Got a Goodreads “to-read” list a mile long?
Have you been reading so many new books that you don’t have time to get to the older titles on your want-to-read list? That’s what happened to me, so I came up with The Backlist Reader Challenge.
The Backlist Reader Challenge (#BacklistReader) is a year-long challenge for all those older books that have been piling up on your TBR pile and list — not just the ones you own, but the ones you’ve been wanting to read for a while now.
The rules are pretty basic, and I’ve tried to keep participation simple. There will be at least one giveaway, with the winner chosen at random from the review links at the end of the year. I’ll probably throw the occasional Twitter party or Facebook check-in as well, but they won’t be required. All you really need to participate is a to-read list and a way to sign up and link your reviews.
The challenge runs from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. It ends at midnight in whatever timezone you’re in.
The review linky is on a page on the top menu bar, with a link from the sidebar as well. The review linky went “live” on January 1, 2017. It will stay open until January 3, 2017, to give you a couple of days to review any books you read on the last day of the challenge.
The rules are pretty simple. Only (1) and (2) are mandatory.
(1) To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2016 AND be on your TBR list or pile. In other words, you don’t have to own it. If it’s been on your list to read, and it’s older than 2016, it counts. Library books, books you picked up at a yard sale, books you borrowed from a friend, ebooks, print books, audiobooks — any book counts as long as it fits those two criteria.
(2) Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog or wherever you post your reviews. If you can, please include a link to this post! Then link your sign-up post where you see the “Add your link” button below. (Please link the actual goals/sign-up post, not your home page.) You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read, or leave it up to your mood at the time — as long as they’re on your TBR list. You can sign up through December 1, 2017; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.
(3) Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky. Actually, you can do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway (a $10 gift certificate.) Reviews don’t have to be long, just a few sentences is fine. You can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you don’t have a blog.
(4) On or after the end of the year, post a wrap-up post to let us know how you did! I’ll create a link-up post for the wrap-up posts, too. Again, this one isn’t absolutely necessary, but I hope you’ll do it anyway, just for the fun of looking back and seeing your accomplishment!
Social media: Please use #BacklistReader on Twitter, Facebook, and anywhere else hashtags are useful!
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