Monday, July 13, 2015

Cleansing my TBR list

I have a personal rule. Whenever my "to-read" list on Goodreads has more books on it than my "read" list, I have to do some culling. I go back through the descriptions of all of the books on my TBR list and remove the ones that no longer interest me.

It's so easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of books in the world. Since I read a lot of other book blogs, I am constantly reading about new books that I want to read. I add about 5 new books to my TBR list every day. Yikes! There's no way I'll ever get to read everything I want to read. So sad. But so true. Hense the reason for this rule I've created for myself.

As of Saturday morning, I had 275 books on my "to-read" list and only 274 books on my "read" list. So after reviewing my list, I cut the following books (and many more).

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

The Ice Cream Army by Jessica Gregson

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Woven by Michael Jensen

Did I make any huge mistakes? Are there any books on this list that I MUST read? I'm looking for ones that you gave 5 stars to, nothing lower please.

Do you have any bookish rules or other life rules that you've created for yourself?


  1. I just did a major trimming down of my TBR list (my honest, I want to read these list is actually on Amazon, goodreads has become a mammoth beast) - by nearly half! I also added a description on the amazon wishlist comment section for each book of what the heck it's about and why I want to read it. Because I'm anal like that.

    1. Comments - great idea! I did that for a while on Goodreads, noting who recommended I read it, etc. It's cumbersome though. I am starting to map out books for the following month on my Trello blog planning board, and there I can put notes. I also always have my next must reads reserved at the library with a future date, so they don't all come at once.

  2. I actually haven't heard of those so I will not be of help there. I am not sure if it's a bookish rule but I ty to read at least 25% of a book a day. I know that could mean totally different pages depending on the book but it's just a goal for me. My TBR is out of control and I should probably do a little clean up myself!

    1. 25% per day is awesome! I say that counts as a rule. :)

  3. That sounds like a fabulous rule. My TBR list on Goodreads is certainly large, and I think I would have trouble trimming it at all. I would think, "But surely there must be some reason I put this book on the list even if I have no idea what it is now!" Good for you for cutting it down! :)

    1. Thanks! I figure if it's really something I need to read, I'll hear about it again. :)