Culling my lengthy TBR list – 5th attempt

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…

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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10 Responses to Culling my lengthy TBR list – 5th attempt

  1. Love that cartoon. I fear we are all doomed to one day disappear under our TBR piles. However, as ways to go, I suppose there are worse…

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  2. bookishluna says:

    I love that cartoon! You made good progress this round. 🙂

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  3. Fab plan – and I need to do the same. I read the graphic as an ‘Awful Warning’… 🙂

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  4. gkdewolfe says:

    Lynne, I think it is fair to say neither you nor I are going to finish our life having read all the books we wanted to! We will constantly be receiving book reviews that catch our interest and we will be downloading and/or purchasing more books.
    I don’t know how many books you can stock on your ereader but unless you are running out of space I would like you to be kinder to yourself and not be so concerned about book numbers. If space does become an issue, purchase another ereader as back up for new titles. As a reader the old fashioned way, I know little of your situation but I think you should focus on writing your truly wonderful book
    reviews which you excel at and let the concern of book numbers go.
    If I am totally off base, please let me know.😘. Also, we are retired – stop thinking so seriously and enjoy the wonderful books you have and write your excellent reviews.
    I find your writing excellent and know there is a book in you💕

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    • Dear Gaye, I can always count on you to be in my corner looking out for my best interests. It means a lot to me. The pressure I feel about my reading is self-imposed. I’ve always strived to ‘keep up’ and fulfill my commitments. As the saying goes “So many books, so little time”.

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  5. skyecaitlin says:

    I started doing this last week, Lynne, and frankly, I have no idea why I saved some of the books I did ( emotional melt down)! Thank you!!!!

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  6. I must get that image from Pinterest it is so funny! Love it. I love this idea and desperately need to do this. Not only do I have a TBR on Goodreads but I have two additional lists on my Overdrive and Hoopla accounts. I am afraid to add them all together to see how many I have in total. But I think I will start with GoodReads too and give it a try. Thank you for sharing the idea!

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  7. You removed a good amount this time – well done you!

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