My New Self-Imposed TBR Challenge

Way back in October, when I realised how desperately my unread book shelves were spiralling out of control, I set up a new challenge for myself – I had to reduce my TBR pile from 327 books down to 300 by January 1st. If I failed to do so, I’d have to throw out/give away/whatever the necessary books to force that number down to 300.

As you may have noticed, January 1st 2015 was last week and I ended up at 311 books (EDITED to pacify my rabid proof-reader). That sounds pretty far away from my target, but let’s not forget that I’d just received ten books for Christmas. On those terms, I’d got it down to 301 just by not buying as many books and reading the ones I already owned.

Still, rules are rules and so today I dutifully culled 11 physical books from my library. I now have a TBR pile of exactly 300, which is the lowest it’s been in a very long time. Feels pretty good, actually.

Due to the success of this experiment, I’ve decided to extend it. By January 1st 2016, I must own only 250 books unread or I have to remove the remainder.

Considering I read roughly 100 books a year, that still means I can obtain 50 new books, read them all and still only have to read 50 of my own collection. It sounds emminently doable and I somehow managed to end up with 327 unread books before I realised there was a problem…

I’ll see you at 250!


  1. How very disciplined of you! I'm at 480 and determined to get down by another 30 this year (I culled 50-odd in the last few months of last year)

    1. admin says:

      Haha, it's not like me to be disciplined, so I am quite proud!

      Wow, 50-odd is a huge achievement as well. I don't think I'd be able to do more than… 20, say.

  2. Jooley W says:

    I'm impressed! I really need to do something similar as I probably have about 500 across my kindle and bookshelves. You've inspired me to have a look at if there's any I could cull.

    1. admin says:

      I'm not counting my Kindle books, which is quite sneaky… In all fairness, there's probably only another 25-30 on there so I'm not too worried.

      Good luck! 🙂

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