We all take books off of our tbrs at some point and I know that I do it pretty regularly so I thought I would talk to you guys about why I do it specifically. I usually have a reasonably small Goodreads tbr, compared to a lot of other readers as I don’t like for it to be over 90 books. So, today I thought I would dive into how my tbr is so small – why I decided to take a book off my Goodreads tbr. 


NO 1

My main rule for taking a book off my tbr is to get rid of it if I remember nothing of why I put the book on my tbr. I don’t usually read the blurb, so I don’t know much about the books I read before I read them. So, if I don’t remember the reason I added the book to my Goodreads tbr then I will get rid of it. What’s the point in keeping a book I know nothing about?

NO 2

I also try to keep my tbr pretty small because I like to be excited about it. If I’m not interested in the genre, author or series etc, then I will take it off my tbr. I want to be excited to read the books on my tbr and be able to decide m next read based on it, if there are a bunch of books I’m unsure about or know nothing about then that’s going to make choosing my next read a lot harder than it needs to be.

NO 3

I generally don’t like to have controversial books on my tbr. I took 27 Hours off my tbr first, because the book is controversial. But, what really pushed me over the edge and determined that I will never read it, is the author. Tristina Wright has been accused of harassing a reviewer & has also been accused of sexual harassment. I was so excited to read it last year but I had to take it off my tbr because every review I have read has talked of how harmful this book and it’s author is and so, it got axed.


book bookBecause You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy   Only Human (Themis Files, #3)   Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)   The Upside of Unrequited   27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

NO 4

The second last reason I will take a book off my tbr is because a book has been on my tbr for a long time but, I know that realistically I will never read it. Or, because I know it will take me years to read the book and so it’s on my physical tbr. An example of this would be The Book Thief.

NO 5

The last reason I take a book off my tbr is just simply because I don’t care to finish the series or even start it anymore. For example, I’ve taken Only Human off my tbr because I am no longer interested in finishing the trilogy.



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  1. These are all great reasons! To be honest, sometimes I put a book on my TBR just on a bit of a whim, but then realise it doesn’t actually interest me.. oops.

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  2. I can get caught up in the hype of a book and add it to my TBR knowing it’s a genre I never read. Then a month later I’ll see it and mock myself for added a book I know I’ll never read.

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    1. Haha, I think we all do this! I’ll add a book, optimistic that I will change my reading ways and read more diversely in terms of genre, and then… a few months will go by and I realise I’m a reader of habit and I will x it off my shelves.

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  3. WHOA you took six of crows off your tbr! you scandalous thing, you. also, as someone who is completely obsessed with cleaning out my tbr, this is such a fun post. i love hearing about why you remove books!!!

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    1. Yeah, I never even finished Shadow of Bone and that made me realise that I was only going to ever read SOC for the hype and didn’t even know what it was about.
      Thank you, Emma! ❤️❤️

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  4. These are very good reasons and I agree with all of them, especially if I can’t remember what the book is about and just don’t have the motivation to read it anymore 😀 I also remove books when I read too many negative reviews from reviewers I believe 😀

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    1. That’s a great reason – I think I remove books subconsciously whenever I read bad reviews and so it didn’t even occur to me when I was writing this post!


  5. Ugh, I should really follow rule no1 when I’m decluttering my shelves!! I always forget what some books are about but then I read the synopsis again, am like “oo yes I like the sound of that”, put it back on my shelves and NEVER READ IT!! Agghhh!!

    Great post ❤

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    1. Haha, I think sometimes we just too carried away with some books. They hype gets to us or we get suckered in by the amazing covers. I do the same thing haha. I usually go through my shelves every couple of months but during that time they’re a bit of a mess lol.

      Thank you 😍

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  6. Great Post! I regularly go through my TBR and remove those books that I no longer have any interest in reading. That can be books that I KNOW I will never get to/actually buy for myself and those I can not remember why I even put them on my TBR to begin with!

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    1. Thank you! That’s a great way to put it – I try hardest to delete books I will never buy or get from the library because chances are I will never read it otherwise.


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