Announcement: The Backlist Books Reading Challenge

Posted December 3, 2015 by Bekka in challenges / 39 Comments

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to finally be posting the sign-ups for the Backlist Books Reading Challenge! I’ve wanted a challenge like this for some time and I am so proud to finally be taking the reins and doing it myself. It’s so easy to get swept up in ARCs or new releases, but when I first started blogging and reviewing, I was posting about books that had been out for a little while, books that I read before I started blogging, and whatever my library may have had available. There are so many amazing and wondrous books that came before 2015 and I think we need to get back to those! Don’t let those gems you may have missed go overlooked any longer.

The deets

  • This is a 2016 challenge, running from January 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2016
  • For these purposes, I’m counting backlist books as anything published a year or more before the day you read it. So if it’s January 21st, 2016, the book you’re reading must have been published on January 21st, 2015 or earlier
  • Books must be read and reviewed. You do not need a blog to enter, but a tumblr, a Goodreads account, just some place to put a little blurb after you’re done reading. A review can be a traditional review, a booktube video, a few sentences on GR. It’s up to you
  • I’m not going to have any levels or anything like that. Read as much or as little as you want!
  • At the end of each month, there will be a check-in post where everyone can link up their reviews

The giveaways

  • There will be two giveaways – one at the end of June, and one at the end of December
  • The giveaways will be international, but you must be signed up in order to enter
  • Every backlist review is another entry
  • The giveaways will be for 2 backlist titles, for one winner

To enter

  • Leave the link to you blog or Goodreads profile in the linky below

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39 responses to “Announcement: The Backlist Books Reading Challenge

  1. This is my kind of challenge!! At least 90% of my shelves are backlist books. So glad you are hosting this challenge. One question though: Can we cross books between challenges we are doing? Like this one and your Bingo card?

  2. Paloma told me about this reading challenge, and I immediately wanted to take part. I’m a new follower of your blog, but I really love the idea of this. I recently wrote a post about reading more lesser-known or older books, because they don’t get as much attention in the community, so this challenge is PERFECT for me!

    Thank you so much for hosting it!

  3. First time trying this out. This should be up my alley. As reviewer, I try to balance between the new stuff (thank you NetGalley and Edelweiss) and older stuff needing some reader love. Looking forward to see what others read.

    Best, and keep on blogging.

  4. Will it be county if I do a month wrap up post for this challenge with a few thoughts on each book I’ve read? I’m doing official reviews for some but not all.

    • That will work for me! As long as it’s more than like, one sentence. I’m going to have a linky where everyone can post their links/wrap-up/whatevers, but there will also be a google form for everyone to fill out so I can personally track everything in order to count entries for the giveaway. 🙂

  5. I just finished writing my 2nd backlist review in three days and thought to myself, “Now where did I see a challenge around this?” As a heavy library user, I read far more “older” books than new releases–in my mind, if it was published in this century, it’s new. 🙂 So I think this is a challenge I can participate in without much stress! Thanks for hosting it.
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  6. I’m not sure how I missed this one, but this challenge sounds totally up my street, and I definitely think I’m going to have to sign up (even though I’m pretty late joining in)! I’m making a real effort to read books off my shelves this year, as well as just new releases and ARCs, and some of them have been out for years, so the challenge definitely fits well with my goals! Thanks for hosting.

  7. Any chance you’ll have a 2017 Backlist Books Reading Challenge? I’d love to join in, this would be extra motivation to read those neglected books on my TBR.

    • I’m pretty pregnant and due right at the beginning of the new year, so I’m not 100% sure how much I’ll be able to commit. But I’m still thinking about it, so I haven’t totally ruled it out yet!

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