There's Always Room For One More SFF Backlist Challenge

Hosted by imyril

2 participants, 11 books added

You can start and finish this challenge whenever you like!

As a book blogger, it's very easy to find yourself focusing on recent releases and books published in the past year. This challenge is designed to focus on midlist and backlist books that you missed out on when they came out and/or genre classics that you never got around to reading.

I routinely refer to "books" - to be clear, novellas, audio books, ebooks, graphic novels, short story collections / anthologies all count (except for the "novella" prompt, which really does have to be a novella). I deliberately don't mention target age anywhere - children's books, middle grade, YA, adult - they're all good.

How old is "backlist"? At least 12 months old at the point you read them - although for my own reads I'm imposing a slightly older threshold of "books older than my blog"). Some of the prompts are focused on year of publication so will push you back in time regardless if you want to complete them all.

Last thing: each book may only be used for one prompt per person. The idea is to read as many mid/backlist titles as you can!

Challenge prompts

Published in the 00s (1 book added)

Hugo Award winner (2 books added)


The book you read should have won the award (it may have won as part of a Best Series) - not just any book by a Hugo Award-winning author. Not technically Hugos, but awarded at the same time so an Astounding Award (under its current or former name) or Lodestar Award winner is also acceptable.

Science fiction (1 book added)


At least 12 months since publication - or older, depending on your personal definition of "backlist"

Move over mister (1 book added)


A book written by a woman (yes this includes trans women), nonbinary, genderfluid or intersex person

Published in the 90s (1 book added)

Locus Award winner (1 book added)


The book you read should have won the award (it may have won as part of a Best Series) - not just any book by a Locus Award-winning author

Fantasy (0 books added)


At least 12 months since publication - or older, depending on your personal definition of "backlist"

International perspective (0 books added)


A book written by someone born and living outside the US / UK / Canada

Published in the 80s (3 books added)

Sidewise Award winner (0 books added)


The book you read should have won the award (under its current or former name) - not just any book by a Sidewise Award-winning author