Backlist Reader Challenge

Posted January 6, 2017 by Lory in challenges / 18 Comments

The Backlist Reader Challenge


Another challenge! Okay, I know I said I was going to post less in 2017 but I just had to get these set up first. Lark created the Backlist Reader Challenge to try to help us focus on those books that have been on our TBR lists for a while, and I certainly do have some of those.

I have some books left over from last year’s list of Ten Books I Want to Read in 2016 — I did read six of them, but these four are still left:

  • Excellent Daughters
  • The Sixth Extinction
  • Kindred
  • An Unnecessary Woman



I’m going to add another half-dozen children’s books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while, to make up a new list of ten:

  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker-Bradley
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Little Grey Men by B.B.


Thanks, Lark for the incentive! However many of these I get to, I know I’ll enjoy the challenge.



18 responses to “Backlist Reader Challenge

  1. I tried An Unnecessary Woman as an audio recording last year but couldn’t get into it. Maybe it was a case of not being the kind of book that lends itself well to an audio version. I hope your experience is better.

    • There are books that do better as audio than others, for sure. I’ll give it a try in print and see if I get into it.

  2. Ha ha…I understand about these challenges. Just when I think I have hit my limit, I hear about another one that piques my interest!

    I have heard a lot about The Kindred. I may have to try that one.

  3. I have read Kindred and thought it was very good; it gives the reader a lot to ponder.

    I have heard only great things about Wonder but have shied away as an adult reader.

    Good luck with the challenge!

    • I’ve heard from many adults that they loved Wonder, so I have to see what they are all raving about.

  4. I would love to do more backlist and rereads. Something for next year’s resolution list, maybe.
    Both The Sixth Extinction and An Unnecessary Woman were great reads, in totally different ways.

  5. I couldn’t resist signing up for this reading challenge either. Good luck with your list of books! I hope you get them all read this year. 🙂

  6. I just recently read Kindred and look forward to hearing about it from you. It is an interesting concept. Not perfectly executed in my opinion, but quite worth reading.

    • The premise does sounds so interesting. I’m excited to see what Octavia Butler has to say, even if there are some flaws in her presentation.

    • I’m not obliging myself to review all of these, so I’m not sure. I’ll see what inspires me to say something.