Do You Ever Weed Out Your TBR On GoodReads?

May 14, 2016 Discussions 12

I admit, I mostly go on GoodReads to mark that I’ve read a book. Or to add it to my Want To Read list. That and I go by and Like friends reviews when they go up. But I don’t really have the time to join groups or get into discussions or anything there.

I was realizing the other day, that my To Read list on GoodReads is on the huge side. (706 books!) A lot of books are ones I clicked on because they looked interesting and I wanted to remember to look for them when they were out in print. Some are ones I wanted to keep track of, and borrow from the library. Some are ones I didn’t get approved for on NetGalley, and a few are ones that were recommended by friends.

But I never actually went back and tried to get a copy of most of them. So they sat and were pretty much forgotten, unless they were a book in a series I’m following. A lot of them have been sitting there for YEARS, and I have no memory of adding them. A number of them are 2.-something for their average rating. Leading me to wonder if I should even bother reading them even if the synopsis still sounds interesting.

And then there’s the thought: How long will it take me to weed out all the ones I have no interest in anymore?! So maybe I should just ignore how many there are (and the fact that the pile will be ever-growing!) and pretend I didn’t see that there are over 700 books on that TBR list.

I’ve read 368 so far, according to GoodReads. So that’s more than half of my TBR list there. (Even if that doesn’t count, since there are 706 books in that TBR that I HAVEN’T read!) Catching up is not going to happen. *laughs* But I can dream!


What do you do? Do you pay any attention to how many books are in your To Read shelf? Do you weed them out every few months? Do you go through once a year and delete everything so you can start over? Or are you just happily hoarding wish-to-read books?

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12 Responses to “Do You Ever Weed Out Your TBR On GoodReads?”

  1. Penni @ Penni's Perceptions

    I don’t actually us the TBR list on Goodreads. I think when I first joined I added a handful of books, but since then I haven’t. However, I do have a notebook will all the books I want to read and have in possession to read.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Part of my problem with my TBR list on GoodReads, is that when I first joined, it wanted me to upload all the books I’d bought on Amazon. So I started doing that, and then there was a glitch where it only added half of them. And at that point I saw all those books hat ended up in the To Read shelf and not somewhere that would make sense like an Owned shelf.

      Never got around to going through and moving books that I’d read already. And then of course when blog friends review books, or post the Waiting On posts, and I see a book that I don’t want to forget about, I add it to my To Read on GoodReads. Hence why I now have over 700 books there.

      Maybe when summer is over and I have time again, I’ll go through and get rid of any books that are 2-star average, then go through and see what books no longer appeal. And with the rest see if the library has them. But somehow I think I’ll just end up deleting the 2-stars and wandering off. *lol*

  2. Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought

    We’re practically the same! My TBR mostly consist of upcoming books I’m excited for, but when said book is out, usually I didn’t even buy it. I actually never try to buy and read all the book in my tbr, unless said book is a hyped book (like Illuminae and Six of Crows–in which everyone practically rate it 5 stars). I kinda want to remove books I’m no longer interested to read, but maybe someday 🙂
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I’m too lazy, and also the thought of spending all that time weeding out books when I could be READING books or doing something else more fun? Yeah… Most likely I’ll eventually get around to deleting books that are 2-star average and not touching it otherwise. (Or possibly at all! *lol* )

  3. Sya @ Bookish Sya

    My TBR is out of this world, like I literally have thousands of books that I want to read but have not yet owned. It’s insane. I’ve been wanting to weed out the ones that I’m no longer interested in but that will take a lot of time so I’m just waiting for that time to come :p
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Thousands?! And I thought my pitiful 700+ was bad! *laughs* I keep telling myself to go back and see if any of the highly rated ones are at my library. But there’s always so many other things I’d rather be doing than clearing out my TBR pile…

  4. Amy @ Pages of Starlight

    LOL, I didn’t see this post until today, but this is exactly what I’ve spent the last week doing. (That and going through my Goodreads recommendations.) For me, about every six months I go through my TBR list and check the books to see if they still sound interesting.

    Honestly, I am not one of those people that could ever have a HUGE TBR list because once it gets over 100, I start getting impatient. To me, if it reaches over a hundred, I start thinking I’ll have little chance to ever read all those books, and that’s what I use my TBR list for: the books I WANT to read. (If I’m just interested in the book and need to learn more about it, I bookmark it to my computer. And then have to go through them when I get 50-100.)

    Sometimes I can’t even remember why I was interested in the book originally so this is good for me. Especially considering I use my TBR list to help me decide what books to buy next.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I probably would have weeded them out long before now. But I never pay attention to the numbers on the shelves on GoodReads. I just happened to notice the other day and was all ‘how did that happen?!’ *laughs*

      I did notice quite a few from 2 years ago, that I have no memory of why they were added. So I’m sure if I ever get the time and weed through, I’ll be deleting quite a few books. I just… have so many other things I’d rather be doing than spend a day going through my TBR! Maybe after summer when I have more time again. Though by then I’m sure the list will have grown like crazy.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I just added like, 5-10 more to my wishlist TBR on GoodReads. *hides* So I really need to weed one of these days. But there’s always something I’d rather be doing, or need to do! *laughs* I’m such a hopeless procrastinator. Maybe this coming week when I have days off because I have to get my wisdom teeth out. I’m sure I won’t be able to concentrate on much for long the first day or two so that would be a good thing I can sit and do in short bursts…

  5. Wendy

    I add to my Goodreads TBR constantly! It was probably in the low hundreds before I started blogging, but now that I am constantly exposed to all these titles, that’s where they all go. It’s around 1100 right now, I think.

    I DO use it though. Whenever I am at the library, I pull up Goodreads on my phone, and sit at the library catalogue computer, and look to see what’s available. Sometimes I even do it from home, and put requests in for a bunch of books on my TBR. Sadly, I add books faster than I could ever read them. Wait, I’m not actually sad about that. I love knowing there are thousands of books out there!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I’ve been adding books from my GoodReads TBR to the library as well. A lot of the books I request them to buy, they actually do! But that still leaves So. Many. Books! *lol* In one sense, I love it as well, because more books yay! But in another? I’m never going to read them all! And I want to read all the things!

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