Hi everyone! When CW first announced she was planning on creating a year long readathon all about backlist books called the #StartOnYourShelfathon I was super excited and immediately wanted to join. This readathon is all about getting to those books on your TBR that you’ve been neglecting for quite some time, while being motivated by a lovely sloth named Castor and his star maps.
I have quite a few books on my TBR and I’ve been wanting to reduce this for some time, so this readathon sounded perfect. And with me being the way I am, I got over excited and bought a TBR cart so that I’d have a better overview, made myself a spreadsheet that included all of my physical TBR books, the kindle books I’m still most excited about, and my ARC TBR, and I also installed the Bookly app to track my reading. So. I guess I’m prepared, and I’m very ready to get started.
So, let’s go discuss my goals and my TBR for this readathon!
- My physical TBR currently consists of about 60 books, and I want to cut this down to 30 or maybe even 20. I know that reading all of them just isn’t realistic, and I also just don’t want to do that because I still want to have a good selection of books on my TBR at all time, but I do want to cut down my TBR by a lot since it’s just too much right now.
- I suck at setting time aside to physically read a book, so I want to make it a goal to read for at least 30 minutes a day whenever I’m able to and track this using the Bookly app.
- I do want to allow myself to buy books (since I barely do that anyway) but these will count towards my end goal. Even if I add books to my TBR I will still have a TBR of only 20-30 books in the end.
- I want to stop requesting e-arcs, or at least restrict my requesting by a lot, because doing a lot of ARC reading and keeping up with this readathon will be too overwhelming. I will read 2020 releases at the same time as everyone else, and I will read them as an audiobook so that I won’t add more physical books to my TBR.
- I want to DNF more books, because I’ve read too many disappointing books this year and I can’t waste my time on more of them if I want to succeed in this challenge.
I could probably add more goals but everything can be condensed to; I will make an effort to cut my physical TBR down to 30 books. That’s it. But apparently I like to ramble a lot. Sorry.
Okay so this is an overview of my TBR cart. A look at all of the physical books that are on my TBR. I feel weirdly ashamed of this, especially because it doesn’t even include my e-TBR, or the “pile of shame” books that I hide behind this first row of books I’m actually excited about, oops. But hopefully I’ll be able to show you all my physical TBR at the end of the year and not feel shame anymore? Anyway, let’s dive into what books are on here.
First up we have this stack of middle grade books. This is the stack I’m most confident I can get through because I love middle grade and I usually fly through it, so I should be able to cut this pile down by a few books quickly.
Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari
The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
It All Comes Down to This by Karen English
The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie
Escape From Aleppo by N.H. Senzai
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Then there’s the biggest category on my shelf: my young adult contemporaries. I think about 80% of my TBR shelf is YA contemporary, which is fine because it is the genre I like to read most, but I also want to get through a lot of them in 2020 and greatly lessen this amount. Luckily, just like with middle grade, I’m often able to read contemporaries quite quickly and I’m also pretty excited about quite a few of these so I should be able to get through a big part of them.
Running With Lions by Julian Winters
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes
Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Immoral Code by Lilian Clark
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
This Side of Home by Renée Watson
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka
If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
How To Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith
Then we have a genre (Is it even a genre? Category is probably more appropriate, right?) that I have a lot of mixed feelings about: anthologies. I usually get super excited about them since there’s so many great authors in a line-up and the concept of it sounds amazing, but then when I actually read them I only like half of the stories. Hopefully that won’t be the case with these, though! I hope I’ll get to these soon.
Then here’s a small stack of books that I’m very intimidated by: sci-fi. I usually only consume sci-fi through audiobooks since I find it a lot easier to get to them that way, so we’ll see how it goes when I have to physically read them… Because I’m so intimidated by it most of these (especially the Becky Chamers and Sarah Kuhn one’s) have been on my shelves for a very long time, so I hope I’ll get to those, at least. And the more I look at Ignite the Stars, the more excited I am for it. It’s gorgeous, and I hope the inside matches the outside.
Here we have another small stack of books that includes the two books I purchased most recently because I’ve been wanting to explore more genres and for some reason translated adult fiction has peaked my interest, and another YA book I forgot to include in the other pictures because I’m currently reading it.
Then, lastly, we have two stacks of books that I want to call my stacks of shame, since they mostly consist of books I’m not all that excited about (I either lost interest or never had that much interest to begin with since I only picked these up because I liked an author’s previous work) or books that contain topics that are pretty triggering for me so I’m always too scared to read them. These are the piles I really want to cut down on, maybe do a try a chapter tag and see which one’s I’m actually interested in and just unhaul the rest. We’ll see.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Since You Asked by Maurene Goo
The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung
The Big F by Maggie M. Martin
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding
The Friendship Experiment by Erin Teagan
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
Internet Famous by Danika Stone
The Girl in the Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan
Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow
Those are all of the books on my physical TBR! I do have to add that I didn’t add my graphic novels to this since I love them and I’ll probably be using them to motivate myself throughout this challenge. And there’s only a handful of them, anyway.
So, tell me, are you going to be participating in the #StartOnYourShelfathon? Are there any books you see here that you love and that I should get to immediately, or books I shouldn’t waste my time on and should go unhaul already? Please let me know!