When I joined #bookstagram I joined a vibrant, fun community filled with readers just like me. I found readers that loved books from all genres, readers who were also cat lovers and readers who loved talking about books as much as they loved reading them.

I also discovered a group of readers (just like me) with a fairly large stack of books they bought, but had not read. I have never been able to pass up an opportunity to browse the bookshelves. I love it when my eye catches a beautiful cover. I love when I read the synopsis and know that I just have to read the story. Just like the thrill of wearing a new top or new pair of shoes, there is the thrill of rushing home from the bookshop and diving into a new book. For me, this often means that the books I own that need to be read fall lower and lower on my TBR.

One afternoon while scrolling through instagram I saw a post about Book Of the Month. I immediately knew the books in the picture were BOTM books by the logo at the top of the spine. In the caption the bookstagrammer admitted to owning a pile of BOTM books (just like me) that she had not read (just like me). She and a fellow bookstagrammer were hosting a challenge: #unreadBOTMchallenge. The idea was simple: gather up the unread BOTM books you have, snap a picture, set a goal, read the books, and report back on your progress.

My original #unreadBOTMstack. I received my January box after I took this picture.

Within the hour I posted my #unreadBOTMstack and by the end of January I had read two and set a goal of two BOTM books a month. I also set a goal that I would finish all my BOTM books by the end of the year, and that I would not buy more BOTM books until I read through about half of the stack.

My progress so far can best be described as win some / lose some:

  • WIN SOME: I met my goal in January, finishing two BOTM books:
  • No Exit by Taylor Adams
  • The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
  • LOSE SOME: One of the February books is by one of my favorite authors, Jasper Fforde. I couldn’t resist so I added Early Riser to my Feburary box. Since I was already getting a box I added The Silent Patient because so many people read it and loved it in January. Then “Go Big or Go Home” kicked in and I added one more book:
  • Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (my first buddy read!)
  • CURRENTLY PLANNING TO READ (this may change based on mood):
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • IF I HAVE TIME (this is almost guaranteed to change based on mood)
  • Goldenstate by Ben H. Winters

*I am not immediately planning on reading the Jasper Fforde book because I have a vague notion of rereading all of his books in April and May. This is still kinda TBD. Updates to come.*

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