Deleting My TBR List


I made a decision earlier this morning to delete my TBR list. I decided to do so after checking ten titles off the list from my public library only to open up each book when I arrived home and wonder why I wanted to read it in the first place. Most of the titles on the list are ones I no longer recognize or have no recollection as to why I added them in the first place.

Deleting might be the wrong word as the list is still in existence. Yet I culled 1,100 titles down to just under 100, keeping only those that I own, added within the last week, or are written by favorite authors. Of the 98 books left on the list, 43 are ones that I own and thus constitute my physical TBR pile.

I probably deleted some great books off the list, but it feels good to have a much more manageable list to work off of going forward. This might just be the fresh start I need to climb out of this reading slump.



  1. Good for you! It does feel really nice to let go of books (physical or just on a list) that we’re never going to read. I don’t have a written TBR list anywhere, other than I guess Goodreads where I try to mark books I’m curious about. I think that’s good though — after awhile it’d start to drive me crazy too!


    • I used to keep all the books I was interested in at GoodReads, but got overwhelmed when I had over 2,000 titles listed there that I deleted all but the ones I don’t own. I’ve slowly started to add a few titles back, mostly those that professors recommend in class because I can add them via my phone pretty quickly.


  2. My list probably has hundreds of books, but I’ve ignored it for so long I start to wonder why I even keep it anymore… I keep finding things I want to read without glancing at the list. Although books I’ve put on the list do jump out at me when I’m browsing shelves.


    • Titles sometimes jump out at me when I’m browsing the shelves, especially ones that have been on the list for a long time. But I’m finding those are mostly classics than anythings else, and I don’t really need a list to remember those.


  3. Other than the books I own that I haven’t read (which is my only real TBR list) I decided to view my lists of recommended titles as just books I may want to check out at some point if I ever run out of books to read πŸ™‚ That way, it minimizes the guilt factor πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


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