Hi Book Friends!!
I’m a very lucky lady in that my husband is also a big fat book worm. We’ve always bonded over books and since we’ve been living together the past 5 years, we’ve combined our book collections and most certainly grown them. We don’t always overlap in the types of books we like to read but we still have great bookish conversations and when we do find books we both like it’s the best.
We live in a small one bedroom apartment right now that in many ways suits our current needs but in other ways we are growing out of. Specifically, we are running out of space for our books!!!
We haven’t really wanted to invest in new furniture much recently since we might only be staying in our place another year before upgrading but I convinced him over the weekend that we needed to get new bookshelves that’ll offer us more space and organization. BRB while I stare at the street waiting for our Ikea delivery!
Then, the topic of reorganizing with new shelves led us to challenging each other to:
- guess how many physical books we had that were TBR for each of us, and
- challenge ourself to read a specific amount of those we already own by the end of the year
So we took out all the books we still want to read and haven’t, counted them up and then put them on one bookcase, separated by my TBR, his TBR, and our overlap TBR. Turns out the genres that we cross over are mostly science fiction and classic literature.
Me: 50 unread physical books
Hubs: 75 unread physical books
Me: 46 + 10 overlap* = 56
Hubs: 80 + 10 overlap* = 90
(a few of these are single bindings of series or full sets of author’s work with 3-7 books within them but for the purposes of this we decided to count them as one)
Goals for end of 2018:
Me: finish 15
Hubs: finish 10
Then we decided to pick out specific books we’d ideally like to finish by the end of the year. We aren’t going to force ourselves to stick to this but it’s a great jumping off point and something I’ve never really done before – I’m a mood reader so setting myself a list always seemed pointless.
Our hopeful TBR check offs:
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
- King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
- War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
- Night Fall by Isaac Asimov
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess
- The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
- Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
- Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
- Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
- Imajica by Clive barker
- Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism by Ian Bremmer
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
- Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
- I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
- Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
- Spin Selling by Neil Rackham
- Life by Keith Richards
So while we don’t have to stick to these lists, any new physical books we acquire will NOT count towards our challenge goals we set.
I’m feeling pretty confident about hitting my number count but not so confident about reading all the books I picked out, especially ones that have been on my TBR forever. Like Slaughterhouse-five which has been on my TBR for the past… 11years… omg this is shameful when I type the years out like that. My husband said it’s embarrassing I haven’t read it yet and he isn’t wrong.
What do you guys think of our physical TBR reading challenge for the second half of the year??
Anyone surprised by how different our reading tastes are?
What do you think of the books I selected for myself?
Also if year one of marriage has us playing with our books, reorganizing our books shelves, and setting reading challenges for fun on a weekend… than married life is the best. Happy wife happy life, right?