In Which We Challenge Each Other to Read!

POSTED ON January 5, 2017 BY Austine IN Beat the Backlist, Discussion, Reading Challenge

Yesterday we talked about the book community and how it led to the creation of Beat the Backlist. Today, we’re challenging each other (within the confines of the BTB guidelines) to make the year more interesting for ourselves.

Both of us are participating in BTB and these challenges were meant as something fun for us to do as co-bloggers, and we wanted to share with you all!

Since Beat the Backlist is supposed to be about reading more diversely when it comes to knocking off books that have been on your TBR for ages, I thought I would challenge Austine to read even more diversely! We have decided to challenge each other to read a book based on 3 categories, as well as read 3 personal picks from the other. The categories and books I have chosen for Austine are as follows:


Read a book with a POC main character

Read a book that talks about mental health issues/disabilities

Read a mystery/thriller


Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Now I would love to challenge Tia to read more diversely as well but let’s make things a bit more interesting. One thing that I’ve always stuck with is fantasy. It’s my bread and butter, my best bookish friend, and a genre that I think has a lot to offer on all different playing fields. So for my challenge to Tia, I’m focusing on fantasy a bit more (and my obsessive love of scaly mythical creatures).


Read a book featuring a dragon as a prominent “character”

Read a book with a LGBTQA+ protagonist

Read a book at least 800 pages long



The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Each of us will have to read 6 books as part of this challenge (nothing can double-count) but we have a whole year to do so. We look forward to sharing our literary findings with you all in the coming months!

? Austine & Tia ?


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