I’ve had a Goodreads account for 12 years now but the way I use my to-read shelf is not actually helpful for my reading life, so I decided it’s time to fix it up.
There have been many times in my life where I’ve read a book, loved it and decided to read everything that I could find that was in any way similar to that book. For example, my vampire book phase – I basically found a list of books with that theme and added every single one to my to-read shelf. That wouldn’t be such a bad thing if I actually tried to read some of those books at some point, but nope – I simply lost interest because I moved on to something else. And than added every book about my new interest as well. And so the cycle continues.
But even worse, when I add a book to my to-read shelf, I don’t usually bother with adding it to some other shelf as well, for example the ‘vampires’ one. I only add the other shelves after reading the book. The reason this is useless is because I can’t filter my to-read shelf properly if the majority of books are only on that one shelf. I currently have 3345 books there so if I’m looking for something new to read, I never even check this shelf – it’s not easy to find anything there.
The plan is to check 100 books on the shelf and see if I still want to read them or not.
Girlfriend by R.L. Stine has to go, I haven’t had interest in his books for years. There’s also a Harry Potter fanfiction book, called James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing, that seems very popular, but I don’t feel like reading it anymore. Gone by Michael Grant is on the list even though I tried to read it before and gave up. I guess I thought I’ll go back to it eventually. There are many other teen books on the list, I’ve (mostly) outgrown those, so they’re out as well.
There are some books that I don’t understand why I added in the first place, like Money Man’s Fiancee Negotiation (wtf), part 4 of a series I never read (?!?), The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus – I’ve never had interest in this, so why is it here?
About 20 Pride and Prejudice fanfiction books are also out, simply because most of them have quite low average ratings, so I’m not gonna bother.
Still want to read:
There are a few Tolkien books on the list, like Unfinished Tales and The Children of Hurin, there’s also There And Back Again: An Actor’s Tale by Sean Astin, a book I really want to read now that I remember it exists.
The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer is still on the list because I love Heyer a lot and I want to read every historical romance she has written.
I’m also keeping some classics like Lord of the Flies, Letters to a Young Poet and The Diary of Anaïs Nin.
I can’t believe I still haven’t read Outlander – I’m sure I’ll love it. Same goes for The Iron King, A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
I removed 77 books, which is great – I’ll keep doing this until I go through the whole ‘want to read’ shelf.