#StartOnYourShelfaThon – First Quarter Update

What is #StartOnYourShelfathon?

You can check out the information here from CW @ The Quiet Pond or you can check out my announcement post here. The long and short of it is–read books you have in your owned TBR. Of course this is a challenge that appealed to me because I’m dealing with The TBR of Doom right now.


I set my goals for this challenge pretty simply:

  1. Read 40 books that are in my current physical TBR pile
  2. Read 20 books that are in my current digital (audio and ebook) TBR pile

I’m having a really late start to this because most of the reading I’ve been doing at the beginning of the year has been for either review purposes or for my 2019 r/fantasy bingo challenge so I didn’t expect the numbers to be great so far and they’re not. But, they’re not zeros, and something is better than nothing!

So far I’ve read around 5 books from my physical pile and 6 books from my digital pile that are listed on my TBR Pile of Doom. So not actually a bad start but only 2 of those books have been in the TBR for over a year, the vast majority have been more recent adds. If I want to make better progress I really have to start getting to those older titles.

In April I’ll be starting a new bingo period and this year the theme I’m choosing to complete my card with is ‘books from your owned TBR pile’ so that should help a lot with this challenge!

TBR Pile

I made a TBR pile for this challenge but sadly haven’t been able to get to any of the books on the list yet. I plan on reading one of these in May for Wyrd & Wonder though. And maybe I’ll get to one next month–need to see what’s on my plate. Either way, I have a lot of year ahead of me yet to make this happen.

  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – audiobook
  • The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia McKillip – physical book
  • Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley – physical book
  • The Many-Colored Land by Julian May – physical book
  • The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford – physical book

Overall, it’s been a really slow start for me but I’m still making some progress. I’m hoping that I can really hit the ground running in April and start making a dent in that TBR though. We’ll see how things go, you never know when surprise books pop up out of no where and demand to be read disrupting one’s plans. πŸ˜‰

Is this a challenge you’re participating in? How are you doing with it so far? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!

11 thoughts on “#StartOnYourShelfaThon – First Quarter Update

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Progress is progress, it looks like you’ve made a really good start! πŸ™‚ I hope you’re able to complete your challenge this year – reading my backlist books is something I need to get better at, too. Spinning Silver is one of my favourite books – hope you enjoy it! – and I’ve heard great things about Robin McKinley’s work, too. πŸ˜€

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! I’m hoping I can make even more progress starting later this Spring once I get through some obligations. Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors! Her books are magical and sometimes heartbreaking but always hopeful. Very much looking forward to Spinning Silver because I’ve heard so many great things about it.

  2. Tammy says:

    I’m sure you’ll catch up, because most of the year is still ahead! At least these quarterly updates show where you are so you can get back on track😁

  3. Zezee says:

    It’s going slow for me too especially this March. It hasn’t been a great month. I’m hoping my reading will pick up in April too and I make a dent there as well.

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