We are only halfway through July, but I thought that I would write my first update post detailing how I am getting on with my Project Twenty challenge. The idea behind it is to get my to-read pile down to between fifteen and twenty books, and keep it that way.
It will, I’m sure, surprise very few people who have followed such challenges of mine in the past to find out that it hasn’t quite gone to plan. I have been keeping a list of how many books I own, both physical and those bought on my Kindle, at the outset of each month. I have then recorded how many books have been added, splitting them again into physical and Kindle purchases. The most important part of my challenge was to endeavour to read as many books from my own TBR as I could; I have therefore temporarily stopped borrowing books from the library, and am more selective about what I choose to read from Netgalley.
Let us begin with my progress – or lack thereof – in May. I read 14 physical books and 4 on my Kindle. 18 in total does not sound too bad, but one must factor in that I purchased 17 physical books throughout the month. My total TBR at the end of May consisted of 36 physical books, and 7 Kindle books, 43 in total.
During June, my TBR went from 43 total books to 78. I celebrated my birthday during the month, and as mentioned in my original TBR Goals post, received the entire box set of all fifty of the new Penguin Moderns series. I also purchased 8 books, 4 in physical copies, and 4 on my Kindle. I read 19 books and 4 Kindle books during the month, but those 23 did not make much of a dent in my TBR pile.
I have been making more of a concerted effort during July not to buy much; saying that, it is only the halfway point of the month, and I have already added 2 physical books, 2 Kindle books, and 2 review copies to my collection… Thus far, I have read 23 physical books, and no Kindle tomes.
Going forward, I think I’m going to focus less upon how many books I’m reading and adding to my TBR pile. I will still strive to get to the fifteen to twenty book mark eventually, but I still want to have a nice varied collection to pick from. Added to this is the fact that some of my to-read books are currently with me in Scotland, and others are at my parents’ house back in England; thus, it is rather difficult to get down to my chosen number.
I’m sure that when I do, finally, shrink my TBR, I will post about it, perhaps with some advice on how to shrink your own to-read pile. For now, however, I will try and steer away from bookshops and online book sales, and just savour the reading material which I have.