2020 Beat the Backlist TBR

We’re roaring into the 20s, a Flapper bob was in order, along with my annual “reading in sweats” photo.

This will be my second year competing in Novel Knight‘s Beat the Backlist Challenge. This year I hope to be a bit more organized and not constantly adding books to my list, rather than reading the ones I have. The only category I’m hoping to add to is the audiobook category once I’ve finished those on the list.

If I complete this list I will have read all of my physical books and the majority of my Kindle books. I can’t imagine the weight this accomplishment would be off my shoulders!

Throughout the year I will be linking my reviews to each of the books on this list.


  1. The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
  2. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
  3. Nowhere But Here – Katie McGarry
  4. Between Sisters – Kristin Hannah
  5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson DNF
  6. Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell
  7. The Outsider – Stephen King
  8. My Lovely Wife – Samantha Downing
  9. The Long Walk – Richard Bachman (Stephen King)

Physical Books I Own:

  1. The Edge of Never – J.A. Redmerski
  2. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
  3. Run Away – Harlan Coben
  4. Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave
  5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  6. The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom
  7. The Child Finder – Rene Denfeld
  8. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  9. Dancing on Broken Glass – KA Hancock
  10. The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Kate Morton
  11. Little Darlings – Melanie Golding
  12. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb
  13. Bitter Orange – Claire Fuller
  14. Other People’s Houses – Abbi Waxman DNF
  15. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – Abbi Waxman
  16. Black Rabbit Hall – Eve Chase
  17. The Duke and I – Julia Quinn
  18. When the Men Were Gone – Marjorie Herrera Lewis
  19. A Love Letter to Whiskey – Kandi Steiner
  20. Silenced – Leddy Harper
  21. Angel Falls – Kristin Hannah
  22. On Mystic Lake – Kristin Hannah
  23. Sweet Dreams – Kristen Ashley
  24. Four Past Midnight – Stephen King
  25. Off the Record – K.A. Linde
  26. Ghosted – J.M. Darhower
  27. If You Leave – Courtney Cole
  28. Prince Charming – Julie Garwood
  29. Normal People – Sally Rooney
  30. Happiness for Beginners – Katherine Center
  31. When Sinners Kneel – R. Scarlett
  32. Beautiful Bad – Annie Ward
  33. The Letter – Kathryn Hughes
  34. The Proposal – Jasmine Guillory
  35. The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory
  36. A Lily in the Light – Kristin Fields
  37. The German Girl – Armando Lucas Correa
  38. The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell
  39. The Possible World – Liese O’Halloran Schwarz
  40. The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult
  41. The Dinner List – Rebecca Serle DNF
  42. The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams
  43. The One – John Marrs
  44. Ruth: God’s Amazing Love For You – Courtney Joseph
  45. What the Wind Knows (reread) – Amy Harmon
  46. The First Girl Child – Amy Harmon (reread)

Kindle Books: 

  1. Wool – Hugh Howey
  2. What She Knew – Gilly Macmillan
  3. The Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison
  4. The Paper Swan – Leylah Attar
  5. The Tiger Catcher – Paullina Simons
  6. Kyland – Mia Sheridan
  7. More Than Words – Mia Sheridan
  8. The Wish Collector – Mia Sheridan
  9. Where the Blame Lies – Mia Sheridan
  10. Desperately Seeking Epic – B.N. Toler
  11. Infinite Us – Eden Butler DNF
  12. Truth or Beard – Penny Reid
  13. Beloved – Corrine Michaels
  14. On the Way to You – Kandi Steiner
  15. Unloved – Katy Regnery
  16. So Much More – Kim Holden
  17. Therapy – Kathryn Perez
  18. Final Girls – Riley Sager
  19. He Found Me – Whitney Barbetti
  20. Into the Tomorrows – Whitney Barbetti
  21. One Little Lie – Whitney Barbetti
  22. The Weight of Life – Whitney Barbetti
  23. Fade to Red – Willow Aster
  24. The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
  25. The Reigning and the Rule – Calia Read
  26. Echoes of Time – Calia Read
  27. Low Over High – J.A. DeRouen
  28. Fury – Fisher Amelie


  1. After the Flood – Kassandra Montag
  2. Ellie and the Harpmaker – Hazel Prior
  3. The Thornbirds – Colleen McCollough
  4. The Perfect Mother – Aimee Molloy
  5. Thunder and Rain – Charles Martin
  6. The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton
  7. Gather the Daughters – Jennie Melamed
  8. The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman
  9. What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty
  10. The Girl with the Red Balloon – Katherine Locke
  11. The Witness – Nora Roberts
  12. Sugar Daddy – Lisa Kleypas
  13. Blue-Eyed Devil – Lisa Kleypas
  14. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie – Jennifer Ashley
  15. The Whisper Man – Alex North


(read as many of these as possible in 2020)


  1. The Fiery Cross
  2. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
  3. An Echo in the Bone
  4. Written in My Heart’s Own Blood

Louise Penny:

  1. Still Life
  2. A Fatal Grace
  3. The Cruelest Month
  4. A Rule Against Murder
  5. The Brutal Telling
  6. Bury Your Dead
  7. The Hangman
  8. A Trick of the Light
  9. The Beautiful Mystery
  10. How the Light Gets In
  11. The Long Way Home
  12. The Nature of the Beast
  13. A Great Reckoning
  14. Glass Houses
  15. Kingdom of the Blind
  16. A Better Man

I’m joining the The TBR Stackers” team! “For every book you read, you’re adding a bunch more to your TBR. It never ends,” (as evidenced by my first paragraph)!


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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Lorilin says:

    I’m in the same boat! Trying to knock a whole lot of these books off my TBR list. Good luck to both of us. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope we can make some serious progress!! It will be great to accomplish a lot of our lists!


  2. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll make awesome progress! 🙂 The most important thing is to actually start tackling your TBR. *lol*

    Liked by 1 person

  3. alisbooks says:

    I am a few of the same books on my TBR for this. Good luck!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yay! That’s exciting. I hope they’ll be great reads. Wishing you the best of luck, too!


  4. Good luck! I’m doing this one, too. Love the bob💜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you!! 💙💙 Good luck to you as well! I love this challenge.

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