How To: Manage A Big TBR

Do you have a big TBR? You do? Me to! But, don’t worry because I am here to help you narrow down your TBr and figure out what to pick up next!

I know that ย some booklovers really love having a big TBR, Goodreads or otherwise. Though, I really don’t. I prefer having a clean tbr shelf, that way I can more easily choose my TBR for the month. So, this is how I clean out my tbr shelf.




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My main piece of advice I can give is, if you have a big TBR, or even just an average TBRย – if you have a TBR at all, just go through it. What I really want to press with this post is that we all have big TBRs and I think a lot of bloggers, or even just readers in general want to lower the number of books on our To-Read shelves. And so, due to the pretty large scale of books we want to read we don’t always have the time to knock down our stacks of books so what I like to do is narrow down my Goodreads and Physical TBRs.

So, you do yourselves a solid, man or woman up, get yourself a snack and sit down in front of your bookshelf and decide what you are and are not actually going to read. AND GUYS YOU NEED TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT THIS! It’s cool if you wanna hang onto all your books, I don’t blame you. But, if you don’t actually intend to read it then it’s not really on your tbr, is it?

What you really need to do is sit down and look at your shelves or better yet, do what I do and along with cussing out your unread physical books, also check out your tbr on Goodreads.

You never know what books you will actually read, but what I’m trying to point out is that people change and with that, so does taste in books. What I try to do every few couple of months or so is go through my Goodreads shelf, I mean I used to have a massive TBR, but not so much anymore. I prefer to have a smaller TBR, it helps me to narrow down my taste in books and help me to choose my monthly TBRs.

In preparation for this post I actually did a bit of spring cleaning (even though it’s Winter, lol) with my Goodreads shelves, which you can find here!ย I managed to get my To-Read shelf down from 236 books to 87 – I found 149 books that I didn’t want to read anymore!

Also, one small piece of advice I have is, if you have Goodreads shelves or you write your TBRs don’t add the sequels or next book in the series to your TBR – like, of course you’re probably going to read them but, you’re not up to that book yet so why add it to your to be read count.


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There’s also another aspect to this whole TBR thing – you have to make sure that you’re looking forward to the books on your TBR, hence the first part of step one. However, now you need to actually get out there, go to the book shop or watch some booktube – find some books you’re interested in and add them to your TBR! I mean, I don’t know about you guys but if I like to be motivated about a book, I’m probably not going to enjoy it if I didn’t even want to read it in the first place.



Okay, so you’ve got your TBR all sorted out. now all you have to do is… READ!

Firstly I recommend trying to finish off some of your series. Pick an author you really like, whose series/s maybe you meant to finish a year or two or go and go forth and binge!ย Or maybe try reading a few of those standalones you’ve been meaning to pick up but haven’t had the chance to read because of those series.

Although, if you’re not really feeling like reading specific things just to knock some books off your shelves. You can always just pick up one of your favourite authors or pick up one of those books that you’ve been meaning to read by a popular author.



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How do you guys manage your to be read shelves? Do you go through your Goodreads shelves regularly?



10 thoughts on “How To: Manage A Big TBR

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜ My TBR tends to grow at the very beginning of the year as we fins out about new releases and tbr lists come out, but my tbr definitely starts to dwindle round the middle and is a lot smaller near the end of the year, after Iโ€™ve read more books โ€“ as I really prefer a smaller tbr shelf. You should try and remove books youโ€™re no longer interested in every couple of months, I find that it makes me feel really accomplished, even if itโ€™s only a short task. Keep at it, it gets easier after a while!


  1. I am totally with you on this, I just went through and cut my TBR down massively, it used to be at 1000 and is now closer to 600. My main mindset was that if I didn’t think I would actually enjoy the book or want to read it if I found it in a library I would cut it no matter how popular the book was. I also have two lists on my goodreads, a to read list and considering list, so books I definitely aim to read go on the to read list and books that I am not sure but I don’t want to cut completely go on the considering list, and if I go back thought to cut more books off at a later date I am a lot harsher on the considering list.

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    1. Woah, you’re a machine! Yeah, that’s kind of my whole thing, if I don’t think I would pick it up in a library than I probably don’t want to read it all that badly.I also have two lists, I have my main tbr but I also have amaybe shelf, which is pretty sparce, there’s only like 10 books. You have a really great method, good luck with all your reading!


  2. I had an enormous TBR on Goodreads a couple of months ago and I started deleting those books I wasn’t interested in and deleted 400+ books! I’m not that great with my physical TBR because I’m always finding excuses for every book๐Ÿ˜…
    And I like buying new releases, so my TBR is growing each day more and more haha *whoops*!

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    1. Woah, that’s so awesome, I don’t think I’ve ever even had 400 books on my tbr! Just having a little over 200 was giving me anxiety.
      I’m definitely less strict with my physical tbr, though I do have an entire shelf of books I’ve been meaning to get rid of for 6 months. Whoops!

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