The Backlist Reader Challenge 2019

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 my older books. The great thing about this challenge is that it includes not just the books I already own, but all the books (published before 2018) on my list I’ve wanted to read.

My Goals

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

I will put a page on my blog to keep this challenge updated:

  • My goals
  • My TBR List–I have several TBR lists on OneNote so I have to combine them, take out the books I’ve read and make sure none of the books were published in 2018.
  • A list of the books as I read them and links to my reviews once I get them reviewed.

Have you decided to do any challenges this year?



Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge


Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge

Hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I plan to take part in this month-long challenge. I have plenty of TBR books to choose from so I won’t have any problem choosing books! I have created a list for myself of possible books to read during the month. I have several books on hold at the library which I know will finally come to the library for me so that may keep me from reading as many books as I would otherwise.

I have also created a Take Control Shelf on Goodreads to add the books which I read during March which meet the criteria for this challenge. Kimberly is already a friend on Goodreads. I will also write at least a mini review on Goodreads for my books.

I think this will be a fun challenge and help me concentrate on my TBR books. I hope others will go to Kimberly’s blog @ Caffeinated Reviewer and decide to participate, too. You have to sign-up by Friday, March 2.


I want to try to read at least 8 TBR books in March.

Keep track of my books on a Take Control Shelf on Goodreads.

Write mini reviews on Goodreads for the books and then link to the Rafflecopter.

I hope to take part in the Twitter Party on March 11.



  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link a shelf entitled Take Control 2018 from your Goodreads account. It is a good idea to friend me if your shelves are private.
  • Create a Goals/Updates/Results post (can be combined) It can also be a shelf created on Goodreads. Be sure to friend me, so I can see it. Friend me: Kimberly
  • Begins midnight March 1st, 2018 and ends March 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm.
  • Read/listen to books from your TBR pile.
  • ALL books/audios must have been published before March 1,  2018. I don’t care where you got them, so old ARCS count.
  • Post a review to Goodreads, or your blog then add the URL link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. ( These can be a mini review. Just one or two sentences)
  • You can combine events, challenges etc.
  • Page count must be over 100 pages to qualify.
  • The rafflecopter will only allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
  • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
  • Twitter Party March 11th @ 2:30 pm (CST)  Come chat about books you have read and win prizes.
  • Earn extra entries for participating in the Twitter Party
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2018, at midnight and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. Open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to you. Prize: New 2018 release valued at up to 20 US dollars or 1 Audiobook Credit from I will do pre-orders as well. (may request eBook copy from Amazon or B&N)

My Sci-Fi TBR

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This week instead of talking about the topic “movie adaptations” which I didn’t have answers for and since it’s Sci-Fi Month I’m talking about the sci-fi books I already own and really want to read soon. I’ve had some of these books for years. It’s time to read them!

Books published 2000 to present

Golden Son by Pierce Brown (audiobook), Red Rising #2

I read the first book in this series and it was very good. I bought the second book shortly after it came out, but haven’t read it yet.

Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos (ebook), Frontlines #2

I read the first book a couple of years ago. It’s military science fiction which I really enjoy.

The Human Division by John Scalzi (audiobook), Old Man’s War series #5

One of my favorite series and authors. I recently read book 3 and am really looking forward to this book.

Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey (audiobook), Expanse series #2

I read Leviathan Wakes a couple of years ago and really liked it, but haven’t read the second book yet. And the Syfy channel is starting a new series (called The Expanse) based on the book series (premieres December 14).

Caliban’s War was a Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction (2013).

vN by Madeline Ashby (ebook), The Machine Dynasty #1

I haven’t read anything by this author, but this is a book about a self-replicating humanoid robot. Sounds really good. It was nominated for the Locus Award for Best First Novel (2013).

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (audiobook), Maddadam #1

This series sounds good and Margaret Atwood is an excellent author. The book was nominated for the Man Booker Prize (2003).

Published before 2000

Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh (audiobook), Foreigner #1

The first book in this series. It’s an alien-human first contact story. First published in 1994. There are 16 books in the series so far.

Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (paperbook), Vorksoigan Saga #8

I love Miles Vorkosigian and was reading several books every year for awhile. I got interrupted a few years ago and I haven’t read any books in this series for a few years. I don’t remember exactly where I left off, but I think this is the book I need to read next. I’ve had this book and some of the others for a few years!

This book won both the Hugo Award for Best Novel (1995) and the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1995).

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (ebook), The Forever War #1
This sounds like the kind of book I would like–a military science fiction. There are three books in the series, but the description says it can be read as a stand-alone book.
This book won three big awards: Hugo Award for Best Novel (1976), Nebula Award for Best Novel (1975) and Locus Award for Best Novel (1976).


Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (audiobook), no series

I read Starship Troopers when I was a teenager, but don’t remember too much about it–except the book isn’t like the movie. I want to read it again.

Starship Troopers won the Hugo Award for Best Novel (1960).

And an extra nonfiction about Star Wars!


How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor (audiobook)

“An energetic, fast-moving account of this creative and commercial phenomenon, How Star Wars Conquered the Universe explains how a filmmaker’s fragile dream beat out a surprising number of rivals and gained a diehard, multigenerational fan base – and why it will be galvanizing our imaginations and minting money for generations to come.”

Do you have science fiction books you want to read in your TBR books?