Today, I have learned a new term: Tsundoku.

Basically, this Japanese term means buying reading materials and piling up. It immediately piqued my attention because, well, it is summation of the type of reader that I am. 🙂 You may read more about Tsundoku in this BBC article: Tsundoku: The art of buying books and never reading them.

Many a reader have this tendency of buying more books than one can read. This ends up into a pile of unread books. I am guilty of this. If I were to pile up all my unread books, I am pretty sure that they will be taller than me. I kept promising myself to read these unread books which are gathering dust but I often get overwhelmed because nothing seems to stop me from buying more. I always end up reading the newest book I buy.

To keep myself aligned, I have decided to join my first reading challenge for 2019, the Beat the Backlist (the 2019 edition) brought to life by NovelKnight. I first heard of the reading challenge through the p.turners book blog. Essentially, the challenge is about ticking off older books from your to-be-read list. The books can be of any genre, format, or length. I have also included this as part of my 2019 Reading Goals and Resolutions.

As stated on NovelKnights – the guidelines for this challenge are simple:

  • The book must have been published in 2018 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including an ARC/eARC) as long as the release date is earlier than 2019.
  • You have to start and finish the book in 2019 to count it. Any books started in 2018 and finished in 2019 do not count. Any books started in 2019 and finish in 2020 also do not count.
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 (your local time)

For this list, I have come up with 15 books,mostly literary classics which I bought as far aback as 2015. Anything beyond 15 book might hamper me from my other reading commitments (e.g. 2019 Top 20 Reading List). I have already started the challenge by immersing in George Eliot’s Middlemarch. I think I bought it back in 2015 or 2014.

Here’s my Beat the Backlist challenge list:

  1. MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot
  2. SWANN’S WAY by Marcel Proust
  3. BLEAK HOUSE by Charles Dickens
  4. THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver
  5. IMMORTALITY by Milan Kundera
  6. DEMIAN by Herman Hesse
  7. SATURDAY by Ian McEwan
  8. NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen
  9. ABSALOM! ABSALOM! By William Faulkner
  10. THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  11. SHAME by Salman Rushdie
  12. COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier
  13. FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen
  14. THE ESSENTIAL PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux
  15. MOONSTONE by Wilkie Collins


I hope I could finish all 15 books in this list. How about you fellow readers, what books are you planning to remove from your unread pile? Share it in the comment box or draw your own list, and don’t forget to tag me 😉 

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