Lost in a Story began this idea for blog posts as a way to edit a growing to-be-read list. You take your Goodreads TBR list, sort by ascending date added, and look at the oldest 5-10 items on your list. If you haven’t read them by now, are you likely to? Why or why not?
I began using Goodreads in September of 2012. In my first two attempts at culling my Goodreads TBR I removed seven books. Lets hope this time I can increase that number.
I’ve reread the Goodreads blurbs for each of the following and based my decision on the Goodreads rating and whether the blurb still piqued my interest.
My third ten oldest titles on my Goodreads TBR
“The absence of mercy” by John Burley (Goodreads rating 3.58)
A doctor and father in small town Ohio weighs the need to catch a killer against his fears for his family’s safety in this debut psychological suspense novel. KEEP
“Fatal whispers” by Sandra Nikolai (Goodreads rating 4.22)
Despite this titles high GR rating, I’ve decided I can give it a miss. REMOVE
“Evidence of life” by Barbara Taylor Sissel (Goodreads rating 3.49)
Abby thinks she has it all—a perfect marriage, a perfect life—until a devastating storm rips through the region, and her family vanishes without a trace. REMOVE
“All the birds, singing” by Evie Wyld (Goodreads rating 3.62)
Despite the fact that I hate the cover, this novel about an outsider who lives on a craggy British island still hold strong appeal for me. KEEP
“The last refuge” by Craig Robertson (Goodreads rating 3.81)
Great cover. Novel about a man who tries to start a new life on the Faroe Islands – all the time wondering if he is a killer… KEEP
“The beast must die” by Nicholas Blake (Goodreads rating 3.84)
4th in a series. Story about a revenge killing. (I haven’t read the first three in this series – it must have been recommended to me – I can’t remember) REMOVE
“The piano room” by Harry Hindes (Goodreads rating (4.41)
YOU read the blurb! KEEP
“Duplicate keys” by Jane Smiley (Goodreads rating 3.24)
Literary thriller set in Manhattan. REMOVE
“The dark” by Claire Mulligan (Goodreads rating 3.10)
Historical mystery/ghost story set in 1893 New York. REMOVE
“The world before us” by Aislinn Hunter (Goodreads rating 3.11)
Three parallel stories are intertwined when thirty-four-year-old Jane Standen decides to research the disappearance of a woman, only known as N, in the 1870s. REMOVE
More success this time! When revisiting my third ten oldest titles on my Goodreads TBR I got rid of six of them. Hey, I’m getting better at this! As I write this post, I have 1,860 titles on my Goodreads TBR! (for those of you who are keeping track, I added a few since my last ‘culling’ post – hey… what’s a girl to do? Those pesky bookbloggers are always writing reviews about books that look SO good – It is all their fault!
If you strongly agree or disagree with my decisions please let me know in the comments. I’m easily persuaded…. LOL I need all the help I can get.