Beat the Backlist 2019 Hogwarts Mini Challenge

Are you a reader who needs a little extra motivation to complete a reading challenge? Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Then let’s show some Hogwarts House pride!

Beat the Backlist Main Challenge Page

As a part of the Beat the Backlist reading challenge, you and your Housemates can join forces to see who will come out on top at the end of the year. This mini challenge is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. Not participating has no impact on anyone else.

To sign up for this mini challenge, please complete the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge sign-up form and select your Hogwarts House.

Hogwarts House Mini Challenge

Current Points   Submit Books Read

Each year the Beat the Backlist challenge offers a competition of sorts for its participants, a bit of extra motivation for those who want it throughout the year. I’m excited to say that the Hogwarts Mini Challenge from BTB Year 1 is coming back!

This mini challenge is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and you do NOT have to participate in it to be a part of Beat the Backlist. If you choose to do the challenge, you will have the opportunity to earn points for your House by reading books.


Each book read counts for points! If it’s considered a book on Goodreads, it’s considered a book for this challenge. That includes novels, novellas, anthologies, short story collections, etc.


Every book read as a part of the mini challenge will be compiled on the public spreadsheet below. You will be able to search through the books read to see who has read what (including yourself if you’re not sure you submitted something).

If you include a link to the book’s Goodreads page or your review (OPTIONAL, does not count for points), the book title will be linked to that page so others can add it to their TBR or read your review!

2019 Backlist Books Read

Changes from past challenge years. . .

One of the biggest issues the first year was the uneven House teams. Rather than sort all of you into Houses you don’t want, the points you earn for your house are weighted based on how many people are participating. This will even things out a bit.

For example, if Gryffindor only has 10 readers and Ravenclaw has 20, each point earned by a Gryffindor will be worth more than each point by a Ravenclaw.

This is to avoid Houses who have 2 to 3 times as many participants from always being in the lead simply because they have more people.

How do I earn points?

Read a backlist book. Submit its title and author through the Google Form below. Done!

Reminder that adding a Goodreads or Review link is OPTIONAL and won’t count for points. If you would like your book submission to link back to your page, please include a link.

The deadline to submit points is 11:59PM December 31, 2019 (your local time). Points are calculated as they come in so submit them at your leisure.

It’s all on the honor system, folks. This challenge is about reading books on your TBR so please don’t abuse the system just to get these imaginary points for your House.

This form will not be active until January 1, 2019

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