2020 Challenges

2020 Beat the Backlist Challenge

2020 Beat the Backlist Challenge Pledge

This reading challenge, hosted by Austine & Katie @ NovelKnight, is all about knocking off those older books from your to-read list. Any genre, any format, any length. I participate in several group reads of older series so this fits my reading habits oh so well. And, I got seriously behind in 2019. My pledge is to read 80 books for this challenge.


  • The book must have been published in 2019 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including an ARC/eARC) as long as the release date is 2019 or earlier (i.e. 2020 releases are not allowed).
  • You have to start and finish the book in 2020 to count it. Any books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 do not count. Any books started in 2020 and finished in 2021 also do not count.
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020

How to Join

  • POST your backlist TBR for the year somewhere online! This can be in the form of a blog post, instagram photo caption, Twitter thread, Goodreads shelf, YouTube video, whatever works for you! You are NOT locked into these books, it’s just something to get you started! Make sure to share a link to this page somewhere in your post so others can find the challenge!
  • SIGN UP using the form below! Sign-ups will stay open all year long so you can join at any time.
  • READ backlist books and knock them off your TBR!
  • SHARE your updates on social media!

Official Challenge Tags

#BeatTheBacklist #BeatTheBacklist2020 #BTB2020

Sign Up Here

My TBR Backlist

(In alpha order)

3 Truths and a Lie by Lisa Gardner
The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner
All About the D by Lex Martin
Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
Blitzed by Alexa Martin
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Buried Deep by Margot Hunt
Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Cutting Edge by Allison Brennan
A Dark and Stormy Knight by Kerrigan Byrne
Dear Wife by Kimberly Bell
The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge
The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne
The Earl on the Train by Kerrigan Byrne
Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay
Everything My Mother Taught Me by Alice Hoffman
False Step by Victoria Helen Stone
Fatal Accusation by Marie Force
Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
Fatal Secrets by Allison Brennan
Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner
Find Her by Lisa Gardner
The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhard
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Guarded by Kaylea Cross
The Guy Who Died Twice by Lisa Gardner
Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusek Lewis
Hard Asset by Pamela Clare
Hard Justice by Pamela Clare
Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti
High Noon by Nora Roberts
The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne
The Highlander’s Christmas Quest by Anna Campbell
Hot to Touch by Jaci Burton
Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh
If I Should Die by Allison Brennan
In the Dark by Loreth Anne White
Inside Out by Demi Moore
Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Into the Dark by Karen Rose
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Kiss Me, Kill Me by Allison Brennan
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
The Last by Hanna Jameson
The Last Affair by Margo Hunt
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting
The Lies We Tell by Debra Webb
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connelly
Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen
Love Is Murder by Allison Brennan
Love Me to Death by Allison Brennan
Love You More by Lisa Gardner
Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker
A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot
A Merciful Fate by Kendra Elliot
A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot
A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot
A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot
A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin
Never Tell by Lisa Gardner
No Exit by Taylor Adams
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
One Small Sacrifice by Hilary Davidson
One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan
Out of Time by Monica McCarty
The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
A Philosophy of Ruin by Nicholas Mancusi
Physical Forces by D. D. Ayres
Playing Dead by Allison Brennan
Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts 
Raze by Roan Parrish
Reckless by Allison Brennan
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
Rend by Roan Parrish
The River by Peter Heller
The Roommate by Dervla McTiernan
The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose
The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne
Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
The Secrets We Bury by Debra Webb
Shattered by Kaylea Cross
She Said by Jodi Kantor
Silenced by Allison Brennan
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Sister by Louise Jensen
The Sisters by Dervla McTiernan
Snap by Belinda Bauer
✔Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea
Stalked by Allison Brennan
Stolen by Allison Brennan
Sudden Death by Allison Brennan
Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin
Taken by Rebecca Zanetti
Taken by Rebecca Zanetti
Temper by Layne Fargo
Tempting Fate by Nora Roberts
That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr
Vacation Interrupted by Allison Brennan
Verity by Colleen Hoover
When You See Me by Lisa Gardner
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

18 thoughts on “2020 Beat the Backlist Challenge”

  1. Wow I love this idea! I have so many back list books that I want to read and not enough time to read them. A reading challenge sounds like the perfect idea for that! I notice a lot of Alison Brennan and Lisa Gardner on here 😄 plus quite a few romances. I’m also keen on trying out Say You Still Love Me. Great list Jonetta! Jen

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    1. Thanks, Jen💜 I’m part of two Goodreads group reads for Brennan’s trilogies connected to Lucy Kincaid, leading up to one for that series. The other group read is Gardner’s Detective D. D. Warren series. Good eye!

      Yes, I love romance equally to all my other genres. They balance out the murder, mayhem and despair of the others😏


      1. I’m terrible keeping up with 2019 challenges, let alone 2020 ones! xD I’m definitely going to put together a 2020 BTB post soon (and add the missing 2019 read titles to the BTB page while I’m at it haha).

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