Book Gang Podcast Episode 33: The Best Backlist Books You Missed (Part 2)

No need to wait for the latest summer releases when you have this list of best backlist books to check out.

This is the second part of our discussion today.

My well-read co-host, Larry Hoffer, is back to talk about our favorite older books and why these should be in your stack this year too.

Not familiar with the term backlist or frontlist books? The book industry groups published books into two types- frontlist (titles that have sold in the current year) and backlist (titles that are older than a year).

We have resurrected some of our top recommendations in this two-part series that can keep you company while you wait for your library holds to come in. Today we discuss our favorites that are two years or more older.

This list of older books have brought us great joy over our reading years and we can’t wait to tell you why these will make the perfect addition to your reading life too.

Book Gang Podcast Episode 33: The Best Backlist Books You Missed (Part 2)

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Mentioned on this episode:

Book Gang Podcast: Best Backlist Books You Missed Part 1

This Year’s Summer Reading Guide (The Best Beach Reads For Your Summer Stack)

This Will Be Funny Later by Jenny Pentland

In My Dreams I Hold A Knife by Ashley Winstead

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers

Tobacco Wives Book Chat

Book Gang Podcast: Best Books of 2021 with Larry

Amy’s Email

Amy’s Instagram

House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth


My Notorious Life by Kate Manning

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Kate Manning’s Author Page

Gilded Mountain by Kate Manning

Christodora by Tim Murphy

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai


The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Chemistry by Weike Wang

Joan is Okay by Weike Wang

Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Yolk by Mary HK Choi

Permanent Record by Mary HK Choi

The Two Family House by Linda Cohen Loigman 

The Wartime Sisters by Linda Cohen Loigman

Book Gang Podcast: A Day In the Life of a Book Publicist with Kathleen Carter


Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland

We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange

Sadness is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher

The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis

Amy’s Interview with Patry Francis

All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

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More Backlist Books For Your Stack:

Part One of the Best Backlist Books You Missed

Book Gang Podcast: Backlist Book Challenge
Book Gang Podcast: Backlist Book Challenge
Backlist Summer Beach Read

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