Back in November 2018, I decided that I would make an effort to read all of the books that I owned. It was a bit of a daunting task, as my TBR was massive and felt quite overwhelming. However, in the first year I buckled down, did a lot of reading, and managed to put a fairly decent dent in my TBR. This TBR update: year two will see how much additional progress I have made in the last year. Am I still making good progress or have the books started to overwhelm me once more.
TBR update: year two
How does this work?
Way back when, two years ago, I mentioned a process in which unread books are placed on the floor. Only after they are read are they allowed to go on the shelf. Now, I will admit, that I don’t keep my unread books on the floor at all times. I don’t have the floor space for that. However, this exercise is great for showing off what you have and haven’t read. Once you see all of your unread books on the floor and your shelves suddenly empty, it will spur you to read as much as possible. So, to show my progress, I will once again be placing all unread books on the floor along with the before and after pictures of the shelves.
The read & reference shelf
As the name would indicate, this shelf is predominately populated by the books I have read along with a number of reference books. From the time I started this read all of the books I own challenge, this shelf has consistently gained more books. Many of the books I have read over the last two years and decided to keep end up on this shelf. There are a few unread books, but it’s not many. Now, let’s see what this shelf looks like.
Not too bad right? Most of the unread books are reference books that I am either actively working through or have plans to read in the near future.
The manga shelf
I love manga, so it’s no surprise that I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to manga. This is another shelf that has filled up over the last two years. In fact, a number of my manga now live on the read shelf above since the manga shelf is overflowing. But how many of these mangas have I actually read? Let’s find out.
As you can see, I have done pretty well with keeping up on reading these books. There are a few that are unread, but for the most part, I read the new manga as soon as they arrive.
The fantasy shelf
This is where things start to go downhill. As you can imagine, this shelf is mostly fantasy novels with a few other genres mixed in. Fantasy has been my favorite genre to read for many years, so it’s no surprise that I have a shelf that is populated heavily by it. I may love fantasy, but how many of these books have I actually read?
Yikes! Yes, that looks pretty bad. Two piles of shame. Clearly, I need to step up my fantasy reading game and redeem myself.
The Star Wars shelf
A year ago, I had made zero progress on this shelf. Admittedly, the progress I had made among my other shelves made up for my transgression here. I love Star Wars and remember spending many an hour reading these books during my time in university and then I simply stopped picking them up, even though I continued to buy them. The question is, have I made progress since my last update a year ago?
Okay, it’s not much of a difference, but as you can see a few books were read. Much like with my fantasy books, I really need to buckle down and put in some solid reading time to make a significant dent in this shelf.
I hope you enjoyed my TBR update: year two. This last year of reading has changed these shelves a fair bit but as you can see, I still have quite a bit of work to do. At least I know I have plenty of books to read in my future. How is your TBR looking?