For those who have been following this blog for a while, you may have seen the below image on some of my book reviews:
Since 2017, I’ve been struggling to hold myself accountable and make sure I am reading the books that are physically on my shelf. In an adorable, half-hearted attempt to hold myself accountable, I created The Great Bookcase Crusade, which was my noble attempt to read the books I own and gut out the ones that I don’t love anymore.
This was a good idea, don’t get me wrong. It has helped me focus a bit more on the books I own. My TBR Jar has also helped enormously, allowing me to focus on books that I wouldn’t mood grab on my own. Still, I’m not making the process I’d like to be making. Last year, I told myself I would read four physical books a month. I failed that, and it’s my goal again for 2020.
(Four physical books within reason. If The Priory of the Orange Tree pops out of that TBR Jar, all bets are off.)
I continue to struggle with hardcopy books, which require more time and focus than audiobooks, and so I was overjoyed to run into #StartOnYourShelfathon earlier this month!
What an awesome opportunity to join in with a bunch of others who are also trying to read all the books off their shelves, and for all of us to keep one another accountable. The goal of this readathon is that through the entire course of 2020, up until New Years Eve, we try to read the unread books on our shelves.
Loves, I have SO MANY unread books on my shelves. And many of the books that have been read were read such a long time ago that I barely remember them, and they’re dusty and due for a re-read. I’ve already joined the Discord Server (what, who is this social blogger?! *gasp*) and I’m looking forward to being accountable to you all on this readathon progress using the super cute star maps every month in my monthly check-ins.
For this year-long readathon, I will not be providing a TBR. Why? Because it all comes from my TBR Jar at random! I have taken to having a few books pulled ahead of time and set aside, so to start this year out, I will be reading (not necessarily in this order):
I’ll post updated “upcoming books” every month in my check in as well so you can see what’s incoming for the readathon, and you can tell me if I’m about to read one of your favorites! I’m not so ambitious to say I’m going to be reading all the books on my shelf (that’s about 800 – I’m not that good) but rather I am going to start with my original goal – I want to read 4 books/mo. If I find I’m exceeding that, I’ll change the goal!
If you’re like me and you love to add books to your shelf… but aren’t so great at reading them… I recommend joining in with this readathon and letting the community help lift you up to your goals!
Hope to see you in the challenge! 😉
Do you struggle to read the books on your shelf? I buy books because I loved them or I’m really interested, but it feels like I always end up back reading old favorites. Anyone else have this problem? Let me know in the comments!