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!
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!
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?