By Heather A.
I love Goodreads because I can easily keep track of the books I’ve read and want to read, see what others are reading, and keep engaged in the book community. In addition to all the cool things I like about Goodreads, I also want to read a lot of books, but my TBR was getting a bit out of hand. I was inspired by this BookRiot article about Spring Cleaning your TBR, I’d thought I’d give it a shot.
What a task! My list was around 670 or so. I came to two realizations: 1) There’s no way I’ll actually be able to read all of them, and 2) The number of new books that come on my radar are more likely to be read than something I added when I first joined.
My rules were less strict than the BookRiot article, I only trimmed about 70 books off the list in total, but it felt really good to do it. I only had a few basic rules or questions to ask myself.
- Did I remember what the book was about or why I added it?
- If I had marked the first or next book in the series, I deleted the rest until I read the next book.
- Am I ever going to theoretically read it?
- Is it a duplicate? Click on the “My Books” at the top, then select “Find Duplicates” on the left, under “Tools.” This trims your list significantly if you’ve never done it before. In this case, I only removed two books.
The rules were basic, but they helped me tremendously. If I do this every year, I’ll refine my list to something way more manageable. Happy Reading!