Beat the Backlist challenge is hosted by NovelKnight and is a year long Readathon dedicated to reading books released prior to 2018. It involves teams, points, and a tonne of reading and I’m soo excited for it. This challenge honestly sounds freakin amazing, and right up my alley since I have looots of old books on my tbr

I’m not gonna list ALL the books I want to read in 2018 that are earlier releases, but I’m gonna be making a TBR post with some of my top priorities – which is close to fourty EEK. So without further ado lets get into my tbr!




So I really want to knock some series off my tbr this year, and to complete the ones I’ve started and left hanging. Thats going to be a big priority this year, so most of the books here are series, but there are a few standalones.


1: The Enemy by Charlie Higson: I am so eager to finish this series, I really like it but I’ve been reading it slow due to it being 7 books long, and each book being about or over 500 pages. I have two more books in this series (The Hunted & The End) and I hope to read them very soon.

2: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch: I started this year in 2017 with The Lies of Locke Lamora, but I want to continue as soon as possible. This is such a cool thief based high fantasy and I’ve heard so many good things about the second and third books, so I want to read Red  Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves this year. Plus book four is supposed to be released in 2018 and it’d be nice to be caught up

3: Spellslinger by Sebastian De Castell: I own this book so knocking it off my tbr would be really nice. This is a con kinda book I think, but with magic, and it sounds so fun. I also need to read the sequel to this book, Shadowblack.

4: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi: I really enjoyed The Star Touched Queen when I read it in early 2017 so I need to read the sequel asap

5: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: I want to start this series to see what I think. I may not continue with it but I would like to give it a go. If I enjoy it there is also two sequels, Never Fade and In The Afterlight.

6: Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington: I’ve read the first book in this series and thought it was alright, and book two was free on Amazon one day so now I own it. I am on the fence about continuing this series, so I plan to read this one and hopefully that makes up my mind for me.


7: Vicious by V.E Schwab: I read and enjoyed the Darker Shade of Magic series, but I’ve been wanting to give Vicious a shot for ages. It seems like something I’d really enjoy and I’m not sure why I keep putting it off. I’m definitely gonna get to it in 2018

8: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: I read Percy Jackson in 2016 and have never continued on, but I want to !! I really want to read his newer series but feel I need to read these first. They should be quick fun reads, I just keep putting them off for some reason. I have four more books to complete in this series – The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian and I’d like to read them all

9: Shatter Me by Teherah Mafi: My friend ‘in real life’ has been pressuring me to read this series because it’s her favourite “trash series” so I said I’d at least give Shatter Me a chance

10: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor: I’ve started this one in 2018 on audiobook and thus have high hopes for it. The audible narrator is fantastic. I had mixed feelings on book one but I wanted to give the series another chance

11: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud: I listened to Lockwood & Co in 2017 and really enjoyed it, so I’d like to continue on. There is three books in this series after this one – The Hollow Boy, The Creeping Shadow and The Empty Grave. I don’t know if I’ll finish them all this year

12: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld: I read the first book in this series, Leviathan, in 2016 and really liked it and I am unsure as to why I never continued on. It was so fun and a quick middle grade read. I’d like to read Behemoth and Goliath this year to finish off the trilogy

I have many more books I’d like to read this year! But this is some of the biggest priorities – hopefully I can finish all of these and many more ! Some more books like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson, Fence by C.S Pacat and The Saga graphic novels are also in line to be read in 2018, but aren’t as high priority.



2018 is gonna be a year dedicated to rereads. I love rereads and I barely had any last year so I want to fill up a few this year.


1: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: This is the first book I’m reading in 2018 and I am soo happy to be rereading this. It’s one of my favourite series and I just adore all the characters and the story itself. I also will 100% be rereading Crooked Kingdom

2: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: Since I’m rereading Six of Crows, I want to reread The Language of Thorns. I enjoyed this collection but I listened on audiobook – I since bought the physical and want to read it from there

3: The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic: I’ve only read this full series once and it’s a disgrace (though I’ve read tkm like, three times) ANYWAY, I have the physical versions of these books now and it’s time to read them

4: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: Literally one of my favourite books ever, I just have to reread this one soon

5: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: This one is gonna be a reread a bit later on, but I like to reread books before the sequel comes out so I plan on reading this before I read Queen of Air and Darkness

6: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: I want to reread this before the movies comes out! It’s such a good book that gives me all the feels and I’m dying for my pre-movie reread, especially because I’m planning a buddy read with some of my offline friends.


Aaand, thats my entire Beat the Backlist TBR! I mean, I plan on reading a lot more then this (especially since I mostly read backlist titles anyway) but these are all the ones that are really high priority.

Definitely go check out Beat the Backlist Challenge and consider joining yourselves, it sounds awesome! And I can’t wait to start earning points for my team

And even if you’re not joining, I’d love to hear what Backlisted books everyone wants to read in 2018. Anyway, now I’m off to get started reading some of the massive books from this list.

Until next time!

xo jamieson

8 thoughts on “2018 BEAT THE BACKLIST Sign Up & TBR !

  1. Yay for re-reads! (And backlist books! Thanks for signing up for the BTB challenge!)

    My backlist TBR is. . . well basically most of the books I own and that list could go on for days but I’m also thinking about re-reading all of Tamora Pierce’s books because they’re favorites of mine (specifically the books set in Tortall), and maybe marathon the Vampire Academy series again too!


  2. I’m also participating in Beat the Backlist. But I’m a Story Sorcerer. I’ve read 6 backlist books so far and am midway through the 7th. Good luck with your readings!


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