Backlist Books We're Going To Read This Year (We Promise!)

I’ve heard from various half-joking internet book lovers that obtaining books and reading books are separate hobbies. Now, I’m not quite willing to concede absolute truth to this observation, but I can definitely promise that we booksellers – and I’m willing to bet some of you as well – have some backlist titles that have been waiting around on our shelves, bedside tables, and in stacks by our doors to be read. 

Here is a collection of some of those titles we have but haven’t read yet. We’re going to read them this year! No really, we promise!


Second First Impressions
by Sally Thorne

It has turtles on the cover and it’s about a woman who lives a quiet life working in a nursing home. Sign me up! I read three pages of it and it ended up on my bookshelf. But I really liked those three pages!!



When We Were Sisters
by Fatimah Asghar

Bookseller Lily read this and really liked it and we trust Lily’s taste. 


Lonely City
by Olivia Laing

Boygenius hearthrob Julian Baker read it and really liked it and we trust Julian’s taste. 

– Emily


Slow Horses
by Mick Herron 

I’ve worked with three booksellers I trust that have recommended this series. It’s an ongoing series that’s been around since 2010, and it’s always sold solidly. It’s the kind of series where the same people come in every year to get the new release. Lately it’s having a huge surge of popularity because of the show on Apple TV, so this is the year!

– Deborah


G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century
by Beverly Gage

I’ve started this book, and I’m loving reading it, it’s really interesting. It’s also so dense and is taking forever to get through. But I will! I promise! 

– Sue 


by Jason Reynolds

I’ve always wanted to read this book, it’s one of the greats! There’s always so much frontlist to read and I don’t want to miss anything, so when I somehow missed this book I haven’t had time to go back for it! 

– Rene


Debt: The First 5000 Years
by David Graeber
I’ve read other books by him and love his work, but this one is so big that every time I look at it I think of the pile of books I could read in the same amount of time it would take to read this one. But I really want to! I’ve heard amazing things about it! 

– Jade


They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
by Hanif Abdurraqib

Reasons I need to read this book:

  • Literally 8 million booksellers have recommended this book. 
  • I've already heard the author speak, and he’s so smart and funny. 
  • I love reading essays about stuff that I don't know very much about
  • I have the book on my shelf. 

– Erin


The Waves
by Virginia Woolf

I haven’t read this yet because it’s her most experimental work and I’m scared it’s going to f*** me up. 

– Sofia


Damnable Tales
by Richard Wells 

Carmen Maria Machado mentioned she was reading this folk horror anthology on her Substack, which is enough to make me pick something up. Plus, I’ve been known to love a scary goat. Can’t wait to read!!! 

– Sarah C


by Susanna Clark

I know I’m going to love this book, it’s a perfect book for me, but I’m scared that if I’m not in the exact perfect mood for it I won’t love it as much as I should. So I’m waiting for the stars to align. 

– Sarah B