My 2017 reading was simply superb. I explored new authors and genres and, to my delight, re-discovered middle grade fiction. Also, I joined the Diverse Books Club as a children’s literature co-moderator and picked up books that I never would have found otherwise. My reading life is thriving and bursting at the seams with all the possibilities.
However, that’s part of the problem. Every time I see a book with rave reviews, I immediately head to my library’s online catalog to get my hands on it. Because, I want to read all the books—all the time!
This weekend, I diagnosed myself with a severe case of book nerd FOMO (fear of missing out). Trust me, as an introvert and a highly sensitive person with low inclusion needs, I rarely succumb to FOMO. Therefore, this must be serious.
Thankfully, Whitney at The Unread Shelf decided to host The Unread Shelf Project 2018. The goal: reduce the number of unread books in your home by the end of the year. Along with reading unread books, hopefully a greater sense of contentment and simplicity will surround your reading life.
This is exactly what I need in 2018.
Simplicity. Streamlined reading goals. And less trips to the library.
Her first challenge in the project was to catalog and count all the unread books on your shelves. I have 49 unread books—49. I knew I had a lot, but I was blown away by that number!
Next, I crafted a plan to tackle those unread bookshelf goals.
- Each month, I want to read 2-3 unread titles that I already own.
- Once I’ve read a book, I must decide what to do with it. Either, keep, donate, or gift it.
- The only books I’m allowed to read outside of my personal library are audiobooks, Diverse Books Club picks, and the book chosen for my local book club each month. All of those I typically borrow from the library.
That’s it. I’m keeping it simple. My ginormous library book hauls are currently paused for 2018.
As much as I love reading broadly, I am actually quite excited to take the pressure out of my reading life. My bookshelves (and my husband) will also be content to clear more space in our home!
This morning I chose the three books I want to read in January.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (which I am currently about halfway through)
- Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
It was exciting to choose from my own personal library! These three books are quite popular and favorites of lots of reading friends. I enjoy reading seasonally, so that’s what I was going for in choosing each of them.
What are you reading in 2018? Do you have a plan for your reading goals? If not, check out this post on Creating Your Reading Resolutions. Join me and make 2018 a fantastic reading year!