Attacking the TBR list

January 20, 2018 | 4 comments


My TBR list is in dire need of some TLC. Or maybe a big overhaul.

Most people who have ever met me, either in RL or online, know that I’m obsessed with books and booklists. I use GoodReads in combination with a very extensive spreadsheet to keep track of my yearly reading (and to calculate the yearly review).

At the start of the year, my TBR list on GR contained 1904 books. The question is not if I can read all those books. I could. If I only read books that are already on the list, I could have it done within 10 years.

The question is if I really want to read all the books on the list. And the answer to that is definitely no.

I did a big overhaul of the GR list in 2013, and in the last four years, I’ve made a conscious effort to read books that are already on the list. Still, at best, half the books I read in a year come from the TBR list.

This year I’m trying something new. Rather than just trying to read more books from the TBR list, my goal is to do a spring cleaning of sorts, and delete books that I am no longer interested in reading.

I started by eliminating books from series that I started but did not really enjoy, and realistically will never finish. Now the TBR list is down to 1593 books. I don’t have a set number that I want it to be at by the end of the year–that’s not what this exercise is about. My goal is to make it a list of books I intend to read, and less of a black hole where most books I come across are added, never to be thought of again.

Do you have a TBR list, and how to you keep it from getting out of hand?