Books I'm Taking Off My TBR List
Friends, with the rise of bookstagram and book blogs and podcasts, my TBR list is toppling.
Before writing this post, I had 386 books on my “to read” list on Goodreads. (!!) I also know that I’m not totally consistent with marking books that I want to read as “to read” on Goodreads, too, so there are many more than that that I’d eventually like to get to that are not on that list.
I decided to take some books off of my TBR because I wanted to whittle my list down to books that I actually want to read, not ones that I feel like I “should” read for one reason or another. I hope that by doing this I will make more of an effort to get to the books that I’m the most interested in. I also want to get better at DNF’ing books- I do it once in awhile now, but I think if I set a hard cut off for myself after 100 or so pages I’ll be apt to read even more widely.
Since playing around with that Goodreads list, I got it down to 230 books. My current to be read list is here.
I didn’t think it would be interesting to for me to list every single title, but here are the more noteworthy books I took off of my TBR list.
Superficial | Andy Cohen | I love Andy Cohen and all of his shows, but I couldn’t get through this. He joked that the alternate title should be diary of a name dropper- and that would have been more fitting.
The Tipping Point | Malcolm Gladwell | I think there are good elements to this one, but I feel like I got a lot of it from podcasts.
The Pillars of the Earth | Ken Follet | Ah, an old Oprah book club favorite. I think I missed the boat on this one.
All The Light We Cannot See | Anthony Doerr | I know this is widely loved, but right now I can’t get through WWII fiction (aside from The Book Thief). Maybe I’ll try again someday.
The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt | This is a chunky book that people either love or hate. I thought The Secret History was fine, but not one of my favorites. I’m not rushing to read more by the author.
Ender’s Game | Orson Scott Card | I gotta say I don’t know anything about this one other than it’s pretty popular and there’s a movie.
The Crucible | Arthur Miller | I bought this from a used book store when I used to buy only the books that I thought I “should” read.
Crime and Punishment | Frodor Dostoyevsky | I just don’t think I’ll make it.
Bachelor Nation | Amy Kaufman | I started it but I feel like I’ve seen so much of the Bachelor that there’s nothing really new here.
The Fifth Petal | Brunonia Berry | This might have been the first physical ARC I received. I kept meaning to read it but I think it’s finally time I let it go.
White Oleander | Janet Finch | Another Oprah’s Book Club Pick that was popular in the early 2000’s.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk | Kathleen Rooney | This was the first Book of the Month book I got, but I’m not sure what made me choose it.
Two Girls Down | Luisa Luna | Another BOTM selection that sounded good at the time, but I think I’m burnt out on missing girls books.
How Hard Can It Be? | Allison Pearson | This was sent to me, and it’s a sequel to a book I haven’t read. Nothing about it was calling to me (besides the cover!)
A Piece of the World | Christina Baker Kline | I liked her book The Orphan Train, but the premise of this isn’t grabbing me.
Love Warrior | Glennon Doyle Melton | I know she has a large following. I think she’s a good writer and her story will help a ton of people, but I don’t know if I’d enjoy reading this at this stage in my life.
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine | Alexandra Kleeman | This has a wonderfully weird premise, but I can tell that it’s going to be the kind of book that confuses me more than anything else.
The Memory Box | Eva Natiello | An oldish psychological thriller with mixed reviews. I have enough of those.
I’m not encouraging you to take these books off of your list- but I am encouraging you that if a book doesn’t make you excited to read it,
Questions- I’m curious: how do you keep track of your TBR List? I’m scattered and want to get better. Currently I add a book to either Goodreads or Amazon, but I find that I’m forgetting what made me put the book on my list in the first place. I’d to come up with a better system.
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