I first saw about the Beat the Backlist challenge on Twitter and I immediately knew I had to sign up. The whole idea is to go through your bookshelf and try and read your own personal backlist; the books you own, but haven’t got to yet.
So that’s what I did. I definitely want to make reading books I already own a priority this year. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of new releases and wanting to stay up to date in the book community, but that can get expensive, and not everyone is able to do that.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some books I am absolutely buzzing to read (look out for my anticipated 2019 reads soon 👀). But for now, let’s focus on those books that are sat on my shelf right now, with a high key sad face because they haven’t been read yet.
So I went though both of my bookshelves, and the multiple piles of books that have stacked up around the house and came to a total of…
82 UNREAD BOOKS… yikes
I’m going to challenge myself to read at least 25 of them this year. That’s realistic right?
I’ve created a Goodreads shelf for this challenge which you can look at here!
Here’s a few that have been on my list for so long that I think they deserve a spotlight:
Emma by Jane Austen
I wasn’t too much of a fan of Pride and Prejudice but I have wanted to give Emma a go ever since watching Emma Approved, which is a youtube series about a modern retelling of Emma.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
I remember this book being around in my childhood. I found an old copy of it when I went home for Christmas, but I never remember actually reading it when I was younger. As the film is coming out this year, I want to change that.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizinni.
You know how I said I really wanted to get to this book by the end of 2018? You know how it’s now 2019 and I still haven’t got to this book? Yep, that.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.
I took this book with me to Uni in first year, as it was on the top of my TBR and I thought I would read it in my downtime. It’s now four years later, and that has yet to happen.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I’ve had this for so long it’s actually embarrassing. No matter how many times I add it to readathon lists, I never seem to get around to it. It’s one of my best friend’s favourite books, and yet still, it goes unread. I’ve heard SO many good things. Like, for goodness sake, just read it already, Jaz.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I meant to read this book after the film came out as I thought it looked super interesting. That was six years ago so…
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Last September, I posted on Instagram that I was going to start reading this book … and then I dun dun dun, didn’t. I’m actually terrible.
I think that’s plenty other wise I’ll be going through my whole bookcase and questioning everything. Are you guys as bad as me?
I get so excited with new book releases and everyone talking about something that you neglect to focus on the books you actually already own. Tell me I’m not the only one, please!
If you like, have a look through my list and see if there’s any of your favourites there. I’d love to hear which books you think I should read first – let me know in the comments!