TBR Break Ups (4)

And it’s finally time for my fourth and last TBR break up post where I share the books I’m cutting from my tbr. If you want to start from the beginning the posts are here, here and here.

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Now if you’re thinking “finally these are over” firstly: rude, and secondly: yeah I will get back to doing more actual book reviews now.

If you’re thinking “aww these were fun” then don’t worry, there will be more of them, probably not for at least another six months, but eventually. I will continue to cut down my TBR constantly.

ALSO: if you are thinking “hey Emma this is really cool??? can I do this too???” then the answer is yes, of course. I am sure I’m not the first person to do this idea and I certainly won’t be the last. I’d love to see them so post a link in the comments. I’m just answering it here because I have had a lot of questions on previous posts about whether I would allow people to do posts similar to this.

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How did this get on my tbr?

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The Root | When the Heavens Fall | The Copper Promise

None of these sound like bad books, but from reading the synopsis they don’t sound at all familiar? Either I completely forgot that I added them (so clearly aren’t anticipating them much) or I added them on the recommendation of someone else without reading the synopsis for myself.

Either way they don’t see that interesting now so I’m cutting them.

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Series? Stand alone?

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Threader – I didn’t realise this one was a stand alone. I am worried that won’t be enough time to actually tell a full story… I was on the fence about it anyway so bye.

Retribution – I don’t want to finish this series. The first one wasn’t horrible but I just don’t care much.

Let the Storm Break – I love Shannon Messenger, but this series didn’t interest me much to begin with. I read the first book on a whim and I didn’t mind it, but it was a while ago so I am going to cut the rest of it from my tbr.

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There are some bad reviews about these

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Assassin’s Apprentice – I think I remember reading a review about it being kind of sexist? And I’m not about that. Plus it does sound like a completely typical high fantasy so I can do better.

American Street – I read a review about this one including a lot of girl on girl hate, and because I don’t read contemporary much and wasn’t super keen on this one to begin with I’m going to cut it.

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I’m no longer interested

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The Way of Shadows – A pretty typical fantasy with a cover it feels like I’ve seen a thousand different times? Ehhh I will keep looking thanks.

Underdog – After not particularly enjoying The Book Thief I am happy to cut this from my list, but the extensive negative reviews only reinforce that opinion

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And we’re done!!

those are all the books I am cutting from my tbr

now to wrap up my progress

I had over 800 books on my to read list and my considering list. I now have 299 on my to read list and 326 on my considering list adding up to 625 books. That’s considerable progress, and although it may not be the shortest to read list it’s manageable.

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**two weeks have gone by since I took those numbers down and I have already added 20 more books to the list**

I can now say…

  • I’ve read 35% of the books I’ve added on goodreads (I’d like to cut that down to eventually reach 50%)
  • 25% of the books I’ve added on goodreads are ones that at this point I definitely want to read
  • 7.5% of the books on my goodreads are nonfiction


**it’s a month later and I have added another 50 books to my considering list**

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I guess the message is that if (like me) you don’t want to risk missing out on a good book then you’ve got to put up with a massive TBR. I think it’s a better policy to put down books that aren’t interesting you than it is to limit your TBR.


What books have you recently cut from your tbr?


2 thoughts on “TBR Break Ups (4)

  1. Oh no! Not American Street! I loved that book. I’ll admit it had girl on girl hate but I think that it’s because it realistically represented the place that it was located. I’m not saying it’s excusable but it definitely happens in neighborhoods like this and mine.

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    1. That’s a good point that I didn’t really consider. Books can’t be expected not to represent the world we live in. If I see the book in my local library I might still pick it up!


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