My unread book shame | March reading plans


I’ve always known that my to be read pile – or more accurately, shelf – is getting way out of hand.

Recently I watched a heap of videos by Drinking by my Shelf on Youtube, where she has to balance the number of books on her TBR, so that the numbers always have to be the same, or -5.

In a bid to try and get my physical list down, I thought I’d take some inspiration from this and count the number of unread books on my own shelves, to make sure that my goal for the year was to get the total number down. I won’t be getting rid of a certain number of books every month, but I do hope to get the number on my TBR down.

At the time of writing this (which is a little bit in advance of it going up because I fancy myself organised), I have 112.

Although I’m not exactly surprised, I am quite disgusted with myself.

So, my plan is now to read as many of my physical books as I can, and stop buying more until it’s down to a reasonable level.

I recently moved, so I’ve now got two reasonably sized shelves, which I’m aiming to get down to one as soon as possible.

I’ve got a range of fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels to get through, so I thought it might be quite interesting to pick some of my most anticipated reads off my shelves which I haven’t really spoken about on this blog before, to give you an idea of what I’m going to be reading quite shortly.

And if anyone’s interested – I sort my shelves by author last name and group all the books by an author together.

With it being March, here’s a few I have on my horizons this month. I’m not good with setting myself target books because I find I don’t tend to stick to them if I’m not in the mood, but I’ve picked a range of different things to give me a bit of an option, and ultimately read the books on my shelves!


Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker

Pages: 256

Genre: Fiction / LGBT

Date published: 1962 / re-published September 2004

Cassandra, a Berkley student, is gay and miserable, and goes back to her family home for the wedding of her identical twin Judith. The rest of the synopsis reads that she takes a bag full of pills and an unquenchable thirst for brandy, aiming to make Judith see the consequences of what she’s about to do, but it ends up Cassandra that unravels. I don’t know anything more than that, and I don’t care to. I’m interested how a novel with such strong LGBT elements will go, having been published in 1962. I actually ended up picking this up at total random, after it was advertised to me as a dark comedy.



A Keeper by Graham Norton

Pages: 326

Genre: Mystery

Date published: October 2018

I often watch Graham’s tv show on a Friday night, and until I spotted this book on the shelf in my local Waterstones, I had no idea he’d even written a new book. I’ve been having a moment with Irish literature lately, so I was quite looking forward to picking this up. It’s billed as a mystery, with a woman returning to Ireland after her mother dies. Her father is unknown, as she returned only two years after going missing to be with a mysterious out of town boyfriend, with a child, and no husband. I’ve got no idea where this is going to go, but I’m interested.



Washington Black by Esi Edugan

Pages: 339

Genre: Historical fiction

Date published: September 2018

This is the last book I have to read for my Man Booker 2018 catch up, which I talked about in a previous post. It’s about slavery, with a young boy selected to be the personal servant of one of two brothers who take over a sugar plantation. The boy and his master end up fleeing the plantation to save their lives. It sounds so interesting and it comes with a recommendation by SavidgeReads, who spoke about it in a Youtube video which ultimately got me to buy it. I trust his opinion, so I trust this will be a fantastic book.



The Plague by Albert Camus

Pages: 308

Genre: Fiction / Classics

Date published: June 1947

This is a classic so there’s a good chance many people will be familiar with it, but essentially it’s pretty self-explanatory, people in the town of Oran have the plague, which has been spread from rats to humans. They’re in quarantine, with some people joining the resistance, and others giving up. It was written just after the Nazi occupation of France – take from that what you will.


Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Pages: 250

Genre: Non-fiction

Date published: November 2012

This made it onto my reading horizons months ago, but there was a mix up at the library and the book ended up being given back and wasn’t available again for a while, so my friend gifted me her copy, which she was getting rid of. Written by a journalist, which if you’ve read my blog, you’ll know I always appreciate, it’s about her time in recovery after suffering a disease that left her in hospital unable to move or speak.


Hopefully from now most of my read books will be coming from my shelves, so I’ll update you again at the start of next month with how many I’ve managed to get rid off my shelves.

If I read all of those, it’ll take it down to 107. Still terrible.

Has your buying habit gotten as out of hand as mine has?

4 thoughts on “My unread book shame | March reading plans

  1. dinipandareads says:

    I’m pretty sure that if I counted up the books on my physical TBR shelf, I’d probably end up with the same number. Counting my unread e-books as well will add another 30 at least. You’re definitely not alone with this — and yes, it’s pretty bad šŸ˜…

    • Emma Louise says:

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one! It’s just that they look so pretty sitting there that I feel like I need to buy physical copies! Oh I definitely didn’t include Kindle books, that really would embarrass me!

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