2021 Challenges

2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge

2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge
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 so very well. Last year, I read almost 80 books for this challenge, making a serious dent in my backlist. My pledge this year is to read 70 books for this challenge.


    • The book must have been published in 2020 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including an ARC/eARC) as long as the release date is 2020 or earlier (i.e. 2021 releases are not allowed).
    • You have to start and finish the book in 2021 to count it. Any books started in 2020 and finished in 2021 do not count. Any books started in 2021 and finished in 2022 also do not count.
    • The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

    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 is not required this year! Just go to the site and grab your tools to create your challenge.
    • READ backlist books and knock them off your TBR!
    • SHARE your updates on social media!

    Official Challenge Tags

    #BeatTheBacklist #BeatTheBacklist2021 #BTB2021

    Get Your Challenge Tools Here!

    My TBR Backlist

    (In alpha order)

    After the End by Clare Mackintosh
    American Predator by Maureen Callahan
    The Au Pair by Emma Rous
    The Awakening by Nora Roberts
    Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
    Beach Read by Emily Henry
    Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
    Becoming by Michelle Obama
    Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
    Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald
    Best Laid Plans by Allison Brennan
    The Better Liar by Tanen Jones
    The Better Sister by Alafair Burke
    The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz
    Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine
    Blood Lines by Angela Marsons
    Blue Flowers by Carola Saavedra
    The Body Lies by Jo Baker
    The Book of Dreams by Nina George
    The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
    The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl
    The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh
    The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
    Broken Bones by Angela Marsons
    Buried Deep by Margot Hunt
    Call Your Daughter Home be Deb Spera
    Chances Are…by Richard Russo
    The Child by Fiona Barton
    Child’s Play by Angela Marsons
    The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
    Cold Snap by Allison Brennan
    Compulsion by Allison Brennan
    Dead Heat by Allison Brennan
    Dead Memories by Angela Marsons
    Dead Souls by Angela Marsons
    The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo
    Deadly Cry by Angela Marsons
    Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
    Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor
    The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge
    The Dreamers by Karen Walker Thompson
    Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin
    Dying Truth by Angela Marsons
    The East End by Jason Allen
    Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay
    The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett
    Everything You Are by Kerry Anne King
    Faker by Sarah Smith
    Fallen by Rebecca Zanetti
    False Step by Victoria Helen Stone
    Fatal Fraud by Marie Force
    Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
    Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons
    A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting
    Firewatching by Russ Thomas
    Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
    Follow Me by Kathleen Barber
    For Now, Forever by Nora Roberts
    The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhard
    The Friends We Keep by Jane Green
    Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
    The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwartzenegger Pratt
    The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
    Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
    Gone Too Long by Lori Roy
    A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas
    A Good Man by Ani Katz
    The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant
    The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister
    Greenwood by Michael Christie
    Half of What You Hear by Kristyn Kusek Lewis
    Hard Pursuit by Pamela Clare
    Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo
    Her Mother’s Death by Daniela Petrova
    Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti
    The Hidden Things by Jamie Mason
    Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker
    The Highlander’s Christmas Countess by Anna Campbell
    His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
    Home for the Holidays by Brenda Novak
    House Rules by Ruby Lang
    I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
    The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan
    A Killer’s Wife by Victor Methos
    Killing Mind by Angela Marsons
    The Last by Hanna Jameson
    The Last Collection by Jeanne Mackin
    Layla by Colleen Hoover
    Layover by David Bell
    The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic
    A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting
    The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
    The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
    Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent
    Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connelly
    Long Bright River by Liz Moore
    The Long Call by Alice Cleeves
    A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
    The Lost Girls by Allison Brennan
    The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen
    Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
    Lost You by Haylen Beck
    Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
    The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts
    Make Them Pay by Allison Brennan
    Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker
    Marilou is Everywhere by Sarah Elaine Smith
    Master Class by Christina Dalcher
    Maximum Exposure by Allison Brennan
    Me by Elton John
    Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra
    Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts
    Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West
    A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
    Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin
    Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman
    The Morning After by Lisa Jackson
    The Most Fun We Ever Had by Carole Lombardo
    My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding by Wendy Wax
    My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
    The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
    Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
    Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin
    The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
    No Good Deed by Allison Brennan
    Normal People by Sally Rooney
    Notorious by Allison Brennan
    Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge
    On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
    One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase
    One Small Sacrifice by Hilary Davidson
    One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan
    Ordinary Hazards by Anna Bruno
    The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson
    The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames
    Out of Time by Monica McCarty
    Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen
    The Passengers by John Marrs
    The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes
    A Philosophy of Ruin by Nicholas Mancusi
    Physical Forces by D. D. Ayres
    Play Dead by Angela Marsons
    Playbook series by Alexa Marting
    Poisonous by Allison Brennan
    Precious You by Helen Monk Takhar
    Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little
    The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman
    The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay
    Raze by Roan Parrish
    The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman
    Rebellion by Nora Roberts
    Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown
    The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood
    Recursion by Blake Crouch
    Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
    The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
    Rend by Roan Parrish
    Reputation by Sara Shepard
    Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr
    A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
    The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
    The Rumor by Lesley Kara
    Save Your Breath by Melinda Leigh
    The Second Sleep by Robert Harris
    A Secret for a Secret by Helena Hunting
    Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh
    Shattered by Allison Brennan
    She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
    Snap by Belinda Bauer
    Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
    Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
    A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford
    A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
    Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
    Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
    The Suspect by Fiona Barton
    Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin
    Taken by Rebecca Zanetti
    Talk to Me by John Kenny
    Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love by Kim Fielding
    Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman
    Temper by Layne Fargo
    That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn
    Their Christmas Baby Contract by Shannon Stacey
    The Things I Know by Amanda Prowse
    Their Last Breath by Sibel Hodge
    Thick as Thieves by Sandra Brown
    Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman
    This is Not How it Ends by Rochelle B. Weinstein
    Those People by Louise Candlish
    To the Lions by Holly Watt
    Two to Die For by Allison Brennan
    Unbreak Me by Michelle Hazen
    The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr
    A Very Stable Genius by Philip Rucker & Carol Lennig
    Verity by Colleen Hoover
    Waiting for a Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan
    Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
    The Warehouse by Rob Hart
    We Wish You Luck by Caroline Zancan
    Weather by Jenny Offill
    Well-Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave
    What I’ve Done by Melinda Leigh
    What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
    When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
    When the Duke was Wicked by Lorraine Heath
    Wife After Wife by Olivia Hayfield
    The Winning Hand by Nora Roberts
    The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
    The Woman Inside by E. G. Scott
    The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
    The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher

17 thoughts on “2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge”

  1. I have so, so many books on my backlist, I will be dead before I can read them all. This is a good challenge for me as it might keep me on target instead of going off on tangents like I do. Good luck to you Jo.

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