bonus post! beat the backlist 2019

bonus post! beat the backlist 2019

This is embarrassing to be honest. I’m such a book hoarder, but this year I’ve put myself on a year long book buying ban (after 15 days, it’s going well!) so it seems like a good time to Beat The Backlist.

This is a year long challenge hosted by NovelKnight where you have to try get through your tbr between the 1st January and 31st December, and read books published in 2018 or earlier.

I’ll also be taking part in the Hogwarts mini challenge for Hufflepuff!

These are my physical tbr bookshelves (with a couple of read ones that have sneaked in)… I may do a kindle one too but I should probably pace myself for now! Because… well… There’s a few.

And by a few I mean:

  • The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
  • What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Dominion by CJ Sansom
  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
  • If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino
  • Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
  • On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Love Story by Erich Segal
  • Pretty Girl Thirteen by Liz Coley
  • Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess
  • Release by Patrick Ness
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Night of the Party by Tracey Mathias
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
  • The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald
  • The Actor’s Life by Jenna Fischer
  • The Office and Philosophy by Blackwell’s Philosophy and Pop Culture
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • In Strictest Confidence by Craig Revel Horwood
  • The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Phew! That’s not so bad right?

Oh wait; there’s more…

  • The Girl With The Lost Smile by Miranda Hart
  • The Invitation by Lucy Foley
  • Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Another Place by Matthew Crow
  • The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
  • Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
  • A New York Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  • The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
  • Star Wars: A New Hope, Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back (those are in the wrong order and I’m stressed but also too lazy to retake the picture)
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom
  • To Kill the President by Sam Bourne
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary by Martha Brokenbrough

Haha. Wow, EsmΓ© you need to chill.




You’re joking.

[Ron Weasley voice] Bloody hell.

  • The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin
  • As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
  • The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  • Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • Feminists Don’t Wear Pink by various authors
  • The Dead Father’s Club by Matt Haig
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout
  • A Curious Invitation by Suzette Field
  • Sweet Caress by William Boyd
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
  • Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
  • In Bloom by Matthew Crow
  • Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
  • The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
  • Howards End by E. M. Forster
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

Please say you’re done.

Oh, you are? Thank goodness for that.

Now, go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done. And you should probably take a book with you while you’re at it. Honestly.


21 thoughts on “bonus post! beat the backlist 2019

  1. I really hate to add to your pain and anguish, but.


    I was so gobsmacked. Absolutely unbelievably GOBSMACKED at the size of your TBR. It was so small, I was disgusted. Admittedly, even with all the additions you made it, yours is still far smaller than mine, which is why I could never in a million years partake in such a challenge. I have absolutely no self control whatsoever. HOWEVER, I’m proud of you, and good luck!

    Also, what’s the Hogwarts challenge?!

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  2. Omg thats a lot of books to get through– good luck!! Do it for the hufflepuffs πŸ’›
    I read all the light we cannot see last year and thought it was really good. The writing is excellent. And my friend has read we were liars multiple it’s her favourite. 😊

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    1. I know – I don’t have any intention of reading them all this year, but I definitely needed the visual to remind me why not to buy more books lmao.
      Ooh, I know a lot of people who have loved All The Light We Cannot See and I’m so excited to finally get round to it! My friend really enjoyed We Were Liars, and I’ve read another of the author’s books which I liked so I think I’m in safe hands.

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      1. Haha yes I need help to not buy books too πŸ˜‚
        Yes it’s really good– I have a blog post on it coming soon (I wrote it ages ago πŸ˜‚)
        Oh that’s good. I will have to see what you think– I keep wondering whether I should pick it up 😊

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  3. haha thi smade me smile. PLEASE TELL ME ALL THE BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ. DO. NOT.STOP πŸ™‚

    I did this challenge last year and had a lot of fun! good luck! I was a Dragon. Do you know what you are already?

    A Discovery of Witches has been one I had wanted to get to for SO LONG!
    I enjoyed Miss Peregrine but didn’t love it as most did πŸ™‚
    Looking foward to the review of a couple of feminist titles I see here sista!

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    1. Thank you!! Ooh, I’m not sure what I am – how do I find out?

      A Discovery of Witches was the first book I bought back in the UK after being away for 6 months so I’m weirdly sentimental about it aha! And yessss I’m excited to get my feminist on πŸ™‚


  4. Hahaha so many books to get through! It’s reached a point where my tbr list is so long it’s actually overwhelming, yet I keep picking up new releases. Determined to get through the books I own/have been meaning to read before picking up a new book haha, have a fab reading year!

    Evie x |

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  5. Now that’s a lot of books πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I really enjoyed We Were Liars, I hope it will surprise you as it surprised me and that you will love it! Happy reading and best of luck to get to all of your backlist books, you can do this! ❀

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    1. Honestly, I’m hopeless – this is why I’m on a ban!!
      I can’t bear to check my kindle to see what’s on there!! I hope you manage to get your shelves organised, it was quite therapeutic to do mine although I was horrified at the amount I had ahaha.



  6. This is such a good idea but I’m not sure that I have the strength to write out a list. The guilt might be too strong. I’m trying not to buy any eBooks while I’m working through my fiction TBR but there are three non-fiction that I’m hoping to buy with some book tokens in the near future. I read less non-fiction though so when I do buy it, it’s usually with the intention of reading it straight away.

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    1. Oh man, the guilt was real looking at this!! It doesn’t even include my kindle books which are embarrassingly multiple. I love book tokens or vouchers because they don’t count πŸ˜‰


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