Backlist Breakdown | Fiction

One of the reading goals I have for 2019 is to tackle the backlists books on my TBR list. It’s not a goal I take on lightly considering the size of my TBR list, which is frighteningly large, but I am stubborn enough to try. I’ve chosen to take the summer off school so I’m going to try and read a lot over the next four months before I step back into my graduate education.

I read quite widely – romance, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction and fantasy, young adult, comic books/graphic novels – and each of those genres has their own sub-genres and TBR pile. (Can you tell that I really love organization and slightly obsessive compulsive?) 

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down each of those TBR piles and picking the books that I really want to read from each of those genres before the end of this year, and maybe this summer ­– maybe.

The world of fiction is expansive and encompasses so many different subjects and topics that it is somewhat infinite when it comes to the stories that can be told. It’s one of the reasons why I love the genre so much – it has this infinite capacity to be a bubbling pot of creativity and storytelling. What I find most exciting about the genre is that I’m getting to see stories from marginalized authors, stories that reflect the world we live in, that reflect the world that they live in, and speak about our pasts and presents and the possibilities for the future.

So let’s breakdown some of the fiction books on my TBR list.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Circe by Madeline Miller

Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Boy, Snow and Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas  

Many of these novels are stories that I have wanted to read for years but never had the chance to till now. They are all very different from one another and why I want to dive into each of these stories.

What are some of your favourite fiction novels that have been published in the past few years? Which ones do you highly recommend? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!


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