This reading challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while. The Backlist Reader Challenge (#BacklistReader) wants to encourage you to read all those older books that you have been stacking up for a long time. No matter if you already own them or simply have them on your to-read list. Every older book counts. Even the ones you are hoarding for years. While I was searching for a new possibility to get at least partly rid of my huge TBR I stumbled across this blog and its Backlist Reader Challenge. After a few days of comparing to the challenge I did last year in that field, I decided to try this one in 2019. The challenge is hosted by The Bookwyrm´s Hoard.

Sometimes I like to try new things. And with my TBR kind of staring reproachfully at me, at least it feels that way, I was looking for a challenge to get rid of not only that feeling but also the books that are standing (or laying) on that bookshelf. Let´s see how this challenge will work for me.

My Goal

My goal for this challenge is to read at least 8 books of my TBR. I know, that doesn´t sound very much, but I am simply not sure how next year will be and I rather keep things low and get surprised with more than the other way around. I hate it when I fail at something. Yup, we are talking about reading books, having fun, and do a challenge along the way. And all of this is meant to happen in a way that is enjoyable, pleasure, and relaxing. But still, failing at something is nothing I enjoy.


The challenge will run from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019. It ends at midnight in whatever timezone you are in. You have an entire year to complete your goal!

Only the first three points are mandatory.

  • To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2019 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. In other words, you don’t have to own the book. If it was on your want-to-read list when you signed up for the challenge, and it came out in 2017 or earlier, it counts… regardless of format (ebook, print book, audiobook) and how you acquired it. 
  • You can only count a rereads if (a) you haven’t read the book in the last 10 years, and (b) you can’t remember any more of it than you would learn by reading the publisher’s blurb. In other words, It should feel new to you or it doesn´t count.
  • Create a goal or sign-up post on your blog or wherever you usually post your reviews (e.g., Goodreads, LibraryThing, Instagram.) and link it up here. Please link the actual goals/sign-up post, not your homepage. You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read this year or leave it up to your mood at the time—as long as they are already on your TBR list when you sign up! You can sign up through December 1, 2019; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.
  • Review the books you read and post the links on the review linky. The review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway. You can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you don’t have a blog. Please link to your review itself. 
  • Post a wrap-up post around the end of 2019 or during the first days of 2020 to let us know how you did! There will be a link-up post for the wrap-up posts, too. 
  • Please use #BacklistReader on Twitter, Facebook, and where ever hashtags are useful.
  • GIVEAWAY. The Bookwyrm´s Hoard will give away a $15 Amazon gift certificate or up to that amount in books from Book Depository. The winner will be chosen at random from the review links at the end of the year. And The Bookwyrm´s Hoard might throw the occasional Twitter party as well, but you don’t have to attend. 
  • You can find the review linky on the top menu bar at The Bookwyrm´s Hoard´s homepage, with a link from the sidebar as well. The review linky will go “live” on January 1, 2019. It will stay open through January 3, 2019, to give you a couple of days to review any books you finished on the last day of the challenge. (NOTE: the review link page for the 2019 challenge will not appear until on or near January 1.)

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Happy reading



  1. Welcome to The Backlist Reader Challenge 2019! 8 books is a perfect goal: it's attainable, but should give you a chance to dive into some of those older books staring disconsolately at you. (I can relate!)

    1. Thank you. I am absolutely curious to see how I will do with this challenge. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Good luck with the challenge!! 8 books is a great start!


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