It’s going to be Lit(erature)! The Unread Shelf Project

If you’re a total bookworm, you’ll no doubt have an unread shelf on your bookcase (or one of your many bookcases, or one of your many book piles heaps).

I admit that the unread shelf is a total problem, I could act like I always read everything I buy but the fact of the matter is I don’t. I have books horded for years and I think it’s becoming an issue…

Solution: The Unread Shelf Project, a project solely for helping people like me, whether it’s turning the unread shelf into a little corner or having it completely disappear like magic.

I first stumbled across the project on Instagram from various different book bloggers. Research would have me believe that #theunreadshelfproject was created by @theunreadshelf, @katereadsbooks_ and @calsreads over on Insta and the original post can be viewed here.

So filled with enthusiasm, I’m about to go to my bookcase and count (hopefully it won’t be a soul crushing experience)…

Honestly, I thought there was going to be WAY more than there is. BUT there is a bookcase of mine over at my fathers house and I just packed a bunch of old books away in the loft and I am certainly not counting my loft books.

Currently the total on my unread shelf is 28. I’ve just bought 4 of the books so I’m not really sure if they count, I mean potentially the unread shelf has a timescale of some kind…

OK, 24 hours later and I’m back to finish this post. I’ve been to my dads house and found 8 more books, making the total of my unread shelf 34.

I can count – I know 28 plus 8 is 36 but I decided that 2 of the 4 books I recently purchased don’t count because I got them yesterday when I started this post.

I have every intention of reading them and have already started, they’re about photography and so far are very good at helping me get to grasp with my new DSLR / photography basics as a whole. If you’re interested in knowing what they are – ask in the comments and I’ll happily link you.

Back to the project. I looked into whether there are some rules but it seems there is just an outline – to reduce your unread shelf – anything more than that, you get to set your own rules.

I’m planning to read as many of the 34 as possible and to help me stick to this, for every 2 new books I read – I have to read 1 of my unread and I’ll certainly try my hardest not to add to the shelf at any point. I’m going to post the list below so there’s no cheating but before I do…

Happy World Book Day! What an awesome day to commit to this project. I’d love to know what you’re currently reading so let me know below and thank you for being so patient, I know this is my first post in a while.

Complete list books on my unread shelf are as follows;


The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom


Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson


Shadowblack by Sebastian De Castell
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
ABC Murders by Agatha Christie


The Universe vs Alex Woods by Gavin Extence


Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K.)
Outliers The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The Originals by Adam Grant


The Humans by Matt Haig
How to be Good by Nick Hornby


Death at Wolfs Nick by Diane Janes
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
The Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson
Perfect by Rachel Joyce


Sword Art Online Aincrad 001 by Reki Kawahara
Carrie by Stephen King
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke


The Farm by Emily McKay


Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven


The Hippo-Chonos by Matt Ritson
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez


Out of Time by Miranda Sawyer


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Where am I now? by Mara Wilson


Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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