I’ve seen this challenge on a few posts today and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me! The Beat the Backlist Challenge is in its seventh year and was started by Austine Decker. Details of how to take part are on the blog but the rules are simple:

  1. The book must be published in the previous year or earlier (for the 2023 challenge, anything published in 2022 or earlier counts).
  2. You have to start and finish the book in 2023.
  3. And that’s it!

The challenge runs from 1st January 2023 to 31st December 2023

I had already made a list of books I’d bought in 2022 which I hadn’t read yet (there’s 55) and these are only the middle-grade books, but I’m taking one step at a time. I’d also taken these from the random places they are on my bookcase and put them on to two shelves. I have also included a couple of second books in series which I need to read before moving on to the third book which I bought in 2022! The second picture is of the hardback middle-grade books I bought in 2022 which also form part of my challenge!

And the good news? I’ve already read two of them: The Vanishing of Aveline Jones and My Story: Princess Sophia Duleep Singh.

I’m hoping that taking part in this challenge will keep me on track to read 2022 releases as I know I’m also going to be tempted by all the upcoming 2023 releases!


    1. Happy New Year! I thought if I tried this challenge, I might actually focus on completing it! I’m aiming to finish it within 6 months! I haven’t even begun on books before 2022 of which there are a lot!

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