Join the 2024

Booknerd Backlist

A backlist-only reading challenge

The Booknerd Backlist Reading Challenge was born from a desire to tackle my slightly-downsized, yet still out-of-control, TBR pile. And, because misery loves company, I decided to open it up to other readers so we can tackle our TBRs together!

This is a laid-back way to read more of the books you already own. Easy as that!

The Booknerd Backlist Challenge is on The StoryGraph!

I am so excited to announce that the 2024 Booknerd Backlist Reading Challenge is on The StoryGraph this year!

I’ve been looking for alternatives to Goodreads for awhile and The StoryGraph is perfect – female-owned with a strong community, giveaways just like Goodreads, and the best part? It’s not controlled by Amazon!

So, if you’re all about getting social with your reading challenges, check out the 2024 Booknerd Backlist Reading Challenge on The StoryGraph! (pssst … you can easily add books to the prompts if you join on The StoryGraph).

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The Booknerd Backlist Reading Challenge Pin

Save the Date!

The Booknerd Backlist Reading Challenge is happening …

January 1 – December 31, 2024

Start reading your backlist books right away at 12:00AM on January 1 and keep on reading them until 11:59PM on December 31.

As long a you START and FINISH the book in 2024, it counts!

The Rules are Super Simple …

I am AMAZING at making TBRs. (I’ve already made TWO for this challenge, just while writing this post!)
However, I suck at sticking to my TBR.
So, although there is a BINGO board and challenge prompt list, they’re 100% voluntary.

Rule #1: This is a 2024 challenge … so you need to START and FINISH your book in 2024.
Rule #2: The book you are reading must be published in 2023 or before.
Rule #3: To count for the giveaway, you must review the book. Why? Because authors are amazing and need our help!

That’s it. Read new books, shrink your TBR, and have fun!

Booknerd Backlist 2024 Challenge

Who wants some prompts to get you started?

These reading prompts are 100% voluntary and can be completed in any order! They’re only here to help if you’re looking at a massive TBR and have no idea what to read (#toomanychoices).

***psst … want a printable PDF of the challenge prompts? Snag the PDF by entering your email address in the form below ๐Ÿ‘‡.

1. Read the first book in a series
2. Read a book by a new-to-you author
3. A book that’s been on your shelf for 12+ months
4. Pick a book that’s a retelling of a classic (fairytales work for this!)
5. Read a book that’s recommended by a friend
6. Choose a book that has less than 500 reviews on Goodreads
7. Pick a book with a number in the title (can also be a number spelled out)
8. Read a book during our Summer Readathon (August 2-4, 2024)
9. Read a book during a storm
10. Choose a book that is an ARC (advance reader copy) or one that you won in a giveaway
11. Read a book that’s on the Banned Books List – I’ve got a few banned books recommendations for you, too!
12. A Bookstagram/BookTok favorite
13. Read a book with a state in the title
14. Read a book you bought in 2023
15. Choose a book by your favorite author (here’s mine!)
16. Pick up a book with a plus-sized main character
17. Read a book with a one-word title
18. Choose a book featuring magic
19. Choose a book with water on the cover
20. Read a book whose main character shares the same first letter of their name as you do (does your name start with A? I have an ULTIMATE list of books that start with A!)
21. Pick up a standalone book
22. Read a book that’s under 200 pages
23. Read the final book in a series you’ve been reading
24. Choose a book with multiple POVs (points of view)

Freebie time!

Drop your email addy to grab your FREE 2024 Reading Challenge printables!

Sign-up for your FREE Challenge printables and to receive any challenge announcements or extra goodies! (we promise not to sell your information or spam your inbox)

2024 Booknerd Backlist Challenge Bingo Board mock-up

End of the year GIVEAWAY!

Guess what … there’s a GIVEAWAY at the end of the year!

Because I’ve had rotten luck with scammers and gift cards before, there will not be a gift card up for grabs. Instead …

ONE lucky winner will receive a book of their choosing on Amazon (up to a $20 value).

*** Note: You do not have to officially announce your participation in the challenge to be entered into the giveaway. All you have to do is link up ONE review in the linky below ๐Ÿ‘‡.

Spread the word!

This is a brand new challenge so we’d love it if you’d share it anywhere you chat about books (IG, Threads, Pinterest, and even Facebook!).

If you share on Instagram or Threads (by using the square image at the top of this post), make sure to tag us @the.shelfrighteous.writer and use the hashtags #2024BooknerdBacklistChallenge and #BooknerdBacklistReadingChallenge.

Where do I link up my reviews?

It wouldn’t be a challenge without a link-up, right? And don’t worry, we’ve made it SUPER EASY PEASY to link your reviews!

All you need to do is click the button below๐Ÿ‘‡ (that pretty yellow one that says “Link Up Here!”) It will take you to the InLinkz challenge link-up for 2024.

Ready to Link Your First Review?

Enter the $20 Giveaway by linking up at least ONE book review using the InLinkz linky (hint: click the pretty yellow button to go there).