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 three attempts at culling my Goodreads TBR I removed 13 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 whether the blurb still piqued my interest.
My 4th ten oldest titles on my Goodreads TBR
“As far as you can go” by Lesley Glaister (Goodreads rating 3.69)
A couple take a job as housekeeper/caretaker on a remote Australian farm. REMOVE
“Death comes to the village” by Catherine Lloyd (Goodreads rating 3.8) A wounded soldier and a rector’s daughter discover strange goings-on in a sleepy English village. REMOVE
“Solsbury Hill” by Susan M. Wyler (Goodreads rating 3.2)
Blurb sounds intriguing, but I fear this might be a weak re-telling of one of my favorites: “Wuthering Heights”. REMOVE
“To the power of three” by Laura Lippman (Goodreads rating 3.56)
A disturbing tale of three inseparable high school girlfriends in an affluent Baltimore suburb who share dark secrets literally until death. KEEP
“This perfect world” by Suzanne Bugler (Goodreads rating 3.46)
After reading the blurb I decided I wouldn’t like the protagonist, so thought I could give this debut novel a miss. REMOVE
“The memory garden” by Mary Rickert (Goodreads rating 3.5)
An award-winning debut novel about family secrets. KEEP
“The house we grew up in” by Lisa Jewell (Goodreads rating (3.88)
On the basis that I’ve liked the two books by this author that I’ve read… KEEP
“Crooked letter, crooked letter” by Tom Franklin (Goodreads rating 3.82)
This award-winning novel still sounds fantastic to me. KEEP
“Cloud” by Eric McCormack (Goodreads rating 3.57)
First loves, Scottish villages, gothic overtones. KEEP
“Every wickedness” by Cathy Vasas-Brown (Goodreads rating 4.08)
I’ve decided I don’t need a serial killer named “The Spiderman” in my life. REMOVE
Five more titles removed from my TBR! Result!
Hey, I’m getting better at this! As I write this post, I have 1,870 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!
I’ll have to keep doing these posts as it seems I’m just treading water. My total number doesn’t seem to be changing very much as I keep hearing about books that sound SO GOOD… so I have to add them…. don’t I ??
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.