My TBR is massive ok. Here is my journey in trying to get it to shrink. Hopefully this can help you too.
Let’s just take a look at my TBR for a second. Do you know how many books there are?
See that number? Is it just me or does that say 432?? No? Not just me? But wait, it doesn’t stop there… That’s only the books I am certainly reading.
I have another shelf for books I am considering. See that? 717 books??? Wottt?? Add those numbers together and you get 1149. 1149????? That’s not even including all the nonfiction books or novellas that I want to read because they have other lists. I get through like 100 books a year. And can you guess how many books I add to my goodreads list each year?? Neither can I considering I haven’t even had Goodreads for a year yet…. this is very bad.
I feel like I need to be on one of those TV shows where they make people who hoard stuff in their houses go through and explain why they need to keep every single object, however that would probably be a very long and boring post that contains the phrases “It sounds interesting” and “I want to read it” on repeat.
I think this calls for an intervention!
How to make it seem like you have less on your tbr:
(and if you’re able to look at a massive TBR pile and not feel guilty and overwhelmed then good on you but unfortunately I am not able to do that)
Go through and remove all the sequels of books you haven’t even read yet…
I know it doesn’t actually change things but it makes it seem like there is less. Plus what if you read the first book and decide you don’t want to read the series?? As if that would happen.
This feel like cheating. I am hating it.
Ok that’s it. I can’t do this.
Sort your goodreads list by average rating and delete all the ones below three stars
This is only like two books for me. I guess we could up it to 3.5 stars but do I trust other people’s judgement?? nooo.
That was a bad idea
Let’s move on
Sorting goodreads by the date I added the books…
Maybe some of the older books will no longer be ones I want to read??
Nope, even back then I had great taste in books. And I really don’t want to loose any of the books because you never know when I might want to read them
I guess my current system will have to be good enough
So what is my current system?
Let me tell you, because maybe it will work for you too
What lists to I have?
apart from the lists that goodreads automatically gives you (read. currently reading and to read) I have listed called:
considering – probably the most important one. These are books I’m not sure whether I want to read but I don’t want to remove from the list altogether. They might be from genres that I don’t read much of or am sick of at the moment, or books that were a bit lower rated and I want to see what other people think first
novellas to read – I like separating the novels from the novellas, because often they’re shorter to read
other – this is all my non fiction books, some are motivation or business or history. I’m not in the mood for these books all the time but there are some that I would like to read eventually
so all of those have been exclusive lists, the ones below are nonexclusive lists where these books can be on multiple lists at once
asap – this list is one that I make at the beginning of each year (or I plan to, I made it this January soo) but this list has around a hundred books on it at the beginning of the year and is my list of books that I plan to definitely read that year. These are the ones I have to get to (hence the name). These are the books I go to the library looking for and put on hold to make sure I get them.
reread – this list is a list of all the books that I want to reread. It might be ones I really enjoyed or ones I want to reread before I get to the newest book in the series.
school – a list of books that I have read for school, a good way to keep track of which ones I chose to read and which ones I was forced to read
to buy – books I really liked and want to buy or that I know I will like
Why does this work (for me)?
Because despite having over a thousand books on my TBR I know I only have to focus on those 100 books on my ASAP list. If I can get through them before the year is over then I can add more or find others that I want to read.
This way if there are books that have been on my list for years (if I get to that point) then I know I probably won’t get to them. But they’re still on there just in case.
And obviously I still go through the whole list and cut down on the books every so often.
The downsides of this system
You don’t get to find new books as much, to just wander through the library or book shop… which is nice… but still
What goodreads system do you use?
I’d really like to know. Maybe I can find a way to improve mine.
Sorry if you were expecting actual help. I’m in as much trouble as you are.