I tried. I really did. But in the end, I epically failed. I have determined that there is absolutely no way to get my TBR list down to a reasonable number of books. No way.
I know you all think I’m being dramatic (and I am, of course), but this is a real problem that plagues me. I MUST get my TBR under control!! Right now (after my failed attempt at culling the list), I have over 1100 books on my Goodreads TBR. Even though I read A LOT (I just passed my 200 book goal for 2014 yesterday), it would still take me six years to read all of those books. And that’s assuming that, in the next six years, I find no new books that I want to read. Um, yeah, that obviously isn’t going to happen.
Oh, and did I mention that 99% of those books have been added to my TBR in the two years I’ve been blogging? So, let’s see, if I keep going at this rate, I should have all of the books read … never. Obviously.
So, I did what any self-respecting Goodreads user would do. I decided that I needed to cut the list down to size – only keep the books that I really want to read. But, my problem is, I can’t bring myself to just remove books willy-nilly just because I don’t remember the title or the cover at a quick glance. Oh, no, that would be way too easy. What if one of those books was recommended by another blogger I respect and trust? What if it’s a true hidden gem, just waiting for me to discover it? What if the book gods are angered by my irresponsible book removal techniques and choose to curse me with a never-ending book slump!? There’s way too much at stake!
Still, I thought I could do it. I started out just going through the books randomly, reading the descriptions and checking out reviews that were written by friends. But this was taking a really long time, and I found that I wasn’t getting rid of many books. I’d read the description and think, “Well, that book sounds pretty good. I can see why I added it to my TBR.” Or I’d see a friend or two really loved it and … well, you get the idea.
But then I was inspired with a perfect idea. I shouldn’t go through the books randomly (or even in order of when I added them to my TBR), but I should start with an obvious criteria – rating. I figured that if I sorted my books by rating, I could easily just cut the ones that fell below a certain level and be done with it. Problem is, my TBR list is mostly filled with good books. Darn you all for giving me so many awesome recommendations!! And even out of those lower rated ones, I found books that I didn’t want to cut for one reason or another – I actually own the book, so I don’t want to give up on it just yet. I’ve read other books in the series and I’m not quite ready to let the series go. I’ve enjoyed other books by the author, and I still want to give the book a shot. See what I mean? There are reasons for keeping these books. I’m not just neurotic … I’m not.
So, in the end I removed around 350 books and then I just became overwhelmed and gave up. Oh, and I got really frustrated because I was trying to do a batch edit and realized that instead of removing all of those books from my account completely, Goodreads was moving them to my Read list. In case any of you out there are thinking about this, let me give you a little advice – don’t simply choose To-read from the shelves dropdown, click on the checkmarks next to the books you want to remove and then click on Remove Selected (which is what I did – it makes sense, right?). NO! You need to click on the checkmarks next to the books you want to remove and then click on Remove Books (which you can see very faintly off to the right when you’re in batch edit mode). Even though you’ve selected the books you want to remove, apparently choosing Remove Selected just moves the books to your Read list, forcing you to then go and delete them all again. Not that I’m bitter or anything.
Maybe I’ll try again someday, but it feels like a hopeless task, so I’m not sure. How about you? Have you successfully shaved down your TBR list? What was your process? Any tips?