Removing Books From My TBR #1

I recently wrote a post on how terrible I am about maintaining by Goodreads TBR. That discussion inspired me to slowly go through my “Want to Read” shelf and to remove books I am no longer interested in. I thought I would share some of those books with you and maybe touch on why I removed them. I would also love to hear all your opinions- let me know if I made a mistake and should read the book!

I started this journey with over 1000 books on my Goodreads TBR, so I will be curious to see how low I can get that number. The thing is, I am constantly adding new titles to that list! It will just be nice to know that every book on that shelf is one I actually want to read.

I have heard mixed things about The Rosie Project, and I just don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon.

Follow Me Back is a YA thriller, and I am very particular about my thrillers in general. I read over some of the reviews and I just do not think that this is my kind of book. Many people have pointed out that it is more of a romance than a thriller.

I have seen the movie adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook and that is good enough for me. I am one of those people who has a hard time reading the book after having seen the movie first.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is actually the first book that was on my “Want to Read” shelf, which means it has been there since 2010. If I have not read it yet, I don’t think I ever will.

Daughter of the Burning City had a lot of hype before it was released, but I never hear anyone talking about it anymore. I am not a huge fantasy reader to begin with, and there are so many other fantasy novels I want to read before this one.

I know a lot of readers love Until It Fades, but I have tried to read two of K.A. Tucker’s most popular novels and they just do not work for me.

The idea of All Rights Reserved is intriguing, but many reviewers who I trust have given it two stars.

I was gifted a copy of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and I did attempt to read it. Honestly, I couldn’t stand the author or the writing style. Something about it rubbed me the wrong way, so I no longer own this book.

I enjoyed Leah’s character in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I have heard she is quite different in Leah on the Offbeat.

I know nothing about The Night Guest, but I have a feeling that I added it to my TBR simply for the cover.

I think I added The Light Between Us to my TBR because it was blurbed by Matt Haig, but I know that it is a book I will never actually read.

Fawkes sounds interesting, but I am not a huge fantasy reader, so I don’t see myself making it a priority. This is a book that I would reconsider though!

Let me know your thoughts on these books and whether or not I made a mistake removing them from my TBR!

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37 thoughts on “Removing Books From My TBR #1

  1. I currently have 8, 682 books saved on my Goodreads “want to read” shelf. Some I will probably never read, or have completely forgotten about. But I add books daily, so the idea of actually taking time to go through it and delete books is out of the question for me.

      1. Exactly! I would definitely reconsider taking it off your TBR. It made me want to read anything Nadine Brandes writes she has such a unique way of combining history and fantasy

  2. I definitely need to do this too! I’ve tried to remove books if I see a book come up that a friend is currently reading and I realize I no longer care to read it.

    I read Daughter of the Burning City, All Rights Reserved, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, and Leah on the Offbeat – and you made the right choice. I regret reading all of those LOL so you are not missing out!

    Great blog post, and I like that you gave your reasons for removing the books too!

  3. Interesting post. I’m afraid I’ve not heard of any of these books, but I do like the look of Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. I used to add books to my want to read shelf on Goodreads, but I don’t do it anymore. I’ll have to check out what I’ve got on there and see if there’s any I need to remove.

  4. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is one of my favorite books highlighting mental health. I read it after Vizzini’s death, so it was bittersweet for me. I loved all the Rosie books with the first and 3rd being my faves. Leah was frustrating for me. It’s not a bad book, and I think one’s enjoyment would depend upon how they feel about some of the choices made.

  5. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story is actually pretty great. I don’t read much contemporary YA, but I loved it. It was very relatable for me, as someone who occasionally suffers from mental health issues, and it’s obvious from the writing that it the author was writing of his own experiences.

  6. I need to go through my TBR as well! There are books on there that I’ve completely forgotten about or I’m not interested in anymore

  7. What you’ve heard for Leah on the Offbeat was exactly what I experienced reading it. She was a good character in Simon vs the Homo Sapien, but I thought that her character was different and a lot less likable in that novel.

  8. I’m sorry to see The Rosie Project go, I really enjoyed the first two books – the third I could take or leave. I’m on the fence about Leah on the Offbeat because I’ve heard the same thing! Maybe one day I’ll read it, but it’s definitely not a priority!

      1. There’s a movie?! I did not know this – how did I not know this! Haha, clearly I haven’t seen it, but now I’m intrigued! Thanks for letting me know about it; I will be checking it out and I’ll let you know my thoughts!

      2. I Googled it after I commented because I was curious, and you are absolutely correct – Ryan Reynolds is in it and it came out last year (May 10, 2019). I don’t think it was in theatres though. I need to add this to my watch list!

  9. Over 1,000 books! 😱 My TBR lists are literally all over the place, and now I feel fortunate I don’t know how many there are altogether! This is a great way to streamline your reading, though. Sometimes the thought of all the books yet to be read is daunting, no matter how exciting. I’ve heard of many of these books, but none of them were on my tbr, so it’s interesting to see why you’re getting rid. Look forward to more instalments of this series haha

  10. They made a movie for The Rosie Project. I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how it compares but you can just watch it if you want lol

  11. Ah, The Night Guest was a 5-star read for me! I thought it was a very well-crafted magical realism tale; the plot revolves around an elderly woman losing her memory, and a stranger who shows up claiming she’s there to take care of her. I initially picked it up for the cover as well, but ended up liking it a lot. I don’t really see anyone talking about it anymore though, so I understand being less drawn to it at this point.

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