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Let’s Talk Bookish: The Care And Keeping Of A TBR

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Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series hosted by Rukky at Eternity Books and Danie at Literary Lion. The full list of October topics can be found here.

This week’s topic is The Care And Keeping Of A TBR.

Do you maintain a TBR physically, online or both?

Both! In my personal library at home I have a shelf designated to books I want to read soon. Online, I keep a TBR through Goodreads. Neither is organized in a specific way other than my Goodreads books which I usually sort by genre.

How do you decide which books get to go on your TBR?

I have auto-buy authors, such as Laura Griffin, whose books I will buy ASAP and add them to my bookshelf. On the other hand, books usually get added to my Goodreads TBR if someone casually mentions or recommends them at work or in passing and I don’t want to forget the title. My personal shelf at home is my priority TBR in that sense.

Do you ever “prune” your TBR to remove old books, how do you decide who stays and who goes?

I only go through my personal library if I’m moving. I tend to hoard my books for as long as possible before having to make those tough decisions! On Goodreads I’ll go through my Want to Read shelf every few months and remove books that I either don’t remember adding or that don’t sound interesting anymore.

How big is your TBR currently?

I definitely don’t have a number in mind for this! I would say at home there’s anywhere between 15-20 books I have waiting to read. That’s very manageable for me. Online is a different story, because Goodreads is very much a slush pile. My Want to Read shelf has 1,015 books on it right now, so it’s probably about time to go through that list and make some cuts…

What are your thoughts on keeping a physical or online TBR? Tell me in the comments or leave a link to your post so I can check it out!

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