Banish the Backlist 2020 – a bookblogger self-challenge

Twenty BACKLIST titles I plan to read in 2020:Although I hate to make New Year’s resolutions, I have promised myself that I will seriously tackle my lengthy backlist of review commitments in 2020. Time flies. I’m not sure how I’ve been so remiss as I should have had these titles read and reviewed long ago…
Anyway, here are TWENTY of my personal backlist titles that I want to make sure I read in 2020:

1. “Something to Hide” by Deborah Moggach

2. “In the Silence” by M.R. MacKenzie

3. “I Know My Name” by C.J. Cooke

4. “The Marsh King’s Daughter” by Karen Dionne

5. “A Bad, Bad Thing” by Elena Forbes

6. “Broken Promise” by Linwood Barclay

7. “Weycombe” by G.M. Malliet

8. “The Sisters” by Claire Douglas

9. “99 Red Balloons” by Elisabeth Carpenter

10. “The English Boys” by Julia Thomas

11. “Dead and Gone” by D.L. Michaels

12. “The New Neighbors” by Simon Lelic

13. “Witness” by Caroline Mitchell

14. “The Birds that Stay” by Ann Lambert

15. “A Murder of Crows” by Ian Skewis

16. “What my Sister Knew” by Nina Laurin

17. “All These Perfect Strangers” by Aoife Clifford

18. “The Betrayals” by Fiona Neill

19. “Tell Me A Secret” by Samantha Hayes

20. “Dear Amy” by Helen Callaghan

Have YOU left any titles simmering on your ‘backlist‘ burner for too long?  Join me and try to BANISH YOUR BACKLIST in 2020. Go on… I dare you! Find 20 of your backlist titles and commit to reading them this year.

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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24 Responses to Banish the Backlist 2020 – a bookblogger self-challenge

  1. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    I know the backlist always seems daunting, but I actually think it’s one of the joys of being a booklover – no matter how many books we devour, there are ALWAYS more great reads to be discovered! 😍 Looking forward to seeing how you go with all of these, hope they’re all wonderful for you!

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  2. Good luck with your challenge! I really enjoyed I Know My Name and The Sisters when I read them so I recommend those two. I managed to get quite a lot of my NG books read towards the end of 2019 but I still need to make a dent in my physical review copies that have been unread on my bookcase longer than they should have so I need to make a plan for getting those read. I may attempt your challenge! 🙂


  3. Great idea! I have a similar list I keep for myself if books on my shelves I want to read in the upcoming year. The only one from your list I’ve read is The Marsh Kong’s Daughter, but it was really good! Good luck and I hope you enjoy all of these!

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  4. Betty says:

    I need to read the Barclay and Lelic novels, too. I’ve had them for so long!

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  5. I’m caught up until August 2020. The Marsh King’s Daughter is good!

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  6. Kelly says:

    The Marsh King’s Daughter is my absolute favourite from this list. I’ve been banishing one book from my backlist today: I’ve finally started Red Snow by Will Dean.


  7. gayebooklady says:

    Lynne, I didn’t know Elena Forbes has a new series! I really enjoyed the Mark Tartaglia series and miss the characters. I’m sure Eve West will be as interesting!!


  8. I’m doing something like this. I’ve called it 20 In 2020. I’ve just went through and picked 10 ebooks that are on my kindle and 10 physical books on my shelves that I hope to finally really this year.


  9. Looks like you have a lot of thrillers/suspense on your backlist. Good luck!

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  10. I have literally just finished The Birds That Stay a few minutes ago and trying to sort out my thoughts on it. Can’t wait to read your review on that one.

    Good luck with your personal challenge!

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  11. happytonic says:

    I’m in, Lynne! I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) to reduce my backlist on NG 📚📚📚📚📚

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