I was stricken by this, because I long ago abandoned my Goodreads TBR list. At the time of Allison's post, my to-read list was at a whopping 1,084 books. ONE THOUSAND AND EIGHTY FOUR. To delete the whole thing sounded equally scandalous and liberating.
How did the list get to that astronomical point? I started my Goodreads account in 2007, o-KAY, so give me a little leeway when I've been adding books to it for 9 years! And for a long time, I found it useful. I would troll it whenever I needed help picking a new book to read. I used to make little goals like "try to read all the books I added to it in 2007" (done!). I would carefully add only books that I REALLY wanted to read.
Then...I started this blog. And things just got out of control.
|Yeah like, way too many.|
After reading Allison's post, I considered starting over from scratch. Delete it all, and begin again with only books I really want to read currently. However, after looking over the list, I just couldn't do it. There were too many that I still, now, REALLY wanted to read. What I DID do is spend some serious time culling it. I'm now down to 469 on the to-read list, still unmanagably large for some, but when I look at the list now, I see books that I actually do want to read...you know, when I have the time. :)
|Oh yeah, I have this.|
1. The "at home" TBR. Meaning the 100+ unread books on my home shelves. (Don't even talk about my Kindle. If I can't physically see them, they're not there, right...)
2. My 30-before-35 TBR. I do keep an eye on this list pretty consistently, I am chipping away at it!
3. Year-end "best of" TBRs. Bloggers come out with all their lists of faves at the end of each year, and it makes me crazy as I try to read all the ones that sound right up my alley. (Yeah, still trying to get to A Little Life.)
4. Prize list TBRs. Every year I make grand proclamations like, "I'm going to read the entire Man Booker short list!" or "I'm going to read all the Tournament of Books selections!" And every year I fail. But it sure is fun to try!
Sure, many of these lists overlap. But still...is it any wonder my Goodreads was past 1,000?
At the end of it all, I say: fill up those to-read lists, people. Pack 'em full. In the end, you'll always have a book to read, and that's what matters, yes? :)
Readers, how many books are on YOUR Goodreads to-read list? Or do you use another kind of TBR? (Or do you fly by the seat of your pants with NO TBR?? I can't even imagine...)