An Ode To All My Unread Books

Please forgive me for the neglect I have shown you, my unread books. You have sat on my shelves for years gathering dust while I pursued all the new and glamorous books that came out. For this I sincerely apologize.

Starting today, I am going to make a huge effort to show some love to all those neglected books on my unread bookshelf. I credit Whitney Conard from The Unread Shelf for helping me to see the error in my ways and to put in place some concrete steps to reading my abandoned books. Please see The Unread Shelf for Whitney’s wonderful ideas and her free planning ideas and printables to help you through the process.

Here are the steps I took in order to organize my bookshelves and to prioritize reading the books that I already own.

  • Take all my books off of the shelves and clean shelves.
  • Separate all books into read and unread.
  • Further separate books into the ones I want to keep and those that need to be donated
  • Place all read books on shelves together.
  • Separate a number of books that I wanted to prioritize for the year and set them on a priority shelf (in my case, small bookcase)
  • Place all other unread books on their own shelves.
  • Donate all other books to the local library.

So, a little bit about where I am at now. So far, I have a total of 110 physical unread books on my shelves. I have prioritized about 20 books to read in the upcoming year. I anticipate, that if I read two unread books per month, I can finish 24 of my unread books. Some of the books I have prioritized are as follows:

  • Disability Visibility ed. by Alice Wong
  • Dark Dawn by Jay Kristoff (however, I am adding the first two books Nevernight and Godsgrave to this list as it has been a while since I’ve read these books)
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  • The House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Monstress by by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  • Demon in the Woods by Leigh Bardugo

Right now, I am reading Disability Visibility and listening to Nevernight. I think that is a pretty good start to giving love to my unread books.

So, to my neglected unread books, I again apologize and wish to read you in the near future. Please don’t feel too neglected, as I am getting to you.

My Unread Bookshelf

My Priority Unread Books

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