TBR Declutter! – Down the TBR Hole


This idea, from Lia @ Lost in a Story, is a great way for me to start handling my ever growing and ridiculously large tbr list on Goodreads.

The aim is to declutter you tbr shelf. To do this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, truth is, I had to skip like the first 20 on my tbr shelf because they were all books I really wanted to read like Rebecca, Tell No One, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest etc, so I started a little further down, but for that, I’m now going to go through ten books, instead of five.

The books:

Exoskeleton by Shane Stadler

Looking at the cover of this, it’s nowhere near as cool as I remembered it being, however, it does sound like a good novel.

Verdict: KEEP






Penpal by Dathan Auerbach

I’ve been wanting to read this for years and years now. I have no idea why I haven’t picked it up yet.

Verdict: KEEP







Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

The cover for this is pretty cool but it sounds a little bit rough and heavy for me.

Verdict: REMOVE







The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones

This still really appeals to me as a novel. It sounds totally unique to other books out there and I love that it has some historical fiction in it too.

Verdict: KEEP







The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish

I’m really torn on this one! While it sounds like it could be a really great read for me, it also isn’t pulling me in as much I as I would expect it to. Why I have my doubts about it I don’t know… ugh decision made.

Verdict: REMOVE







The Farm
by Tom Rob Smith

One of my friends read this and said it was a good read, I trust her opinion.

Verdict: KEEP







by Nicholson Baker

Erotic fiction? What was I thinking?

Verdict: REMOVE








The Ice Twins
by S K Tremayne

I recently read Tremayne’s The Fire Child which was pretty good, plus I’ve heard even better things about this one!

Verdict: KEEP







by Christina Henry

Sounds intriguing, but after seeing a couple of reviews saying it isn’t a horror novel, I kind of lost my interest in it. Also classed as “new adult” and I tend not to like those sorts of reads.

Verdict: REMOVE






A Death in Sweden
by Kevin Wignall

Eh, I don’t think this book would be right for me. Sounds a bit James Bond for my liking.

Verdict: REMOVE






There was have it! Five kept and five removed, I think that’s pretty good! Have you guys read any of these and think it was a bad decision to keep or remove it? Let me know!


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