2017 Reading Goal #BeatTheBacklist

It seems like the thing to do right now is bemoan the awfulness of 2016, and believe me I could get on board with that.  I was saddened by the loss of talented artists, I am still reeling from the awful truth that we elected a bigoted douchebag for president, and one of my parents was diagnosed last January with a very aggressive blood cancer.  So, yeah. There are things to dislike about 2016.  There were also things to like about it though.  I got to spend another year with my wonderful husband and two incredible sons.  Watching them learn and grow is simply amazing and I am a really lucky person to be able to experience it.  We moved into a new home that is closer to family and are filling that home with the delightful chaos that is our lives.  I deepened some existing friendships and made some new ones (and neglected a few others, but I’m working on that).  My stepmom’s cancer responded well to chemo and a bone marrow transplant and she is on the road to recovery, the rest of my parents are mostly healthy, and I was able to spend some time with all of them this year.  I could go on, but I will start talking about books now, because that is what this blog is all about.

I set and met some 2016 Reading Resolutions.  I read 62 books last year and wrote about them herehere and in various blog posts.  And today is January 1st so it seems like a good time to start again.  Here goes!

This year I want to complete a book challenge, so I picked one that I think I have a reasonable chance of actually completing.  In 2017 I am going to #BeatTheBacklist.  My personal goal is to read 50 backlist books this year.  My TBR list is long and winding, so I won’t have any shortage of book ideas for this challenge.  The real challenge for me will be blogging about all of them, but I will keep reminding myself that a post can be short and sweet.  It does not have to be a novel.

As I review books, I will link to them in the list below.

Beat the Backlist Booklist (in no particular order, but reviewed books appear at the top of the list in chronological order of when the review was written)
Disclaimer: This list is subject to change 😉

  1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  2. A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem
  3. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
  4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  5. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  6. Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
  7. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
  8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  9. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  10. Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam
  11. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  12. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  13. Lion by Saroo Brierly
  14. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
  15. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  16. The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart
  17. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
  18. Fates  and Furies by Lauren Groff
  19. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  20. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
  21. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  22. The Diviners by Libba Bray
  23. 14 by Peter Cline
  24. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiffanie Yanique
  25. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  26. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  27. Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick de Witte
  28. Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
  29. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  30. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
  31. Exposure by Helen Dunmore
  32. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  33. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  34. Almost Crimson by Dasha Kelly
  35. The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
  36. Edinburgh by Alexander Chee
  37. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  38. The Jaguar’s Children by John Valiant
  39. GLOW by Ned Beauman
  40. Sweetland by Michael Crummey
  41. Find Me by Laura Van den Berg
  42. Get In Trouble by Kelly Link
  43. Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
  44. Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos
  45. The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
  46. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  47. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
  48. Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
  49. The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
  50. Gutshot by Amelia Gray
  51. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
  52. Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng
  53. The Vorrh by B. Catling
  54. CALF by Andrea Kleine
  55. The Incarnations by Susan Barker
  56. You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
  57. The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson
  58. Out Backwards by Ross Raisin
  59. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  60. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  61. What Alice Forgot and/or Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

As an additional challenge, I would like to read 20 new books published in 2017, but we’ll just see how that goes.

Happy New Year, yinz!

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