Books I’ve Removed From My TBR

I went through a previous Goodreads TBR purge a couple of years ago. However, I know I have added A LOT more books to the list since then and I just feel like I know that I’ll never get to the over 400 count of novels on there at this point. I think it’s always a good idea to go through and remove some of those books that you have lost interest in actually reading. For me, seeing such a high number of books to read is a little daunting and I don’t want to feel so much pressure from that. With that being said, I decided to go and remove some books from that list. Maybe one day I’ll get to them…

We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott

I think that YA thrillers just don’t really shock or surprise me anymore. They’re usually pretty cliche and I figure out the “twist” or ending before I’m even halfway through the book. Except for Sadie, that book is a total gem.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

I was originally really excited about this book, but I think over time I’ve realized how many novels I’ve already read about the Trojan War. I don’t know that this book will be able shed any new light on the myth than has already been written about, that’s including the war from the women’s point of view.

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean

There is a strong push right now in YA Asian-inspired fantasies and I am totally here for it! However, this book just doesn’t grab my attention as much as some of the other recent releases and its kind of just fallen to the wayside. I haven’t seen a whole lot of reviews on it either and so I’m going to push this one to the side for now. Maybe I’ll come back to it at some point?

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

I was super excited about this book when I first heard about it. However, most of the reviews that I’ve read since its release has definitely lowered my expectations on it. It seems like Chicago’s Great Fire (which is supposed to be where the plot is based around) barely makes an appearance and instead it’s just one big love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles, but I was really hoping for a lot of tension due to the fire…. Guess not, huh?

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

I usually really enjoy a good retelling, especially if it’s turned into a science fiction story. But now that I think about it, I’m not super interested in Jane Eyre retellings. Give me something else and then maybe I’ll bite!

Isle of Blood and Stone (Tower of Winds, #1) by Makiia Lucier

I’ll be honest, I don’t even know what this book is supposed to be about. Probably a good enough reason to remove it from my TBR then.

Cracked (Soul Eaters, #1) by Eliza Crewe

Yet another book that I have no idea what it’s about. I also don’t ever remember adding this one to my TBR in the first place, so there’s that as well.

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

Apparently this is a pretty popular series that’s basically a contemporary gender-bent retelling of Sherlock Holmes. I think at this point that I’m just not interested in this series anymore. It seems like a story that I probably would feel very meh about.

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

I originally only got this book because PeruseProject bought it and really liked it. But I should’ve know that wouldn’t be a good enough reason as the synopsis isn’t really something that I’d usually be interested in.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

After reading The Female of the Species, I’ve realized that McGinnis just isn’t an author that I mesh with. Her writing style is a tad annoying and I find it hard to really be drawn into her stories.

 Do you regularly clean out your TBR? Do you notice a pattern in the books that your remove? Have you read any of the books that I listed? If so, what did you think of them?


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13 thoughts on “Books I’ve Removed From My TBR”

  1. I’ve never been on a Goodreads purge before, but I really need to because my TBR list is out of control for sure! 😀
    I haven’t read many of these books, the only two are Empress of All Seasons and Cracked, and while I enjoyed them I wouldn’t say they were books you just HAD to read. Besides this way you’re making more space on your TBR list for other amazing books out there. 🙂

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    1. I highly recommend doing a purge at least once a year. I feel so much lighter now, haha!… Okay, I’m glad to see that those books aren’t anything special. There are some amazing Asian-inspired fantasies coming out right now that I’m more interested in than Empress of All Seasons.

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      1. I definitely should. I imagine there are so many books I could remove just because I don’t have any interest in them anymore.
        Yeah, I mean Empress of All Seasons was decent but there are probably more exceptional Asian-inspired books being released you should get to first. 🙂

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