During these 17 weeks I had no idea this would become so big! Every week more and more people join in and that so cool! So thank you all for joining, I hope it’ll help you to get your TBR under control.
Nikki from The Night Is Dark and Full Of Books suggested I do a “looking back” post, which I thought was a great idea! So hereby my looking back at 16 weeks of going through my tbr!
I started off with about 90 books (I don’t remember exactly), which isn’t much, but it felt like I was drowning in it anyway. Whenever I went through my tbr to see what I could read next I automatically skipped over some books, simply because I didn’t even remember why they were on there.
During this process I went through 80 of these books and removed 26 (later a few got added back) and the current state of my tbr is 56 books. On average I removed about 2/5th of the books I went through, excluding the last few posts. I’ve added some books in the past months and I’ve read some, but I’ve read more than I added, which is a good sign!
Some thoughts on tbrs and things I’ve learned:
- Adding books only because they’re popular, is not a good idea. Popularity does not mean you’ll like it.
- Adding books should be because you think it’s something you’re really going to enjoy. I’ve gotten way more critical about which books I add, and which not.
- People’s opinions can be different. Removing a book and having someone tell you it’s their favourite or so amazing (*cough* Throne of Glass *cough*) can be quite difficult, because if they love it, you should too right? But sometimes you really have to put your feet down and remove it anyway. You know what? It felt so good removing ToG from my tbr!
- Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. I’ve discovered some new favourites and got excited for books that I completely forgot about!
- A tbr needs some sort of homeostasis point, there needs to be a balance between the books you read and the books you add, otherwise, it would become one big endless hole.
- I will probably never get to the end of my tbr, but that doesn’t matter because there are too many good books out there.
- Filtering through your tbr every once in a while, is really helpful to get rid of those books you have no interest in reading anymore.
I don’t know what I’m going to do for the next weeks, there’s not much to go through on my tbr anymore. Maybe I’ll do a shout-out to a book on my tbr? Or I’ll come up with some new idea 🙂
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