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Quarterly Backlist TBR #1


Hello lovelies! How are you? One of my biggest reading goals for 2018 is to read my backlist books. I think I’ve been doing pretty well with it so far. It’s been fun seeing what’s on my shelf that I’d forgotten about and reminding myself why I was excited to read those books to begin with. But there’s a lot of exciting new releases coming out this year and I know how easy it is to get distracted by those. So I want to make sure that I stay focused on the books I own, over the ones I want to own. Of course I still want to read new releases, I just want to make sure I maintain a balance.Β I have a few ideas for how I’m going to do that and part of it is making a quarterly TBR of backlist books. I’m hoping this will keep me accountable. And these are the books I really want to get to in the first few months of the year, that have been sitting on my shelf for a while:


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book, which is centered around a extremely rich Chinese family and the son’s American-born Chinese girlfriend who has no idea her boyfriend’s one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors. I need to get to this one as soon as possible, because I’m desperate to see the movie.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

This is true for most of these books, but I’m a little disappointed in myself for not getting to this one in 2018. It’s a modern retelling of Antigone about three Muslim siblings from London and I’ve heard it’s wonderful.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish is a coming of age story about a half-Japanese girl who struggles with social anxiety and an abusive family, and wants to get into an art school. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one as well and I love coming of age stories!


Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this book, it’s one people seem to either love or hate. I picked it up because I’ve never read a book about vikings before and I’m curious to see if it’ll be my cup of tea or not.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle is a classic coming of age story about a girl who lives in aΒ ruined castle with her eccentric family and wants to become a writer. This is one that’s been on my TBR for ages and I think it sounds lovely, I just keep passing it by for newer releases with more attention grabbing plots.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

I’ve already started reading this one. I’m about halfway through it and really enjoying it so far. It’s set in the middle ages and follows a cast of characters from different social standings whose life all intersect, during the building of a cathedral.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Are there any backlist book you need to get to soon?Β 


35 thoughts on “Quarterly Backlist TBR #1

  1. Ooh fab list! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these! I thought Home Fire was excellent and The Pillars of the Earth is one of my favorite books of all time. I loved I Capture the Castle too but I read it ages ago so I don’t really remember anything!

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  2. Pillars of the Earth is my mom’s favorite book, and I also told myself I’d read it this year! I hope you end up loving it. Crazy Rich Asians was my favorite series last year, it’s really, really amazing!

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  3. I haven’t read any of these but have heard wonderful things about I Capture the Castle. I am tempted to read it as well and looking forward to reading your review if you decide to read it. Crossing my fingers you love it if you do read it.

    Happy reading! πŸ˜ŠπŸ“š

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  4. I just can’t get enough of the cover for I Capture the Castle. Everything about it looks so quirky and charming. ❀ And I loved Pillars of the Earth! I don't know if you play video games, but there's an adaptation for it that came out last year (or uh, 2017) and it's really, really good! The voice acting is fantastic. πŸ˜€

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    1. Hopefully the book is just as quirky and charming as it’s cover! 😊 I was really into Donkey Kong when I was 7, but I haven’t played video games since. That sounds amazing though, maybe I should check it out! Thanks for the suggestion ❀️

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  5. I love this idea! I’m also trying to tackle my backlist this year because oh boy there’s a lot. My goal is to read everything I bought in 2018 before the end of 2019, which is quite a lot. I’m also trying to read at least one classic a month because there are just so many unread ones on my shelves, it’s ridiculous.

    Good luck in tackling your backlist!


  6. Crazy Rich Asians! I have to stop putting this book off for other books. I’ve read I Capture the Castle recently and I really enjoyed it! The best thing about I Capture the Castle is that the book feels like it’s advising the reader to slow down, relax, and wander in the lovely imagery in the book. I hope you enjoy reading these books!

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    1. That’s exactly how I feel about Capture the Caste, I need to stop putting it off! That sounds lovely, now I’m even more excited to pick it up. It sound like exactly what I need right now! Thank you so much ❀️

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      1. That’s great to hear!! I’ve read book two by mistake, a few years ago. It was so good. So, I’m sure it will be great! Yay, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! πŸ™‚

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  7. I loved Sky in the Deep!! And I have a similar plan about backlist books – I made a list of almost 50 physical copies on my shelves, and I want to read those this year. But I read so many ebooks that I’m not sure I’ll manage :/

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