Back in 2015, I did a few posts where I talked about Tackling my TBR. Back then, it was all about curbing my library holds addiction and creating a more manageable reading “schedule”. Each month, I would set goals and/or rules in the hopes of making 2016 an even better year for reading.
And it really, truly worked!
I was able to create a fantastic reading plan that not only helped me read more efficiently, but actually helped me avoiding reading slumps and ARC overload in 2016.
So I wanted to bring it back in order to help me achieve a new goal: getting my Goodreads TBR down to 500 books (it’s currently set at 900+ books).
Now, you’re probably thinking a one of three things:
- Wow! You have a lot of books on your TBR!
- Wow! Why do you want to get rid of so many books!?
- Wow! You are insane if you think you will read 500 books!
And here are my respective responses:
- Yes, that is a lot! Which is part of the problem I want to solve.
- Because that is a lot of books to read and I know I won’t read them all.
- Actually, 500 is pretty reasonable considering I average 200 a year.
Why the Change?
I’ve recently discovered that my tastes as a reader have evolved. While I do enjoy YA reads, there are certain genres that I am struggling to connect with now. For example, paranormal YA series used to be my jam, but now, I find myself bored and annoyed with the tropes. I’ve moved on to fantasy or New Adult versions. I know that a lot of the titles on my Goodreads account are from my “youth” and that I won’t want to read them when the time comes in the near future.
Before I go any further, I want to define some things.
When I say I have 900 items on my TBR, I mean that I have 900 brand new series (first book only) or standalones that I “want to read”. This doesn’t include sequels. On my Goodreads account, I have a separate shelf called “to read” that contains sequels to series I have already started.
It’s this “want to read” shelf that I want to decrease. I know I won’t get around to all of these series, even if I do read a lot of books in one year. I also know that a lot of these titles are freebies I horded from Amazon and Kobo over the years. (Not that freebies aren’t worth my time, it’s just that I know I grabbed titles that don’t necessarily interest me simply because of the $0 price tag).
I’ll be cleaning up both shelves this year. I plan on reading a lot of sequels on my “To Read” list this year, in addition to releasing some series I haven’t touched in years. But it’s my “want to read” shelf that I plan on purging.
As of writing this post (Feb 2, 2017), I have 911 books on my TBR. That means, I have to eliminate 411 books from my shelf. My Goodreads challenge is set to be 175 books for 2017 and so far, I’ve read 23. Because I plan to read at least 175 books this year, I can deduct the difference of 152 from 911.
911 books – 500 – (175 Challenge Reads – 23 already read) = 259 books
So in total, I need to manually remove 259 books from my TBR by January 2018.
How will I do that?
Like I did 2 years ago, I’m going to set up some rules and guidelines that I’m going to try and stick to.
- Remove any book from < 2014* that is not a “high anticipation” read
- *the exception is any title selected for the 5 Year 5 Book Challenge
- Remove any 12 books at the end of every month
- Remove any book that I do not have a reading source for if published < 2015
- Add no more than 2 books to my TBR a month
I really think #4 is going to be the hardest. I see so many great books on a daily basis reading everyone’s blogs but I’m going to have to be a little more strict with what gets a spot on my shelf. (I’m keeping track on my 2017 Reading Plan Spreadsheet)
Am I going to the extremes?
You betcha! But that’s just how I like to do things. I swear, half the fun for me is coming up with these schemes in the first place! I plan on documenting my saga in my newly returned Monthly Inventory feature so keep an eye out for that.
>> Did I Succeed? Check out my December 2017 Post
How do you manage your Goodreads TBR?
Any tips for removing books?