Another year gone, and another year ahead, filled with bookish goals and my fervent attempts at reaching them! I’m not one for doing too many yearly reading challenges, but I entered Beat the Backlist last year, and I want to try it again. Because, well, I kind of completely failed at it in 2017.
For those that aren’t aware, Beat the Backlist is a year-long reading challenge hosted by Novel Knight (an amazing blog!!) that’s for knocking out those books you’ve had sitting on your shelves for eons. You set your own goals and participate on a team to gain points. The only rule is that each book you count towards the challenge has to be published before the current year (2018)!
Last year, my goal was to read 12 backlisted books. You’d think 12 wouldn’t be too hard, since my overall Goodreads goal was 40, right? And considering the fact that I probably have 75+ books on my shelves from 2016 or earlier.
Somehow, I still failed. I only read seven backlisted books. That means everything else I read was published in 2017 (or in 2018, as is the case for a few). I think I really got swept into the world of ARCs and Netgalley this year, which has its pros and cons. But next year, I really want to read more of the books that I bought months—or, ehem, years—ago. They deserve the attention just as much as new releases!
So, before I share my official 2018 goal for Beat the Backlist, here’s a look at the books that I read for the challenge in 2017!
Crooked Kingdom barely even counts for this, because I finished it on like January 2nd of 2017, having read most of it in 2016. But you know, anything to count towards the goal!
So, now that I’ve reflected a bit on the past year, here’s my goal for the year ahead! *drumroll please*
I want at least half of all the books I read over the next year to be published before 2018.
My overall goal is 43 (tentatively), so that works out to be about 21 backlisted books. I’ll round down to 20 to cut myself some slack.
I know this is ambitious, considering how I failed to even read 12 before. But I didn’t exactly make it a priority this year, so I’m going to change that for 2018! I SWEAR!
I’ll *hopefully* be posting a 2017 wrap-up soon, so keep an eye out to see everything I read this year, and my other goals for 2018!