At the end of 2014, I wrote a post about the impossible task of culling my TBR. At the time, my Goodreads TBR had gotten out of control at over 1100 books. I managed to remove about 340 books and got overwhelmed and gave up.
Well, my TBR has done nothing but grow since then.
I was recently inspired by a post over at The Library Huntress about how she decided to just delete her entire TBR, but I just can’t bring myself to do that. Still, it was obvious to me that I needed to do some major pruning. Since we’re at the start of a new year, I decided a fresh look at that TBR is just what I needed! I wasn’t surprised when I saw that the list had grown to over 1400 books!!
- Remove any books that I had no idea what they were – There were a crazy number of these! You’d think I’d at least remember the books that I, at one point, deemed worthy of reading, but that’s not the case. And I actually still left SOME of these IF I owned the book – I’ll get to further culling of that list in a minute.
- Remove books that I remember vaguely but don’t have any intention of actually reading – Again, this is a big list. Sure, that book sounded good. But do I actually intend to read it? Probably not? Delete it!
- Remove books in a series that I haven’t started yet – Okay, maybe I someday want to read the Throne of Glass series (I know, I know, you all think I should have done this already), but do I REALLY need all of the books from the series on my TBR? It’s not like I’m going to read the first one and then forget that there are others! I tried hard to ONLY keep the first (or next) book in the series on my TBR and delete all those pesky extra books.
- Go through my list of owned books – For now, I left on ALL of the books I own in physical form, but there were a bunch of books that I have on my Kindle that I got for free at one point or another and I’d been keeping those on my TBR. But am I really going to read all of those? Probably not. I started out by deleting any of them that had a low overall Goodreads rating (like 3.6 or lower) – but I’ll probably be paring those books down even more.
- Consider books with low ratings. I looked at the overall Goodreads ratings for the books on my list and decided to cull some that were just downright dismal. But I noticed a dangerous trend here – there were some books that I know got a lot of positive buzz when they first came out and I know some of my friends (who I trust) really enjoyed them, but over time Goodreads ratings just seem to get lower and lower. So there were some books that got relatively low ratings that I kept because I want to give them a try anyway!
Those were my main strategies. I’m actually still going through my list more, but I’ve already got it down to 798, which I’m pretty happy about, considering where I started. I still have a LONG way to go, but I’m getting there. (UPDATE: I worked on this a bit more and got the list down to 661!) Now, if I can just keep myself from adding thirty new books a week …
Have any of you tried to pare down your TBR list (without deleting it completely)? What were your strategies? Do you automatically remove books from your TBR if the overall Goodreads rating is below a certain point? I want to know!
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