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The Bookshelf Project


JULY 2018

WHEN I STARTED THE BOOKSHELF PROJECT

77

BOOKS READ SO FAR

200+

BOOKS ON MY BOOKSHELVES & MY KINDLE


Backstory

Hello there! Welcome to a project I’ve been working towards my entire life: reading everything on my bookshelves. I say this in a one-sentence-breath because it’s true, and it’s actually a little overwhelming. My book collection goes back as far as elementary school, back when there were discard book piles in the library. (You might remember seeing the DISCARD stickers or words written on the inside of books.) *Sighs* And then, there are the books on my Kindle, which I use regularly.

To further encourage myself to read more–especially during a busy work schedule– I started using Audible in 2015. While I love reading, my pesky ADD can get in the way of me doing what I love. With the help of a narrator–or in some cases, narrators–I’m able to finish a book in less than a month.

I also use Libby, which is an app where you can get Kindle editions of books and audiobooks for your local library. It’s completely free and I love it! (I started using Libby in August of 2020, and have been using it ever since.)

There was a time when I used to feel embarrassed about my Audible use, like it was a bad thing. I was used to reading relying on my own gumption to get myself reading. (But this process often took months with longer books, making it impossible to even remember why I wanted to read such a long book in the first place.) Now, I love using Audible whenever it’s possible, because it really helps me stay present and focused when reading. The audiobooks also help me read faster, and I really enjoy hearing various narrators bring characters to life.

Notes: You can see what I’m currently reading by looking at my Goodreads widget at the bottom of my blog page. All of my completed book reviews are highlighted in red. The category “years read” are also included for your reading pleasure.

So, come and follow me on this exciting (and if I’m honest with myself possibly never-ending) journey! I’m proud of myself for reading a total of 16,308 pages across 47 books in 2019. I hope you’re as excited as I am to watch my reading list grow.

– Meghan B.


Books Read

2018

  1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

3. LotR: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

4. LotR: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

6. A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

7. ASoI&F: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

8. ASoI&F: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

9. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

10. Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen 

11. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber


2019

12. Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel

13. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

14. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

15. Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman

16. Dedicated: A Rhythm of Love Novel by Neve Wilder 

17. The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal by Jonathan Mooney 

18. Legion: The Many Lives of Stephan Leeds by Brandon Sanderson

19. Badlands by Morgan Brice

20. Northern Lights by Raymond Strom

21. Gmorning, Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda, illustrated by Jonny Sun

22. Dear Evan Hanson: The Novel by Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

23. Boy Erased by Gerrard Conley

24. Lucky Town (a Badlands novella) by Morgan Brice

25. Witchbane by Morgan Brice

26. The Rising by Morgan Brice

27. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

28. Center of Gravity by Neve Wilder

29. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

30. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

31. Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman

32. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

33. Burn (a Witchbane novella) by Morgan Brice

34. LotR: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

35. Letters for Lucardo Vol. 2: Fortunate Beasts by Otava Heikkila

36. Otherworld (Last Reality # 1) by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

37. this is the way it always is by Laurie Frankel

38. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

39. Hexhunter by Jordan L. Hawk

40. Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

41. Brendan Wolf by Brian Malloy

42. Hexmaker by Jordan L. Hawk

43. Hexslayer by Jordan L. Hawk

44. The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt Och Dag

45. The Magpie Lord: A Charm of Magpies, Book 1 by K.J. Charles

46. A Case of Possession: A Charm of Magpies, Book 2 by K.J. Charles

47. Flight of Magpies: A Charm of Magpies, Book 3 by K.J. Charles

48. The Passage by Justin Cronin

49. The Twelve by Justin Cronin

50. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

51. Vicious by V.E. Schwab


2020

52. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

53. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

54. The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards

55. The Hanged Man (The Tarot Sequence #2) by K.D. Edwards

56. Supermarket by Bobby Hall

57. Wolfsong by T.J. Klune

58. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

59. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

60. Glitterland by Alexis Hall

61. Ravensong by T.J. Klune

62. Knit Two by Kate Jacobs

63. Pansies by Alexis Hall

64. Crossover by Joel Shepherd

65. The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

66. By Chance Alone by Max Eisen

67. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

68. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Gavin

69. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

70. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (READING!)

71. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

72. Divergent by Veronica Roth

73. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

74. Educated by Tara Westover

75. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

76. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

77. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

78. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

79. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman (READING!)

80. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five

81. Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adid Khorram

82. What if it’s Us? by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (READING!)

83. Real Life by Brandon Taylor

84. The Book of Longings (READING!)