Hello my lovely people! Once in a blue moon I go through my To Be Read list on Goodreads either to see if any book has gone live that I wanted to read but missed it in a sea of releases or when I make a Top Ten Tuesday post and I need to brush up my mental lists. But the thing is that every time I go there’s a chance a book will get deleted. I’m sure this happens to a lot of you and for many reason. Or is it just me? It’s just me right? Am I the only person to shorten the TBR by deleting and not reading? I just deleted 39 books from my TBR and even though it didn’t seem like much when I was doing it, going page by page, the book count later really freaked me out but also freed me, knowing that the books I have on my TBR are those I absolutely want to read.

recently added books on my TBR

The Midnight Dance Bonfire League of American Traitors The Wicker King Words on Bathroom Walls The Arsonist They Both Die at the End

I have lots of reasons for deleting books, mostly if I’m not interesting in reading them any more. But also:


I always read negative reviews, so when a book has an average below 3.8 that says a lot, it means more people rated it with less than 3 stars. There are always exceptions but so far I haven’t read a book that other people – bloggers I identify with and like their recommendation – didn’t like and happened to like it myself. So if a book I’ve been meaning to read get a lot of negative reviews? Delete.


What do I mean by that? Over the past few years that I’ve been on Goodreads, I’ve added so many books that those I’ve added first when I re-read the blurb now it no longer appeals to me. I might have read a similar book by then or since I’m the kind of person who has to be in a mood to read certain books, the blurb no longer attracts me.


I’m a series reader, I love reading book series. The bigger, the better (?). But of course, when I read the first book and I don’t like it, I won’t be reading any more of that series.


Have you ever seen a book on your TBR and thought when did I ever want to read this? because I have, for some reason I’ve added a few books I would never be interested in reading. #bookwormproblems


You know the book. That one you’ve added on your TBR because either everyone was reading it or it is super popular and you want to see what the fuss is all about but then… you just don’t. Years go by and it keeps moving further down the list and one day you just decide it’s time to face the fact that you’ve just not that into it anymore…

Are you on GR? Come say hi! Do you delete books from your TBR or am I really a traitor minority here? And do you even use Goodreads?

14 thoughts on “DELETING BOOKS FROM TBR *gasp*”

  1. I just realized I wasn’t following you on Goodreads! Friend request sent! lol. I really need to go through my TBR list and take some off too. I’ve noticed some of the same things you have when I do go through them all though. There’s a lot of books that I will probably never read and only added because of the hype and somehow there are also books that don’t sound good at all that have found there way on my list. lol! I also take some of the lower rated ones off my list too. Life is too short for bad books, right?! Hope you have a great weekend!
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  2. I delete books occasionally since I try and keep my tbr list below 200. Usually either series that I know I won’t pick up or won’t enjoy, or books I’ve put there once upon a time thinking it’s a book one just has to read but then realise, no actually it’s not (Ulysses comes to mind hahaha!)
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  3. Every once in awhile I delete something from my TBR. I have a hard time doing it because I always wonder, “what if…” But yeah, if something has bad reviews on Goodreads or if the blurb doesn’t appeal to me as much as it did when I added it, I’ll sometimes delete a book.
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  4. For me the panic zone is when my TBR pile starts to look larger than my ACTUALLY read pile xD But I agree that if bloggers I respect say a book is terrible…bye bye! I think you’re actually pretty brave for facing the truth that you’re just not going to read a certain book and should delete it from the TBR, I haven’t got myself to that stage yet! ? No deletes! NEVERRRR!!

  5. This is quite timely since I just did a massive clean-out of my GoodReads TBR shelf over the weekend. For me it’s usually a case of the book has been on my TBR shelf for so long that I’ve lost interest in it. That was the reason for deletion about 90% of the time. But the two other reasons were both two that you mentioned – negative reviews/a really low average rating, and having read the first book in the series and deciding I didn’t want to continue. I actually deleted just shy of 200 books this time (eeek!) and it was totally freeing.
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  6. I try to add books to my TBR list on Goodreads that I want to remember I want to read. Often I won’t add the book if I know 100% I want to pick it up sometime, like a classic or a next book in series. But I think I still have 300 books on there. :p I actually don’t look at the list too much, except if I have a gift card and am trying to decide what books I want to buy or something. I do delete things from the list sometime, if I’m no longer particularly interested in them for whatever reason.
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    1. I remember when I had 300, that’s a lot of books to have on your TBR. I try to keep mine under 200, preferably around 150. You can make a wishlist on Amazon for books you’d buy with a gift card, that way you won’t have to go through 300 books to find the one. Thanks for stopping by!

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