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 four attempts at culling my Goodreads TBR I removed 18 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 5th ten oldest titles on my Goodreads TBR
“The bed I made” by Lucie Whitehouse (Goodreads rating 3.49)
An unstable ‘one-night stand” in London causes the protagonist to flee to a coastguard’s cottage on the Isle of Wight… KEEP
“Matters of doubt” by Warren C. Easley (Goodreads rating 3.79) A widowed lawyer is determined to reinvent himself in the aftermath of his wife’s suicide. Once a hard charging L.A. prosecutor, he now lives in solitude in an old farmhouse overlooking the Oregon wine country… KEEP
“A commonplace killing” by Siân Busby (Goodreads rating 3.34)
Set in post-WWII London, this thriller unravels the double life of a seemingly proper middle-class woman found strangled to death.. REMOVE
“Kept in the dark” by Penny Hancock (Goodreads rating 3.40)
A debut thriller that tells the story of a 43 year-old woman who abducts a 15 year old boy. REMOVE
“Black is the colour” by Helen Howe (Goodreads rating 4.05)
A taut, psychological look at the things we do for love and the lengths we go to keep it safe. KEEP
“The promise” by Ann Weisgarber (Goodreads rating 3.92)
A heart-breaking story of love, loss and buried secrets, . KEEP
“Lucky us” by Amy Bloom (Goodreads rating (3.22)
Set in the 1940s, two girls cross American seeking fame and fortune. REMOVE
“The fingers of one foot” by Gerald Hammond (Goodreads rating 3.31)
I’m pretty sure I picked this one for the cover and the setting of the Scottish Borders. . REMOVE
“The preacher” by Sander Jakobsen (Goodreads rating 3.35)
A debut Danish thriller. Since I haven’t heard anything recently about this author… REMOVE
“Ruin Falls” by Jenny Milchman (Goodreads rating 3.31)
A suspense story about a mother determined to find her missing children. REMOVE
SIX more titles removed from my TBR! Result!
As I write this post, I have 1,868 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.
I thought I’d share this little graphic that I found on Pinterest…