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Tell Me Something Tuesday: TBR Pile

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This weeks question: 

How have you learned to keep your TBR pile in check, or how would you like to control your pile?


Before blogging I didn’t have a big list of books to read. I keep track of my list on a word document, but once I started blogging and following bloggers, I made a Goodreads Profile. Now back then (2012) I was adding everything that sounded interesting and if it was a series I’d add the entire series to my To-Read-Pile. I have to say my TBR pile got out of control. Last year (2018) I started a new feature called Culling The Heard of Books on my blog.

  • My goal with this feature is to eliminate all the books in a series on my TBR. I just wanted to have the first book or which ever number of book in the series I am currently on, on my To-Read-List.
  • Another goal is to eliminate books that are no longer in publication. I’ve found a few.
  • Another is to remove those that no longer interest me.
  • And Last, my goal is to eliminate the duplicated books. What that means is I have 2 or more of the same book on my TBR pile. They are two different types of editions or formats, but they are their and I’ve found a few like that. 


I’ve done a great job Culling My TBR. It started at around 1275 back in 2018 and now I’m down to 856 in 2019, that’s about 419 books removed. Not too bad for my Goodreads-To-Read-Shelf. Though I have added a few more books to the To-Read-Pile and I’m still working on culling out the heard of books, but I think it’s getting more manageable and cleaner. 

In the now; I’m being more selective on what I add to my TBR and I’ve also cut back on requesting review books and accepting any review copies. 


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12 thoughts on “Tell Me Something Tuesday: TBR Pile

  1. I don’t use Goodreads as my true TBR list. I will put books one there (when I remember) if I read a review and really want to read it one day. I try to remember who’s review got me to add it to the list. It helps me when I want to try something completely new. As for what I keep what I consider my “actual” TBR. I have a spreadsheet on Google Docs. I keep a list of the books I’ve requested from publishers. Books that I’ve purchased. It helps me to keep my reviews organized. I also keep my just for fun reads on there, but they are usually added as I read them. I do go through Goodreads and do some purging on occasion, but I’m not as organized as you are about it.

    1. That’s great!! I on the other had, have a stack of books at home I haven’t even read yet or my online TBR pile is just out of control. I’m working on getting things more manageable. Thanks’ for sharing your thoughts and how your TBR works for you.

  2. Oh yes, the adding the whole series to the pile before you have even read one, that has backfired for me countless times. I can’t tell you how many series I have abandoned. I am glad you are working on culling the herd. You will get there!

    1. Oh ya! The whole series. I try to give a series a 3 book try, but that doesn’t always work. I’m working on re-moving the whole series and just have the book or novella I’m at on the list to read then add the next if I still want to continue. Culling has worked out, but I still have a ways to go. Thanks’ for stopping in and sharing your thoughts.

  3. Before Goodreads, it was easy to keep track of books to be honest, even in romance. The genre has really exploded in the past ten years or so. Normally my TBR keeps getting bigger and bigger with each other although I read quite a bit each year which keeps it at a certain level.

    1. Goodreads has been a blessing and a curse in some ways. It’s made it easier to keep track of books, but also it’s added my click-finger in that I add a lot more books to the TBR pile. Last year I started to take a good look at it and deiced to weed it down and be more selective. I do agree that in the last 10 years romance has exploded and their is a lot out their to read. Thank’s for sharing your thoughts and visiting.

  4. I need to cull my GR tbr list so bad. There are books are there I know I will never get to, but I’m scared to remove them because I put them there for a reason right? Then some of them also came in when I synced my Amazon library with GR, and it now has all the books I own but have never read in the list. My GR lists are a mess. I really need to spend some time going through them!

    1. How did you since your Amazon library to GR? Man I’ve been wanting a way to keep track of all the books I own on my kindle account. I haven’t done that. If I do though my TBR will go up, but I do have a shelf that is “kindle own”, so I could add them their. In the last 2 years I’ve gotten better at keeping shelves and cleaning them up on GR. It’s still a work in progress. As for the books on your list. I know I put some on mine for a reason and those reasons where “it’s a cool cover or the blurb intrigued me”, but I’ve found I’ve out grown or I’m no longer interested in the book. It’s good to go through now and then and send some away. I don’t miss them in the least. ^_^ Good luck!

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