Down the TBR Hole Week 2 | 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 started 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 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 other 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.

Since last weeks clear out, I went in and cleaned up all my duplicates so if my numbers look off that is why. I had so many duplicates.

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Wish List by Lisa Kleypas

I think I actually read this years ago and never marked it as read. I owned the book. I am not going to add it to my read pile. I am just going to get ride of it and if I come across it in my piles of book, I might pick it up.

GONE

Strangers in Death (In Death #26) I lost interest in these a long time ago but kept them on my TBR because I owned them. I do believe I have gotten ride of these but if not I am removing it based on the rule of “only keeping the next in the series”.

GONE

Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises #2)

This is another series. I still think this sounds like something I would read but I am removing it from my list. Turns out 1,2, and 4 of this series is on my TBR so I will keep #1 and remove the other 2. Stars

GONE

The Religion (Tannhauser #1) by Tim Willocks

I tried to read this years ago but could manage to get through it. I’m not sure if I would be interested today or not but based solely on that experience I am going to let it go.

GONE

Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum #14) by Janet Evanovich

I owned this years ago but I think I purged it the last time we moved. With that and the fact that it’s #14 in a series I have yet to start I am going to let it go. I do have #1 on my TBR as well which still sounds interesting. I think it would be a funny, light read.

GONE

Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

This one is still one I own and it is still one I will read but I am going to remove it because I won’t read it before I finish the first book.

GONE

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

Same as above.

GONE

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

Again, not next in series. I am actually going to swap it for book 2: The Sea of Monsters

SWAP

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Sades #3) by E.L. James

I read the first 2 book but I am really not interested in reading the third.

GONE

Stardust by Joseph Kanon

This is something that still sounds interesting to me and I still own this one. I just need to get around to reading it.

KEEP

Captive by Jere Van Dyk

Oh, this is so staying on my TBR.

KEEP

Still Midnight (Alex Morrow #1) by Denise Mina

I think this has potential to be good.

KEEP

Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Tofimuk

I think I will let this one go.

GONE

The Emperor’s Edge (The Emperor’s Edge #1) by Lindsay Buroker

I love books that have strong women leads. It sounds still sounds interesting.

KEEP

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A Surrendered Heart (The Broadmoor Legacy Series #3)by Tracie Peterson

I really used to enjoy this author. I’m not sure why I stopped reading her work. Since it is the 3rd in the series and I haven’t started it, I will remove this one. I do already have book 1 on my TBR already.

GONE

The Heart’s Frontier by Lori Copeland

I really enjoy historical fiction, cowboys, and even Amish tales.

KEEP

Tomorrow’s Promise by Sandra Brown

This is another author I used to love. This one could go either way but considering the author I’m going to give it a go. I’m not always a fan of quick romances but I think if there is more involved it can be done well. I mean who hasn’t fallen for someone and thought you met Mr. Right when you hadn’t known him very long. It happens. I know science says its more about chemical release and mama says it’s lust but hey….

KEEP

Tidings of Great Joy by Sandra Brown

While I don’t believe in marriage for the sake of the child. I know that is what life was like in the past and there are plenty of reasons that it is good to be married when you have a child on the way. I think this one might be a great Christmas read. I love book centered around Christmas. I will read most any of them. The sappy movies too.

KEEP

Morning’s Refrain (Song of Alaska #2) by Tracie Peterson

I read the first book in this trilogy. The 3rd and box set are all on my TBR, which will have to go but I am keeping this one.
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KEEP/GONE/GONE

Michal (The Wives of David #1) by Jill Eileen Smith

While I do hesitate a bit, this one must go.

GONE

Fancy Pants (Only in Gooding #1) by Cathy Marie Hake

This one shows I gave it a one star rating but is still in the want to read pile. I am going to assume that the rating was done by accident. I think this one can go.

GONE

A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty #1) by Tracie Peterson

While I want to think that I would love anything Tracie Peterson writes, I am not sure this one is for me. Maybe it’s just the mood I’m in write now. I honestly believe it would be good but don’t like the synopsis.

GONE

The Matchmakers by Debbie Macomber

I’m not sure I have ever disliked any of the many books I’ve read by her but I’m sure how I’d feel about this one. I know it‘s one of her older books. Maybe I’ll just let this one go.

GONE.

The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley

Sounds interesting. I think the Thailand element makes it even more appealing to me. While I never met my father, apparently my paternal grandmother was from Thailand. Ever since my mom told me as a young girl, I have had an interest in it. I even did a school project on it as a child.

KEEP

The Legacy by Katherine Webb

Family secrets, betrayal and the mystery of finding them. I’m so in!

KEEP

So, let’s see how well I did at this purge.
11 Keep | 17 Gone | New Total 10,076

So I was thinking that perhaps I would try to make these and the first round’s goal for reading the ones I kept to be read by the end June of 2022. That would give me a whole year to read all 25 books I kept. I guess I have reduced the ones I’ve went through by half. I’m not sure that’s going to cut it. I think I might have to get a little tougher on myself with these lists.

If you’ve read any of these or are interested in reading any, I’d love to hear about it! I’ll see you again soon.

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