Down The TBR Hole #17 | Looking Back & Discussing TBRs

During these 17 weeks I had no idea this would become so big! Every week more and more people join in and that so cool! So thank you all for joining, I hope it’ll help you to get your TBR under control.

Nikki from The Night Is Dark and Full Of Books suggested I do a “looking back” post, which I thought was a great idea! So hereby my looking back at 16 weeks of going through my tbr!

I started off with about 90 books (I don’t remember exactly), which isn’t much, but it felt like I was drowning in it anyway. Whenever I went through my tbr to see what I could read next I automatically skipped over some books, simply because I didn’t even remember why they were on there.

During this process I went through 80 of these books and removed 26 (later a few got added back) and the current state of my tbr is 56 books. On average I removed about 2/5th of the books I went through, excluding the last few posts. I’ve added some books in the past months and I’ve read some, but I’ve read more than I added, which is a good sign!

Some thoughts on tbrs and things I’ve learned:

  • Adding books only because they’re popular, is not a good idea. Popularity does not mean you’ll like it.
  • Adding books should be because you think it’s something you’re really going to enjoy. I’ve gotten way more critical about which books I add, and which not.
  • People’s opinions can be different. Removing a book and having someone tell you it’s their favourite or so amazing (*cough* Throne of Glass *cough*) can be quite difficult, because if they love it, you should too right? But sometimes you really have to put your feet down and remove it anyway. You know what? It felt so good removing ToG from my tbr!
  • Going through your tbrΒ one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. I’ve discovered some new favourites and got excited for books that I completely forgot about!
  • A tbr needs some sort of homeostasis point, there needs to be a balance between the books you read and the books you add, otherwise, it would become one big endless hole.
  • I will probably never get to the end of my tbr, but that doesn’t matter because there are too many good books out there.
  • Filtering through your tbr every once in a while, is really helpful to get rid of those books you have no interest in reading anymore.

I don’t know what I’m going to do for the next weeks, there’s not much to go through on my tbr anymore. Maybe I’ll do a shout-out to a book on my tbr? Or I’ll come up with some new idea πŸ™‚

Did you enjoy this meme? Did you participate? And how did it help you?


31 thoughts on “Down The TBR Hole #17 | Looking Back & Discussing TBRs

    1. I always unclick the option add to tbr, so for me entering giveaways doesn’t really affect my tbr. If you’re going to participate after all, let me know!


  1. I have after two plus years a good chunk of my tbr list then coming. I add to it with a new or old cd or other new or old interest that is time to pursue. in a sway it’s your fault i bothered πŸ˜‰ so be that a resounding thank you or resounding thank you πŸ˜‰ thank you. it’s curious it took a near complete collapse to get me to it at all – collapse not as in fall down physically but metaphorically. .. something has to give type thing. and voila one key failed but made choice and a flood gate of things again1 we’ll see what all the hubbub was or wasn’t all too soon :D. if nothing else, it’s time nearly again to enjoy the wandering of exploring again. no real notions of expectations. hence why not tbr? πŸ˜‰

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    1. I do that too, but I used to add way more books because I thought they “might” be interesting, and because they were popular..


  2. Down the TBR feature is really helping me go through and sort out all the books I added when I first started blogging. I have a problem of adding everything I see when realistically I know I’m not going to read it all – especially when I’m already trying to read more books at once than I should be.

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  3. Great post! And thanks for mentioning me πŸ™‚ I especially liked your lists of the things you’ve learned. The one about not adding popular books just because they’re popular is so true. Sometimes I don’t even really look at the synopsis or other reviews just because I’ve heard lots of people say they love it. This meme has really helped me be more critical, so thank you for starting it! πŸ˜„

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  4. I only have 20 books on the shelf. I will read because I read from the left and add to the right.
    Occasionally a new book gets bought that jumps the queue.
    I don’t keep what I have read a I don’t read again. So I go shopping for more then and it’s great.

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    1. Wow that’s amazing! Most people I know that are really into reading have way more (hundreds even). I got about 38 books on my tbr right now and those are all books I really want to read. I also use a someday-maybe shelf to keep track of books I might want to read in the future.


  5. Just found this through another friend. Sounds awesome and I’m down for joining in whenever you get back from your vacation πŸ™‚ Thou you’ve done a good job of pairing yours down. My TBR lists are at least a combined 200 right now lol
    Sara Beth Williams


  6. Congratulations on going through your entire TBR! I just joined today after hearing about this on another blog and I can’t wait to continue with it. I started with 227 books on my Goodreads TBR and I’ve already gotten rid of 7 books in my first post.
    (Check it out here @ Swissbookworm)
    Thank you so much for coming up with this awesome idea! It’s kind of sad though, that you’re already finished and I just started :0
    Your just gained a new follower by the way πŸ™‚
    – Yasmine @ Swissbookworm

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    1. Ahh thanks! Congrats on getting rid of some of your books on your tbr! You’re welcome 😊 Thanks for following!!


  7. My Goodreads TBR list is seriously out of control, and it’s worse if you add my “someday” shelf as well. I’m talking probably close to 1800 books all told. Yikes. I don’t know if this challenge would work fast enough for me, but I need to do it or something like it!

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