My 2019 TBR Project & Reading Priorities

Happy New Year, bookworms! With 2019 comes the perfect opportunity to take stock of my reading and my bookshelves.

I’ve mentioned before that I want to read less this year (meaning: to balance reading with the rest of my life), but I only want to do that if I’m also reading more intentionally. I want to seek out authors and books that may not be mainstream but deserve attention. I want to waste less time reading mediocre books. And, as the blog title suggests, I want to start chipping away at the unread books on my shelves.

For the most part, you could say i’m participating in the Unread Shelf Project, but for a variety of reasons (the state of my shelves, how I buy things, my reliance on audiobooks), I won’t be doing all of the challenges (mostly the no buy-no borrow rules). But I definitely need to focus on my shelves because *drumroll* I have 162 unread books.*

I’m not making hard number goals because I know that would just backfire in my face, but I have come up with a few priority lists that I’ll keep in mind while choosing what I read each month.

Books for Bae

These are books that my partner either loves and has suggested to me, or that we’re both interested in.

  • Breakfast of Champions
  • The Sirens of Titan
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear
  • In the Lake of the Woods
  • The Knife of Dreams (I’m reading this in January)
  • The Gathering Storm
  • Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon
  • Grandma Gatewood’s Walk
  • Imbeciles

Bookish Community Made Me Do It

These are books that I’ve heard about through Booktube/Bookstagram/bloggers that I wouldn’t necessarily have picked up without those recommendations

  • A Discovery of Witches
  • An Unkindness of Magicians
  • Rebecca
  • Uprooted
  • The Bear and the Nightingale
  • To Kill a Kingdom
  • The Thirteenth Tale
  • The Essex Serpent
  • The Shadow of the Wind
  • The City of Brass

Why Haven’t I Read This Yet?

  • American Fire
  • Artemis
  • Turtles All the Way Down
  • The Casual Vacancy
  • Packing for Mars

Top Goals

  • Daughter of the Forest
  • Kindred
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer
  • Good Girls Revolt
  • Villette

I have no plan to force myself to read any number of these each month or anything like that, so here’s hoping 2020 me can look back at these and see at least some progress.

What are your reading goals for the year?

*PS: I have all of my unread books on a “own-but-haven’t-read” shelf on Goodreads if you want to give me suggestions on what to prioritize.

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