Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge 2017

There is just a few more hours left to ring in the new year (or it might already be, depending on where you live) and with it comes a whole new world of possibilities. The best part : A CHANCE TO READ MOOOORE. I always see so many book challenges floating around the internet but I’ve never had the time to take part in one. Till now. As I scavenged the internet for reading challenges, I came across one that was a perfect fit for me : Beat The Backlist Challenge presented by Austine @ novelknight. 


This challenge asks only one thing : To read books which have been published before 2017. My TBR pile has just been increasing and increasing and this challenge gives me the perfect opportunity to try to bring it under control. You can find all the information here.

Now, I’ll tell you this : Austine is an absolute genius. To make things a little more competitive, she has created another challenge : Win The House Cup Challenge.


The participants will be reading for their house. You can get all the information about this here. There will be points assigned to all the participants and I am just in love with the idea. It’ll be complimenting the Beat The Backlist Challenge and isn’t compulsory to participate in. I’m going to be reading for my house : GRYFFINDOR.


There are also going to be Scavenger Hunts (YES. YOU HEARD IT RIGHT)! You can get the information about them here.


Now, without further ado.. I present to you my TBR list for the BTB Challenge. This is in no means a final list. The list is a starting point for me and other titles will be added as time goes. I hope to read 100 books this year. That is the number of books that I’ll be challenging myself to read in Goodreads. But for the time being, here is my list :

  1. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

3. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

4. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them : The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

7. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

8. Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

9. Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

11. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

12. The Last Don by Mario Puzo

13. The Martian by Andy Weir

14. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

15. One Summer by David Baldacci

16. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

17. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

18. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

19. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

20. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

21. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

22. The Vegetarian by Han Kang

23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

24. The Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

25. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

26. The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan

27. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

28. The Conversations We Never Had  by Jeffrey H. Konis

29. The Tales of  Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (The review can be found here.)

30. Mrs Funny Bones by Twinkle Khanna (You can find the review here.)

31. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

32. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

33. Charring Cross Road by Helene Hanff

34 . Anant Dot Com by Govind Sharma

35. The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna

36. The Mahabharata Code by  Karthik K B Rao

37. Kitty Hawk by Iain Reading

38. The Suitable Inheritor by Pushpendra Mehta

39. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

40. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

41. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

42. The Menagerie and Other Byomkesh Bakshi Mysteries by Saradindu Bandyopadhyay 

43. Playing It My Way by Sachin Tendulkar

44. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

45. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 

46. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

47. 8 Days A Week by Niraj Satnalika

48. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

49. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

50. Marley and Me : Life and Love With The World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan

51. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

52. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

53. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

54. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

55. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

56. Breathe by Abbi Glines

57. The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank 

58. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

59. My Wife’s Diary by Deepanshu Saini

60. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 

61.  In wartime by Tim Judah 

62. Deception Point by Dan Brown (You can find the review here.)

This is the skeleton list that I’m going to start with, adding and removing as we go. All the media used in this post belongs to Austine @ novelknights.

Happy new year, everyone. I hope we can all go beyond the train wreck that 2016 has been and achieve more in this coming year. I leave you with this beautiful quote by Lord Neil Gaiman : 

” May your year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful. And don’t forget to make some art (write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” 


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