Down the TBR Hole | Book Purge

I am in desperate need of a cleanup job on my Goodreads TBR. I know many of you are thinking that you have the same problem but my list is at 10,490. While I would love to get to all of them, I know that is not going to happen in this lifetime, especially with so many interesting books are rolling out every week.

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now. I even considered deleting my whole list but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I have a hoarders issue with this, scared to let them all go because there might be something worth saving somewhere in the pile. I don’t have the same issue with other things but with online TBR lists and kindle books that don’t take up any of my actual space, I tend to go crazy and I am very bad about cleaning up online as well. My email tends to look the same. I can come in and clean up someone else’s online mess but mine is a whole nothing ball game.

So, I have decided to do the Down the TBR Hole from Lost In A Story. Follow the link to see the post. I am going to start with 25 books each week, with an option to do a part 2 or 3 I have the time for it one week. I feel like this is a good starting point for me since there are so many books on my list. Honestly, I should probably work on deleting at least 25 per week. Right? Now I will just have to limit the books I put back into it. I am not sure how well that’s going to pan out.

So without further ado, here are the oldest books on my shelf….

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

I really do want to read this one. I have had it on my list for so long and I have signed up for classics groups and Jane Austen groups but still seem to miss it when it comes around. I still want to read it.


You Just Can’t Get Enough by Cicily von Ziegesar

This is book 2 in the series and I haven’t read the first one. After reading the blurb, I wasn’t exactly jumping to either. So I think I am going to do away with all books in a series if they are not the next one. If I haven’t started the series and there are several on the list, I am only going to put/leave the first one, once it’s read I can add the next book.


Friends: A Love Story

This is one that I started reading but never completed. Life just took me away, then I misplaced it, then it was forgotten about. I think I would still enjoy this.


Changing Tides by Catherine Hapka

This still seems like it would be interesting. I love movies like this, with lost treasure hunts, mysterious deaths, and the struggles to get there not knowing if you will really come out with the treasure you set out on this quest for.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sadly, I have never read this one. I think I have seen all the movies and loved them but I don’t think I have ever finished it. I know I started an audio version at one point but I can’t recall whether I finished it or not. This would fall under the same explanation as Persuasion.


Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Again, I have started the audio version and not sure I completed it. Do you see a pattern here. I really do need to get on this. (A side note, I am supposed to be reading Emma this month and I really need to stick to it and finish some of these Austen novels.)


James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing

This is the first in the series and I really enjoyed the Potter movies and the books that I actually read. Yes, I never did finish the series. Another one of those that I keep saying I will get around to. These are definitely something I am still interested in.


The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I am hesitant to read this after so many reviewer say the book was horrible. Sometimes the movie is better. Should I. I saw it was a series and was interested in seeing where it went but I don’t want it to suck either. I guess I’ll let this one go. There are way to many books out there that I am sure I will love.


The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

I add this because of the movie. Who would have guessed it. I absolutely loved the movie. I cried. I still think it would be worth a read but I’m not sure that I will ever get around to reading it. I guess I can always read it if I actually want to one day.


Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

This is one that I will definitely get around to some day. I know it is on a couple of the list challenges that I have for myself.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I actually have the whole series and loved the movies. I have every intent on reading these. I love distopian novels like this.


The Affair by Alicia Clifford

I think it still sounds like something I would be interested in, the average rating is less than 3 stars and makes me think maybe it’s s not worth my time. However, I did still think it sounded like I would enjoy it but after reading some of the reviews I am deciding to go ahead and unpack this one.


The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

This doesn’t scream read me. I think it sounds ok but not grabbing enough to keep.


Gone by Cathi Hanauer

This seemed like it would be interesting until I was reading some of the comments. I’m thinking maybe I can skip this one. And I guess if I keep reading others comments I might end up deleting them all. *Laughing


Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

This doesn’t appeal to me. I can see why I added it. It sounds like something I would definitely enjoyed in 2012 and while I may enjoy it today, I think I will pass.


The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

This is still something that interests me. I like historical fiction. I think keeping a baby as your own is interesting and want to see how things end up.


A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball

This is still something that interests me. I enjoy renovation disaters and the pursuit of a new life.


Just Deceits by Michael Schein

I think this would have been something I would have enjoyed back then but I am not really a big fan of legal thriller. I do enjoy a political drama on TV like Scandal but the last legal thriller I read was not something I enjoy so I will have to pass.


The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi

I’m not sure why this ended up on my list. I might have had someone recommend it to me or heard something about it that made me pick it up. There is nothing here that makes me want to read it now though.


The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kensella

This seems like a fun read that will bring plenty of laughs. The cover is so cute which is probably the reason I even looked at this book. I am a sucker for a cute cover. That is what draws me to pick up a book. Most of the time it will sound interesting to me and Ill read it and enjoy it so I am pretty good with that and I do try to read what the book is about because there are way to many cute cover out there not to.


Island Apart by Steven Raichlen

This sound like something I might enjoy but ultimately I think I will pass. I am trying to only keep books that are really compelling me to want to read them.


Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

This still seems interesting to me and I have seen others post on it from time to time and I continue to say how I need to read it.


Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman

This sounds like an Amish cozy mystery to me. I think it sounds like something I might enjoy but I have so many cozy mystery series that I am already loving and this is book 2 in a series I have not read before, I think I will have to pass.


The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

This is definitely a keep for me. After reading the synopsis I am eager to read this one soon.


Crimes by Moonlight, A Short Story Collection

This is a book that I started reading and never picked it up again. I still want to finish it and perhaps reread some of the stories I read in the past. I was enjoying many of them to the point they were making mad that they were shorts instead of novels.


So, let’s see how well I did at this purge.
14 Keep | 11 Gone | New Total 10,479

I’m not sure how good this one is but I hope I get more cleared out next round. I am considering giving myself a set time for reading these or purging them as well. Perhaps a year. I was thinking 6 months but I’m not sure that is possible with all the NetGalley books I have piled up and with my reading groups, #AuthorAMonth, #Pimberlitten(which should help decrease those Austen novels), Classics and other reading goals. Yes, I know I have a problem.

I’ll see you again soon.

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