January TBR Unwrapping (with my sister)

The first video in my sister and my 6 month manga TBR project has begun. We’ve jointly gone through the collection and chosen 50 manga titles that we both want to read. We’ve wrapped each of the books in wrapping paper, and every month we’re randomly selecting 4 books to read for our monthly TBR.

There’s a little catch though. Half of the books have reading prompts in them, so we could end up reading a lot more manga than just the 4 we’ve picked!

Check out what we’re going to Read in January – and which one of us gets the dreaded prompt to “read a series over 20 volumes”!

6 Month Manga TBR Unwrapping Project

I’ve had a lot of time over the last year to think about what I want to do with my reading… mostly, because I haven’t been reading at all. I haven’t been in what you’d consider a reading slump. I think, because I don’t really like that term. It was more of what I’d call, “intentionally not reading.”

While I’ve been not reading, I’ve been thinking about what I want my future reading to look like. And, certainly what I want my future collecting to look like. During this new age of Covid19, I won’t be collecting many books… or really buying much of anything until my financial future seems certain. It just doesn’t seem wise to be spending my money at the moment.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on learning languages so that if/when the world stabilizes again, I can transfer some of my collecting funds to new bookish avenues. Namely: Japanese language manga… and French language manga… and Korean language manga… you get the picture…

And, while I wait to be able to be able to read and collect in Japanese, I also have been thinking about what I should be reading in the meantime. And the conclusion is clear: Read my own books! What a notion!

I’ve said many times in the past, that I collect for a rainy day. Well, it’s raining now!

I’ve discussed it with my sister, and we’ve come up with a plan to read through some of the books in our collection that have become invisible or forgotten to us over time.

The plan has taken an interesting and fun turn. We’ve decided to create a TBR (to be read) stack of books already in the collection. But, also to wrap them in paper, so that every month it’s a surprise what books we’ll be reading. Then, since that didn’t seem like quite enough we created a few prompts on slips of paper and put them in half of the books. So, each month we’ll either have a 4 title TBR OR up to a 10 title TBR.

We’ll keep going for 6 months, or longer if we find that this encourages us to make a good dent in the books we already own. I’m really looking forward to this project – and I hope you are looking forward to watching us pick books every month as well!

Want to know which books we’ve wrapped up? Watch my video to see the complete list.