In episode 156, Myquillyn Smith inspired you to make our bookshelves beautiful… and today’s guest, Whitney Conard, is going to inspire you to cast a critical eye toward the shelf that holds your unread books. If you have a gigantic pile of books that you own but haven’t yet read looming somewhere in your house, Whitney totally gets you. We’re talking about her Instagram endeavor #TheUnreadShelfProject2018, saying goodbye to reading shame, the right and not-quite-right times to read (for instance, in math class) and then, at Whitney’s invitation, I get to take a hard look at Whitney’s unread shelf and help her decide—from the bountiful selection of titles—what she should read next.
Let’s get to it!
Follow Whitney on Instagram @theunreadshelf, and join her movement yourself with #TheUnreadShelfProject2018.
2019 update! Whitney has a website for her Unread Shelf Project, visit her at TheUnreadShelf.com.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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• The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Fitness Junkie, by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
♥ The Likeness, by Tana French (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• In the Woods, by Tana French (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
▵ Since We Fell, by Dennis Lehane (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Author Louise Penny(start with Still Life: Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, by Anne Bogel (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• I’ll Be Your Blue Sky, by Marisa de los Santos (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• Belong to Me, by Marisa de los Santos (Amazon | Barnes and Noble)
• #kcbookstagram on Instagram
• #theunreadbookproject on Instagram
• The Book Buddy app for iPhone
• WSIRN Ep 146: Refugee camps, civil war, and the triumph of a library card, feat. Chatti Phal-Brown
What do YOU think Whitney should read next? What’s your unread shelf number? Let us know in the comments!