The UnRead Shelf Project 2018

Welcome to 2018 everyone!!

I’m back at the beginning of this year to discuss a new project I have become involved in, specifically for readers.  It’s called The UnRead Shelf Project.  Whitney, the @theunreadshelf is a local KC Bookstagrammer!  She has a passion for getting through those books, and it struck me just how many I have, unread.  Some have been pushed back several times so I can read the “next-in-series”, which in my case always takes precedence over another book I’m currently reading.  When this happens, my TBR pile (to-be-read) GROWS.  Like, A LOT.

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I’ve taken inventory and I’m currently up to 35 books unread (only 30 in this shot).  Yikes.  So when I saw this project pop up in my Instafeed I had to check it out.  Sure enough it sounds like something I can accomplish easily.  So here is my list of books in my unread shelf, from left to right:

  1. The Wrath & The Dawn
  2. The Rose & The Dagger
  3. Carve the Mark
  4. The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen
  5. Conversion
  6. The Book of Speculation
  7. Wonder Woman: Warbringer
  8. The Language of Thorns
  9. Six of Crows
  10. Crooked Kingdom
  11. Caraval
  12. Black Rabbit Hall
  13. The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
  14. The Muse
  15. The Last Magician
  16. Carnivalesque
  17. Stalking Jack the Ripper
  18. Hunting Prince Dracula
  19. The Last Namsara
  20. Windwitch
  21. Truthwitch
  22. Renegades
  23. Lady Midnight
  24. Lord of Shadows
  25. The Cruel Prince
  26. An Ember in the Ashes
  27. A Torch Against the Night
  28. Turtles All the Way Down
  29. The Gallery
  30. A Fierce and Subtle Poison

This seems like a lot of books for most people to read, even in a year.  But honestly?  It’s not.  Even if you cut back watching one hour of television per day, you could easily read 1-3 books per month!  And think about how many you could read if you isolated 2 hours per day for reading.  I’ll admit the likelihood of me finishing this entire list by the end of 2018 seems daunting.  Even to me, who is an avid reader!  That is why I am doing this project.  So here are the rules:

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Sounds easy right?  It should be!  By physically putting your hands on your books, you should be aware pretty quickly, whether it’s one that you definitely want to read or not.  Like I said before, there are some books I have (not on this list) that I already know I’m ready to part with, even though I haven’t read them.  They are the ones that are consistently pushed to the bottom of my TBR.  I’m ready to add more to that pile.  I might even go a step further and add some off my permanent shelves, or move some to storage to make way for these…but I’ll decide that later.

I did want to touch on the one rule of this project I already know I’m breaking:  Book Buying Ban through January at the very least.  I am stretching out the ban until May, EXCEPT PRE-ORDERS.  Let all the tears flow now as I scream, “I NEED MY PADDLES!!” (Please tell me someone gets this reference).  But honestly it’s the best thing for me starting this new year.  I am making an effort to save more money by NOT purchasing books until I’ve read the majority of my unread shelf.   Pre-ordered books are the exception because I’m attending BookCon in NYC at the end of May (imagine my uncoordinated, happy dance), and I want some of these books in advance for author signings!

So that’s it.  I’m already making great strides considering my unread shelf is not even close to reaching 100…I cannot imagine.  If you’re a book collector I get it though.  Sometimes different editions are wonderful to have!  I currently have several books with different editions and I adore them.  My husband completely surprised me for Christmas by purchasing an out-of-print edition of a book I already own.  It’s 1/1,000 copies printed.  I squealed like a little girl y’all…

Until next time.

Stacey

 

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