Welcome to the points submission page for the 2018 Beat the Backlist challenge! Here is where you’ll add any books you read as well as retail reviews you’ve posted throughout the year.
ONE WINNER from the team with the most points each month will be drawn to get a book of their choice worth up to $15 from the Book Depository/Wordery!
Find Your Team
Click the link below to find your team’s Rafflecopter
Novel Knights (1,726) // Dewey Dragons (1,357) // Story Sorcerers (1,661) // Book Bards (1,245)
How This Works:
- Read a backlist book (anything published before 2018).
- Find your team’s Rafflecopter form and submit the book you read (either using the title/author or a link to the book’s Goodreads page).
- Post reviews of backlist books on RETAIL websites (blog/Goodreads reviews do not count) and submit those to your team’s Rafflecopter.
Each Rafflecopter makes it possible to submit up to 5 books and up to 10 retail reviews EACH DAY. The Rafflecopters will reset at the start of a new day so it will look like you didn’t submit anything except your sign-up link.
If you accidentally submitted to the wrong Rafflecopter or submitted the same book/link multiple times, please contact me. Thank you!
WHAT COUNTS AS A “BOOK” FOR THIS CHALLENGE?
Any novel, novella, graphic novel, manga, or anthology bind-up counts for this challenge. They can be in any format as well (print, eBook, audiobook, etc).
I STARTED A BOOK IN 2017 AND FINISHED IT IN 2018. DOES IT COUNT?
No. Only books started and finished in 2018 will count for this challenge but don’t let that stop you from finishing any books started prior to 2018! This is to make it fair for everyone participating.
DO RE-READS OF BACKLIST BOOKS COUNT?
Yes! As long as you started re-reading the book in 2018 it will count for the challenge. But remember, this challenge is about knocking books of your TBR so don’t forget about the books you haven’t read yet!
I read a backlist book in 2017 but didn’t review it until 2018. Can I submit that review?
Yes, as long as you didn’t post the review in 2017 you can count it.
So why can I count reviews for books I didn’t read in 2018 but I can count reviews?
I’ve gotten this question a few times and wanted to address it here. This is a guideline that came from last year’s challenge. While this challenge is about reading, it’s also supporting backlist books. Regardless of when you read a book, reviewing it on a retail website is showing support for it which is why the reviews of previously read books count but not books started before the new year.
This will likely not be a problem once we’re past the first few weeks of the new year but in case you were questioning it, that is the rationale behind the decision. A reminder that this challenge and the points, all of it really, is completely optional and it’s not about counting every single book but reading books off your TBR.
So should I bother posting my reviews to Goodreads and/or my blog?
Absolutely! As part of the Beat the Backlist newsletters, I’ll be including reviews that YOU write. If you want to see your review featured, submit it through THIS FORM and it may be chosen at random!