The Unread Shelf Project 2018

There is a new project spreading like wildfire through the bookstagram community: #theunreadshelfproject2018. It is a project that puts the books that are sitting unread on your shelves at the focus of your reading goals this year. I have a lot of unread books, not only on my shelves in physical form but also sitting on my kindle. So I decided to dive right in to this challenge.

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In order to conquer this project, I made myself a little plan to get started. This is just an outline, I don’t know how well this will work for me so we’re going to make changes as we need to as the year goes on.

  1. Make a list: The first thing I did was I went through all of my books, both physical and e-books and counted how many I had that were unread. The grand total? 154. I know. I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped to the ground, almost like Genie in Aladdin. No wonder people have told me I don’t need to buy anymore books. The break down of my total is, 109 physical books, and 45 on my kindle.tenor(literally me) 
  2. Set some goals: This year I have my normal reading goals, which is to get through 52 books, and to complete my reading challenge that I wrote about here, but I thought getting specific with some goals when it comes to this project would help keep me focused and motivated to get through the books that have been just sitting on my shelf. My first goal, to try and get it down to less than or as close to 100 unread books on my shelves as possible. Since that is a pretty lofty goal I also set some mini ones like, at least one classic and one newer fiction book a month. And at least 3 total books per month.
  3. Limit my spending: I am notorious for spending money on books. I love nothing more than to go into my local bookstore, (shout out to Gibson’s Bookstore) and browse their shelves and buy as many books as my bank account will allow -although if I’m being truthful, my bank account probably doesn’t like the spending as much as my heart loves having the books. Now because of that, I know that telling myself that I can’t spend ANY money on books is bound to result in failure. So I decided to sign up for Book of the Month. It will allow me to get one new book a month and hopefully that will quench my thirst while I limit myself from splurging on books this year. (I make no promises though)tenor-1

I also added some pages to my bullet journal to help me keep track of my progress as I work through this project. Here is what they look like:

I’m excited to push myself more to get through these books that are just sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. I have so many classics that I buy because I want to read them and then things come up and they get pushed aside and I forget that I have them. I’m sure that I have some new favorites just sitting on my shelves waiting for me to discover them and I can’t wait.

Let me know if you’ve heard of this project and/or if you are participating. I’d love to hear any ideas that you might have.

– Hannah

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8 thoughts on “The Unread Shelf Project 2018

  1. I have seen this around! I had already decided to try tackling my unread books (36) by utilizing the TBR Jar method. Either way, it is most definitely accompanied by a spread in my Bullet Journal because I live to check off boxes. It was really good to go through my books, donate those I never intend to read and take inventory of what I want to get to. Good luck in making that number go down!!

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  2. I didn’t know about this project, but that’s pretty much what I decided to do this year. I think I have like 60 unread books in my library, so we will see how that does.

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  3. I hadn’t heard of this project yet but I guess I’m doing something similar anyway, haha. I had 148 unread books in my bookcase on January 1st and I’m going to try and read as many of those as possible. I typed out the whole list on my blog and am going to update it once in a while – also adding all the books I buy to it in a separate list. I’m hoping it’ll help me confront my book buying and hopefully get some self-restraint. We’ll see, haha.

    Good luck with your project and happy reading!

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