A new TBR Challenge for a new year! Is this the year you finally vanquish your TBR pile?

I don’t know about “vanquish,” but I am determined to chip steadily away at my ginormous TBR pile again this year. With the added data I collected last year (the number of books I purchased was an eye opener!), I’m making another change for this year’s challenge.

1. How many books from your TBR pile will you read? I’m actually setting two numbers for this year: one for books I’ve had for a while, and one for new books. A major reason my TBR pile is out of control is because I procure books faster than I can read them, and so many of my new books end up collecting dust on a shelf or languishing on my e-reader. This year, I’m pledging to read 18 books from my TBR pile and 18 books within two months of acquiring them.

2. How long have your books been waiting? For the purposes of this challenge, the “old” books I read must have been acquired by me or placed on my library TBR list before August 1, 2017. This means I can’t buy new books in January and count them toward my TBR Challenge come September–which I found myself doing at least once during the first year, and kind of defeats the purpose of the challenge.

3. How will you hold yourself accountable? Like years past, I’ll post here once a month to share my progress and see how you all are doing. I found that creating a Goodreads shelf (this year I’ll have 2: one for “old” books, and one for “new” booksand the dedicated page on this blog to be enormously helpful, too, so I’ll do both again. I’m a very visual person and being able to see the collection of books that I’ve read gives me a nice sense of accomplishment, which makes me want to read more TBR books.

4. What about adding more books to the pile? Like last year, I’m going to keep track of how many books I purchase with a Goodreads shelf. Numbers are powerful (especially to me, with my background in math), and it will be good to have a 2018 total to compare with 2017.

Who’s next? How are you going to vanquish your TBR pile this year?