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?