Beat the Backlist & Hogwarts Reading Challenge

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If there was a definition of late to the party, it would probably be me when it comes to reading the piles of paperback books that I have accumulated over the years. So I think its time I sign up for Novel Knight’s Beat the Backlist Challenge to try to knock some of these titles off my list.

Here’s how it works! The idea of this challenge is knock off titles that have been on your “To Be Read” pile for a long time, and to try to shrink that pile. There are only two guidelines for this challenge:

  • The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31, 2017
  • The book has to have been released prior to 2017. (In short, no new releases!)

Additionally there is an optional Hogwarts House Cup Mini Challenge that you can sign up for.

As I said, I have a lot of books that I have been meaning to get to, and I think this is the perfect time to do it. So here are a few of the titles that have been sitting on my shelf that I hope to read in the remainder of 2017.


1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I really don’t know why I haven’t read this yet. I’ve heard nothing but good things, and it sounds like a story I would be really into. Yea, it’s time to remedy that.

2. Cinder by Marisa Meyer – I bought Cinder a year or so ago, and I just haven’t picked it up because everything else seemed to take priority. It’s time to remedy that too.

3. No One Knows by J.T. Ellison – I got this when I won three free months from Book of the Month Club, and once again, I haven’t picked it up. It sounds like a good story though.

4. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan – I got this as a gift years ago! I usually love spy and intrigue stories so I though this would be right up my ally, and I just haven’t gotten to it.


5. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – I keep mixing this one up with Everything You Want Me to Be because their titles sound so similar! But this is another book I hear nothing but good things about that I really want to get to, and that I even tried reading once before while I was on a very windy vacation.

6. The Vegetarian by Han Kang – A victim of my exhaustion. I bought this book a while ago because I heard it was terrific, and then I packed it as train reading, but then I fell asleep on the train. Hence, it never got read.

7. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood – I read Oryx and Crake last year, finally, and I loved it. It was creepy, but I liked it. I’ve been wanting to finish the trilogy for some time. So this is something that I definitely want to try to read this year.

8. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood – Another book I started when I was really tired and it was late at night. I am learning I don’t retain much when I try to start books after midnight.


9. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult – I have loved Jodi Picoult’s books ever since I read My Sister’s Keeper in high school. The Storyteller was passed to me by my mom who said she thought that I would like the book, and I am sure I will, just gotta carve out the time to read it.

10. All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker – I bought this book last year and I keep meaning to pick it up but I keep putting it down in favor of other books.

11. Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway – This is another book that I thought sounded really interesting and just never picked up to actually read it through.

12. My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stout – This is, once again, a book that I really wanted to read, but I never got around to giving it a solid go.

So there’s my intended “To Be Read” list for the Beat the Backlist Challenge. What books are currently on your “To Be Read” pile? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! 




Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

7 thoughts on “Beat the Backlist & Hogwarts Reading Challenge

  1. I pretty much have no to be read pile, i read em as fast as I get em. Well, okay, there is one book I own but haven’t read, but I passed it to my friend who needed something while I still had plenty (the new David Sedaris).


  2. Oh that looks like a great bunch of books!! I just finished the Lunar Chronicles! I thought they were alright, but not my favorite dystopia series… but still worth the read!


  3. Cinder is amazing! One of my favorite series, the author does a really good job of working from the original fairytales! The Audiobook narrator does an amazing job which makes them that much better!


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