Beat the Backlist is a reading challenge hosted by NovelKnight, and you can check out all the details here. (There are too many details in it to go through in here.) It runs from January 1st to December 31st, meaning we get a whole year to do it!
My Goodreads reading goal this year is 100, and I want to make a little under half the books I read new releases, and a little over half backlist. So, this is going to be a pretty long post; I’ll be going through 55 books! For the sake of this post’s length, I’m not going to talk about what the book is about. Obviously.
Also, please tell me what team you’re on if you’re doing BTB! I’m team Story Sorcerers!!
ANYWAY, here’s my (in no particular order, of course) TBR! Click on the cover to go to the GR page.
New Reads TBR
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – I’ve been trying to get more into historical fiction lately, and this one just sounds hilarious! Also, the sequel to this comes out this year.
The Archived by Victoria Schwab – It’s Victoria/V.E. Schwab.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – It’s Victoria/V.E. Schwab.
Vicious by Victoria/V.E. Schwab – It’s Victoria/V.E. Schwab. (Also, the sequel to this is FINALLY coming out this year!!)
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – I’ve heard NOTHING but amazing things about this book, and even if it weren’t for that I absolutely LIVE for WWII stories!
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah – I’ve sadly never read a book with a Muslim MC, which I REALLY want to change. Plus, the author is Australian!!
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – Oh my god. There are so. Many. Reasons I want to read this. Don’t even get me sTARTED.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace – Amanda Lovelace is just the awesomest person and I’m ashamed I haven’t read her book! Poetry is another genre I’ve been trying to read more of, and this one sounds really good.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall – The protagonist has agoraphobia and OCD and there’s romance in it but the book !! doesn’t !! have !! the !! “love can cure” trope!!!!
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley – Sapphic girls with a main character in the “figuring themselves out” stage. Yes please.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – An ace girl with a web series about a modern version Anna Karenina!! I repeat, AN ACE GIRL WITH A WEB SERIES ABOUT A MODERN VERSION OF ANNA KARENINA!
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older – Harold and the Purple Crayon × a lot. (I mean, I’m pretty sure that’s what this is about.) Yes.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I mean. Just look at the blurb on the front. A lady Jack Sparrow? Erm. Yes.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – Please refer to We Are the Ants.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – Leigh Bardugo is one of my absolute favorite authors ever and this is the only book of hers I still have yet to read! AND it’s about Wonder Woman. I HAVE NO EXCUSES. I MUST READ THIS.
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner – The main character (who is deaf!!) is expelled from her school when she spray-paints over a slur about her best friend on the wall outside the school. That sounds like SUCH an amazing book.
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown – Well it’s gay and that’s all I really need to know tbh
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve only read the first two books in this AMAZING series so I definitely want to finish it this year!!
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – See above. I’M READY TO BE CRUSHED.
Beartown by Frederik Backman – I blame Marija for this going on my tbr
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – Trans rep in YA?? In books?? In media at all????
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – Literally EVERYONE has been recommending me this lately!! Also it’s diverse af which is always a plus
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins – Once again, I want to get into poetry really badly!
It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura – Okay so I have no idea what this book is about but I skimmed the synopsis and it’s queer so guess I’ll read it lmao
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – This has been pitched as gay feminist Snow White, and I’ve read a few pages of it already, and holy shit. I know I’m going to love it.
Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski – Tbh I forgot what this book is about but I remember it sounding super cute and most people like it so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – Pretty cover + good reviews + gay = on my tbr.
Dreadnought by April Daniels – A TRANS SUPERHERO. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. A TRANS SUPERHERO.
10 Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac – Sapphic girls in Canada and one of them has severe anxiety!!
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate – I’m pretty sure this is about a trans girl in choir and she’s the only girl in the “low” (like soprano or something?? I’m probably completely wrong lol) group. Or something like that. I’m probably completely off from what it actually is. Nevertheless, I want to read it.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – This sounds SO good and right up my ally. I’ll for sure be getting to this soon.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore – This book sounds super weird. Aka, I need to read it.
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts – Y’all, this sounds SO. GOOD. Omg.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu – This got a TONNE of hype back in September 2017 when it came out, and ever since then it has just completely faded away into nonexistence which is like ???? why
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg – I know this follows a kid in high school who’s gay and has been out since eighth grade, and it’s totally fine — his parents are completely okay with it, he doesn’t get bullied; but he’s sick of always being labeled as “the gay kid,” so he transfers schools and doesn’t come out. THAT SOUNDS SO GOOD OMG
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens – I tried reading this a few months ago, but I wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. I was enjoying it though! Also, genderfluid MC.
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie – I blame Elise for this going on my tbr
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – There are too many people to blame for me putting this on my tbr honestly
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones – I am so !! obsessed !! with people-making-deals-with-the-devil stories!!!!
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero – This is a SCOOBY DOO RETELLING. No, not a novelization. A RETELLING. Oh my god why haven’t I read this yet
// edit: I have been informed that this book is very transphobic so I have removed it from my TBR.
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio – Tbh all I know about this book is that the MC is intersex but that’s all I need to know really
Warcross by Marie Lu – This. Book. Sounds. So. Fucking. AMAZING oh my god
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – A YA book about rape culture!!!!!!!!
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – I both want to read this and don’t want to read it. Let’s see what happens
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – Okay if we’re being completely honest there’s only two reasons I added this to my tbr: it’s by Anna-Marie McLemore and one of the MCs is FTM.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – Y’ALL. A princess is arranged to marry the prince of the other kingdom but she falls in love with the prince’s sister. Y’ALLLLLL
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I blame Amelie for this going on my tbr
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee – Okay yes I know all my friends who’ve read this hated it and all but I like to torture myself so
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – This is my favorite series ever and somehow I’ve only read each one once?? I need to reread them.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – I absolutely love both of Becky Albertalli’s books (I definitely prefer Simon, but still), and the Simon movie is coming out in March!!!!!!!! Oh my god. Also, Becky’s third book will be releasing this year too!!
A List of Cages by Robin Roe – As everyone is aware of, I absolutely adore this book. So I definitely am going to reread it sometime this year!
The Pants Project by Cat Clarke – This might be my favorite book of all time. I MUST REREAD IT. And if you haven’t read it, erm, please do yourself a favor and do it.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – I’m pretty sure the sequel to this is coming out this year?? And even if it’s not, I love this book too much to not reread it.
Thanks for reading! Which of these books have you read? What did you think of them? Are any of these on your TBR? Are you doing BTB this year? What are some books you’re planning to read for it? Tell me all about it down in the comments!