Was in search of some happy to share here on the blog, and I think I found it!
So I’ve enjoyed tracking the books I’ve read this past year for the Goodreads challenge, but I’ve been debating on signing up for another one, and I think I found the perfect one for me! #BeatTheBacklist (sign up & info here: http://novelknight.com/2017/12/welcome-beatthebacklist-2018-sign-ups-open/ ) is a challenge specifically designed to tackle those books on the TBR pile that have been there a little… longer shall we say? (I’m looking at you: massive pile of books that are at least 2+ years old but have yet to be read LOL). Basically any book released PRIOR to 2018 can count toward the challenge, and you get placed on a team (I've officially been assigned to the Novel Knights!) to earn points and possibly win prizes, all of which sounds fun!
I was already planning to do 52 books for the 2018 Goodreads challenge (so 1 a week which is totally doable), so I think I’m going to make my goal for this challenge to be half of that total number. 26 backlist books = definitely doable. Especially with my monster TBR.So since I already have a stack of books I hoped to read for my unofficial TBR bingo card (if only because I SUCK at picking out books from my mountain), I think I’ll start with those as my ‘goal’ books.
Thus my off the top of my list of likely books I’ll read for this particular challenge includes (in no particular order and with a few books removed from the bingo card bc I’m taken them with me on our Christmas vacation LOL):
When the Moon Was Ours
The Sandcastle Empire
Long May She Reign
The Girl with the Red Balloon
Loosed Upon the World
Rebel in the Sands
The Starlit Wood
The Witches of New York
Beyond the Red
The Shadow Hour
Of Metal and Wishes
Empress of a Thousand Skies
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Sweet Far Thing
…OK so yes I realize there are more than 26 backlist books listed above but seriously y’all I SUCK AT MAKING BOOKISH DECISIONS, and also probably have upwards of 100+ books just on the physical TBR, let alone in ebook form. There are a lot of options is what I’m saying. Besides, there’s nothing that says I CAN’T use the other 26 of my Goodreads challenge for backlist books too ;)
But yeah, mostly I have ALL THE BOOKS to read, and hopefully this will keep me going and remind me to read what I already own instead of going out and buying new ones.
…which oops I just bought SONG OF THE CURRENT w/Bookoutlet’s current $5 coupon. I’m… not very good at saying no to books am I? Oh well no regrets!!
What reading challenges have y’all done in the past and/or are you signing up for any in 2018? Do you have books – backlist or new release – that you’re really looking forward to? Let me know in the comments or over on twitter @C_L_McCollum