TBR Check-in: January 2019

Hey guys! Today I’m here with a quick, random little post – more for myself than for anybody else. Hope you guys have started the new year in an amazing way!

So last year was the year I started doing half-yearly TBR check-ins. I don’t like owning too much physical TBR. Anything over 15 books, and it makes me nervous. I’m just one of those people who do not like owning too many unread books on my shelves but of course, I own way too many unread TBR books. What I’ve been doing since last year is basically making TBR check-ins – listing all my physical unread owned books – every half year and seeing the change in the numbers and the titles.

I don’t want to force myself to reduce my TBR or read certain books or give myself any sort of deadline – I’d much rather read naturally and see the change in my TBR books over time. That will a) help me analyze the types of books which remain on my TBR the longest and why and b) help me understand the kind of TBR books I usually pick up. It’s just a personal evaluation, I don’t intend to do anything great by it, but also, I find it important to keep a record of it regularly.

Here are all my unread physical books as of now:

  1. The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johanssen
  2. The Wise Man’s Fear – Patrick Rothfuss
  3. Falling Kingdoms – Morgan Rhodes
  4. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyami
  5. Let’s Get Lost – Adi Alsaid
  6. Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  7. See Me – Nicholas Sparks
  8. Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
  9. Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
  10. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  11. Saving Capitalism – Robert Reich
  12. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  13. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  14. A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
  15. The Black Book – Orhan Pamuk
  16. A Man Called Ove – Frederick Bachman
  17. About Grace – Anthony Doerr
  18. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  19. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  20. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  21. Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  22. Eileen – Otessa Moshfeigh
  23. The Sellout – Paul Beatty
  24. Tuff – Paul Beatty
  25. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  26. The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee
  27. Cuckold – Kiran Nagarkar
  28. Not Only the Things That Have Happened – Mridula Koshy
  29. The Mistress of Spices – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  30. Delhi – Khushwant Singh
  31. My Gita – Devdutt Patnaik
  32. Train to Pakistan – Khushwant Singh
  33. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  34. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  35. Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
  36. Peter Pan – JM Barrie
  37. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  38. Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
  39. Domina – L. S. Hilton

The first thing I notice is the drop in numbers from the last check-in I did in July 2018 – my unread books have come down from 50 to 39. Granted, a lot of it was because I unhauled quite a few books, but then again, I also did read my physical unread books and made an effort to read the books I was buying/buy books I had already read. I’m glad the number has fallen! At the beginning of 2018, this number was around 53/54, which means a reduction of about 14 books in 1 year, which is pretty good for me! I hope to reduce this list further by the end of the year, either by reading more physical unread books, or by unhauling books.

So that was it for my post!

What do you guys do about physical TBR? Do you like owning a large amount of physical TBR, or are you more like me? How do you reduce physical TBR? Do you unhaul books? Share below!

5 thoughts on “TBR Check-in: January 2019

  1. I feel like that’s a difficult question to answer, at least for me. I have TONS of unread books on my TBR that I physically own. It can feel so daunting, but I love owning them because each one has a bit of a personal attachment to it for me. If that makes sense.


      1. Sometimes it’s necessary. For books that I didn’t care for, it’s very cathartic and helps me sort of unhaul the negative energy of their disappointments, so I feel more refreshed and happy about my collection, if that makes sense lol.

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  2. Great idea of making a list of your physical tbr. When I look at my shelves, I guess about 60 to 75 % is unread. I want to read my unread books, but I always feel like I own them so it can wait to read them. Then I order more books from the library. Goal this year is definitely to read some of my own books. It’s ridiculous to show these books on my shelves and not having read most of them. Especially since I want my shelves to represent me by showing books that I love. Wishing you good luck in further reducing your unread books.


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