A Little TBR Purge to Start the Day

I have been perusing the blog-o-sphere lately for a fun new book meme, and I came across the perfect one: “Down the TBR Hole” created by Lia @ Lost in A Story!

Basically this is a post dedicated to cleaning out your Goodreads TBR (because don’t lie, you’ve gone on a “want to read” button pushing spree as well) by sorting through books you know you will never read and figuring out which ones you will actually read!

So, it works like this:

  • Head on over to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Sort the books by ascending date added
  • Take a closer look at the first 5 -10 books (How adventurous are ya feeling today?)
  • Read the synopses of the books (Oh I will be taking a good look at the covers too!)
  • Decide: should I keep it or should it go?Screenshot 2017-08-30 at 7.40.29 PM

I won’t be participating in this meme every week because I am the worst book blogger eva, but I am excited to really filer out my entire TBR… eventually!  Alright, let’s get to it!

pillars of the earthThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – This was actually the very FIRST book I added to my Goodreads, back when I created my account in … get this … 2012!  I have left it on there because it is nostalgic to me, not necessarily because I have any interest in reading it.

While I do love Historical Fiction, I am thinking that it is high time that I move The Pillars of the Earth off my TBR.  Maybe one day when I am less of a polygamist reader I can convince myself to read this monster, but now is just not the time.

Verdict: Adios.

secret life of bees

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – I have actually read this one before!  I kept it on my TBR because I have always entertained the thought of rereading the book as an adult, but now that I look at my bookshelves and the hundreds of unread books around me, I am thinking rereads should be dedicated to books you LOVE.

Verdict: Bye Bye. 

life of pi

Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I honestly have no idea why I have yet to read this supposedly amazing book.

My boyfriend even has a very cool illustrated copy that is living in my bookcase and I still haven’t gotten around to it! Shame!

Life of Pi was actually made required reading in my high school, the year AFTER I graduated.  Maybe it was a subconscious “HA I LUCKED OUT” on dodging some required reading, but this book just never made it to the top of my TBR.

BUT, with all that said, I think I still do want to read this one.  Eventually.

the grand design

Verdict: ONE DAY I’LL GET TO YOU (translation; keep for now)

The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking – LOL WHAT WERE YOU THINKING SYD?!  Sometimes, I like to pretend that I would dive deep into scientific studies about the Universe, or Human Nature, and then I realize that this idea is absolutely NOT me.  I guess I was feeling particularly scholarly the day I added The Grand Design to my TBR, but I can with 100% confidence say now, that I will never read this book.

That was easy.

Verdict: Gone. 

shelters of stoneThe Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel – I started this series YEARS ago and each book has gotten progressively longer and harder to read.  When I finish, I always have an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, but I have zero motivation to pick up the next book.

I love the covers though, and the series is surprisingly romantic.  So, even if it takes me another 10 years to finish this series, I vow that one day, all six of the Earth’s Children books will sit on my shelf – read.

Verdict: Keeping!

17761776 by David McCullough – I told you earlier that randomly I feel really scholarly, so I get a little ambitious with what I plan on reading.  However, the American Revolution through the American Civil War is my favorite aspect in all of history, and I do actually plan on tackling this book at some point.

My little sister even bought me a huge illustrated version, it’s gorgeous!  So, yes, I realize it is unreasonable to ask myself to take a little trip back to college and pick up some historical texts, but I also think that if I start reading this, I will really like it.

You escape the purge this time 1776!

Verdict: Staying!


I just bought a chromebook and yes, I absolutely felt the need to annotate a picture with my fancy new stylus, so deal with my crappy handwriting and visual summary of this whole post!  HA!

There were some pretty old books on this list, but I can’t wait to dive deeper into my Goodreads TBR and uncover all the fun (and not so fun) books hidden there!  Until next time book nerds!

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One thought on “A Little TBR Purge to Start the Day

  1. Hahaha this is great. I do this all the time, though (which is also me in real life all the time – my husband and coworkers get mad at me because I throw everything away). My to-read is currently at 14 and I’m having a mild panic attack about it… TIME TO PURGE (except I actually can’t because 9 of those books I HAVE to read because I own, and the other are not yet released and I’m desperate to read them when they do come out). We all have our TBR problems, they just may vary in nature XD


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