#UnreadShelfProject February

The #UnreadSelfProject worked almost too well for me in January: I finished (and enjoyed) the 2 books I set to read, and it got me reading a lot more books that I own. The big favorable push for me was that I didn’t go to the library for several weeks, so the temptation was lessened.

But I’m not quite sure if the momentum will go on. For one, I got back to my weekly library visit with the kids (who both load up their 15-books cards, so who am I to resist a few shiny new titles on my own car?). As a result, I could not not borrow anything for me (especially since Kate Atkinson’s Transcription was on the New Acquisitions Shelf! happy dance!!), and also, I was weak and downloaded a few ebooks on my Kindle in a moment of… lack of self-control, so to say.

Also, I am in the middle of rather big books (from my own shelves, yes sir!) started in January, so I want to reign in my ambitions for February. I am currently slowly making progress into :

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (477 pages – also in audio)
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (287 pages)
  • The Borrowed by Chan Ho-kei (496 pages)

The #UnreadShelfProject guru founder says that the goal is to read any book off our #unreadshelf that has been GIFTED to us. I am grateful that my husband gives me books at birthdays or holidays, but I don’t read them as fast as he gives them to me! I am hesitating between 2 options :

  • The Victorian Chaise Longue by Marghanita Laski (a pretty Persephone grey and slim number)
  • The Course of Love by Alain de Botton, because the theme is very appropriate to Valentine’s and that I should read more of this author whom Mr. Smithereens loves.

But due to the reading queue I won’t be able to start any before the weekend (and I have Kate Atkinson lingering on the side!). If any or both of these two get finished by February, I’ll consider this challenge a win!


2 thoughts on “#UnreadShelfProject February

  1. I’m not doing the thing where you don’t borrow books from the library… that’s impossible for me since I work at the library every day! So I am only doing the monthly prompts. But you’re right, it’s got me looking at my own shelves a lot more and wanting to dive in! Good job on your project!

    • Well, I went to the library and could not resist taking home a bunch, although I have so many already started at home. So I end up not reading them and returning them unread, and just taking them out for a change of scenery I guess! 😉

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