There comes a time in every reader’s life when you just have to face the fact that you aren’t going to read all the books.
Take a moment and breathe if you need to.
I don’t keep a massive TBR list like other people I know of. I’m primarily a mood reader so I read what catches my eye. I decided to purge my Goodreads TBR list mostly because I didn’t know why most of the books were on there. I didn’t know what most of them were about.
I only had about 150 books on the list when I started. I’ve done big purges before so there was nothing on there that I had listed before 2020. I started by opening every listing and looking at it. I asked if I was honestly going to ever read that book. A lot of them sounded really good. I’d have liked to read a lot of them. And then I deleted them.
The only things I kept where books I had flagged because they were:
- Foodie books
- South of the Equator books
- Books I’m keeping for my SciFi Month TBR
- The start of a few Urban Fantasy series that I thought I’d like
- Nonfiction books that I thought I’d like on audiobook
- A group of South Asian romances that I must have found all together at one point somewhere
- Books from series that I’ve been reading but the next installment isn’t due out for a while
I still had 50 books left. Then I went through and tagged them so I would know without having to open up each listing again what category they fell in. Next time I need an audiobook I can scan the list and see which nonfiction books I wanted to find on audio, for example. I’ve been having a hard time finding audiobooks I’m interested in just browsing at the library recently. I already downloaded my first one. I’m feeling very organized and productive.