Shelf Control: Taking stock – 2022 round-up

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Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.

Want to join in? Shelf Control posts go up every Wednesday. See the guidelines at the bottom of the post, and jump on board!


A few years ago already, I shared my intention to do a “taking stock” Shelf Control post on an annual basis, to see how many of the books that I’ve featured as Shelf Control picks I’ve actually ended up reading.

Well… that was in 2019, and I only just remembered that I’d intended to make it a yearly tradition! Oops.

Better late than never — so here I am, at the end of 2022, ready to do a little tallying.

In 2022, I shared 47 Shelf Control posts

Of those 47:

  • I have read a grand total of TWO books.
  • There are FIFTEEN that I’d put into the “unlikely to read” category. Upon reflection, I just don’t feel all that interested in taking the time to read them.
  • Some of these may end up in my donation pile, whenever I get around to doing another bookshelf purge. 

Keep in mind, that’s just the 2022 selection of Shelf Control books!

Going back to when I first started this weekly feature (in 2015 — I can’t quite believe I’ve been doing these post for that long!) my stats are a little intimidating:

Total Shelf Control books so far: 347
Number of Shelf Control books I’ve read since posting about them: 33
Number of Shelf Control books donated or otherwise discarded: 63
Number of Shelf Control books that I doubt I’ll ever read (I still have them, but they may be next to go): 61

Which means:

Of the books I’ve featured, I have…

190 books still to read! 

Which just goes to show that these Shelf Control posts do seem to help me in some way — they at least force me to really think about the books on my shelves, and eventually decide if I’m still interested. Although as my stats show, the most probably outcome for my Shelf Control books (particularly those I’ve owned for more than a year or two) is that I’m unlikely to actually read or keep them, when push comes to shove.

Still, this isn’t necessarily a negative. Since I don’t seem to ever quite stop adding to my home library, getting a bit of organization and motivation to donate the books I don’t intend to read is really a good thing.

Onward to 2023! Let’s see how my shelves are looking a year from now.

Happy New Year!

And for those doing a regular Shelf Control post this week:

A Novel Start
Bookshelf Journeys


Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link in the comments or link back from your own post, so I can add you to the participant list.
  • Check out other posts, and…

Have fun!














21 thoughts on “Shelf Control: Taking stock – 2022 round-up

  1. I think that I only have 3 physical books that I have yet to get round to reading with about another 6 on my kindle. I don’t often buy books and then not read them straight away. Well done on reducing your pile a little 😃

  2. I find it interesting that we all have these huge TBR lists, keep adding to them regularly, but when we look back, so many of the books have lost their appeal. Sometimes I can’t even remember why I thought I’d be interested! Easier to take them off a list than off a shelf though. I’ve only been doing Shelf Control for a little while but definitely see the value. I’ll do a review at the end of 2023 and see how it looks.
    Here’s my entry for this week:
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    • Doing the post for today motivated to go look at my shelves and see if there were books I felt ready to part with. I definitely found some! You’re right, sometimes I wonder why I bought a particular book, but I know at the time I really wanted it!

  3. Based on Shelf Control I picked up Lexicon, which was a good read, I think you’d like it. And of course I have to mention the other shelf control you did for Challenger Deep, which is a fantastic, National Book Award winning read. I hope you pick it up in 2023! 😊

  4. You were brave to tally up all the books you read…and still haven’t read from your Shelf Control posts. And at least you’ve found some books you no longer want to read so you can make room on your shelves for new books. ;D

    • Definitely! After posting this, I went and started pulling books off my shelves for my donation bags — and ended up with a really startling amount of books I no longer feel the need to keep. It seems like a good reminder to move slowly when I’m thinking about buying books and only get the ones I intend to read right away. We’ll see how that goes!

  5. I might join in on self control. I have a feature on my blog that like self control but the opposite. It where I take a look at the books I have read and write about why or why not I want to keep a book.

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