Beat the Backlist

“I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

– Jane Austen in Pride Prejudice

Flowers book, eyeglasses and cup of coffee with cinnamon stick
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This is another challenge that I am super excited about. It is dedicated to getting those books off your huge TBR lists. Novelknight has even added in team mini challenges, weekly photo challenges, and bingo – which you can choose to participate or not. There is so much going so on make sure you go to Beat the Backlist here to see all the guidelines and fun things for yourself AND to sign up for the challenge if you’d like to join in.

I’m looking forward to the photo challenges and the Team Mini Challenges. Anything with some competitive spirit gets me going… just ask my family.

Here’s the Prompt list: I’m listing the EPIC 80 Prompts – there is also 24 prompt list

Book with a love triangle

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Didn’t live up to the hype – a hyped up book that you read in 2020 that just didn’t live up to it

Obviously I’ll have to read some books first to do this prompt

Published before you were born

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – This was originally published in 1967. I was born in 1972.

Main character with a disability

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo – This book has one of the best known character’s with a disability, Quasimodo with his hunchback.

Set in a city you want to visit

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy – I’ve been so blessed to travel a lot throughout the United States and Europe but I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland. At least through this book I can travel there in my imagination. And I’ll let you know when the real trip happens.

Genre mash-up – a book that features at least 2 different genres (note: YA and adult are not a genre.)

The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig – This book is historical fiction/romance and mystery/spy thriller/espionage.

From your childhood – a book from your childhood that you’re either re-reading or never read

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The sequel was better

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – I’ve heard the sequel was better. I’ll give you my opinion after I’ve read the book.

Book with diary entries

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

Opening line contains a color

I’m not sure how to find a book that fits into this prompt. If you have any ideas then let me know.

Book with no romance

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Own voices author – an author who’s writing about their own background in some form

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Book received from a friend – my sweet daughter Kristin loaned me this

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

Good book, bad cover

Roanoke: The Lost Colony by Angela Elwell Hunt

A modern classic – a modern book you believe will become a classic in the future

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I love this book. And the movie.

Graphic novel or manga

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman

Middle grade

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Book with less than 200 pages

The Titus 2 Woman by Susan Godfrey – This book only has 42 pages. I’m really looking forward to reading it though.

Author you want to meet

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette – I love Cossette’s writing. She gives such an incredible and new perspective to Biblical stories and it makes everything come alive.

Book mentioned in Gilmore Girls

The Trial by Franz Kafka

The slowest burn – a slow burn romance (i.e. the couple doesn’t get together for a while)

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Bought/borrowed it for the cover

Luxe by Anna Godbersen – Look at how beautiful this cover is. Seriously this dress is to die for. I’d love to wear this for just an hour or a lifetime.

Book with a quest

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

Lgbtqia+ rep

Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach – I don’t want to get political on this blog. I don’t think this is the right forum for it. But I do think that even if I don’t agree with someone’s political views, sexual preference, or even how they decorate their how – every single person should be treated with love and kindness.

One word title

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Twisted fairy tale re-telling – a fairy tale re-telling that has a twist to make it different from the original

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – A retelling of Cinderella.

Wish it had a sequel

Genre you never/rarely read

comic book/graphic novel

The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman

Title includes word “strange”

Emily the Strange: Dark Times by Ron Reger & Jessica Gruner

Cover redesign is better

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Old Cover

New Cover

Wish you had read it sooner – note: you won’t be able to pick a book for this prompt until you start reading!

Book turned movie/show

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Companion novel

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Non-human main character

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Released in the 2010’s – a book released sometime in the years 2010-2019

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Pirates or set at sea

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

Star(s) on the cover

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Features your #1 OTP – a book with your One True Pairing (i.e. your favorite couple)

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – Jaime & Claire Fraser… a love that literally survives centuries.

Author with a middle initial

September Sky by John A. Heldt

Dystopian that could happen – a book where you think the dystopian world could actually happen

Book with 600+ pages

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – This book has 743 pages.

Memoir Story involves a heist

The Lufthansa Heist by Henry Hill & Daniel Simone

The 4th+ book in a series – a book that is the 4th book or more in a series

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory – I love this author. And I’ve got books 1-3 of this series down for challenges this year so now I get to add book #4.

A book set in one season – the entire book happens in winter, spring, OR autumn

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks – This book happens during the summer.

Author who writes multiple genres

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – Lisa See writes literary fiction and family sagas along with mysteries.

Historical not set in UK – a historical fiction book that isn’t set in the United Kingdom

The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard – Set in the United States

Shocking plot twist – a book with a shocking plot twist

Owned for over 2 years

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Pink cover

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Title starts with the letter “Z”

Zelda’s Cut by Philippa Gregory

A top 10 read of the year – a book that your read in 2020 that you believe is one of your top 10 reads of the year (note: you will not be able to pick a book for this prompt until you start reading in 2020)

Indie book – a book that is either self- published or published by a small/independent press

Blood and Justice by Rayven T. Hill

Main character has a pet

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – I’ll be reading this from a Kindle in Motion. Let me tell you. Read every book possible like this. It’s amazing.

New to you author

Seek Me with all your Heart by Beth Wiseman

Author you’re read 5+ books by

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury

Book that shares your zodiac sign – a book that was published in the same date range as your zodiac sign (determined by your birthday)

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin – My zodiac sign is Capricorn

Social media made you read it

Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice by Pam Siegel & Leslie Zinberg – I found out about this book because I follow the authors on Instagram. Then I was blessed to win the book from them in a giveaway! I’m so excited to read this!!!

By 2+ authors

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Book with a meet cute

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Book by an INTL (to you) author – a book from an author who is from a different country than you

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Author lives in Australia.

Almost made you cry – My husband has been telling me to read this for years. That it’ll make me go through a whole box of tissues. Now’s the time.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

From myth or legend

Circe by Madeline Miller

Book with chapter titles

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Unusual science

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Morally gray main character

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Book with or talking about recipes

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy

Written before 2010

Sanctuary by Beverly Lewis & David Lewis

Book you never finished before

Twice Upon a Time by Lisa Ann Verge

Plant(s) on the cover

The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

Space travel

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Book containing a fandom

The Fandom by Anna Day

Murder mystery

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Author shares your initials

Lucky Bet by Anna Reader

Happily ever after

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Last book in a series

Loving by Karen Kingsbury

Black and white cover

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Book of poems or short stories

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Title words start with same letter – for example, Red Rising

Wet Work by Mark A. Hewitt

So many fun prompts to choose from. What books are going to read for this challenge?

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