Hello fellow bookworms, and welcome to the September edition of what is going to be a monthly series of me tackling my physical TBR (to be read) pile – one challenge at a time.
However right while starting / announcing this series of posts here on the blog, I want to also mention that this is essentially only a goal based monthly series, which means I don’t plan on continuing with it forever, just until I accomplish my goal, which in this case is to get through all the books in my physical TBR.
You guys (especially ones who have been following this blog for some time now) know that I’ve been trying to get through all the books I physically own for.. ermm.. let’s just say.. a VERY LONG time.. and failing miserably at it. And when I say ‘trying’ I really only mean ‘thinking’ about getting to the books on my physical TBR.
Because the fact of the matter is that, in-spite of all my good intentions and lofty ambitions, there are always those shiny new books that distract me, even outside of the ones with library and review deadlines looming.
So then books that I actually own and can technically ‘read any time I want’ (my favorite excuse for procrastinating), end up going unread. Which is a shame because some of these books are books that I have been really looking forward to reading. And yet..
Also, even though this has been a chronic issue, I just wasn’t ever able to “solve” it. In-spite of having tried many things from ARC bans & not accepting review requests to total book buying bans – nothing worked!!
And then quite by accident, last month I stumbled into a ‘hack’ that might help me conquer my TBR. And even though I say ‘might’, I’m fairly confident it will help me tackle my TBR. It’s just that this has been such a long standing struggle that I am wary of making super bold declarations.
But really, I think I have unlocked the magic formula – for me anyway. And that magic formula is.. *a challenge*
And yes I know, I know it’s nothing super path-breaking. But that’s just it – it could be.
Because see the thing is, as most of you may know, last month I created / hosted an Indian Readathon – Read-India-Thon during Indian Independence Week. And while it was an amazing experience on its own, and was certainly not created to tackle my physical TBR or anything like that – I did choose to pick the books for the readathon only from my physical TBR pile.
Also Read: Read-India-Thon: The Indian Readathon
And since the theme was to read books on or about India / books by Indian authors – I hunted down books that fit the theme / challenge and really enjoyed the process of picking books based on a challenge.
A spur of the moment decision that resulted in me getting through 4 books from my physical TBR in a single week! FOUR BOOKS, you guys! In ONLY 1 WEEK!!
Which usually would have taken me.. I want to say a year? But honestly it’s not even that really. I rarely ever pick from my physical TBR, even though I really want to read those books. No, I truly do!
It’s just that I am in this viscious cycle I cannot seem to break. It always starts with me wanting to read the physical books I own, till I get distracted by one of the following –
- A new release
- A recommendation from a fellow book blogger
- A review request I accepted
- Books with library deadlines (that I shouldn’t have picked in the first place)
And this has been the complicated / sad truth of my reading life, since what seems like forever now!
BUT, I think I finally have a PLAN!!
And it’s based on what I mentioned above.
I clearly respond well to a challenge, and a challenge will also put an urgency on reading these books – which seems to be the requirement for me for picking up most books these days, along with being in the mood for it, of-course.
And I thought while I was already taking on a challenge, why not a public challenge with external accountability? I mean it will surely improve my odds of not slacking on it, right?
Anyway that’s basically why I decided to pick a challenge / theme for every month and start this series on the blog.
At this point, the super optimistic broad plan that I have in mind involves me getting through all the books by Jan – Feb. But the more rational side of me wants to take this one month at a time. And my saner self has never led me wrong, so I’m going to stick with that for now.
And now without further ado, let me tell you the theme / challenge I’ve picked for September. And it is to – Read The Most Highly Rated Books on my Physical TBR.
Because I figured while I am taking on a challenge, why not start with the best of the lot? Might keep me motivated to stick with the challenge.
That being said, I have a lot of highly rated books on my physical TBR. So I decided to go with 3 for now that are the most highly rated. Or rather 2 that are most highly rated, and 1 is a carry forward from last month’s readathon, which is a really popular book too.
The 3 Books I’m Going To Read In October for this challenge are –
As you can see – these are 3 highly rated and widely loved books – that I have had with me for a very long time, just lying on my bookshelf.
All books that I have really wanted to read, and know that I am going to love, procrastinated for.. no good reason, really!
But anyway I am finally going to get to them this month, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. Because now I know I at-least have 3 great books lined up this month, in addition to whichever other books I read. Win-win!!
That’s all from my end folks. What are you reading this month? What are some of the most highly rated books on your physical TBR?
Do you have a system in place to tackle your TBR? Or even better yet, would you like to join me in this challenge by reading at-least 1 highly rated book / one that is widely loved that is sitting in your physical TBR?
Oh and if you have read the books I plan to read (which I’m sure many of you have), tell me which one should I start with?