2023 is the year that I finally get my owned TBR under control. Yes, you read that right: I am embarking on a year-long adventure to read more of what I own, and I’d love for you to join me in the Reader Voracious Project Backlist Reading Challenge!
As inflation soars and salaries remain stagnant, it’s time to put myself on a soft book buying ban for 2023 and focus on reading the books I already own. I want to feel rejuvenated and fulfilled by reading again, rather than shackled by the weight of my own expectations.
The Project Backlist Reading Challenge
This endeavor has been more than a year in the making, inspired by the fact that I am nearly out of room on my WALL. OF. BOOKSHELVES. and don’t have additional space in my apartment for additional bookshelves. It was the push I needed to finally buckle down and get to work on the task at hand: read my books. Seriously, it is stressing me out.
The goal of Project Backlist is easy: read your owned TBR. Where this challenge differs from others is you decide the details of your challenge. This challenge is deliberately built in a way that everyone can join the community and build the challenge to meet their specific goals.
Potential Reading Challenge Goals
Project Backlist is what you make of it based on your own needs and no matter the ways you decide to participate, there will be a community of readers there with you every step of the way. Below are a few Project Backlist goal suggestions (each comes with an unlockable badge!) but feel free to create your own goals as well!
- Slow Haul: Read 3 owned books for every 1 new book purchased
- Completionist: Reach an 80% read rate for your owned books
- Committed Reader: Read an owned book a week (or a month)
- Cold Turkey: Book Buying Ban or an ARC Ban
- ARCrastinator: Clear overdue ARC list
- or create your own goal!
Reading Challenge Badges
Project Backlist Reading Challenge Participant Badge
Sign up to officially join the reading challenge to earn the participant badge!
Reading Challenge badges will be awarded to participants when completed via a self-reporting form and is on the honor system. Email and Discord announcements will provide reminders to submit progress approximately 3-4 times in the year.
Sign Up to Participate in Project Backlist
2023 is going to be an exciting year of reading and community, and I’d love to have you join us for Project Backlist!
Sign up to participate in 2023’s Project Backlist by completing the registration form. Participants will receive irregular (probably once every or every other month) updates and check-ins via email. The Nerd Voraciously discord server has a role for participants and a special area dedicated to all things Project Backlist.
I hope you’re as excited as I am for this new challenge and community activity! What are YOUR goals going to be? Do you have any badge suggestions? Let’s chat Project Backlist in the comments!