Beat the Backlist 2021

Beat the Backlist is yearly challenge aimed at tackling all the backlist books you want to get to finally! It’s hosted at The Novel Knight and I’m trying to use it to tackle backlist, but also tackle all of the many books I own that I haven’t read yet (let’s be real: collecting books & reading books are 2 VERY different hobbies). All of these books are on my to-read shelf on Goodreads. I would like to stress I’m not planning to read every title–these are just options! 🙂

I’m tackling the 52 prompt list! Here’s my list with some options fleshed out!

  1. More than one author: Aurora Rising
  2. Dragons or lizards: His Majesty’s Dragon
  3. It’s on a Ship!: Abaddon’s Gate
  4. Purple cover: Muse of Nightmares, Skyward, Slayer, The Diviners, Empress of a Thousand Skies, A Night to Surrender, That Inevitable Victorian Thing
  5. Set in a major city: The Beautiful & Damned, The Great Believers, Spellbound, The Beautiful, The Last Magician, Black Tom, A Dead Djinn in Cairo, The Age of Witches, Signal to Noise, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Finding Joy, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, All the Birds in the Sky, Iron Cast, Certain Dark Things, The Man of Legends, An American Marriage
  6. Book you forgot you had: The Versions of Us (I bought it twice!)
  7. Caused a major book hangover
  8. Multiple POV: Crown of Midnight, I’ll Give You the Sun, This Savage Song, Truthwitch, Station Eleven, King of Scars, The Power, Clap When You Land, The Way of Kings, Talon, The Shadow Rising
  9. Book you’re giving another chance: Outlander
  10. Quest to find a hidden/lost object
  11. Chapter title page has art
  12. Kept you up late reading
  13. Picked by a friend/trusted reviewer
  14. Non-human character: Watership Down, Animal Farm
  15. First line is less than 10 words
  16. Banned book: Fahrenheit 451, From Here to Eternity, The Grapes of Wrath, Giovanni’s Room, Invisible Man, Song of Solomon, Unwind, All American Boys, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ulysses, The Jungle, Brideshead Revisited, Women in Love
  17. Cover features your favorite color prominently: Gods of Jade & Shadow, The Lightning Thief, Sense & Sensibility (Trollope retelling), The Fairy Godmother, Wilder Girls, Escaping Exodus, Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus, The Other Bennet Sister, Flotsam, War Girls, The Mist on Bronte Moor, The Invisible Library, The Light of Fireflies, The House by the River, The Gray House, Romancing the Null, The Annihilation of Foreverland, The Dreamers, Truthwitch, Unmarriageable, The Bird King, A Woman is No Man, Go
  18. All About Music: Daisy Jones & the Six
  19. Character lets out a breath they didn’t realize they were holding
  20. Genre you never/rarely read (I picked mystery/thriller): Death by Dumpling, Bluebird, Bluebird, Crocodile on the Sandbank, Murder is Binding, All This I Will Give to You, And Only to Deceive, Truly Devious, The School of Night, Listen to Me, Before I Go to Sleep, When No One is Watching, The Institute, All the Pretty Things, The Pingkang Li Mysteries
  21. Standalone: The Dreamers, A Woman is No Man, The Memory Police, The Glittering Hour, A Woman is No Man, Spellhacker, Rules for Being a Girl, Yes No Maybe So, Witches of Ash & Ruin, Verona Comics, Clap When You Land, Felix Ever After, Anna K, The Fascinators, Unpregnant, The Stars We Steal, Belle Revolte, The June Boys, All The Pretty Things, The Glass Magician, Sisters of Sword & Song, Eliza & Her Monsters, Angel Mage, Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All, Beastly, Between Shades of Grey, I’ll Give You the Sun, Going Bovine, The Poisonwood Bible, Rebecca, The Lake House, The Secret Keeper, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Code Name Verity, Cruel Beauty, East of Eden, Station Eleven, Fingersmith, Deathless, Persuasion, The Language of Flowers, Trail of Broken Wings, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, Amal Unbound, Asking for It, Exit Pursued by a Bear, Some Girls Are, All the Rage, Lincoln in the Bardo, Ash, Roomies, The Shoemaker’s Wife
  22. Lost Royalty: Snow Like Ashes, Crown of Midnight, My Lady Jane
  23. Cover with your country’s flag colors (Red, White & Blue for me!): Unwind, Six-Gun Snow White, The Royal We, Roseblood, Caraval, The Bone Season, Enduring Love, The Revisionists, Kushiel’s Dart, New World, A River in Darkness, killing rage
  24. Written in letters or diary entries
  25. Book centered around politics: The Soul of Politics, Yes We (Still) Can, They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy, Wolf Hall, Why Busing Failed, Alexander Hamilton
  26. Features a carnival or a circus: Tipping the Velvet, Menagerie, The Weight of Feathers, The Mermaid, Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South, The Emerald Circus, The Church of Marvels
  27. Snake on the cover: Queen of the Conquered, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Kingdom of the Wicked, Kingdom of Souls, The Snakes, Blood & Honey, The Serpent’s Secret, Serpentine, Five Dark Fates
  28. On the Indie Bestseller list in 2020 or earlier: The Overstory, Girl, Woman, Other, Milk & Honey, Pachinko, Lincoln in the Bardo, The Immortalists, The Power, A Little Life, Station Eleven, Everything I Never Told You, Life After Life, The Language of Flowers, The Water Dancer, Beach Read
  29. Historical with a twist:
  1. More than one author: Aurora Rising
  2. Dragons or lizards: His Majesty’s Dragon
  3. It’s on a Ship!: Abaddon’s Gate
  4. Purple cover: Muse of Nightmares, Skyward, Slayer, The Diviners, Empress of a Thousand Skies, A Night to Surrender, That Inevitable Victorian Thing
  5. Set in a major city: The Beautiful & Damned, The Great Believers, Spellbound, The Beautiful, The Last Magician, Black Tom, A Dead Djinn in Cairo, The Age of Witches, Signal to Noise, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Finding Joy, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, All the Birds in the Sky, Iron Cast, Certain Dark Things, The Man of Legends, An American Marriage
  6. Book you forgot you had: The Versions of Us (I bought it twice!)
  7. Caused a major book hangover
  8. Multiple POV: Crown of Midnight, I’ll Give You the Sun, This Savage Song, Truthwitch, Station Eleven, King of Scars, The Power, Clap When You Land, The Way of Kings, Talon, The Shadow Rising
  9. Book you’re giving another chance: Outlander
  10. Quest to find a hidden/lost object
  11. Chapter title page has art
  12. Kept you up late reading
  13. Picked by a friend/trusted reviewer
  14. Non-human character: Watership Down, Animal Farm
  15. First line is less than 10 words
  16. Banned book: Fahrenheit 451, From Here to Eternity, The Grapes of Wrath, Giovanni’s Room, Invisible Man, Song of Solomon, Unwind, All American Boys, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ulysses, The Jungle, Brideshead Revisited, Women in Love
  17. Cover features your favorite color prominently: Gods of Jade & Shadow, The Lightning Thief, Sense & Sensibility (Trollope retelling), The Fairy Godmother, Wilder Girls, Escaping Exodus, Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus, The Other Bennet Sister, Flotsam, War Girls, The Mist on Bronte Moor, The Invisible Library, The Light of Fireflies, The House by the River, The Gray House, Romancing the Null, The Annihilation of Foreverland, The Dreamers, Truthwitch, Unmarriageable, The Bird King, A Woman is No Man, Go
  18. All About Music: Daisy Jones & the Six
  19. Character lets out a breath they didn’t realize they were holding
  20. Genre you never/rarely read (I picked mystery/thriller): Death by Dumpling, Bluebird, Bluebird, Crocodile on the Sandbank, Murder is Binding, All This I Will Give to You, And Only to Deceive, Truly Devious, The School of Night, Listen to Me, Before I Go to Sleep, When No One is Watching, The Institute, All the Pretty Things, The Pingkang Li Mysteries
  21. Standalone: The Dreamers, A Woman is No Man, The Memory Police, The Glittering Hour, A Woman is No Man, Spellhacker, Rules for Being a Girl, Yes No Maybe So, Witches of Ash & Ruin, Verona Comics, Clap When You Land, Felix Ever After, Anna K, The Fascinators, Unpregnant, The Stars We Steal, Belle Revolte, The June Boys, All The Pretty Things, The Glass Magician, Sisters of Sword & Song, Eliza & Her Monsters, Angel Mage, Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All, Beastly, Between Shades of Grey, I’ll Give You the Sun, Going Bovine, The Poisonwood Bible, Rebecca, The Lake House, The Secret Keeper, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Code Name Verity, Cruel Beauty, East of Eden, Station Eleven, Fingersmith, Deathless, Persuasion, The Language of Flowers, Trail of Broken Wings, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, Amal Unbound, Asking for It, Exit Pursued by a Bear, Some Girls Are, All the Rage, Lincoln in the Bardo, Ash, Roomies, The Shoemaker’s Wife
  22. Lost Royalty: Snow Like Ashes, Crown of Midnight, My Lady Jane
  23. Cover with your country’s flag colors (Red, White & Blue for me!): Unwind, Six-Gun Snow White, The Royal We, Roseblood, Caraval, The Bone Season, Enduring Love, The Revisionists, Kushiel’s Dart, New World, A River in Darkness, killing rage
  24. Written in letters or diary entries
  25. Book centered around politics: The Soul of Politics, Yes We (Still) Can, They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy, Wolf Hall, Why Busing Failed, Alexander Hamilton
  26. Features a carnival or a circus: Tipping the Velvet, Menagerie, The Weight of Feathers, The Mermaid, Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South, The Emerald Circus, The Church of Marvels
  27. Snake on the cover: Queen of the Conquered, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Kingdom of the Wicked, Kingdom of Souls, The Snakes, Blood & Honey, The Serpent’s Secret, Serpentine, Five Dark Fates
  28. On the Indie Bestseller list in 2020 or earlier: The Overstory, Girl, Woman, Other, Milk & Honey, Pachinko, Lincoln in the Bardo, The Immortalists, The Power, A Little Life, Station Eleven, Everything I Never Told You, Life After Life, The Language of Flowers, The Water Dancer, Beach Read
  29. Historical with a twist:
  1. More than one author: Aurora Rising
  2. Dragons or lizards: His Majesty’s Dragon
  3. It’s on a Ship!: Abaddon’s Gate
  4. Purple cover: Muse of Nightmares, Skyward, Slayer, The Diviners, Empress of a Thousand Skies, A Night to Surrender, That Inevitable Victorian Thing
  5. Set in a major city: The Beautiful & Damned, The Great Believers, Spellbound, The Beautiful, The Last Magician, Black Tom, A Dead Djinn in Cairo, The Age of Witches, Signal to Noise, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Finding Joy, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, All the Birds in the Sky, Iron Cast, Certain Dark Things, The Man of Legends, An American Marriage
  6. Book you forgot you had: The Versions of Us (I bought it twice!)
  7. Caused a major book hangover
  8. Multiple POV: Crown of Midnight, I’ll Give You the Sun, This Savage Song, Truthwitch, Station Eleven, King of Scars, The Power, Clap When You Land, The Way of Kings, Talon, The Shadow Rising
  9. Book you’re giving another chance: Outlander
  10. Quest to find a hidden/lost object
  11. Chapter title page has art
  12. Kept you up late reading
  13. Picked by a friend/trusted reviewer
  14. Non-human character: Watership Down, Animal Farm
  15. First line is less than 10 words
  16. Banned book: Fahrenheit 451, From Here to Eternity, The Grapes of Wrath, Giovanni’s Room, Invisible Man, Song of Solomon, Unwind, All American Boys, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ulysses, The Jungle, Brideshead Revisited, Women in Love
  17. Cover features your favorite color prominently: Gods of Jade & Shadow, The Lightning Thief, Sense & Sensibility (Trollope retelling), The Fairy Godmother, Wilder Girls, Escaping Exodus, Love, Lies & Hocus Pocus, The Other Bennet Sister, Flotsam, War Girls, The Mist on Bronte Moor, The Invisible Library, The Light of Fireflies, The House by the River, The Gray House, Romancing the Null, The Annihilation of Foreverland, The Dreamers, Truthwitch, Unmarriageable, The Bird King, A Woman is No Man, Go
  18. All About Music: Daisy Jones & the Six
  19. Character lets out a breath they didn’t realize they were holding
  20. Genre you never/rarely read (I picked mystery/thriller): Death by Dumpling, Bluebird, Bluebird, Crocodile on the Sandbank, Murder is Binding, All This I Will Give to You, And Only to Deceive, Truly Devious, The School of Night, Listen to Me, Before I Go to Sleep, When No One is Watching, The Institute, All the Pretty Things, The Pingkang Li Mysteries
  21. Standalone: The Dreamers, A Woman is No Man, The Memory Police, The Glittering Hour, A Woman is No Man, Spellhacker, Rules for Being a Girl, Yes No Maybe So, Witches of Ash & Ruin, Verona Comics, Clap When You Land, Felix Ever After, Anna K, The Fascinators, Unpregnant, The Stars We Steal, Belle Revolte, The June Boys, All The Pretty Things, The Glass Magician, Sisters of Sword & Song, Eliza & Her Monsters, Angel Mage, Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All, Beastly, Between Shades of Grey, I’ll Give You the Sun, Going Bovine, The Poisonwood Bible, Rebecca, The Lake House, The Secret Keeper, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Code Name Verity, Cruel Beauty, East of Eden, Station Eleven, Fingersmith, Deathless, Persuasion, The Language of Flowers, Trail of Broken Wings, Ballad of the Whiskey Robber, Amal Unbound, Asking for It, Exit Pursued by a Bear, Some Girls Are, All the Rage, Lincoln in the Bardo, Ash, Roomies, The Shoemaker’s Wife
  22. Lost Royalty: Snow Like Ashes, Crown of Midnight, My Lady Jane
  23. Cover with your country’s flag colors (Red, White & Blue for me!): Unwind, Six-Gun Snow White, The Royal We, Roseblood, Caraval, The Bone Season, Enduring Love, The Revisionists, Kushiel’s Dart, New World, A River in Darkness, killing rage
  24. Written in letters or diary entries
  25. Book centered around politics: The Soul of Politics, Yes We (Still) Can, They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives, Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy, Wolf Hall, Why Busing Failed, Alexander Hamilton
  26. Features a carnival or a circus: Tipping the Velvet, Menagerie, The Weight of Feathers, The Mermaid, Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South, The Emerald Circus, The Church of Marvels
  27. Snake on the cover: Queen of the Conquered, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Kingdom of the Wicked, Kingdom of Souls, The Snakes, Blood & Honey, The Serpent’s Secret, Serpentine, Five Dark Fates
  28. On the Indie Bestseller list in 2020 or earlier: The Overstory, Girl, Woman, Other, Milk & Honey, Pachinko, Lincoln in the Bardo, The Immortalists, The Power, A Little Life, Station Eleven, Everything I Never Told You, Life After Life, The Language of Flowers, The Water Dancer, Beach Read
  29. Historical with a twist: My Lady Jane, The Water Dancer, What the Wind Knows, The Murmur of Bees, The True Queen, Opium & Absinthe, The Bird King, Ghost Talkers, Dread Nation, next Carriger YA, Creatures of Will & Temper, Just One Damned thing After Another, Passing Strange, Lincoln in the Bardo, Bellman & Black, The Ballad of Black Tom, Life After Life, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Finish Lada trilogy from Kiersten White (Vlad genderbent), Shades of Milk & Honey
  30. Character has a dream scene
  31. Set in autumn (at least part of the time): The Secret History, Autumn, Rebecca, Persuasion, The Name of the Rose, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The Return of the Native, The Name of the Wind, The Forgotten Garden, The Gates
  32. Based on non-Greek/Roman mythology: The Chaos of Stars, The Grace of Kings, The Gospel of Loki, Wicked Fox
  33. Non-binary protagonist: my next book in the Murderbot series, The Black Tides of Heaven, Ancillary Justice, Ruin the Stars, Starless
  34. A book with illustrations: The Power, The Strange Library, A Tale for the Time Being, Watership Down, The Shadow of the Wind, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Bad Girls Throughout History, Legendary Ladies, There is No Right Way to Meditate and Other Lessons
  35. WTF Plot Twist: More Than This, In a Dark, Dark Wood, Fingersmith, I Let You Go, The Secret Keeper, The Queen of the Night, And Then There Were None, Everlost, The Forgotten Girls, The House of the Spirits, In the Woods, Penance, Reconstructing Amelia, Sweet Tooth
  36. Second book in a duology: Our Dark Duet
  37. Non-fairytale retelling: Ruinsong, These Violent Delights, The Guinevere Deception/The Camelot Betrayal, Legendborn, From a Certain Point of View, Unmarriageable, Pride & Prejudice & Other Flavors, The Lightning Thief, Echoes of Pemberley
  38. From your 2020 backlist TBR: The Constant Rabbit, Early Riser (or really anything I own at this point)
  39. Book where the woods/forest are important: The Night Country
  40. Black and white (interpret as you wish): I’m going to pick one of my Ian McEwan novels because they all have black & white covers!
  41. Novella (under 200 pages): A Dead Djinn in Cairo, Exit Strategy
  42. Person on the cover (photo or art): Iron Cast, Hate to Want You, The Duchess War, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, The Speaker, Kushiel’s Dart, Certain Dark Things, An Unconditional Freedom, This Will Be My Undoing, Dread Nation, Dance with Me, Amberlough, Once Upon a Marquess, Stay with Me, Priest, Loving Ashe, etc.
  43. Anthology: Toil & Trouble
  44. Has a map: The Shadow Rising
  45. Book about bones or “bone” in the title: Ink and Bone, Salvage the Bones
  46. Good book, bad cover: White Trash, The Jungle, Recursion, White Rage, The Reckless Oath We Made, Pines, Kissing the Witch, A Little Life, Dragon Keeper, Lirael, From Here to Eternity
  47. Brings out the geek in you: Hamilton: The Revolution, any of the pop culture psychology books I have, The Many Lives of Catwoman, The Secret History of Wonder Woman
  48. Bought it for the cover: Songs of Wraith & Ruin
  49. Book written in verse: Clap When You Land, The Good Braider, Shout
  50. Includes a second person point of view: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, The Raven Tower, Harrow the Ninth, The Friend, Brass, The Shore, Heavy, Into the Water, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, The Chronology of Water, The Thing About Jellyfish, Heart Berries, Heartland, I Am I Am I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death, Human Acts, Land of Enchantment, Redshirts, Romeo and/or Juliet, To Be or Not to Be
  51. Author has a book releasing in 2020: Unwind, Scythe, A Study in Charlotte, The Midnight Bargain, Sleeping Giants, An Illusion of Thieves, All the Stars and Teeth, any Sarah J. Maas book I own, We Ride the Storm, We Hunt the Flame, Timebound, Diamond City, A Curious Beginning, any backlist by VE Schwab, Infinity Son, Havenfall…..etc.
  52. Mentions a pineapple (let me know if you have ideas!)