. Gilt Series: By Invitation Only – Geneva Lee
  8. Be Light Like a Bird – Monika Schröder
  9. Cat Got Your Diamonds – Julie Chase
  10. Crime & Poetry – Amanda Flower
  11. Prose & Cons – Amanda Flower
  12. The Cracked Spine – Paige Shelton


Spines of books with the text NovelKnight presents Beat the Backlist: A reading Challenge