The Backlist Reader Challenge

The Backlist Reader Challenge (#BacklistReader) is hosted by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard ( Visit her blog to sign-up and read more about this challenge.

I’m signing up for this challenge to help me read older books that have piled up. But the great thing about this challenge is that it’s not just the books I already own, but also the books I’ve wanted to read for a long time but haven’t gotten around to them yet.


  • To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2018 AND already be on your TBR list or pile.
  • Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog.
  • Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky. You can certainly do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway.
  • Social media: Please use #BacklistReader on Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else hashtags are useful!
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. It ends at midnight in whatever timezone you’re in.

My Goals

  • Read 25 books from my TBR list
  • Write reviews for the books and then link them on Lark’s blog

TBR Books Read

  1. Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger (2005)
  2. Copper River by William Kent Kreuger (2006)
  3. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert (2017)
  4. Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein (1947)
  5. Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon (2009)
  6. Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard (2013)
  7. Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage (2012)
  8. 10 lb. Penalty by Dick Francis (1997)
  9. The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman (1998)


My TBR List

Note: All books in series include the next books in the series as long as they’re published before 2018.


  1. The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman, book 13
  2. Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger, book 5
  3. As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson, book 8
  4. In This Bright Future by Peter Grainger, book 5
  5. A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge by Terry Shames, book 4
  6. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, book 9
  7. Murder at an Irish Wedding by Carlene O’Connor, book 2
  8. Death Distilled by Melinda Mullett, book 2
  9. Crazy Mountain Kiss by Keith McCafferty, book 4
  10. Evil for Evil by Aline Templeton, book 7
  11. Winter Harvest by Wendy Tyson
  12. A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, book 1
  13. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
  14. Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller
  15. The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey
  16. The Last Train by Michael Pronko
  17. Winter Study by Nevada Barr
  18. Under an English Heaven by Alice K. Boatwright
  19. Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower
  20. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny, book 8
  21. The Julius House by Charlaine Harris, book 4
  22. Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris, book 1
  23. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  24. Inherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn
  25. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  26. Death Comes to the School by Catherine Lloyd, book 5
  27. City of Lies by Victoria Thompson
  28. A Killer in King’s Cove by Iona Whishaw
  29. Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan
  30. The Blackhouse by Peter May
  31. This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber
  32. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L. Sayers
  33. Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie
  34. Evanly Choirs by Rhys Bowen, book 3
  35. Gods of Gold by Chris Nickson
  36. The Crooked Spire by Chris Nickson
  37. Death in Bloodhound Red by Virginia Lanier
  38. 10 lb Penalty by Dick Francis

Science Fiction

  1. Planetside by Michael Mammay
  2. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  3. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  4. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
  5. No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
  6. Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel, book 2
  7. Binti by Nnedi Orkorafor
  8. Martian’s Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
  9. Arkwright by Allen Steele
  10. Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
  11. Chanur’s Venture by C.J. Cherryh
  12. Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
  13. The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells
  14. Ghost Ship by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
  15. Plague Ship by Andre Norton, book 2
  16. Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
  17. Red Planet by Robert Heinlein
  18. Between Planets by Robert Heinlein
  19. The Rolling Stones by Robert Heinlein
  20. Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein
  21. Time for the Stars by Robert Heinlein
  22. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
  23. Podkayne of Mars by Roberts Heinlein
  24. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein


  1. The Winter Song by Seanan McGuire
  2. Changes by Jim Butcher
  3. Glory Road by Robert Heinlein
  4. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
  5. Dead Man Walking by Simon R. Green, book 2
  6. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch, book 6
  7. Caraval by Stephanie Garber, book 1


  1. A Cup of Christmas by Barbara Barth, editor
  2. Hello Love by Karen McQuestion
  3. Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon
  4. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  5. Christmas With Little Beach Bakery by Jenny Colgan
  6. The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
  7. Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard
  8. Stray Magic by Jackie Bouchard
  9. The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie
  10. Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle by Mary J. MacLeod
  11. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  12. Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage
  13. What it’s Like to be a Dog by Gregory Berns
  14. Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan


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