Goodreads TBR Declutter

TBR declutter

I used to do a regular TBR declutter on this blog, but it slowly fell by the wayside. My Goodreads shelves, in general, need a huge overhaul and I thought I’d start by doing a mass TBR declutter, rather than just 10 books at a time. I’m going to look at 50 books per post now and write far less about why I’m either keeping or removing a book – unless I have something really special to say!

I thought the best way to tackle this was by going back to the start. I know I’ve already been over these books before, but I probably wasn’t as harsh as I should have been back then. Now I’m in a situation where I have over 250 unread books on my shelves, I really, really need to get my shelves sorted!

I’m going to be harsh this time, I must! I will only keep books I’m certain I want to read, or if I already own them. If I already own them, I’m going to add them to a new shelf called ‘own’ and if I don’t own them, I’ll add them to a shelf called ‘do-not-own’. That way I can better track my books at home and on the Kindle!

The books:


Keeping: 30



Already own: 15

Do not own: 15

A Dark Adapted Eye is the first book on my Goodreads TBR and I still haven’t read it, or even own it! I’m keeping it because I often think about the book, I just haven’t found a cover edition of it I like yet!

Penpal and American Elsewhere are books I’m always thinking fondly of and I should really get around to purchasing. I’m not sure why I haven’t already to be honest but they’re definitely keepers!

I’m a bit annoyed that I have to keep The Heart Goes Last, but I already own it so it’s got to stay. Same goes for Burnt Paper Sky.

I’ve actually read the majority of Station Eleven, but I never finished it because it got tidied away by my parents and I lost it, so moved onto something new. I’d like to revisit it and finish it, which is why it gets to stay!

Removing: 20



Now yes, I do seem to be removing a lot of Stephen King, but that’s because I’m not hugely concerned with reading the Bill Hodge’s series at this point and Doctor Sleep is The Shining’s sequel… so considering I haven’t read The Shining yet, what’s the point in having the 2nd on my TBR?

Already Gone and The Grove are books by an author called John Rector. I read one of his novels before and really enjoyed it so I added the rest of his work to my TBR, however they’re averagely rated so I may as well get rid!

Filth I loved as a film and probably do want to read, but I’d rather give Trainspotting a go first and make sure I like Welsh’s writing style.

Books The String Diaries, The Zombie Room, The Ghost Hunters were all ones that drew a blank when I tried to think what they were about before I clicked on their pages. I thought that was a good enough reason for them to go.

So that’s the first instalment of this new kind of decluttering on my blog! I hope you liked how I set it up, any constructive comments on ways I could make it better will always be appreciated.

Have you read any of the books I’ve kept or removed? Have I made the right decisions?

21 Replies to “Goodreads TBR Declutter”

  1. One of the wonderful things about the TBR is that we can always add books back onto it when we change our minds. 🙂 I think this is a great way to address the clutter issue and I hope you have success with it! Though I also have wanted to remove TBR books that I already owned, and personally I don’t let that stop me. I can always donate the book to my local library or used book store.

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  2. Why did you not keep Doctor Sleep??!! I loved The Shining and have always wanted to pick up Doctor Sleep ever since but never did lol. Before I Go to Sleep is also really good in my opinion. One of the classic mysteries. However I tried to read Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and didn’t like it, so glad you kicked that one out 🙂

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  3. I can’t believe you’re still keeping hold of that bloody House of Leaves malarkey 😆😆😆 Surely you remember my distain over the darn thing?! 🤪😂 Great post Zuky, I’ve been neatening up my physical TBR and have recently invested in a TBR trolley and it’s the most satisfying item in my entire house. 🤓

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