2018 Read My Shelf Challenge

2018 Read My Shelf Challenge – The Master List of Books

As I mentioned in my look ahead post, my goal in 2018 is to read as many unread books that I already own as possible—and not buy more until I’ve made a good dent. In the spirit of a new year of reading, I’m calling this my “Read My Shelf Challenge”–though you know how I actually feel about reading challenges!

I went through my shelf and made a list of all of the books I haven’t yet read. It’s…not short. There are 70 books on this list, and conveniently, I read 70ish books last year (I didn’t start tracking in Goodreads until mid-way through the year, so it’s an estimate). I don’t anticipate that I’ll read many more than that in the coming year—especially if most are hardcopy, because reading on my iPad and phone helps me get through more books.

Nonetheless, these are all books that I want to read. I’m looking forward to mostly focusing on this list instead of the new and shiny (remind me of that when I’m reviewing all kinds of new and shiny books, please).

Without further adieu, here are all of the books currently on my shelf that I haven’t read:

First Frost
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Alias Grace
The Heart Goes Last
Oryx and Crake
The Clan of the Cave Bear
Sense and Sensibility
The Postmistress
Before You Know Kindness
The Heart’s Invisible Furies
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Rising Strong
South of Broad
The Hours
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Great Expectations
We Never Asked for Wings
How to Be an American Housewife
The Marsh King’s Daughter
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Ministry of Special Cases
Future Home of the Living God
The Story of a New Name
Everything is Illuminated
A Column of Fire
Broken Harbor
In the Woods
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
The Mare
Still Alice
At the Water’s Edge
Tess of the d’Urbervilles
And the Mountains Echoed
The Invention of Wings
A Separate Peace
The History of Love
On Such a Full Sea
Moonlight Mile
A Circle of Quiet
The Golden Notebook
Rule Britannia
Let the Great World Spin
Truly, Madly, Guilty
What Alice Forgot
The Hypnotist’s Love Story
The Distant Hours
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
The Lake House
How the Light Gets In
Women, Food, and God
Belong to Me
Today Will Be Different
Hidden Figures
I Capture the Castle
Swing Time
The Nest
The Little Friend
The Chalk Man
Love & Treasure
Sing, Unburied, Sing

So there you have it. I’m not fooling myself and thinking I’m going to get through all of them. I think I’ll aim to get through half of them, but this is a loose challenge.

I still plan to approach reading in much the same way: I’ll pick up the book that “feels” like the right next read for me–usually something completely different from my previous read. I’ll try to keep two books going at a time. And, moving forward I want to get more comfortable not finishing a book–I anticipate that several of these may be DNFs.

Above all, I want to keep reading fun, relaxing, and never stressful. And with my new plans for digging deeper into some of these books for the blog (more on that soon), some of these may take longer than usual. That’s okay with me.

I’ve started off strong and picked up Alias Grace. I’m hooked only a few chapters in, so I have high hopes for a riveting first read of the year.

I’m not creating a formal challenge here, but if you’re working on reading the books on your shelf, I’d love to hear from you!

Have you read any of the books on my list? Which do you love (or not)? Also, which books on your shelf are you hoping to get to in 2018?


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10 thoughts on “2018 Read My Shelf Challenge – The Master List of Books

  1. Oh, Alias Grace is on the top of my list as well!
    In the Woods (Tana French) was awesome! Read it a month ago and it was one of my fav books last year.

    • I’m looking forward to reading more from Tana French! I started with The Likeness (the second in the series) and I loved it, so now I want to go back and read the first. Glad to hear you liked it so well!

  2. Just found your blog and I am excited to follow along. I am doing my first Reading Challenge EVER and it is the one created by Anne Bogel from Modern Ms. Darcy. Also, I have a reading goal of 30 books this year…..
    Looking forward to reading your content. Have a great 2018!! May it be filled with amazing reads!

    PS – I decided to start a DNF shelf last year on Goodreads. I fought this for a long time but since I have started putting books on this shelf, my reading time has almost doubled and I find reading is SO much more enjoyable. Life is too short and there are too many books to read something I don’t find interesting. Also, if the DNF book is on a separate list, I know I can always go back and tackle it again, if I am so inclined. 😉

    • Thanks, Nickie! Glad to have you. Modern Mrs. Darcy is great–have fun with the challenge!

      I wish Goodreads handled DNFs a little better, but I think you’re right about being okay with not finishing books. I DNFed two books last year, so, baby steps 🙂

  3. You have some great titles to look forward to on this list! I need to revisit I Capture the Castle since it’s been over a decade since I read, but I do remember that I LOVED it. I’ll also be reading Sense & Sensibility this year (and finally finishing it, fingers crossed!), as well as And the Mountains Echoed and Reading Lolita in Tehran (hopefully).

    If it makes you feel better, we own over FIVE HUNDRED books that I haven’t read.

    I’m not even kidding.

    I have a problem.

    • I’m so excited to read I Capture the Castle! It was one of my Christmas presents. I also noticed while browsing the other day that there is a movie–I think on Amazon Prime (Netflix, if not), so I’m looking forward to that as well.

      I once started Sense and Sensibility as well and didn’t finish. I do like Austen, but I’m not a superfan by any means, so I hope to make it through this time.

      500 is a lot, but I understand! Sometimes it just makes me happy to walk by my shelves 🙂

  4. You have so much more discipline than I do! If I limited myself to what I own, I’d immediately get all contrary and not want to read any of them!

    You have a number I’ve read and loved: On Such a Full Sea, Still Alice, Mare, The Hours, and The Heart’s Invisible Furies (which was one of 2017 favorites).

    The only one that jumped out at me as a ‘did not like’ was At The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. Way way too much implausible plot. I may have DNFed it.

    The books on my my shelf I’m most excited about are Gamache mysteries by Louise Penny. I have fallen head over heels in love with her writing. I finished book 1 last night and will start book 2 tonight. Which means I’m going to have to pace myself because I don’t want to finish them too soon!

    • We’ll see how much discipline I actually have throughout the rest of the year! I do still like to have a book available on my phone, so that helps me feel like I’m not totally limited to what’s on my shelf.

      So glad you loved all those you listed! I’m hoping to find some gems here. The Gruen book does sound a little implausible, but I always like books that are set in places I’ve visited. We spent part of our honeymoon in Inverness and had fun looking for the Loch Ness Monster (in jest), so that might carry me through 🙂 I didn’t love her Water for Elephants, though I did like Ape House, so she’s been up and down for me so far–I wouldn’t rule out a DNF.

      I’ve only read the first Louise Penny but I really enjoyed it! I’m just not sure if I need to read them in order or if they’ll make sense in any order. Glad to hear you’re enjoying them–sounds like a perfect cozy series for the winter!

  5. Good luck on completing your list. It’s ambitious, but certainly doable. I loved Clan of the Cave Bear so much that I’ve read the entire series and recommend you do the same. The Postmistress is very dry, but it does contain one of the all-time great literary quotes. I’m interested to see if you can pick it out. South of Broad is a wonderful story told by a master storyteller. I’ve read a couple of Tana French novels and liked them. Looking forward to reading more. The Water’s Edge is also on my TBR (to be read) list. I’ve heard both good and bad about it. Tess of the D’Urbervilles is one of the all-time great classics and should not be missed. The Invention of Wings provides a good history lesson, but the characters and story line kind of left me cold. Finally, I love Liane Moriarity’s style and hope to read the same ones you have listed. Have a wonderful 2018!

    • Thank you! I’m looking forward to getting to all of these. It’s good to have input on the different books listed. I’ve been hearing about Clan of the Cave Bear for years, so I’m very curious–I’m hoping to love it, because I love a good series. Happy 2018 to you as well!

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