In my bookish New Year’s resolutions of 2018 you could read that I’m now really devoted to diminishing the amount of books on my TBR. With all the books that aren’t on Goodreads, I now own about 130 unread books. Of course, it’s nice to know that if there was to be an apocalypse and I couldn’t leave my house for whatever reason, at least I wouldn’t be without a new book for a year! On the other hand, why buying all those books – or actually, hoard – if I don’t actually read them?! That’s why I was determined to put myself on a book buying ban until I’ve read a good amount of books on my TBR!
One thing I hope that’ll help me on this quest is the hashtag #theunreadshelfproject – a hashtag by Whitney from @theunreadshelf. Now, there aren’t a set couple of rules if you want to participate – all that counts is that you want to diminish the amount of books on your TBR! You can make up your own “rules” or ideas when it comes to the best ways for you to read more of your TBR. In this post I want to show you a couple of mine.
1. Read at least 50 books on my TBR in 2018
In 2017 I managed to read a total of 91 books and I’ve set my Goodreads Reading Challenge on 95 books. To read about 130 books in only one year is, unfortunately, unimaginable for me. I won’t be able to read all off the unread books on my TBR, so I set a goal to read at least 50 of them this year.
2. Allow myself to buy one new book for every five I read
What’s the fun in not being able to reward yourself only a little when doing such a challenge? Exactly – none at all. So, for every five books on my TBR I’ve read, I’ll allow myself to buy one new book. If I want to, that is. Or to put it better – if I want to buy a new book, I first have to read five unread books! This way I hope to buy books I actually want to read, instead of letting Bookstagram influence me too much into buying books that haven’t actually been on my to-buy/wishlist!
3. Get a library card!
It’s been such a long time since I borrowed a book from the library, but I really want to start doing it again! Sometimes I buy books I know I’ll only read once, so why not just borrow them from the library and save shelf space for books I want to own and read more than once.
4. Read/buy more ebooks
I’ve noticed that I read ebooks way faster than I read physical books. When it comes to physical books I tend to stop after only one chapter to pick up my phone and get lost in Instagram and other apps for the next hour or so. Somehow, I don’t have this with ebooks … And besides that – ebooks are cheaper than paper books. So, if I’m not sure about me liking a book, I think it’s better to buy an e-copy of that book instead.
5. Donate books to charity shops
Of some books I’m just certain that I won’t enjoy them, but they are on my TBR shelf anyway. This makes the number of unread books higher, but not the chance of me actually reading that book. It also makes me more afraid of my TBR and that’s not a good thing. I’m talking about books like the ones I got for uni, but never got to read and that I wouldn’t have bought if I wasn’t studying Literature; books that I got in bookboxes, like Nemesis by Anna Banks which I got in a Fairyloot box, or books I got because Bookstagram told me I absolutely had to (I notice that most of the books I’d donate are YA …)
6. Bring my TBR jar back to life
Last year I made a new TBR jar and put in all the unread book that I still had on my shelves. But every time I bought a new book I forgot to add it to the jar and sometimes I read a book that’s now still in my TBR jar. In other words, my TBR jar is one big mess and it’s no longer to be trusted. I think it’d be best if I brought it to life again, but in another way that I did it at first, because that turned out not to be the best and most reliable way. I’ll keep you guys updated when I do so, but until then there’s always my old DIY to make your own TBR jar!
If you want more inspiration on how to diminish your TBR books you could always take a look at Whitney’s Instagram stories or look up the hashtag #theunreadshelfproject! Good luck and enjoy reading!!