Tuesday, November 6

Beating the Backlist: Titles We Loved in 2018 & Titles We Still Want To Read

As bloggers who pay attention to book-twitter, goodreads and who read quiet a few blogs, Clare and I are quite conscious of new releases. That, of course, means that our tbrs are not only ridiculously long, but we also are filled with new releases that are a lot harder to ignore than backlist titles. To work on tackling more backlist titles, Clare and I both signed up for Beat the Backlist in 2018, and I'm pleased to say that it definitely motivated me to read more of my older titles.

To showcase that we'll both be sharing four backlist titles we loved and adored in 2018 and four that we still need to read. 

four backlist titles Vera loved in 2018


Even though I managed to reduce my list to these four titles I still have doubts because, wow, I've read some bloody fantastic backlist books this year. Either way, these four were exceptional even by those standards. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Letters to the Lost destroyed me and took me on an emotional journey like few others titles have done so. 

The Every series, which btw deserves all the hype so stop sleeping on it and its author, was a truly well-written Sherlock Holmes retelling with one of my top couples of 2018. Finally, The Remains of the Day is a book that is essentially slow-paced and quiet, but it will make you feel all the feels as you're reading it - what starts out as a simple story about a butler's vacation turns it so much more. 

four backlist titles Vera wants to read asap


Welp, it was way too easy to find four backlist titles I really want to read, because there're more than a hundred others I could have chosen. *cries with exasperation* Honestly, I'm so excited for these titles and fairly certain I'll love them - either because of the hype or because I like the author's works - so there really is no excuse why I haven't yet read them even though I've owned some for years

four backlist titles Clare loved in 2018

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Being true to my usual habits - I read barely any backlists and mostly new releases this year. Of the few backlist books I did read these four definitely stood out. If you've read our discussion review of The Young Elites you'll know that the series as a whole really disappointed me but the first book was still so strong, Fiona meanwhile was one I knew I'd love just took forever to get to. It was every bit as morally twisted and creepy as I had wanted it to be.

The Light Between Oceans was the oldest unread book on my shelf so I'm actually super proud I finally managed to knock it off the list - it also happened to be heart-wrenching and well written. And last but definitely not least was Weightless which is one of the most uniquely written books I've ever read and just super thought provoking and intriguing. 

four backlist titles Clare wants to read asap

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Much like Vera - I have literally hundreds to choose from here. But these are some of the ones I've had the longest and most anticipated yet somehow still have not read. Why am I forever adding books to my shelves yet never reading those I already have? I guess we'll never know the answer to this impossible question!

Let's chat!
What backlist books have you read and loved this year and which are still languishing on your TBR pile? Don't forget to leave a link to your TTTs!


  1. I read Bone Gap a few years ago for a book club I was apart of but I honestly cannot remember if I loved it or not. I think I need to re-read it to get a firm answer. I also started The Young Elites series a very long time ago and I really want to pick it back up again!! I feel like I have seriously neglected series in the past year and have not really gotten into a series lately. I want to experience that sort of “fandom” again, where I just completely obsess over something.

  2. I love how you changed it up and told us some backlist books that you've already read this year! I've honestly had a terrible reading year (and when I say terrible, I mean I've read a total of 6 books... yeah, that bad!) 4 of them were backlist. And I'm trying to be better about reading now...it's just hard because I had a baby in April, so that's my excuse lol.

    The only book I read from your lists was The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things. I'm pretty sure I liked it; I read it a long time ago. But I'd say it was worth a read!

    Rosie's Top Ten Tuesday!

  3. I really like your take on this week's topic! It sound like you managed to put a bit of a dent in your tbr. I hope you enjoye the others on your list. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  4. Bone Gap is one of my all-time favourite books! IT'S AMAZING. <3

    My TTT post!

  5. I've been reading a lot of backlist books lately. The latest ones were The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke, which was a very beautiful sci fi utopia, and the other was A Dream of Ice by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin. It was fun but I liked their first book better.

  6. I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and The Nightingale so much that I really want to read more books by those authors!

  7. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was one of my favorites of 2017 and I still think about it. So good! Letters to the Lost was one that introduced me to Kemmerer and I’m so glad it did! I picked up The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things on a whim earlier this year and got so much more than I anticipated! It was so real, and so emotional and made such an impact. And The Nightingale - one of my favorite books ever. I read everything Kristin Hannah writes but she really outdid herself with that one.

  8. Have the tissues ready for The Nightingale. The book is wonderful, but my emotions! Warcross was great too, but then again, Marie Lu wrote it, so of course it was.

  9. I really liked both Bone Gap and Letters to the Lost! Love the idea of reading the backlist.
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  10. The Long Way is one of my favorite books, so I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. :) And Warcross was pretty good too.

  11. I actually think I like the last two Young Elites book better than the first (I ship Adelina and Magiano though). The Midnight Star was one of the first books I read this year, so I guess it would have been a backlist book that I read and loved this year.

    But there were so many other backlist books I read and loved this year! The Throne of Glass books, The Mortal Instruments, Strange the Dreamer... I could go on for a while here. I'll be writing my Top Ten Books I Read for the First Time in 2018 list on January 1st, and a lot of those will be backlist books.

  12. Everyone raves about Seven Husbands! I need to give it a try...

  13. I really want to read The Nightingale and The Young Elites, I've been hearing amazing things about them!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress


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