Beat The Backlist 2018

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Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well!

Quite a few of my book blogging friends are taking part in something called Beat The Backlist this year and I’ve decided to take part too as it’s a fantastic idea.

This post will be an overview of what Beat The Backlist is, a list of the books I’m planning to read and how you can get involved in the challenge too.

Enjoy and let the fun begin,

ash x


Beat The Backlist 2018:

Beat The Backlist is a challenge created by Novel Knight. You can read their full post on this challenge here: http://novelknight.com/2018-beat-backlist/. I strongly suggest you do as they explain everything in much more detail and it explains all of the information you need to join in! 🙂

The challenge involves reading books released before 2018 that have been sitting on your bookshelf for a while and you’ve never ended up reading.

As soon as I heard about this challenge I signed up straight away. I have so many books sitting on my bookshelf that I’ve wanted to read for ages but still haven’t got around to. I thought if I do this challenge it will encourage me to read my backlist, especially as I’m quite competitive and enjoy winning! 😛

Each person that signs up is sorted into one of four teams: Novel Knights, Dewey Dragons, Story Sorcerers and Book Bards. I’m a Story Sorcerer – YAY!


If you’re participating let me know what team you are in the comments below. If you’re also a Story Sorcerer I’m part of a Twitter Group Chat where we talk about the books we are currently reading for the challenge and support each other. I can add you to the group if you want to be a part of it. 🙂

You can also join the Beat The Backlist Goodreads group to hear the latest information about the challenge and to connect with other bloggers on your team here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/207770-beat-the-backlist


Challenge Information:

– If you’re interested in joining this challenge you can do so by following the link above.
– The challenge will run from 1st January 2018 – 31st December 2018
– The books you read must have been published before 2018
– The team with the most books read at the end of the year wins
– The challenge is open internationally to anyone who wants to get involved
– You can keep up to date with the challenge by following @beatthebacklist on Twitter
– You can share your progress on Twitter by using the hashtag #BeatTheBacklist
– You can also take part in weekly bookstagram challenges on Instagram even if you’re not participating in Beat The Backlist (it doesn’t count towards the challenge, but is a fun and optional extra.). Here are a list of the prompts for the year: http://novelknight.com/2018-beat-backlist/btb-instagram-challenge-prompts/


My Backlist:

I’ve decided to challenge myself to read 40 of my backlisted books.

This is quite ambitious for me, and I’ll be honest I’m dubious as to whether or not I’ll make it, but I want to read a lot more this year. I also have quite a lot of new release books and ARC’s that I want to read on top of this.

I will be posting a monthly update of my reading progress on the 3rd Sunday of every month and I’ll be crossing off any books I’ve read.

Here is a link to my Goodreads list of these books (I’ll include the list below too): https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/69229254-ashleigh-williams?shelf=beat-the-backlist-2018

1. Miss You – Kate Eberlen
2. My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella
3. The Ex Factor – Eva Woods
4. A Dog’s Purpose – Bruce W. Cameron
5. The Circle – Dave Eggers
6. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
7. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
8. Tinderella – Zoe Jones
9. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
10. If I was Your Girl – Meredith Russo
11. Who’s That Girl? – Mhairi McFarlane
12. Just Haven’t Met You Yet – Cate Woods
13. Some Kind of Wonderful – Giovanna Fletcher
14. One of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus
15. Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
16. Girls Made of Snow and Glass – Melissa Bashardoust
17. Feel Me Fall – James Morris
18. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
19. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
20. The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel
21. How To Stop Time – Matt Haig
22. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
23. The Word is Murder – Anthony Horowitz
24. It Only Happens in the Movies – Holly Bourne
25. As Old As Time – Liz Braswell
26. The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
27. Meat – Joseph D’Lacey
28. Carnivore – Jonathan Lyon
29. 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You – Vicki Grant
30. The Visitors – Catherine Burns
31. Genuine Fraud – E. Lockhart
32. Someone to Love – Melissa de la Cruz
33. If There’s No Tomorrow – Jennifer L. Armentrout
34. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland
35. The Break – Marian Keyes
36. First Person – Richard Flannagan
37. The Crow Road – Iain Banks
38. It Had To Be You – Keris Stainton
39. The Innocent Wife – Amy Lloyd
40. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green

Have you read any of the books on my backlist? Which one do you think I should read first? Are you participating this year? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂


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Credit to:
Cover photos – http://novelknight.com/2018-beat-backlist/

39 thoughts on “Beat The Backlist 2018

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  2. Barbara Radisalvjeivc says:

    I hadn’t heard about this, since I don’t have too much time to spend at Goodreads. I do have plenty of books around that have been here for years I haven’t gotten to yet. Do ebooks count? They are easier to read at the gym. I love reading and have two blogs that review books.

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  3. Ana Duarte says:

    You so brave to do 40! BOOK BARDS!! 💪🏽

    Only read Everything, Everyting and Throne of Glass 😂 One of my goals is to catch up with the throne of glass series as only read the first two books. Hope you can do all 40, or maybe not because less points for your team! MUAHAHAHAH

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