Book Avengers: A Mission to Save Your Backlist!

Happy New Year! As you know, with a new year starting there will be many debuts of new challenges and features.  Well, Kristina from Gone Pecan and I have one too.  We’ve been chatting for a while about wanting to start a feature together and we came up with a little something to help us not only catch up with a few older titles but to also include friends who might need to do the same or just want to show love to an older book.  So, without further delay let’s chat about what we came up with!!

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Why Book Avengers?

Because when bloggers are passionate about a book we stick up for it through thick and thin.  We’re constantly trying to convince people to read a book we love.  That’s what we do.  We’re book pushers.


So, we thought if we love a book so much wouldn’t we want to avenge it? Specifically, older titles that we’ve missed or maybe haven’t quite finished the series. That’s how the idea of Book Avengers was born!

How does it work?

We, Kristina and Sarah, will read one backlist book a month and post a dual review the third Monday of the month. We also want to see what YOU thought of the book when you read it! So, once we read and post our reviews of each month’s backlist book, we hope others will join us in showing our backlist pick some love and linking up either their past reviews or current if you decided to read along with us.

Ohhh…and there may be some bookish giveaways involved! Just sayin’!

You guys will be a huge part of us picking books too! In our review posts we’ll list three potential books for the next month. Know of a book you think needs more love? Something we should have read already? Then VOTE!!  AVENGE YOUR FAVORITES! The book with the most votes will be our pick for the following month. Even if your book doesn’t make the cut that month, there is always next month to try again!


We’ll be taking turns hosting the feature on our blog each month, so be sure to follow Kristina and Sarah to stay in the know. You can find us here…

Gone Pecan: Blog / Twitter || What Sarah Read: BloG / TWITTER

How will you be picking your list for the next book?

The first requirement is that we both haven’t read it.  If we are reading a series, there is a good chance we will include the sequel in the next month’s selections as well.  Other than that?  Anything is possible!  If you want to become a book avenger too, then rally to get your favorite backlist book on the voting list by tweeting us.  Use our hashtag #bookavengers and BE HEARD!

What book will you guys be reading first?

We went ahead and did things a little differently for just this month, and already selected our first backlist book…The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Both of us have had this book on our TBRs for a while now, and with all of the excitement surrounding the release of Passenger, we thought it would be fun to read one of Alexandra’s backlist titles as well!

About the Book

Book Avengers:  A Mission to Save Your Backlist!The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 18th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Action & Adventure, General, Paranormal
Pages: 496

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

If you haven’t read it yet, please join us!!!  We want to hear what you think! Follow along using the hashtag #BOOKAVENGERS!

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So, what you think about our new feature! We’re pretty excited about it and hope you are too!
share your pick for our February book while youR at it!


26 comments for “Book Avengers: A Mission to Save Your Backlist!

    1. Sarah

      Thanks Jennifer…we’re so excited!

  1. This is a wonderful idea! I really appreciate the slow but steady movement in favor of backlash books; why ignore the potential awesomeness on shelves in favor of new releases, after all? I also want to read The Darkest Minds anyway because of my Project, so the timing here is absolutely excellent! I look forward to participating~

    1. Sarah

      Thanks for the enthusiasm! Looking forward to hearing what you think of TDM!

  2. Exciting!!! This is fabulous! And The Darkest Minds is my January read for another challenge, but I’m having a hard time getting the motivation 😀 I’m excited to see what you think of this one, and I’ll definitely be keeping up with it.

    1. Sarah

      Thanks Mikayla!!! Hope you love the book!

  3. This is so great! I have so many older books on my TBR that I keep getting distracted from with shiny new releases. I can’t wait to see what comes up on this!

    1. Sarah

      Awww thanks for the support Caroline!! Hugs!

  4. I’m excited! I already bought this book last month so it’s the perfect excuse to push it toward the top of my TBR pile!

    1. Sarah

      Woohoo!! Love it Kristin! I just started TDM this morning and am already hooked!

  5. I love this! The Darkest Minds is one of those books that I bought on a kindle daily deal for like $2, and has been sitting on my phone ever since. Hopefully I will get to finish this book!

    1. Sarah

      I hope you get to finish it too Monica!

  6. This sounds so fun! I definitely think I’ll be joining in, since I have The Darkest Minds to read too!

    1. Sarah

      Yay…so glad to hear you’ll be joining in!! We’ll have a link up later this month for your review!

  7. I like this idea. It’s part of getting back to the basics of blogging, right? So often, we get caught up in new releases and ARCs, that we forget about the thousands upon thousands of books that remain to be read, many of which are just as exciting and just as “good” as the rest.

    I look forward to seeing what you ladies choose to read for this feature over the next year. I loved The Darkest Minds and think a re-read is in order!

    1. Sarah

      This was in the works before the back to basics hashtag popped up, but we were so happy to see other people are feeling like we are. We’ll have a link up later this month if you have a review of TDM…we’d love to see it!

  8. I love this idea!! I can’t wait to see what your next book choices are.

    1. Sarah

      Thanks so much Emily!! If you have any suggestions for future titles let us know using the #bookavengers hashtag on Twitter!

  9. I have read THE DARKEST MINDS and it is AMAZING. Love this book meme idea!

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