My Unread Shelf Project 2018

Recently, my unread books (the ones I own) have been piling up. I get a lot of books for free, which is amazing, plus I buy a few each month. But I’m also a frequent library patron, and those books tend to get priority over the books I own (Something about having a due date makes me panicky). Yesterday I happened across Whitney, aka @unreadshelf, on Instagram, who along with two other bookstagrammers is hosting the Unread Shelf Project 2018. The goal of the project is to read only books that you already own – no book buying or going to the library until you finish them all.

Well… that seems kind of drastic to me. I’m not sure I can totally cut myself off from new releases, especially since my book podcast addiction means I’m adding books to my TBR daily. So I’ve come up with a modified version of the project for my unread shelves.

But first, I had to figure out exactly how many unread books I actually have in the house. After collecting them all on the guest room bed, I counted and the grand total is (drumroll please!)

94 books!

That’s a lot of reading to do. Plus I didn’t even count ebooks here, and I don’t think I’m going to. I tend to read ebooks mainly when I’m away from home, so I am leaving those out of this project for now.

Since I’m not willing to read exclusively from this group of 94 books, I’ve decided to alternate between my unread pile and my library pile. I’m also going to impose a book buying ban with one major caveat – I will still get my Book of the Month Club book every month.

Since I’m in the middle of a library book right now (Among the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Khan – check out my thoughts on this series here), I decided to weed through my unread books and organize them a bit. Now the bookshelves in the guest room have only my unread titles on them, and it’s easy to find one to read.


So here are the unread books up first in my project:



Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Ok – so this book came in the mail today, and is the last book I’m buying until this project is over. I loved Harper’s first novel The Dry and have been waiting (im)patiently for her next one.






Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

This was my Book of the Month Club pick in January and it’s been all over my Instagram feed lately. It tells the story of four women navigating a society where abortion is illegal, only heterosexual couples can adopt children, and in vitro fertilization is banned.







The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

From the author of the Nightingale, which I loved, this one is getting rave reviews so far.







I’m not sure how long it will take me to get through all of my unread books, but I’m excited to get started. Leave me a comment below and tell me how many unread books you have at home!

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  1. I have never counted my unread books….but I have plenty! And thanks to your terrific contest, I have one more coming! I don’t think I could force myself to do a plan like this. It would drive me crazy! Even though our library has closed😥, I have too many friends who give me their ABR books to add to my stash! Good luck! 🍀

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