Reading My Shelves: A to Z Edition

Posted March 31, 2022 by Kim in Discussion / 0 Comments

Reading My Shelves A to Z Edition

One of my ongoing struggles as a reader is finding a good balance between new and upcoming reads (ARCs) and books I own that have been lingering on my shelves (and TBR) for a while. I try to make a conscious effort to tackle those older books, but it’s so easy to overlook them. I think I’ve been better about it this year than in years past, but we’ll see how long that lasts.

Near the end of February, I was doing yet another purge on my shelves and I was struck with what I consider to be a pretty brilliant idea. What if I chose my TBR reads — particularly those on my physical shelves — alphabetically? Sounds fun and slightly challenging, right? Let’s ignore the fact it will probably be nearly impossible to find an “X” title on my shelves, okay? I’ll have to get creative with that one, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Just like that, “Reading My Shelves: A to Z Edition” was born. No, it’s not an actual challenge I’m hosting. If it sounds like fun, feel free to join in and make it your own. 🙂 I decided to create some templates for my own Instagram stories and I added a shelf on Goodreads, but only because I’m a nerd and posting publicly keeps me honest.

Sometimes I need a little bit of motivation when it comes to reading. Or selecting which book to read next at any rate. Having a new way to look at my shelves has helped tremendously. I’m already on “I” if you can believe it. And that’s in just a little over a month. I’m not reading exclusively TBR shelf books and I’m not making myself finish a certain number each month. It’s a total mood thing for me, but this helps me focus on some books I might skip over otherwise. Have they all been winners? No. Absolutely not. So far I’ve had 3 DNFs, 2 five-star reads, 2 four-star reads, and one three-star read. Considering how long some of these books have been hanging out on my shelves, it could be a lot worse.

Will I stick with this game? Honestly, it’s 50/50. But, the thought I might not complete something has never kept me from starting it. (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.) Hell, if I finish the alphabet once I might do a second round if it still sounds like fun to me.


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How do you decide which book to read next?
Do you make a conscious effort to tackle your shelves and read older books?


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