When I see a book that looks interesting, I add it to my TBR list on goodreads. Then, I never think about it again!! Sometimes, I will see a book on sale at Amazon and snag it. Then, it sits on my kindle and never gets read. Am I the only one that does this?
So, I decided to start looking through my goodreads account. My inital goal was to create a shelf of TBR books that I also happened to own. I quickly realized that this would be a herculean task and decided to first pare down my TBR. Seriously people, it was ridiculous. Here is what I did:
- I went to my Want to Read shelf and started with the oldest ones. These date back to 2014 (meaning, I added them to my list in 2014).
- I started by just deleting the books that I knew I wouldn’t be interested in any more.
- Then, I had to look deeper at some of the books to figure out why I put it on my TBR to begin with. If it didn’t sounds super interesting, I deleted it.
You have to be savage when doing this. Seriously, there were many times I thought “Oh this one sounds cute” and I would move to keep it, but really, would I prioritize it over the books I had already? If the answer was no, it got deleted. Be savage!
Ok, now comes the more difficult part. I own so many kindle books. I thought there would be overlap on my TBR with my kindle list. WRONG!
My first thought was “Why did I buy this?!?” and then I realized they were free books I just grabbed because it sounded kinda interesting and it was free. I regret this now. Goodness how I regret this.
I started by searching my kindle for books that made it through the goodreads purge. Time consuming doesn’t begin to describe it. But, I had come this far.
I stopped after this. It had taken me several hours to get this far. Now, I have a goodreads TBR that has books I currently would still like to read, and cross referenced with books I own on kindle.
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What’s next? My next task will be to tackle all those books on my kindle that aren’t on my TBR. I have to decide if I really want to read them and want to add them to my goodreads TBR. But that is a task for another (multiple) day!