It’s by no means a rare thing to hear a bookworm saying they have a lot of books on their TBR. But I like the idea of pulling that number back down to double digits at least, and so when I saw Danielle’s (@ The Chronicles of Danielle) update post for her challenge of getting her TBR under 100 books, I thought I’d set myself the same challenge (I loved her post!).
So, on my Goodreads “want to read” shelf I only log the books I own and haven’t read yet (the books on my TBR that I don’t own yet are kept on my Amazon wishlist). And so, thanks to the joys of Goodreads, I know that there are exactly 118 books on my bookshelves that I haven’t read yet. Whoops.
Surely it can’t be too hard to get that number down under 100 books by the end of the year? After all, I’ll have to read quite a few books just for university alone (thanks uni, for rapidly bumping up my reading challenge). So with the uni reads and (hopefully) a couple reads here and there of my own, it can be done, right?
Well…the problem will be if I gain books. It’s all well and good reading and getting through them, but we all know it’s too easy to replace them with shiny new reads. While I don’t plan on buying many books once back at uni simply from lack of my own reading time, I can’t resist accepting ARCS when publishers offer me my anticipated reads (who could??), and I know I at least have one preorder making its way to me in November. The biggest challenges will be my spontaneous “treats” and, of course, Christmas. Can you imagine if I *just* managed to get my physical TBR under 100 books and then Christmas bumped it back over? I can see it happening.
SO. Action Plan:
- Read all my uni reads – this was going to happen anyway, so it’s quite handy really
- Use Audiobooks – I’m generally a slow reader, but reading alongside an audiobook helps me speed through the pages at a quicker pace. I tend to speed up the audio and read along with it, using both my eyes and ears to take in the story at a quicker rate than I usually would myself, especially when it’s evening-time and tiredness tries to set in.
- Aim for the short ones – I do have some huuuuuge books I want to get to soon, but I’m more likely to pick up the shorter books from my shelves whilst reading for uni anyway, just so that I don’t end up reading a book for a whole month or so
I know I won’t have a lot of spare time for my own reading, so if you have any tips for faster reading or managing to read more whilst studying at uni, I’d love to hear them!
Until next time,