When I look at my TBR-shelf on goodreads, I get a little heart attack. Almost 700 books that I want to read at the moment. I’ve seen some tags around about fighting that massive tbr, which made me think about my own tbr.
I’ve came across a book tag that talked ways to reduce your TBR. Not so long ago I cleaned my TBR-shelf, so the reads that don’t interest me any more are already off that shelf. I decided to change things up a bit and give my own twist to the challenge to tackle my TBR.
Some of the TBR-challenges I’ve seen use the following strategies to tackle their TBR.
- Decide what books are your top priority
- Tackling the shelf by genre
- Using a random number generator
- A TBR jar (along the lines of the number generator)
These strategies definitely help with reducing that TBR-shelf, though for me it felt like I just procrastinated those older reads. I’ve decided to try and read more from the bottom of my shelves. That means that I want to read more of the books that were added first on my TBR-shelf. The oldest books are from October 15 2015 and that made me a tiny bit anxious. I would love to have shelves with more recent added books on them. Instead of just removing the oldest books, I want to decide if I still want to read them and from that read or remove them from my shelves. The oldest five books on my shelves are the following.
- A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness
- The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstein
- Steve Jobs – Isaacson Walter
- Wuthering Heigths – Emily Brontë
- Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare
The fifth book is one in a series, and it’s suggested to first read other books from the Mortal Instruments series. This means that I will skip this book and go on to the next on in my list, which is:
5. The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
My idea is to keep these books in my mind when I plan my next reading-list. I’m integrating these books in my TBR of the month, and hopefully I manage to reduce my TBR-shelf from the bottom. Also, in this way the books that are longest on my shelves won’t be forgotten, since I tend to go after more recent books mostly. Let’s tackle our TBR!