Project TBR

IMG_0174 2Like all proper book nerds, I have a habit of picking up a book at a bookstore thinking, “Hey, this looks interesting!” and promptly shelving it and forgetting it.

As part of a broader Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up effort to simplify my life, I’ve challenged myself to either read or get rid of at least half the books on my physical fiction TBR shelves between now and the end of 2016. Because I love a good list, those books are:

  1. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Joe Hill
  2. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me edited by Kate Bernheimer
  3. What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown
  4. Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot
  5. Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
  6. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
  7. Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier
  8. Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost
  9. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  10. Under the Skin by Michel Faber
  11. The Wind in the Willows by KennethGrahame
  12. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  13. The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga
  14. Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer
  15. A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway
  16. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  17. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  18. A Pale View of the Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
  19. Dubliners by James Joyce
  20. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  21. Ulysses by James Joyce
  22. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
  23. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  24. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  25. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  26. Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
  27. Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell
  28. The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  29. Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
  30. The Portable Dorothy Parker
  31. Sherwood Nation by Benjamin Parzybok
  32. Fairy Tales from the Brother’s Grimm by Philip Pullman
  33. Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
  34. Gilled by Marilynne Robinson
  35. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  36. Empire Fires by Richard Russo
  37. Lock In by John Scalzi
  38. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  39. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  40. The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
  41. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  42. The New York Stories of Edith Wharton
  43. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
  44. Diamond Head by Cecily Wong
  45. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  46. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  47. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

Wow. 47. I hadn’t counted them when I made this challenge to myself. Welp!

I’m going to be pretty free and easy with putting some of these in the donate pile. It’s time to face certain truths about myself, namely, I most likely will never read that copy of Ulysses that has graced my shelves since shortly after college.

Any suggestions for where I should start? Books I should chuck? Books that have to stay on the shelves?

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