Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A month or so ago, a bestie of mine (and a popular booktuber), Jes Reads Books floored us all with a terrifying, but liberating, revelation she had of deleting her entire TBR on Goodreads.

You might be screaming, “WHAT IS THIS TREACHERY?” because at first, I was like whoa, girl done lost her mind. (Love you Jes ?) But the more I thought about it, the more appealing it began to be.

One of my chaotic bookshelves…

As far back as I can remember (at least when I signed up for a Goodreads account in mid-2012), my TBR has been gargantuan. A bit factor to that is that I would constantly get sucked into a Goodreads hole and keep finding more and more and MORE books that appealed to me. Then – schwoop! – onto the TBR they would go! Being a part of the book blogging community since December of 2013 also played a big impact on what I would add onto my growing list of things to read.

Recently, I’ve been wanting to start going through my physical shelves and setting some books aside for selling, or possible donation. There are some books on my shelf that I just can’t see myself reading ever, whether they were bought when I was a teenager and/or had a different taste for books in my earlier years of reading, or they’d been books I won in giveaways. Regardless of where they came from, some books on my shelves need to go. Lightening of my physical shelves will undoubtedly reduce the mass of my TBR because all of my physical copies are on my Goodreads to-read list. 

But deleting EVERYTHING off of my TBR? ? Is that craziness, or pure genius?

Let’s break down my reading habits.

First of all, being a mom and a full-time preschool teacher doesn’t corroborate well with a heavy reading schedule, so I consider myself extremely lucky (with a dash of determination) if I read 3 books per month. I know some of y’all out there reading 10 a month or something crazy like that, and holy crap do I envy you and applaud you at the same damn time! ?? So all of that aside, I’m a slow reader. I have my own pace, and love it or hate it, that’s how I am, and with all of my other hobbies (blogging, playing with my child, exercise, some art here and there, occasional tv, and napping) I have to make room for all of it. It sucks, but unfortunately I can’t make create more hours in a day.

Fruitless as my efforts have been, I still enjoy making monthly TBRs. I rarely follow them to their full extent, mostly because I am a full-blown mood reader! So a lot of the time, when I attempt to put books on my monthly TBR because they need to be read, I will ignore it completely and just read what I want to read – which lately tends to be books that are relatively new, as in the current year (ie., eARCS from NetGalley) or published within the year.

So, I am a slow reader, and I tend to regularly read books no older than a year.

Yeesh, these bookshelves ain’t pretty, folks.

But! There are plenty of books on my shelves that I still desperately want to read. (ie., Cinder, Splintered, An Ember in the Ashes, etc.)

I think I’ve reached a conclusion.

The idea of deleting my entire TBR is still entirely tempting, but there are a few minor setbacks. One, being the fact that I still have a lot of books on my shelves I need and want to read. Two, there are a lot of good books coming out that I want to keep tabs on.

It’s safe to say I don’t want to bleep my entire to-read shelf from existence. But perhaps I’m going in the right direction to lightening my TBR load. Starting this week, I’m going to go through all of my physical copies and start separating the books I want to part with from the books I can’t bear to part with. All the books that are getting ditched? Obviously, they’re going bye-bye from the TBR. All my unread books on my shelves will be staying.

My next step is wrangling the newer/not-yet-published books on my Goodreads. I’m going to let the late-2018 and 2019 books stay, but on one condition: If I haven’t bought the books on my list before the year is over, they’re getting ditched off the list. I can’t have them hanging around, taking up space without paying room and board, so out onto the streets they will go!

I quite like this decision I’m come up with, and it will get rid of my 600-something book pile that looms over me every time I visit my Goodreads shelf. ? Going backwards with this, I think it will also help me take a good, hard look at what I have on my shelves and what I truly expect to pick up or not.

Do you keep track of your TBR with Goodreads? Have you ever considered purging your TBR? What holds you back from doing so? Share your thoughts with me on how I’m taking steps to weed out some books on my TBR! ??

Feeling: ?
Shadow Frost – Coco Ma ?
Listening: “Dancing’s Not a Crime” – Panic! At the Disco
Drinking: My morning java ☕️
Currently: I’m up getting ready for the day, which includes dropping Rowan off at school, going to the BMV to renew my license (hi, birthday month), go to work for 8 hours (and probably going to the gym on my break), and coming home to cook, clean, and do housewifey things. ??‍♀️ 


6 Responses to Should I Purge My TBR?

  1. Rachel says:

    I have about 750 tbrs on Goodreads, but that number has never bothered me. If I really want to read something, I will. If a book still seems interesting ten years later, it stays. I’ll periodically weed through my physical book shelves and my GR tbr, though, but then I inevitably end up filling the spots… lol

    • That number is where I started out! But it just bothered me to have books sitting on there for YEARS and not reading them. I just think I got really overwhelmed with what to read next, and having a smaller selection (okay, I still have 136 in my ‘want to read’ pile) made it easier to pick from. ? But I guess if I had to be taken out of this world, I would choose death by falling stack of books on my TBR.

  2. Lydia says:

    I think this is a great decision. I periodically go through my TBR and delete the books that no longer interest me. (My list is way smaller than yours, though!)

    • I just feel so light now, like I’m not going to be metaphorically crushed by a horde of books! ? (Although let’s be real, that is the only good way to be taken out of this world, right? Then maybe I’d actually have the time to read them all. Do you think you have an endless amount of time to read in the afterworld?)

  3. My Goodreads “TBR” shelf stresses me out too! About a year and a half ago I culled so many books from it and felt so liberated, but it’s definitely slowly crept back up again. I think the longer I blog the more aware I am of more titles/releases/authors which is fantastic, but it can be overwhelming for the TBR. I also need to start getting rid of some of my physical TBR books, I just hate parting with books that I’ve spent money on and haven’t even read (or have read too for that matter lol).

    • Yes it is TOUGH giving away books, but I’m trying to currently do that now, too. But I just have to keep in mind that if I haven’t read it by now, it’s just taking up space (that I DON’T HAVE) for books that I want to read more! x

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