The Oldest 5 books on my Goodreads to-read Shelf – Stay or Go?

November 14, 2017 Book review 18

Some time ago, I saw a post on Fictionophile where she attempts to cull her Goodreads TBR list.  You click on your Goodreads to-read shelf, sort in ascending date-added, and consider the oldest books to see if you still want to read them or not.  I figured it sounded like a fun experiment and so I’m jumping in.




Balancing the Books

A few stats first.  I have 1,555 books on my to-read shelf.  And I read about 130 books a year, so it will currently take me 11 years to get through my TBR.  And that’s before new releases, those times I find a new author and click “to-read” on their entire back catalogue, books I see other people raving about, books I want to reread.  Let’s just call a spade a spade, no matter how long I tamper with those figures, they’ll never balance.  So let’s attempt a cull?

The Oldest 5 books on my Goodreads to-read Shelf – Stay or Go?

For Darkness Shows the Stars – Diana Peterfreund

I’m 80% sure I own this book, so I will definitely read this book someday.  I added it, as it’s a Persuasion retelling, and this still is reason enough for me.  It stays.

Annabel – Lauren Oliver

I loved the Delerium series by Lauren Oliver, so I assume I added this when I was reading it.  I do remember who Annabel is, but I have forgotten lots of other details about this world.  If I do reread the series someday (which I’d like to), I’ll read Annabel then.  It stays.

James Potter and the Hall of the Elders’ Crossing – Norman G Lippert

This is fan fiction, and it has some impressive reviews. I doubt I’ll ever read it, especially as new JK Rowling books have since been published. I’d far rather read those.   It goes.

The Lies You Told Me – Jessica Ruston

I had no recollection of what this book is about, or why I added it.  Reading the blurb, I see it’s about a daughter searching for the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.  With promises of dark secrets, I’m intrigued all over again.  It stays.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

This is a cult classic and I feel like one of the few people who have never read it.  I also want to watch the film.  So maybe I’ll watch that first and if I love it, then I’ll finally squeeze in the book.  It stays.

The Bottom Line – my tbr is doomed!

I’ve eliminated only 1 book.  I’ve been reminded that there is a reason I add a book my virtual shelf, and those reasons don’t really alter.  It’s ok though, I’ve accepted that I can’t read all the books, but I’ll give it a damn good shot!

Talk to Trish:  Have you read any of those books, do you recommend any of them?  And what is the state of your Goodreads to-read shelf?



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18 Responses to “The Oldest 5 books on my Goodreads to-read Shelf – Stay or Go?”

  1. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Interesting about the fan fiction one. I do love HP fan fiction! I try and go through my Goodreads list when I can and get rid of things, especially if I notice I’m suddenly adding a lot. LOL

    Ooh yes, read Perks! It’s an all time favorite of mine. I really like the movie too but the book is different; it has more to it.

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  2. Joann Downie

    I would read The Lies You Told Me and not the others. This looks fun , I am going to do mine later!!

  3. Dawn obrien

    Oh, I’m trying to clear my goodreads tbr list too, I saw a blog post about it as well! Unfortunately, I’ve just added the lies you told me as it looks ace on this post!

  4. Geybie’s Book Blog

    I loved Delirium. I haven’t finished the entire series yet but i’m planning to someday. I hope you’ll enjoy Annabel when you read it. Great idea! Need to do this post one day. I have lots of books I haven’t read yet. Thank you for sharing. 😁❤️

  5. Rachel

    I want to do this too! Even if it does give me anxiety over all the books I want to read in my lifetime, and how it just isn’t possible!! Lol The only one I have read is The Perks of Being A Wallflower, and meh. I think I gave it 3 or 3.5? It could have been a little overhyped for me. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was a decent enough read. I watched the movie after too, and it was a really good adaptation, so you could watch it and skip the book. R xx
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    • trish

      I do want to watch that movie. Hopefully soon. I know what you mean about anxiety over the tbr! What if we are neglecting potential favourites!

  6. Wattle

    I do a cull of my Goodreads list every now and then, I don’t put my physical books on there until I’m reading them though (I don’t want to scare myself with the number of unread books I own lol)

    I’m pretty sure I have that James Potter fanfic on my kindle, I do love good fic, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever read it (Harry Potter was never my fandom sandbox) hmmm. It does get great review though.
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