2024 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

Beat the Backlist 2024 Reading Challenge

2024 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

Welcome to my ongoing list for the Beat the Backlist 2023 Reading Challenge, hosted by Austine Decker. This is my second year participating in this challenge. Last year, my first year, it helped me read a lot more backlist titles than I thought I could, so I’m excited to see how this year goes. I found the prompts helped inspire me to read some of the books I really wanted to and wasn’t successful getting to on my own.

I’ll list the books I’ve read and a teeny bit about them here. You’ll also see the prompt the book satisfies posted with it. At the bottom of the post, you’ll find all 52 prompts, with the ones I’ve completed listed in bold. I hope you enjoy this journey through Beat the Backlist 2023 as much as I do.

So far, I’ve completed 8 out of 52 prompts.

Beat the Backlist 2024

6. A retelling of a classic.

Northranger by Rey Terciero and Bre Indigo

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What you need to know: Inspired by Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. A spooky, sweet romance about a boy who works a summer as a ranch hand on a ranch plagued by tragedy and secrets.

Published June 6, 2023 | Review to Come

11. Anything but a monarchy.

Nimona by ND Stevenson

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My thoughts: I’ve been seeing this book everywhere, never more than now that there’s a Netflix movie. I decided it was definitely time to read it, and I’m so glad I did. This is like Dr. Horrible’s cooler, more sophisticated older sibling, and yet it’s charming and fun all in its own right. Definitely a must-read for fantasy fans.

Published May 12, 2015 | Review to Come

12. Written at least 100 years ago.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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My thoughts: This is technically a reread, since I read this in high school. All I remembered about it is that I did not like it, but since I’m planning to read WHAT SOULS ARE MADE OF, which is a remix of the story, I wanted the original to be fresher in my brain. I still did not like this book. I don’t know. What am I missing? This seems like a tale of people treating each other miserably (if not abusively) and suffering for it?

Published February 7, 2023 (Orig 1847) | Review to Come

13. Walk through history. (Alternate history or historical.)

Salt Magic by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock

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My thoughts: This takes place in Oklahoma after World War I, but also contains magic. I love the way the illustrator uses color palettes to set moods and show tension. I really enjoyed the story– it’s a quick read.

Published October 12, 2021 | Review to Come

22. First in an unfinished series.

(I’m cutting this one pretty close– I read this in January, and the series finale comes out in February.)

This Woven Kingdom (This Woven Kingdom #1) by Tahereh Mafi

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My thoughts: I recently discovered that a friend reads a lot and she highly recommended this series, so I figured I better check it out. So far, I am entranced by the powerful writing and slow-burn forbidden love. I finished the first book and started the second on the same day.

Published February 1, 2022 | Review to Come

30. Between 300 and 400 pages.

Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit (Theo Tan #1)

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My thoughts: I enjoyed the second book in this series, and I had the first one already (from a publisher), so I’d been meaning to circle back and read it. I think I actually enjoyed this one more than the second one. I really enjoyed Kai’s asides and footnotes, and Theo’s devotion to his brother melts my heart.

Published May 31 2022 | Review

32. Neon-colored cover.

Balto and Togo: Hero Dogs of Alaska by Helen Moss

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My thoughts: The weirdest part of reading this book is, as a kid who grew up watching the movie Balto, how many times I would read facts about what actually happened and have to process my split-second denial. I’d kind of rear back and immediately think, that’s not what happened in the movie! Which…. well, duh? It was a cartoon? Anyway, I loved getting a chance to learn the real story of these brave mushers and their dogs who helped stop a diphtheria outbreak.

Published November 28, 2023 | Review to Come

33. Hotel, mansion, or castle.

These Infinite Threads (This Woven Kingdom #2) by Tahereh Mafi

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My thoughts: I started this sequel within hours of finishing the first book in the series, and I’m so hooked. I love that one of my favorite minor characters from the first book has a bigger role in this one.

Published February 7, 2023 | Review to Come

2024 Beat the Backlist Prompts

I’ve completed the prompts in bold.

  1. Fae or aliens.
  2. The title contains a body of water.
  3. 4-word title.
  4. Travel by ship.
  5. Prominently features a desert.
  6. A retelling of a classic.
  7. Small town versus big city.
  8. Queer AF.
  9. Good vibes only.
  10. Those woods hold secrets.
  11. Anything but a monarchy.
  12. Published 100+ years ago.
  13. Walk through history. (Historical/alternate history, etc.)
  14. Door on the cover.
  15. 2023 Debut novel.
  16. Bird is the word.
  17. Live in infamy. (Inspired by famous history.)
  18. Writing about writing.
  19. Blurbed by a favorite author.
  20. Recommended via a newsletter or podcast.
  21. Tickles your funny bone.
  22. First in an unfinished series.
  23. On your TBR 5+ years.
  24. Co-authored or illustrated.
  25. Share the love.
  26. The author’s last name starts with a V.
  27. It’s the end of the world as we know it.
  28. STEM stan.
  29. We have so much in common.
  30. Between 300 and 400 pages.
  31. An unexpected inheritance.
  32. Neon-colored cover.
  33. Hotel, mansion, or castle.
  34. The author and character share an initial.
  35. The character’s name is a color.
  36. Let’s circle back to this. (Circle on the cover or in the plot.)
  37. Name that tune.
  38. Popular throwback.
  39. Sweet or spicy.
  40. 3+ points of view.
  41. Coffeehouse reads.
  42. We all scream for (ice cream?)
  43. That’s not my name. (Character mistaken for someone else.)
  44. Dance the night away.
  45. Second chances.
  46. Sibling showdown.
  47. I was framed!
  48. Anthology or omnibus edition.
  49. Released on the 13th of any month.
  50. Written by or about a fictional celebrity.
  51. Creature feature.
  52. Space: the final frontier.