TBR List || Reading My Own Bookshelf

Hello everyone — Happy Thursday!

Throughout 2018 I focused on clearing out my To-Be Read (TBR) list on Goodreads, but I never focused on reading the books that were located physically on my shelves at home. Other than reading 30+ books this year, my biggest goal is to focus on reading books that I have owned for at least a year. For my own accountability, I have developed a list of 12 books for this year that I must read before the end of the month that is listed.

There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey (January) — It’s been started!

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (February)

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (March)

Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult (April)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugendies (May)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (June)

Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham (July)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (August)

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (September)

Bone Machine by Martyn Waites (October)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (November)

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson (December)

I figure that I will read way more than these 12 books from my personal bookshelf this year; but honestly… who knows. Last year I read a measly six books that I physically owned, so this is the year to do better.

I know that in 2019 my TBR list will grow, but at the same time I want my physically owned TBR list to shrink significantly. I hope that by prioritizing this goal, it will actually get accomplished.

Lets Chat:

  • Do you prioritize library books over books you already own?
  • Do you make a reading schedule for yourself to figure out when to read your ARCs vs your library books vs your owned books?

TBR Tackle Thursday #8

This is the last episode of TBR Tackle Thursday for 2018. I’ve spent the last several months looking through my to be read list that I’ve built on Goodreads. This (semi-regular) blog post looked at each book that I had added since I began using Goodreads in the end of 2016 that I hadn’t read yet.

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My Book Wishlist || Top Ten Tuesday

From reading different blogs in the book review community, I feel as if there are two groups of people: those who buy themselves books and those who do not. I’m part of the latter community – I try very, very hard not to buy myself books. I prefer to get them from the library to not fill up my already clogged bookshelves. (Let’s face it, I do buy books but I try hard not too).

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #26

This past week has been a great one. Work was a bit crazy, and I added in a few shifts at Paper Source; but then I got to head to Florida to spend time with family. I love the holiday season because I get to relax, eat yummy foods and read books.

I’m looking forward to the new year starting next week ~~

This is my weekly: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading post hosted by The Book Date.

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Winter 2018 TBR || Top Ten Tuesday

In my post yesterday, I listed out the five remaining books that I want to finish during the last few weeks of 2018. I would probably claim that to be my Winter To-Be Read list for 2018 because I want so badly to follow through on my plan. I find it really challenging and a personal offense to myself to loan books from the library and then not have the time to finish them — there are so many other people waiting for those popular books (I’m looking at you…. Children of Blood and Bone.)

I will say that I don’t have a *terrible* track record of loaning books and then not reading them, but sometimes three weeks is just not enough time. I’ve had a handful of books recently that I had taken out and then they sit on my table for three weeks until I make the trek back to the library to return the sad, unread novels.

So that’s where I stand with my Winter TBR list. Maybe I should project farther than the next 2.5 weeks, but I want to focus on the right here, and right now.

How far does your to-be read list go for winter 2018? Are you usually good at finishing all of those books? (Let’s be honest, I do not thrive at finishing my TBR list for a season — whoops).

I hope you all are having a nice slow down time at work as the holidays continue to ramp up. Whether it’s just a day, or a week, I hope you enjoy the time you have with your friends and families. With all of the chaos around the world, remember to be grateful for what we do have, and appreciate those individuals around us.

Much love,
Alexis

TBR Tackle Thursday #6

I just feel like it’s the same thing, week after week. Scroll through my TBR, screenshot the covers of books, think about whether or not I want to keep them or delete them. Let’s be honest — It’s a little meh, or at least that’s my mood today. This week I want to try something a little bit different for my TBR deletion. I am only going to list out books that I want to delete off of my TBR.  I want to know your opinion!  If you see any books on my deleting list that you think deserve to be read, and loved, please let me know!

With this approach, I am hoping to get through the rest of my TBR list by the last Thursday of 2018. I like a fresh start in the New Year 🙂

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #24

Happy Monday after Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoyed their time off work, and time with your families (if you were lucky enough to see them). I love the holiday season because there is nothing better than seeing loved ones and the delicious scents that come with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. I spent the last six days out in Phoenix, Arizona which is very different from my usual day to day in the DMV area. For some of my readers, I’ve mentioned Phoenix before (it was one of my first posts!) I hadn’t been out here since I was one years old, and now I’ve been back twice in a 12 month period. WILD. Anyway, I spent a lot of time reading this week. And even though I’m heading back to the DMV this afternoon, I’ll have even more plane time later this week when I set off to Nebraska.

In other news: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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TBR Tackle Thursday #5

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! I hope your day is filled with silly family time, delicious foods and a limited amount of watching football. I love the Thanksgiving holiday because I feel so thankful and grateful for so much going on in my life. So enjoy the little break (if you are lucky enough to have one) and reflect on the wonderful joys that have come from the last 12 months.


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