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I’m joining #StartOnYourShelfAThon! + Jan TBR

There are so many interesting readathons and challenges planned for 2020, and I’m a sucker for many of them.

When CW first tweeted with her readathon idea, I was all for it, and eagerly awaited her announcement post. I knew that this would definitely be one of the challenges that I do.

#StartOnYourShelfathon is a readathon where the main goal is to prioritize reading books you already own (physical or electronic). To be honest, I don’t do very badly* with my unread books. I don’t have that many unread physical or electronic books. BUT. The books I do have tend to be ignored for a long time.

For me, the goal is to use this challenge to not neglect the books I own longer, especially physical copies.

*meaning, better than what I consider to be a problem haha

If you’d like to know more about this year-long readathon or would like to join in, go on over to The Quiet Pond where CW has written an impressive post with the most beautiful graphics*. She’s also done AMAZING planning for this readathon, completely infusing it with new elements and fun things. I’m super excited to join in.

*in fact, I took the banner for this post from her! Isn’t it gorgeous?


Although the readathon has technically already started, I’m joining in from next month and will be doing it as a 2020 thing.

My goals will be broken down to months. Some months may have more books on the TBR, and some might have less, but I will be reading at least 1 book every month for this challenge. Meaning, from my owned books, prioritizing the oldest ones.

CW has had a brilliant idea to also make a Discord server for the readathon in case we want to chat. I will be joining the Discord server. While I’m not sure how that will work or how much I’ll be talking there, that’s the part which actually drew me in. I’ve never seen Discord being used for reading challenges before so this will be a ton of fun.

To keep track of the readathon, I will be doing updates posts in April, August and December 2020, along with the star maps to track my progress and make my own constellation.


That all said, time to set my first TBR for the challenge! I’ve decided on 5 books for January.

  • Kafka On The Shore by Haruku Murakami

I own this book as a paperback and it’s been sitting on my shelf for MONTHS. Since it’s bought from a secondhand bookstore, I can sell it back for half the price to buy more books. Definitely have a plan to go and get more books so I need to finish this one haha.

  • The Silva Mind Control Method by José Silva

My friend lent me this book a long time back saying it would be helpful for my mental health and how I deal with my shitty physical health. I read a bit of it but since it’s non-fiction, I can’t be motivated to read it. Hopefully, because of this readathon, I finish reading it once before starting to practice it.

  • Stillwatch by Mary Higgins Clark

I bought this book back in February 2019 in a book fair, and I don’t know why I still haven’t read it. It’s pretty small, and the author’s books are always engaging, so it should a quick read.

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

This mammoth of a book is my real challenge in January. I own it as an ebook, and have started it, but have not made much progress yet.

  • I Owe You by Sophie Kinsella

Since I know that I will be reading romance at least once, better to check off an old ebook which I know I will enjoy. Kinsella never disappoints me and I’m looking forward to read this one.

And that’s my TBR! A few people from my Bangalore Bookstagram club are also planning on joining in for this readathon, so I will have company to do this. Hopefully they’ll remind me to follow this haha.

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Are you participating in any challenges or readathons next year? Do you think they are helpful?

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