The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020

I am doing this challenge in an attempt to reduce my TBR piles. I am really good at making TBR lists, but not so good at following through on them. I checked some of the TBR lists I made during 2019 and discovered that there are more than 20 books that I failed to get to.

This challenge, hosted by Lark at The Bookwyrm’s Hoard, has the following rules:

The Rules

The rules are simple. Only (1) and (2) are mandatory. 

Rule #1: To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2018 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. 

In other words, you don’t have to own the book. If it was on your want-to-read list when you signed up for the challenge, and it came out in 2018 or earlier, it counts… regardless of format (ebook, print book, audiobook) and how you acquired it.

What about rereads? I love rereading old favorites! But my goal when I first created this challenge was to encourage myself to read older books I had been wanting or intending to read, not to reread a lot of old favorites. On the other hand, there are some books I read a long time ago on my TBR list. So here’s the compromise I came up with: you can count a book you have read before IF (a) you haven’t read the book in the last 10 years, and (b) you can’t remember a lot of the details.

Rule #2: Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog

…or wherever you usually post your reviews (e.g., Goodreads, LibraryThing, Instagram.) Please link back to this post! Then link your sign-up post below, where you see the “Add your link” button. (Please link your actual goals/sign-up post, not your home page.)  You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read this year, or leave it up to your mood at the time—as long as they are already on your TBR list when you sign up! You can sign up through December 1, 2020; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.

Rule #3 (optional.) Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky

 …which can be found on the top menu bar. You can certainly do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway. Reviews don’t have to be long; a few sentences is fine. You can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you don’t have a blog. Please link to your review itself (not to your blog’s main page, your profile, or the book’s Goodreads or LibraryThing page.)

Rule #4 (optional): Before Jan 5, create and link a wrap-up post.

Let us know how you did! I’ll create a link-up post like this one for the wrap-up posts. Again, this part isn’t absolutely necessary, but I hope you’ll do it anyway, just for the fun of looking back and seeing your accomplishment!


My books:

Here are the books I’ve read for this challenge:

  1. The Humans – Matt Haig (February 19)
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