Backlist Reader Challenge 2018 Wrap-up


Hello everyone! I can’t believe there are only two days left in 2018, and this year has gone by so incredibly fast! It has been a crazy year full of changes for me, but it has been great none the less. It is time to wrap up the first year-long reading challenge I have participated in, and I have to say I’m quite pleased with reading successes considering all the things that happened this year! Without further ado, let’s wrap up my 2018 Backlist Reader Challenge!

The Backlist Reader Challenge is hosted by The Bookwyrm’s Hoard and began on January 1, 2018. You can find my sign up post here!

The main ideas for the challenge are:

  • read books published before 2017 that are already on your TBR (physical or list)
  • create a sign-up post
  • review the books you read and post them to the linky
  • create a wrap-up post at the end of the year

Did I meet my goals?

At the beginning of the year, I left my reading options pretty broad, but I did have a few particular books in mind. I read 4 of the 8 books and series I had in mind, which is not bad considering I rarely follow TBR lists I set out for myself.

My goal was to read 20 books for the Backlist Reader Challenge, and I completed 15 of those 20. I’m actually quite happy with myself, as I started college this fall and had very little time to read.

What books did I read?

(Links are to my reviews! You can see there are not very many… and I have not quite succeeded at that portion of the challenge!)

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

On the Fence by Kasie West

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (I haven’t finished this one yet, but I’m really close!)


Overall, I really enjoyed this challenge, and I will likely be participating again in 2019. I liked that it is flexible and can be molded to fit whatever kinds of books you are in the mood to read, and it (theoretically) helped me to read some of the unread books that I own! I discovered some of my new favorite books (Shatter Me, Fangirl, Love & Gelato) even though they were published a few years ago.

Did you participate in any challenges this year? Were you successful, or at least happy with your end results? Are you planning any challenges for next year?

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