If you are like me, you have hundreds of books in your TBR. Especially if you are using Goodreads because how easy is it to hit that little Want to Read button? Too easy. But if you are also like me, you somewhat like organization. And achievable goals. You get this idea in your head. This idea that you can maybe…
So you go to Goodreads or whatever you use to
keep track of your books-to-be-read and…
realize that this spur of the moment
READ ALL THE BOOKS mindset might not be the easiest task.
As you can tell by this very subtle and professional looking graphic, my TBR, while not extremely out of control, isn’t exactly manageable. And 773 books is after I’ve whittled it down from 1500 awhile ago. I don’t even add sequels to the list, I just add the first book. So if you took that into account, the number doubles and maybe even triples.
You become discouraged. You even think the unthinkable:
I may not be able to read all these books in my lifetime.
But let’s not get into those depressing thoughts. I want to know how you clean out your TBRs. What makes you go through and pick which books to take off and leave on? Or do you clean them out at all?
I kind of have a system for taking books off, using the batch edit feature on Goodreads. It’s so easy to go through and delete large quantities at one time that way. I basically just do two main things:
1 .Glance through the main page of my to-read shelf. Any books that I was iffy about to begin with get taken off if they have ratings lower than 3.3 or know I don’t want to read anymore for whatever reason.
2. Look at individual books one by one. It’s a terrible way to judge, but I look at the cover. Unprofessional or extremely unappealing covers usually get taken out, especially if it’s by an author or publisher I have never heard of and the ratings are iffy. Re-read synopsis to make sure the story still interests me. If it passes all that and I still don’t know whether to keep it on, I check out what my friends said. Mediocre reviews or worse, it gets taken off.