Spring Cleaning my TBR!

What I found when I went through my various TBRs is how excited I am to read a lot of the books on my TBR, which was a pleasant surprise, so even though I went through a huge amount of my TBR, I didn’t end up deleting as much as I expected. (I mostly justified this by the fact it usually takes quite a few mentions before a book ends up there in the first place)

I’m not including books I left on, because obviously I don’t need to be convinced to read them, but you know, I’m always amenable to persuasion when it comes to expanding my TBR, which totally defeats the whole point of this exercise 😉

Here’s the ones I removed without a second thought:

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Like I said, I didn’t give that much thought to removing those, I simply reread the synopses and wasn’t too enamoured. If you’ve read any of the above and you were blown away, then do scream at me in the comments something to the effect of *YOU’RE MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE!*. Otherwise, let’s move onto the ones I was on the fence about:

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Soundless– I’ve seen way too many negative reviews of this and I’ve had a million chances to read this book… it’s just not going to happen.

Follow Me Down– I do still want to check out the author, but preferably with a more popular book.

The Boy Book– I think I’ve got to face facts, as much as I was pleasantly surprised by the first one, I don’t see myself finishing the series ten years later. Besides, there’s newer, shinier books by the same author that I have on my kindle I’d much rather read.

Gathering Blue– this is the weirdest one to take off the TBR, considering the fact that I really liked the Giver. And yet, I’m not feeling the rest of the series anymore and I rarely read dystopia as it is, so I’m gonna leave it.

Ghost Hunter– I frickin’ loved this series when I was younger and I so wanted to finish it. Sadly, I lost track of the books coming out and I’ve forgotten most of what happened by now. Finishing the series would mean rereading all the others and I don’t see that happening. If one day I decide to reread it, I’ll add this to my tbr again.

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Exit Unicorns– how cool is that title?! Unfortunately, even the place I originally saw this book wasn’t entirely positive about the book and I really haven’t seen anything good about it to justify reading it (aside from that being one of my favourite titles ever)

All the Lies We Tell– well, I was on the fence about this annnd then I saw the reviews- it’s a romance about a woman hooking up with her brother-in-law- NO THANKS.

The Love Interest– I was curious when I first heard about this- a book playing the love triangle trope sounds fun at least. Since it’s been released though, I’ve only seen reviews wavering between meh and ugh.

All the Wind in the World– admittedly I wavered over this one just because the cover is beautiful. I just haven’t heard enough about it- so maybe someday.

Trust Me, I’m Lying– honestly, it just doesn’t appeal that much. I also don’t know anyone that’s read it and don’t fancy being the guinea pig.

Okay- I’ll admit it, 20 is not a huge amount to delete from my TBR. BUT like I said, I realised there were just *a lot* of books I wanted to read when I did this! Have you tried reducing your TBR? How successful was it? And are there any books on here I should give a second look? Let me know in the comments!


86 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning my TBR!

  1. Ayunda says:

    Such a great post, and I’ve always wanted to do something like this! I love decluttering, and I need to declutter my TBR, especially the disorganised wishlist on my Book Depository that’s getting out of control. I have Gathering Blue in my TBR as well, I enjoyed The Giver but never got the push to continue with the series.

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  2. Vera says:

    I deleted my extremely long TBR list recently on GoodReads as it was stressing me out. So I am a big fan of your spring cleaning. 😃👌 Side note: my trick was to convince myself that if a book is meant to be, it will find me. 😂
    My list has grown since then and it will need regular pruning so it doesn’t get out of hand. I want to keep it smallish with a variety of genres as I am a moody reader. But still small so I can easily see it. Anyway, that’s the plan.. ask me again in a year’s time.. 😂🙈

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  3. alilovesbooks says:

    I have no hope of ever reducing my TBR so 20 sounds pretty impressive and I have to say good call on Storm Siren. Not a good read, not bad, just meh.

    I do have The Love Interest and Soundless on my TBR but like you I’ve not heard many good things about either. Maybe I should knock them off too.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Well thank you!! hehe well that’s really good to know!! (not gonna lie, I was hoping people would say that it’s better off skipping these 😉 ) Thank you!

      Yeah it’s really tough with those, cos I love the sound of them, but I’ve come across soundless in the library countless times for instance, and never felt the need to pick it up.

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  4. Mischenko says:

    I think 20 is a good number. I admit that Exit Unicorns sounds like it would be good, plus I love the cover. Congrats on getting better organized! I need to remove many myself. Have a great week! ❤

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  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I really need to do a de-clutter of my TBR list. There are probably so many books on there that I no longer want to read or know I definitely will no longer read so why are they still there.
    I can’t say any of the books you ended up removing are ones I’d recommend or even pick up myself. I’ve read Soundless and All the Wind in the World and definitely would not recommend them. I think I ended up rating them like two stars each or something.
    The Love Interest I actually quite enjoyed, but it was nowhere near as good as I’d hoped so if one day you do decide to read it go in with lowered expectations. 🙂
    Great post! 😀 ❤

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  6. dragonsandzombies says:

    I don’t know any of those apart from ‘Blood Song’, While I did enjoy it a lot, I never continued and heard not so many good things about the sequel. So maybe you made the right choice!

    Spring cleaning is not a bad idea! I should do it with my wishlist 😀

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  7. Suziey Bravo says:

    The only book I recognized was Gathering Blue lol. I liked it because it gave me closure. I hated not knowing what happened to Jonas and Gabe lol
    Hey! 20 is a lot of books. So good going! It’s something lol

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  8. Nel says:

    I don’t know majority of these books so I’m glad you found them to delete. I have Storm Siren on my physical shelf cause I saw it at a library sales in great condition but I don’t think I’ll be reading it anymore since I haven’t touched it in ages, haven’t read too much YA these days and you deleted it without a second thought 😂😂 So that’s enough for me. My Goodreads list isn’t so bad; around 200ish or so but my physical shelves at home… Well let’s just say it’s double and then some cause I have issues. Hahaha.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      I’m really glad!! I kind of just did it really quickly to be honest, I wasn’t giving it a huge amount of thought. Perhaps I should have done 😉

      Yeah the most I’ve seen was “it was alright”- it just doesn’t seem worth keeping it on there!


  9. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Oh man, I applaud on the task of going through that TBR. I think I have well over 1k books on it and sometimes wonder how many books I’d end up taking off without any seconds thoughts today hahah The only book I truly recognize out of this is that sequel to The Giver and I too would have been on the fence about the idea of reading the rest of the quartet! I feel like it might be asking for disappointment or something! 😮

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  10. Carrie says:

    I’ve read Storm Siren and while I remember it being alright at this point I don’t really remember many details so you probably won’t miss anything by skipping that one.

    Soundless… I didn’t care for, and this is coming from someone who loved Richelle Mead until that book.

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  11. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirl) says:

    Great post!! I’ve been slowly getting rid of alot of books on my TBR that I know I’m not going to end up reading. And its a shame about The Love Interest. I was really excited for it but every review I’ve seen has been pretty negative so I took it off my TBR too.

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  12. Winged Cynic says:

    Blood Song is at the very top of my TBR because so many told me it’s one of the best fantasy novels ever, but of course, if the synopsis isn’t your thing…(you do you 😉 ) And yeah, I don’t think the sequels to The Giver are as good (the third one is heartbreaking though), and the last book was a straight up NO for me lol.

    Oh by the way, twenty books is a great start to your cleaning I think! I myself can’t remove books from my TBR if someone were to put a gun to my head lol…

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  13. Marie says:

    Oh great job – I really should do that as well! I am really on the fence about The Love Interest – I was anticipating this book last year, it sounded amazing, but since then I have seen many, many mixed reviews about it and I’m just not sure about it anymore. I think I’ll get rid of it, eventually, someday haha when I’ll try and do a little spring cleaning as well haha 🙂

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  14. Jessie Gutierrez says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I’m wondering if you keep your TBR list on a site like goodreads or if there are even more social media sites for readers of which I am unaware. Regardless, congrats on the minimizing even if it was only a mini minimize =)


  15. Kat Impossible says:

    Good on you for cleaning out your TBR! I think it’s great that you didn’t even have to think twice about removing some of those books and I honestly didn’t even know any of them except for the Love Interest. I remember reading some good reviews for it, so not as many ugh ones as you, but I totally get why you wouldn’t want to necessarily dive into that one anymore as well. You go for being able to do some spring cleaning 😀

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  16. LizScanlon says:

    This post kind of has me running around in circles because some of those books make me want to check them out and possibly add them to my tbr, while I also truly like the idea of a spring clean and my tbr is long overdue one good dusting! 😀

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