2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge

The one thing I’m always complaining about is how long my TBR list is and how I just keep adding to it, so it’s really hard for me to take book recommendations, because I’m so backlogged. So, this challenge is perfect, because I want to focus on getting to those books I keep meaning to read and keep putting off for other books.

This challenge is hosted by Austine from NovelKnight, and she has a fun twist to gamify the challenge as well. Because I love playing games and participating in friendly competition, I’m also going to join the Hogwarts House Cup mini-challenge and read for Slytherin.

My goal at the moment is going to be 15 books — I feel I already do a good job trying to read at least 1 TBR book a month, so I’m going to raise the bar and see if I can do better than that. I may update this if I’m breezing through it, but we’ll see!

If you want to sign up yourself, go ahead and head over to NovelKnight and sign up!

I’ll keep track of my progress on this post:

  1. Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy – to-read since 2015
  2. Ann Veronica by HG Wells – to-read since 2009
  3. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank – to-read since 2016
  4. My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson – to-read since 2011
  5. The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon – to-read since November 2006
  6. Console Wars by Blake J. Harris – to-read since 2013
  7. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin – to-read since 2012
  8. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong – to-read since 2006

Library Love Challenge Sign-Up

2017 Library Love Challenge

With moving into a pretty small apartment with another person who also desperately loves books, I’ve found myself in very serious lack of shelf space, so the library has been a huge help for me being able to read books while also not accumulating so much stuff (and helping us save money so we can buy a house that has more room for our books!). So, when I saw that Bea’s Book Nook and Angel’s Guilty Pleasures were teaming up to do a challenge specifically aimed at reading books from the library, I knew it was the perfect challenge for me this year.

Basically, here are the rules:

  1. Runs: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017. You can join any time.
  2. Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it below. Make sure it’s public.
  3. The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  4. Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook, or audio); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  5. Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  6. Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  7. Write a review – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.”

Not too bad, right? And there’s a giveaway involved if you join, so overall, a pretty cool challenge!

The level I’m aiming for is: Overdrive Junkie – Read 36 books.

I would do the highest level (50 books), but I’m trying to be better at balancing real life and reading, so my goal for the year is only 52 and I want to read some of the books I own and haven’t read as well.

I will track my progress here and link to reviews as well. Want to join me? Head over to Bea’s Book Nook and sign up!

  1. My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson
  2. The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon
  3. Console Wars by Blake J. Harris
  4. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
  5. Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong