It’s no secret that I like having a big TBR. In fact, I have such a liking for it that I have named mine Steve. (Not sure why). But the problem that comes from a big TBR is unfortunately while I’m still excited for those books, they sometimes get shoved to the side while I get newer and shiner books, and then it just kinda repeats itself.
Last year, Whitney (@theunreadshelfproject on instagram) started the Unread Shelf Project, to basically start tackling her TBR. I found out about it in March of last year and kinda participated. She basically had a prompt for each month for what you could read, such as “newest book you purchased” or “Book that’s been on your TBR the longest”. You do the prompt, yay! If you don’t read a book that fits the prompt then she suggests you get rid of the book, thereby lowering your TBR either way.
Last year I completed some of the challenges and wasn’t sure I was going to do it again this year or not. But then in December, she challenged us to just count our unread books. That’s all we had to do, just count them.
My number was…well it was higher than what I was happy with. I am okay with a large TBR, and I will never be one of those readers who gets their TBR down to zero. (To be honest just thinking of my TBR dropping down to single digits makes me stress a bit) But I do know that I like to have about 100-130 books on my TBR.
That number wasn’t what my books were. It wasn’t even close.
So I decided I was going to really do the UnreadShelfProject this year. I needed to cut back on some of my TBR and figured that this would be the best way to do it. So I jumped in.
The nice thing about this project is that it’s pretty much set at your own pace. There are some people who want to get their TBR down by 10 books, some who have a need for it to get to double digits and some who just want to read the books that they got years ago.
For me, after counting all the books that I had unread on my shelf, I decided that I wanted to read at least 75 books off Steve the TBR this year.
I actually didn’t think that I would be very successful about it, not because I didn’t want to read all the books on my TBR but because I have a tendency to read the books I’ve checked out from the library first, mainly because they have a time-limit and my TBR books…don’t.
However, at the time of this writing, I’ve managed to read 30 books off of Steve the TBR. *throws invisible confetti*
If I keep going at this rate, I might pass the objective that I set for myself. And since I haven’t really stopped buying books at all, that might be a good thing. I do have to say I’m slightly surprised how many I’ve managed to get down, and I’m already wondering if I can beat the goal I set for myself this year.
What about you bookdragons? Did you set any reading goals this year? Have you been reading off your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a great day and remember, life is too short for mediocre books!