The bane of any bookworm’s life is, of course, what I like to call Mount TBR. That dreaded mountain of unread books that just keeps and keeps on growing… If left unchecked, Mt. TBR will take over your living room. Your house. Your life.
Recently, the bookshelves I lovingly put up at the start of the year to display my (unread) treasures collapsed. Yep, I literally have too many books for my shelves. I knew this day was coming – I mean, I’ve been stuffing more and more books behind the neat lines of books already on the shelves for months. Plus, my self imposed book buying ban only lasted about 3 months.
So, the time has come. I have to take action. I must conquer Mt. TBR. Or at least, reduce it enough that it actually fits on the shelves that I am eventually going to fix.
The best way to do it? Yep! Challenge time! After a quick browse through the list of challenges on the Nothing But Reading Challenges Goodreads group (the place to go for reading challenges of all shapes and sizes!), I found just the thing!
This challenge was created by Karen, and it’s pretty straight forward!
1. Sort your “to read” shelf by date.
2. Pick the books that you are going to read which have been on your list the longest and set yourself a goal. You may decide to read all of your books from the oldest year, or you may just take the oldest 20, or 50, or 5 books on your list. Completely up to you how you set your goal and how many books you read!
Since I’m specifically trying to reduce my physical TBR mountain (yes, I really am well beyond ‘pile’, I’m afraid) I’m going to sort two shelves at once: my owned shelf and my to read shelf, and I’ll be tackling all the books I’ve added in 2016 (plus two in 2014).
Here’s my List!
With my NetGalley and PopSugar challenges going on too (I love a challenge, apparently) I’m not sure how many I’ll get through until the end of the year, but I’ll keep you posted!
How about you? Is your TBR getting out of control? Fancy a challenge? Join me and tell me in the comments what you’ll be tackling these next six months!