Reading Challenge

Beat the Backlist Challenge Update


We’re halfway through the year (seriously, where does the time go?!), and it’s time to take a look at my progress in Novel Knight’s BTB Challenge.

I set my self a target of reading 47 backlist titles, which is all the titles I’d bought prior to 2017.  So far, I’ve read 19 of them.  It’s progress, although maybe not quite as much as I’d hoped.

Here are my outstanding titles:

# Title Author
1 Long Dark Dusk J. P. Smythe
2 Wake Elizabeth Knox
3 The Bickford Fuse Andrey Kurkov
4 The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 – 2047 Lionel Shriver
5 The Transmigration of Bodies Yuri Herrera
6 Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain Barney Norris
7 The Lost Time Accidents John Wray
8 Wolf Winter Cecilia Ekback
9 Bodies of Water V. H. Leslie
10 101 Detectives Ivan Vladislavic
11 What is Not Yours is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi
12 Hag-Seed Margaret Atwood
13 Wood Green Sean Rabin
14 Dark Made Dawn J. P. Smythe
15 Even the Dogs Jon McGregor
16 The Mountain in my Shoe Louise Beech
17 Star-Shot Mary-Ann Constantine
18 Desire for Chocolate Care Santos
19 A Lovely Way to Burn Louise Welsh
20 The Sunlight Pilgrims Jenni Fagan
21 The Kind Worth Killing Peter Swanson
22 Doorways Robert Enright
23 The Wolf Road Beth Lewis
24 This Savage Song V. E. Schwab
25 The Loney Andrew Michael Hurley
26 The Eleventh Letter Tom Tomaszewski
27 I, Robot Isaac Asimov
28 The Power Naomi Alderman

There are some great sounding books in there – I just need to make a bit of space to get to them!

TBR Watch

Last month’s pledge to buy no new books fell by the wayside pretty early on, but whilst I didn’t keep to it, I did read more than I bought, so there has been a slight reduction in my TBR.  And by slight, I mean it’s gone down by two.  But it has gone down!

TBR 1 Jul 17


  1. Hahaha Yes you can! I don’t do this because I’d be terrible… two months without reading any from the TB 😦

    1. It’s so hard to find time for them between all the review copies and shiny new books that I also really want to read!

  2. I love a good graph! My backlist is falling apart – I think I kept track for a couple of months but it’s got silly again. I’ve also run out of shelf space, so need to have a good clear-out…

    1. Hee hee! Me too! I have a spreadsheet that I use to keep track of everything, although there are times when I don’t really want to look at it too closely! 😂

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