Spring cleaning my TBR… again!

So, I really enjoy cleaning and organizing. Just yesterday I did a deeper-than-usual clean of my house and now it’s time I turn to the hot mess that has become my TBR over the last year.

I really like how I did my post last year, getting rid of 10% of my TBR to be slightly less overwhelmed, so I’m going to do the same again this year! So my current TBR is sitting pretty at 647 books, so to take away 65 books leaves me at 602 books on my TBR by the end of this.

The reasons they were removed from my TBR include:

  • it’s a duplicate for some reason
  • the ratings are crap
  • the reviews from people I trust are crap
  • I’m no longer excited to read it
  • it’s problematic
  • I tried the author a few times and didn’t care for their work
  • … or usually some combination of the above

The way I see it, the less books on my TBR the less time I waste and stress deciding what to read next. My reading time is precious and I only want to pick up books I’m keen about. I figure if I’m meant to read some of these books, they’ll make their way back to me. Now, let’s go through the ones I deleted!


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

General fiction

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Science fiction, fantasy

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Lock In by John Scalzi

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Short stories, poetry

How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Horror, thriller, mystery

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

Final Girls by Riley Sager

The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg 

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff 

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides


Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure by Monisha Rajesh

Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

The Lonely Hunter: How the Search for Love Is Broken by Aimee Lutkin

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind by David Quammen

Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson

Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer by Rax King

No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith by Fawn M. Brodie

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro

Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry by Jason Schreier

Young adult

101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World by Julia Adams

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Historical fiction

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Any books I should add back to me TBR?

Photo by Fang-Wei Lin


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