10 backlist books that I really enjoyed reading

Hi friends, happy Wednesday!  I have been reading a lot of new releases lately and ever since I started book blogging. It’s easy, really, to get swept up in all the new, shiny book covers and new books every Tuesday. It’s easy, really, to forget these books that came out last year, the year before that and the years even before that.

☂️ Related blog post: Are we too into new releases?

Today, I thought I’d shine the light on some backlist books, hoping that this will inspire you to remember about these “old” books we had such a great time reading, these “old” books that deserve all the love and should, still, get some hype to this day. To be completely honest, it’s also kind of a reminder to myself to read more backlist books and, boy, there is an awful ton of these books that are still waiting on my TBR to be read.

You can click on the covers to get to the goodreads page of the book!

☂️ Backlist books I loved

The Forbidden Wish, Jessica Khoury

Why I recommend it 🔎 It’s been a hot minute since I screamed about The Forbidden Wish, SO LET ME DO THIS RIGHT NOW. I love this book with ALL MY HEART, it’s an Aladdin retelling with one incredible main character, a wonderful world-building and the writing is stunning and why isn’t this more hyped, I don’t know I LOVE IT AHH.

📖 read my review

180 seconds, Jessica Park

Why I recommend it 🔎 This book has a college aged main character and I loved that, I also loved that it was an adorable love story, an interesting exploration of father/ adoptive daughter relationship, friendships and this broke my heart and made me sob SO HARD and… I loved it.

📖 read my review

This Is How It Happened, Paula Stokes

Why I recommend it 🔎 My sister bought me this book for my birthday two years ago (I think?) and well this book is proof of how much she knows my bookish taste. This was a 5-stars read for me, with an amazing main character, a really great thought-provoking story about social media influence and just, just everything, I loved it.

📖 read my review

Just Visiting, Dahlia Adler

Why I recommend it 🔎 Just Visiting is one of these books that really deserves way more hype than it’s getting. It’s perfectly tackling that moment between high school and college, friendships, complicated family relationships, it has blooming romance and sex positivity and the friendship and yes, this was such a good book okay.

📖 read my review

Pretending to be Erica, Michelle Painchaud

Why I recommend it 🔎 This book was such a promising debut with an intriguing premise: a girl pretending to be someone else, basically. This was filled with tension and action and very, very intriguing, too from beginning to end.

📖 read my review

Sanctuary Bay, Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Why I recommend it 🔎 This has a creepy boarding school setting and I always live for this kind of setting okay. This was chilling, mysterious and addictive from beginning to end and I really loved it.

📖 read my review

Vanishing Girls, Lauren Oliver

Why I recommend it 🔎 You know me, I’m a huge fan of everything Lauren Oliver writes. Vanishing Girls was one of these books that caught my heart and shatter me into one thousand million pieces. This has siblings at its heart, sisters, a dual POV and a suspenseful, captivating storyline that broke me.

📖 read my review

Bittersweet, Sarah Ockler

Why I recommend it 🔎 This is one backlist, underrated contemporary book that made me warm and soft and it has cupcakes okay, that should be one big argument there for you. Add to that a cute love story, a great main character and adorable family vibes and you got this tiny little gem.

Awaken, Katie Kacvinsky

Why I recommend it 🔎 I have read a lot of dystopian books and, like the market has had its period filled with it, I had, too. If I turn to them a little less now, Awaken is one of these dystopian books that I will always love, for its story based on heavy technologies to its world-building and great characters. Sadly, it’s also one of these that hasn’t gotten a lot of hype and it deserves more!

The Wrath and The Dawn, Renée Ahdieh

Why I recommend it 🔎 Okay. Is this book popular? YES. Has this book actually been released in 2015? YES and I was shocked. But when I noticed, I knew I had to mention it in this list, because I love it too much not to. The characters, the gorgeous writing, everything about it is INCREDIBLE.

📖 read my review

☂️ You might also be interested in: 14 backlist books I should have read by now…

Did you read any of these books? What are some backlist books you really enjoyed?

Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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95 thoughts on “10 backlist books that I really enjoyed reading

  1. I read half of these. I love Ockler’s books, and am determine to finish them all one of these days. Same with Stokes — she is very underrated. 180 Seconds was really emotional, but that’s what Park always does to me. Vanishing Girls was a big hit for me. I just thought Oliver did a phenomenal job with that story, and TWatD is just stunningly written. I still want to read Just Visiting and Pretending to Be Erica. Those books have been on my TBR for eternity.

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    1. AH YES I need to read ALL of Ockler and Stokes’ books just as well, I’ve been loving everything by them so far, they’re so underrated ❤
      I hope you'll get to read Pretending to be Erica and Just Visiting sometime soon, both were so good! 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤

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  2. I haven’t read any on these in your backlist but I’ve been reading a few of mine including Water For Elephants and The Tattooist of Auschwitz both of which are brilliant!

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  3. (Okay I tried to like this post and I don’t know if it worked but I LOVE THIS POST OKAY WP is just being weird)

    Backlist books deserve so much love! I loved The Forbidden Wish and The Wrath and the Dawn, they were both so incredibly beautiful and amazing??!! This is How it Happened was SO SAD ahhh. 180 Seconds sounds so amazing and I’m so tempted by the cupcakes in Bittersweet hahaha. Thank you for these recommendations! ❤️ Loved this post.

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    1. WordPress can be really weird at times 😂 Thank you so much!!
      I’m so happy you loved so many of these books, too! I hope you’ll give Bittersweet a try, I really enjoyed it! ❤ ❤

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  4. Omg I LOVED this is how it happened. I wasn’t expecting to like it when I started it but now I push that book so much because it just blew me away. I’m glad to see you liked bittersweet as well; I’ve been meaning to read that book for ages.

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  5. This is really a wonderful list! I added 180 Seconds and Bittersweet to my TBR, they both look like books I would really enjoy.☺️ I love This is How it Happened! I’ve read it twice and it just is so poignant and I love the characters.

    I never exactly look when the books I read are from (unless I know they are new releases, haha) but I just finished Looking For Alaska, which I guess is considered backlist? I also just reread Paper Towns, my favorite John Green book.

    Great post, Marie! ❤

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      1. Thank you!
        Ooh, I didn’t know it was your favorite book?! I actually didn’t like as much as I thought I would sadly. :(( I had such a soft spot for Miles and thought he was adorable, and I loved his friendship with the Colonel, but something just fell short for with it. I still did like it, though!

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  6. Ah I love this post, Marie!! I’ve only read one book on here (The Forbidden Wish), which I loved, but all of these sound so good! Strangely enough I don’t find myself super interested in Renée Ahdieh’s books, even though they’re so well loved haha. Two backlist books I really love are Legend (which is pretty popular haha) and The Weight of Feathers — I love Marie Lu and Anna-Marie McLemore so much!!

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  7. The Forbidden Wish was really good! I remember being surprised at the time that it had so little hype! And I just added 180 Seconds to my TBR! It sounds amazing! I feel like most of the backlist I’d come up with would be super popular books that came out ages ago. Although there are a few backlist hidden gems that I’ve read like Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstom and The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. They’re both SO GOOD!

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    1. I’m so glad you love The Forbidden Wish as well! This book deserves all of the hype and more, it’s amazing ❤
      ooooh thank you so much for these recommendations, I'm going to check both of these out! 😀 Thank you, Chana! ❤

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  8. OO I have not read/heard of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver but I really loved her Delirium series when I read it! (even though I read the last two books in the wrong order). Also, I will always scream my eternal love for The Wrath and the Dawn & The Forbidden Wish! I’m so excited to read The Beautiful + Last of Her Name oMG

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    1. Ahhhhhh. I feel like no one has heard of that Lauren Oliver book, but it’s such a great one. I loved it so much 😀
      I’m so excited to read The Beautiful and Last of Her Name as well, ahh both sound just SO GOOD!
      Thank you so much!! ❤

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  9. Awaken is one I have always meant to read- I own it, even! It sounds liek it’d be perfect for me, too. I love Vanishing Girls, one of my favorite Lauren Oliver books! Wrath is fabulous of course. And I LOVED This is How It Happened so much- I am glad to see it getting some love! Forbidden Wish was also good. Basically, I agree with your list wholly! I love giving a shout out to backlist books, so this is great!

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  10. Marie, I know I’ve already mentioned this, but I’m still so in love with the new graphics on your posts. And the new headers too, they look so good & professional! They look amazing!
    I’m always here for hyping up backlist books. I have a looooong list of books I didn’t get around to in previous years, and it’s pretty much impossible not to forget about a few titles when there’s so many new releases coming out every month. I’m happy you included The Wrath & The Dawn on your list too, because it’s a giant reminder that I need to conclude this duology ASAP! I have the second book but it’s been standing on my shelf for months now, and I really need to finish it. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it a lot, but I feel like I should probably re-read the first one too, since I forgot pretty much everything, lol.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Ahhhh Lais thank you so much, this makes me SO happy!! Certain @nyxcorner will appreciate all the love for her fantastic post graphics 😀
      I can’t WAIT for you to read The Rose and The Dagger, I really LOVE it so much and that entire series ❤ ❤
      Thank you so much! ❤

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  11. What an absolutely fun post Marie! I’ve loved many of the backlist books I’ve read since the beginning of the year. What a neat way to feature them again. I reallllllly need to get to The Forbidden Wish! I love the cover and premise and just need to read it! Not sure why I haven’t yet. ❤️

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    1. Ahhh yes you should, it’s such a fantastic read, I love it SO much ❤ I get that though, all of the new releases are way too tempting sometimes 😛
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❤

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  12. I find it all too easy to jump into new releases (I just get so swept away by the hype that everything else falls in the wayside) but you’ve featured some amazing backlist books in this post Marie. 🙂 ❤️
    Obviously The Wrath and the Dawn is an amazing read (though wow I can’t believe it’s been that long since it was released) and I have The Forbidden Wish high on my TBR list. I will get around to it one day, I promise. 🙂 ❤️

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  13. Backlist books are full of amazing reads are definitely deserve enough hype as new releases!! And I’m sorry to say I haven’t heard of many of your list except for The Wrath and The Dawn which I am hoping to get to very soon– on my next order of the book depository I think!! It sounds great!!!
    Also The Forbidden Wish— I don’t read fairy-tale retellings that often but being Aladdin I am definitely interested because I love Aladdin!!
    This is how it happened sound super interesting as well!! Thank you for making this list– it has definitely given me some books to look into!! ❤

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    1. AHHH yes The Wrath and The Dawn and The Forbidden Wish, read these twoo! They are absolutely amazing and I loved the writing of these books so much. I hope you’ll love them 🙂
      Thank you so much, this makes me so, so happy ❤

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  14. Love this post! I find that I often end up only reading new-er releases because I figure they must be good if everyone is talking about them. But there are so many other amazing books that get lost in all the noise. Most of the time, I don’t even like popular books that much. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Thank you for the recommendations! 💛

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    1. Agree, there are so many books that get lost in all the noise, it makes me a little sad… but then again we can’t read everything either… SO many books haha.
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❤

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  15. I haven’t read any of the books on this list, which means I have plenty to add to my TBR! As much as I love reading new releases and being a part of whatever everyone is currently excited about, I’d love to read more backlist and find books that are still amazing, even if they aren’t raved about as much anymore!

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    1. I get that, I also want to make more of an effort to get back to older releases. I am way too often leaning towards the newest books ahah 🙂
      Thank you so much for your comment, Margaret! Hope this list gives you some book ideas! ❤

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  16. I love this list and I love that you’re giving backlist books some love ❤️ It’s so easy to get caught up in all the shiny, new releases and forget about all the other amazing books on our TBRs. Posts like this are wonderful reminders! I’ll definitley add some of these to my TBR 😊 The Forbidden Wish is AMAZING ❤️

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  17. As much as I love books, I’m not one for the hype of…new books? I just read whatever I find, so my books could be old, new, etc, but idk if you’ve noticed, but my reviews are typically not new releases? I love the books you recommended, there are so many I haven’t had the chance to read some of them! Great post Marie xx

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    1. I feel like really being in the bookish community and following way too many authors and publishers and all on twitter makes me way too aware of the new releases, I forget other books at times haha 🙂
      Thank you so, so much Melina, I hope you’ll get the chance to read some of them 😀

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  18. okay but I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH because I’m such a mood reader and keep looking for books that i’m craving in the moment and oh my books, MAJORITY of these books are that.
    180 Seconds, Just Visiting and Bittersweet are kind of right up my alley rn and I am so adding them along with Awaken bc when someone specially points out an underrated dystopian, it HAS to be good.
    also, addictive books with a creepy boarding school setting? yes to Sanctuary Bay 👏

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    1. Ahhh thank you so, so much! ❤ I'm so happy I made your TBR grow and really hope you'll end up enjoying all of these books. I love a good underrated dystopian read and I feel like Awaken is precisely that. I hope you'll like it 🙂

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    1. Ahh thank you so much, this makes me so happy! 🙂
      Backlist just means a book that has been released prior to this year, so 2018 books can already be “backlist” books, that’s how I see it 🙂

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  19. These are all new to me, except for The Wrath and the Dawn!

    It’s easy to miss some of the books you really want to read. I started putting together my summer TBR a couple days ago, and I came up with 25 books that I either owned and wanted to read, or heard about and wanted to read. They all came out last year or earlier (one book on my list is out of print). Since the TBR list I’m putting together only has 10 books on it, I used a random number generator to figure out which books I was going to read, LOL. I’ll try to get to the other books too.

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    1. I’m glad I could make you discover some new books 😀
      And yay that’s a great thing to do, make a TBR with backlist titles, I need to do that more too to prioritize them a bit better ❤
      Thank you for your comment! 😀

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  20. It is so easy to get swept up in the excitement of the new and shiny, and I hate that I have so many books on my physical TBR that I was so excited to read but never got around to… and are now not prioritized. Backlist books deserve all the love and I am trying to balance my ARC reading a bit (and my compulsive spending) to work on my TBR tower. This is a great post, Marie!

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    1. Agree! It’s so so easy to get swept up and I know I’m so guilty of that so many times. I’m doing my best to give backlist books some love and to get more backlist books because there are so many gems there, too 🙂
      Thank you so much!! ❤

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  21. I purchased The Wrath and The Dawn when the ebook went on sale, but I still have yet to pick it up! I do really want to read it soon.

    My latest backlist books that I loved have been Crazy Rich Asians, Salt to the Sea, Speak, and Moloka’i. Highly recommend them all 🙂

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    1. Ahhh I hope you’ll read The Wrath and The Dawn soon, I love this book and the duology SO much ❤
      I've only read Crazy Rich Asians, but I really enjoyed it, I will have to check out the other ones! 🙂
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  22. I’m currently reading The Wrath and the Dawn with some of my bookish friends and it’s been spectacular so far. I’ve heard great things about the books here on your list and I’ve put some on my TBR. This has inspired me to read more backlist books and I’m especially looking forward to reading Bittersweet someday. Great list!

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  23. Backlist titles NEED MORE RECOGNITION 👏👏👏! Keeping up with new releases is exciting but tiring at times (and frustrating if you’re an international reader that can never get their grabby claws on them 🙄). So I just quietly prefer reading backlist titles in the background. And to passionately shout that SUCH TITLES DESERVE MORE HYPE because there are so great ones out there that have been forgotten!!! 2015 – 2016 books are worthy of attention and love too!!!

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