Top 5 Wednesday: Backlist Books

Top 5 Wednesday

This blogging prompt is hosted by the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group


Today’s T5W prompt is Backlist Books

Happy June! To kick off the month, let’s look at some backlist books! Backlist books are books that have been out for over a year. What are five backlist books that you’ve had your eye on for a while but have yet to get to?

1.  Dune by Frank Herbert

My father actually gifted me this book for Christmas last year–and I have yet to get to it. Obviously it’s been out for over a year, as it was published in 1965! Known by many as one of the first–or most famous–sci-fi books, I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. I want to see how sci-fi has changed since the 60’s! And how it’s stayed the same. I especially love going back and reading about how authors imagined the world would be “far” in the future, which is now our present (1984 I’m looking at you!).

2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

A much more recently published book (May 19, 2020), this one happens to also have been a Christmas gift! I actually teach The Hunger Games to my high school freshmen as a summer reading book, so I’ve been getting back into the story. I am also interested to see how Collins’ writing has changed over the years, as the first book in the series is not quite… Up to my standard, I’d say.

3. Emma by Jane Austen

Another SUPER backlisted book, this one was published in 1815. And yet it’s been sitting on my shelf for years now, begging me to read it. I have yet to read a Jane Austen book, although I did start Pride and Prejudice, but ended up giving up on it after the first few chapters. Eventually, I’ll get back to it! For now, my goal for the summer is to read and finish this one. I’m slowly whittling away at my classics!

4. Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson

This is a novella related to the Stormlight Archive, and was published in 2016. Sanderson is one of my most favorite authors (second only to Robert Jordan), and I have been devouring ALL of his books. However, I only recently purchased Edgedancer as I prefer novel-length stories to short stories. But now that I’m running out of Sanderson novels, I have to move on to his shorter pieces!

5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I actually watched the TV show (2020) before I knew it was a book that’d been published in 2017. I liked the show so much that when I saw a hardback of the novel at the thrift store, I had to pick it up. The one season of the show so far is not enough for me–I have to know more! And the book better give it to me 😉


What are some books you’ve been wanting to read for some time now, but just haven’t gotten around to it?

Have you read any of the above books? What did you think?

Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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