Tackling My TBR: September 2018

Friday, September 07, 2018

Tackling My TBR is a monthly post, where I share my reading plans for the upcoming month. I was so inspired by booktuber’s, BooksandLala, Closet Unhaul series to tackle my own TBR in a similar method. I'm going to challenge myself to read books from my old hauls and if I can’t complete them within the month, I must unhaul them the next month. Also, any readathons or other challenges for the month will also be posted in this monthly post.

After BookExpo this year, I reorganized all my shelves and came to a frightening conclusion. I own about 550 unread books. Oh, my. That’s a lot of books!

To make myself feel a little better, I do own more read books than unread books so there’s that. However, my TBR pile has gotten a bit out of hand and I’ve been trying to come up with a way to tackle it.

Finally, I discovered a method that I would like to try. Recently, I found BooksandLala on Youtube. She’s an amazing Booktuber and if you haven’t seen her videos, you should definitely check them out. I came across her Closet Unhaul series where she reacts to her book hauls from a year prior and takes note of which books she’s read, unhauled, or still need to read. With the books she still needs to read, she’ll add those books to her TBR for that month. Yet, if she doesn’t read those books in that particular month, she must unhaul them. It’s a fantastic idea and will definitely help tackle some of my TBR too!

Inspired by BooksandLala’s Closet Unhaul series, I’m going to start tackling my books one month at a time. To keep myself accountable, I’ll be posting my TBR at the beginning of every month. Unlike BooksandLala, I do not have book hauls to react to so I’ll be using my Goodreads. On Goodreads, you can sort books by “want to read” and “date added.” I’m starting on the oldest books on my shelf; these are from my December 2009 and April 2010 book haul:

Three books to start off this challenge is a good number. Though I just realized that all those supernatural/paranormal books that I've been putting off reading will now show up. But it will be exciting to move these to the read shelf. For now, I don't plan on unhauling these right off. Actually, I own the entire Strange Angels series so I hope to read Betrayals by Lili St. Crow before the month is out. I adore everything L.J. Smith writes, starting with her Vampire Diaries series but I've been putting off Dark Visions because it totals around 700-something pages. Yikes! And I have no excuse for not reading Elizabeth Scott's Perfect You yet. (It was way in the back of my bookshelf...)

To see if I get to these books this month or they have to be unhauled, be sure to check out my wrap up at the end of the month!

The goal is to get my TBR down to under 100 books. Since for the past few years, I’ve been reading about 100 books per year, keeping my TBR down to under 100 seems a manageable number. Let’s make this happen.  


I’ve only ever participated in one readathon ever and it’s most definitely time for another. I was searching the web for a new, fun readathon to join and came across Contemporary-a-thon. Contemporary-a-thon is hosted by booktubers: ChelseaDolingReads, Pages and Pens, and MyReadingisOdd. Here’s the announcement and challenges for the readathon. This readathon takes place between September 17th to the 23rd. Participants have to read all contemporary novels. There are 7 challenges for the readathon. Being a bit ambitious, I picked out 7 books and I couldn’t have been more excited for the readathon to start! Here’s the challenges and books I plan to read to complete each one:

1. Read a contemporary with orange on the cover: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
2. Read a dark/spooky contemporary: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
3. Read a diverse contemporary: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
4. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

5. Read a contemporary that has your initials somewhere on the cover: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
6. Read a contemporary from a new to you author: Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
7. Read a contemporary that is a 5 star prediction: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

What do you plan to read this month? Do you have a method for tackling your TBR?

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  1. Wow, that's a lot of unread books! But it's great that you have a plan now!