Decluttering My Goodreads TBR!

Decluttering My Goodreads TBR

I’ve noticed lately, as I’ve sunk deeper into the world of book blogging, that most people carefully curate their Goodreads TBR.

Not Me. I use the ‘Want to Read’ button with reckless abandon. If I scroll by a book that even remotely catches my attention, I add it to my TBR. When I’m bored I swipe through the books that Goodreads recommends and add several each time without fail. The best part? I always think to myself, “If I run out of things to read, I’ll have a list of books I’m interested in!”

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While I don’t plan on purging my TBR entirely, Beat the Backlist has made me realize that my reading tastes have changed a lot. I’ve been using Goodreads since I was about 13 or 14 so there are probably a lot of books I could knock off the list!


Alright, it’s about an hour later and my TBR is officially decluttered!



As you can see, I went from just over 700 books on my TBR to just over 430!


I started adding books to my TBR in 2011, so it was actually really interesting to comb through them. There were stretches where I added nothing but vampire and werewolf based books (the Twilight years) and, without fail, every April/May there was an influx of summery teens-on-the-beach books! I also found at least 3 books that I had already read still on my TBR.

I honestly could have gotten rid of a few more, but I couldn’t be bothered to read descriptions and make sure that I actually wanted to get rid of them.

Is your Goodreads TBR organized, or do you use it like a Pinterest board like I do?

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One thought on “Decluttering My Goodreads TBR!

  1. Jana T says:

    I’m definitely like you: I add anything the catches my attention to my Goodreads TBR! I go through it a few times a year, and remove anything that doesn’t still sound interesting in an attempt to keep it from being too out of hand…although I think it’s over 500 books at this point!


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