2022 Challenges

2022 Beat the Backlist Challenge

This reading challenge, hosted by Austine @ Austine Decker.com, is returning for its 6th year in 2022! Designed to help you tackle all the books you keep meaning to read and still haven’t, this challenge is flexible enough to work for all kinds of readers. Last year, I read 72 books for this challenge, making a serious dent in my backlist. I’m pledging to read 70 books again in 2022.


  • The book must be published in the previous year or earlier (for the 2022 challenge, anything published in 2021 or earlier counts).
  • You have to start and finish the book in 2022.
  • Any format, any genre. Re-reads count, and you don’t have to own the book. It’s open for the entire year so whenever you feel like jumping in, you can!
  • And that’s it!
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

There is no formal sign-up for Beat the Backlist this year. Whether you want to make a Goodreads shelf, declare your participation on social media, make a blog post, share an instagram story, or say nothing at all, you’re welcome.

The only request is that if you do post somewhere online about the challenge, please give Austine a link back so more readers can learn about BTB!


  1. The Academy by Robert Dugoni
  2. Third Watch by Robert Dugoni
  3. Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner
  4. Breaking Point by Allison Brennan
  5. Morning Glory by LaVryle Spencer
  6. The Bad Boy Experiment by Reese Ryan
  7. Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo
  8. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
  9. Little Girl Gone by Amanda Stevens
  10. My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
  11. In Dark Company by Linda Castillo
  12. Abandoned by Allison Brennan
  13. Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
  14. Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni
  15. Rock Chick Renegade by Kristen Ashley
  16. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
  17. Too Far Gone by Allison Brennan
  18. A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo
  19. The Third to Die by Allison Brennan
  20. In Plain Sight by Linda Castillo
  21. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas
  22. Storm Warning by Allison Brennan
  23. In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni
  24. Tell No Lies by Allison Brennan
  25. Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
  26. Take Me Higher by Pamela Clare
  27. The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni
  28. It’s Raining Men by Rich Amooi
  29. Nothing to Hide by Allison Brennan
  30. Shamed by Linda Castillo
  31. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
  32. The Pact by Linda Castillo
  33. Close to Home by Robert Dugoni
  34. Free Fall by Lisa Clark O’Neill
  35. Cut and Run by Allison Brennan
  36. Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
  37. Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
  38. Educated by Tara Westover
  39. A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni
  40. Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
  41. The Sorority Murder by Allison Brennan
  42. No Way Out by Allison Brennan
  43. Outsider by Linda Castillo
  44. Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
  45. Northern Escape by Tonya Burrows
  46. Disappeared by Linda Castillo
  47. Cold as Ice by Allison Brennan
  48. A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni
  49. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
  50. Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
  51. In Her Tracks by Robert Dugoni
  52. A Deeper Fear by Allison Brennan
  53. Fallen by Linda Castillo
  54. Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby
  55. Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas
  56. Orphan X by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz
  57. Don’t Make a Sound by T. R. Ragan
  58. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  59. Buy a Bullet by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz
  60. It Started with a Dog by Julia London
  61. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  62. An Invincible Summer by Mariah Stewart
  63. See Her Die by Melinda Leigh
  64. The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz
  65. The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

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