How Do You Cull Your TBR?
First, let’s do something fun! Be honest! 😉
During spring break, among many other things and many, many reviews written, I decided to finally bite the bullet and cull my TBR shelf on Goodreads, which I dreaded like the plague after seeing Brittany’s shelves.
This is what I always think when I even try to imagine me going through Goodreads shelves…and why rarely go look at it. Just let me die now. It’s scary insane because my TBR shelf is ….
Holy shiznit. I don’t even know where to begin. Except I know there have been books I’ve added to this self-multiplying mass of horny book rabbits that I didn’t really want to read, so hooray for that!
And then I spent two days culling and culling and re-culling and nixing you, you, you and you…oh, you too…AND I DELETED YOU!…wait, where did all of you come from? … where have YOU guys been hiding….
TWO YEARS LATER…
NOW? Only 400!
I know what you’re wondering. How did I remove so many books from my TBR?
Before I even started I knew I needed a system, although I wasn’t sure what. Thankfully, it came to me as I was processing and nixing and debating and oh-forget-you-ing, I was thinking about how I was eliminating books.
I tried very hard to stick to this method. I know I may have missed and overlooked some titles because I don’t know what all is on my Kindle (seriously, black hoarder hole), but I did my best.
- All fiction titles I knew I owned were taken off the list. I did this for both my physical bookshelves and my Kindle. Even though they are truly on my TBR, I don’t need them listed online to remember I want to read them because I will read them…eventually.
- Even the classics. As much as I wanted to keep the classics (yes, every single Wizard of Oz book), they got the ax. I have them all on my Kindle. Stop trying to be a book snob, Charlie.
- Next, I removed all biographies or largely unimpressive historical texts. I know I already have them on my Kindle. I’m sorry, but if the title is 30 words long, I don’t think I’m thaaaat interested.
- Then I removed all books that did not look interesting based on the cover, title or author. Primarily these were books I added because of giveaways.
- If I didn’t recognize the book at all, adios bandidos!
One thing I did notice was that I kept a lot of historical fiction and a lot of literary fiction on my TBR list. Essentially, this list isn’t really a TBR, but a large wish list. So, here’s my wishlist if you’re so inclined. 😉
Four hundred! This is a number I can live with.