The Unread Shelf Project

One of the things I started doing because of the internet is set up reading goals. I’ve always been an avid reader, but I’ve never kept track of the books I was getting through and never known that setting up reading goals is actually a thing. But after joining bookstagram, following more book blogs, booktube channels and using Goodreads, I felt like I was completely missing out one of the most important things in the bookish community.
Over the years, I learned that challenges and counting the number of books I read are not for me, they make me feel too anxious and like if I was in a race. So, I decided to stop numbering the books I’m reading one after another, I just list them in my notebook and I’ll maybe count them at the end of the year.

However, I decided to join one specific challenge for 2018. #TheUnreadShelfProject2018 is a reading challenge hosted by three incredible bookstagrammers I love @theunreadshelf, @katereadsbooks_ and @calsreads. The purpose of the challenge is to help us to tackle our TBR pile of books we already own. I already planned to make some rules for myself in 2018 because I have too many unread books on my Kindle, but after seeing all the post about this challenge on Instagram, I decided to join. This is something I can do, it’s not about the numbers. And if you want to have fun with the community, be sure to follow Whitney (@theunreadshelf), she’s giving us mini weekly challenges like counting the number of unread books we have, going to a bookstore and not buy anything (!), or share the story behind the books in our TBR shelf.

I still have some physical books to read too, but my main focus is going to be ebooks because I want to be more intentional with my purchases and not just download a book because it’s cheap or free and then forget about it. Also, the physical books are all there on my shelf, while the ebooks are “hidden” inside my Kindle, so it’s much easier for me to forget about them.

Here is the list of ebooks I purchased but I still have to read and that I hope to complete in 2018.

Jane Austen Collection:

  • Emma
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Persuasion
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Mansfield Park

Rainbow Rowell Collection:

  • Landline
  • Elanor & Park
  • Carry On

Other Books:

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  • The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
  • Mindfulness: The Most Effective Techniques by Ian Tuhovsky

I know, this is long a super long list and many people would read all these books in a couple of months, but I’m not a fast reader and most of my days are spent studying or writing my thesis, so it’s important to me to consume other mediums too during my breaks and free time (like Netflix and LOTRO).

Since I got my Kindle and I’ve been able to instantly buy and download books, I stopped experiencing that great feeling of finishing a book and wandering around a bookstore (physical or digital) in order to buy my next reading. This is something I’d like to achieve by the end of 2018. Feel free to follow me on Bookstagram (@alicethelibrarian) where I’m sharing my bookish adventures!


Do you have any reading goal for 2018?


P.s. I decided to add a static page with the list of the books that I can check off here, to keep myself accountable during the year.

15 thoughts on “The Unread Shelf Project”

  1. Goodluck with your goal! I didn’t enjoy Carry On and Emma, but Persuasion and Eleanor & Park are my favorites! I also love The Wrath and The Dawn, it was amazing and definitely worth the hype ❤ My goal in 2018 is also to read all books on my TBR, as well as all my ARCs. Fingers crossed it will happen!

    1. Thank you! I bought Carry On because it was on sale, but I’m not sure if it will be my thing actually. I loved Fangirl, so it looked like fun to read. Good luck with your goal for 2018!

  2. I have a huge unread pile. I think I had about 5 books waiting on me already before I went and bought a bunch of new ones over the holidays. (Thank you Christmas gift cards!) I’m going to try my best to make it through what I already have before letting myself buy any more on my wish list.

  3. I should attempt something like this too. I collect used books from library book sales so my shelves are completely overflowing between those and what I buy at bookstores. I particularly have a lot of historical fiction, science fiction, and classic literature to get through. (I read all the fantasy and YA first and leave the stuff I’m not super interested in for later. LOL!)

  4. I definitely need to work on reading my TBR shelf this year. I have so many physical books just sitting on my shelf and I just need to read them and be done! I do love having the Kindle for the same reasons as you – it’s so nice to have everything contained and take up less space. I pretty much always buy new books on the Kindle for that reason!

    1. I got a gift card for my birthday so I purchased 4 physical books because it wasn’t for Amazon, otherwise, I would buy all ebooks because I have zero rooms left in my bookcase. I’m so grateful for my Kindle, I wouldn’t be able to read as much if I didn’t own it!

  5. I have a ridiculous amount of unread books – like, over 300. I do plan to read a lot of them this year, but that means I have to tone down the library books and focus on them! I would love to get to the point where I don’t have a ton of unread books on my shelf and I can just read a book after buying it. I’m also planning on not buying any books this year which will help! Good luck. 🙂

    1. Good luck to you! Reading a book right after purchasing it is something I’m terribly missing and I want to achieve by the end of the year. 🙂

  6. I’m also participating in the #theunreadshelfproject2018, I have about +/- 30 to get through, but I’m a pretty fast reader. Good luck with your project!

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