Physical TBR; or Read Your Own Damn Books
I can’t remember where I heard about the whole Read Your Own Damn Books thing, but one of Rincey’s recent videos reminded me about it. It’s pretty rules-less: read more of the books you already actually physically own. Super!
It seemed like it might help (or maybe just be fun for dorks like me) to make a list! There has never actually been any order to my shelves but at some point last year I loosely split them into what I’ve already read and what I haven’t. And, because I seem to really like refining my Goodreads TBR(???), I write in the ‘notes’ section of the books on my Goodreads TBR list which books I have physical copies of and send those to the top of my list to remind myself to pick them up soon. I think I may only have about 30 or so unread books in my house.
This list still isn’t all the unread books in my house as I haven’t included reference books, but it’s a pretty comprehensive list of books I’m definitely going to read…at some point…possibly soon. They are in no real order, but I’ve numbered the list so I have an idea how many unreads I own. So here we go!
strikethrough means I’ve now read this book The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- A Vindication of the Rights of Women (Vintage Feminism Short Edition) by Mary Wollstonecraft
- The Odyssey by Homer
- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide*
- The Bees by Laline Paull
- Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
- A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C Clarke
- The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon†
- Psmith, Journalist (Psmith #3) by PG Wodehouse
- The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Willow Weep For Me by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
- A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Coma by Alex Garland†
- Children of Men by PD James
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey #1) by Arthur C Clarke
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
- Farewell to Reality by Jim Baggott
- Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (comics collection)
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
- How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World by Francis Wheen
- Utopia by Thomas Moore*†
- Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro*
The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson*
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
- Shiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManus
The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson Binti by Nnedi Okorafor**
- The Symposium by Plato
- The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C Clarke†
- The Welsh Fairy Book by W Jenkyn Thomas
- Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L Sayer
- Black Cats and Evil Eyes by Chloe Rhodes†
- Persuasion by Jane Austen
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- The Amazing Screw-On Head & Other Curious Objects by Mike Mignola (graphic novel)
Ms Marvel vol 2: Generation Why by G Willow Wilson(graphic novel)
- The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead by Marcus Chown†
- The Old Man of the Moon (Little Black Classics #60) by Shen Fu
- Traffic (Little Black Classics #06) John Ruskin
How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing (Little Black Classics #29) by Michel de Montaigne
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf**
Books I’m going to read from my boyfriend’s collection are (1) 23 Thing They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang, (2) Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell, (3) Monsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre by Christopher Dell, and (4) The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
OK! So it’s more like 46 books, not 30. To be fair that’s including four of my boyfriend’s books, five ebooks/audiobooks which I don’t think about when I glance at my shelves and guess what’s on them, four books scattered around not on my shelves, and the two books I bought today…
I still think it’s pretty modest compared to some shelves I’ve seen (especially considering how slim many of these are), but maybe I should probably combine Read Your Own Damn Books with that thing where you can’t buy a new book until you’ve read 5 or 10 of your own. I’d whittle this list down pretty quickly that way!
†This was actually a great exercise because while going through some of these books I realised I’m not super bothered about a few of them.
I could definitely get through this whole list if I made that a goal for this year…but it’s not high on my priority list so I’m not making any promises. 😉
How many unread books are on your shelves?
Do you ever ‘shop’ your shelves and re-discover a book you’re excited to read?
A cool thing:
In response to this old post on my (largely abandoned…) blog where I drew my own cover for the book Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen (see screenshot below)…
…the author Marilyn Chin left a comment on my illustration! :0
It seems legit…which I think is pretty dang cool! 🙂