Starts: Friday, 01 January 2021
Ends: Friday, 31 December 2021
Many readers, including me, love the high of a new book purchase. But after the high wears off, how often do we actually read the books we were once so excited about?
That's exactly what I struggled with as a reader. In 2017, I started my own personal Unread Shelf Project and started reading what I owned.
I didn't stop buying books, but I loved becoming the reader I wanted to be by tackling my unread shelves. And in 2018, I invited others to join me in the project on my Instagram account @theunreadshelf.
Thousands of readers responded, excited about a community of book lovers who want to stop just acquiring and start reading the books filling up their shelves.
The community has grown every year since, and this year the Project is better than ever. And I'm so glad you're joining us!
To get your FREE guide to the Unread Shelf Project and stay up-to-date on the monthly challenges, click HERE.
If you're looking for a community of book lovers who can help you transform your shelves this year, we'd love to have you in our Unread Shelf Community - click HERE for the details.
FIRST YEAR? Start Here:
- Count your unread books & put them all in one place.
- Say goodbye to the books you no longer want to read.
- Make a list of your top books to read this year. Put them on a special shelf, and use a checklist to keep yourself on track.
- Commit to a one month ban on buying and borrowing new books, in order to focus on reading the books you already own.
The 2021 Challenges
The twelve monthly challenges are the hart of the Unread Shelf Project. Each month, we commit to reading at least one book from our unread shelves, based on that month's challenge. If we don't finish the book by the end of the month, we get rid of it. By giving ourselves a deadline, we find the motivation to read the books we've been meaning to (sometimes, for years).
This year, we're adding an extra set of BONUS challenges. Consider these your extra treats, to help you keep up the momentum of reading, or use them to sub in for challenges that you don't have a book for.
The free guide also includes 12 bonus challenges, a year-long unread book bingo card, a monthly tracking sheet, and more. Sign up for your free guide HERE.
1. January - A book with high expectations (302 books added)
2. February - A book you got for free (192 books added)
3. March - A book you bought on a trip (140 books added)
4. April - A book bought from a used bookstore (134 books added)
5. May - A book you bought as a new release (127 books added)
6. June - A book bought in a spending spree (127 books added)
7. July - A book bought for the cover (100 books added)
8. August - A book from an independent bookstore (152 books added)
9. September - A book you want to learn from (129 books added)
10. October - A book you're secretly afraid of (88 books added)
11. November - A book published before 2000 (108 books added)
12. December - A book that reminds you of childhood (69 books added)
A book from your favorite genre (84 books added)
A book you bought because of the hype (82 books added)
A book from a Little Free Library (24 books added)
The unread book most recently acquired (72 books added)
A backlist title by an author with a newer release available (94 books added)
A book you got for a special occasion (51 books added)
A book given to you that you didn't ask for (76 books added)
A book you bought because of a recommendation (88 books added)
A book by an author you've never read before (156 books added)
A book on your unread shelf longer than one year (165 books added)
An impulse buy (103 books added)
A book with more than 500 pages (81 books added)