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Organising My TBR

I came across this post by Sarah, who in turn was inspired by Charlotte’s series on her blog Tea Leaf Reads, and it looked like a really clever way of culling my TBR pile! The idea is to assign a book a rating based on various factors, so Charlotte rates her books by how motivated she is to read it and how interested she is in the premise, whilst Sarah adds a third factor; the average rating of her Goodreads friends. If a book gets a low rating, it’s out.

I’ve decided to use similar factors – interest, motivation, and average rating on Goodreads in general. I’ll score each book out of five for each of the three factors, then divide it by three to give me an overall score. Like Sarah, anything lower than 3 gets the boot! I decided to randomly pick ten books from my Maybe TBR shelf.

A little info about my Goodreads TBR shelves.
1. Want to Read is for books I own and plan to read, definitely, someday.
2. Low Priority is for books I own and might read but are also the first to be donated if I need to declutter.
3. To Buy is obviously for books I want to buy. I know I definitely want to read these.
4. Maybe TBR is for books I don’t own yet and am not 100% committed to reading. Most books start out on this shelf (and only the strongest survive). When my ‘Want to Read’ and ‘To Buy’ shelves get a little smaller I’ll start on this shelf. (Narrator: “This was a lie. Books from this shelf are regularly purchased, garnering them ‘Want to Read’ status, despite the blogger owning an abundance of unread books already. What a liar.”)

Basically, for some reason I think that just splitting my TBR shelf into many smaller TBR shelves means I have less books to read. Incorrect. I am a fool that hides behind organisation.

Let the culling begin!

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

My interest rating: 4
My motivation rating: 2
Goodreads rating: 3.59
Average: 3.19
Verdict: Witching stays. This would have been a good Halloween read, I think. Could be good for a spooky winter read too though!

We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars by Martin Pugh

My interest rating: 5
My motivation rating: 4
Goodreads rating: 3.89
Average: 4.29
Verdict: Definitely stays, I knew it would. This is a high-priority non-fiction for me.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

My interest rating: 3
My motivation rating: 1
Goodreads rating: 3.89
Average: 2.63
Verdict: This seems cute but I don’t normally read cute, lol. I think it’ll be a fun read but there’s a lot of books I’d rather read before I’d get to this. If it’s meant to be, it’ll find its way back on to my TBR but for now, boot!

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

My interest rating: 2
My motivation rating: 3
Goodreads rating: 3.80
Average: 2.93
Verdict: Oooh so close! I added this because it won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and was nominated for a bunch more (plus, that cover!) but reading the synopsis again, I’m not super excited for it so *shrug*

Sadie by Courtney Summers

My interest rating: 3
My motivation rating: 4
Goodreads rating: 4.19
Average: 3.73
Verdict: I don’t read a lot of YA but I’ve heard amazing things about Sadie and at 4.19, it’s one of the highest rated books on my TBR, so it’s definitely staying.

Beyond Beautiful by Anuschka Rees

My interest rating: 2
My motivation rating: 1
Goodreads rating: 4.0
Average: 2.33
Verdict: This was a tentative addition to my TBR in the first place and I’ve almost removed it a couple of times. I’m biting the bullet and saying goodbye!

The Women’s War by Jenna Glass

My interest rating: 4
My motivation rating: 3
Goodreads rating: 3.88
Average: 3.62
Verdict: I thought this one might score low but once I re-read the synopsis I was reminded of how great this book sounds. Definitely keeping.

The Rapture by Claire McGlasson

My interest rating: 3
My motivation rating: 2
Goodreads rating: 3.78
Average: 2.92
Verdict: I’d forgotten what this one was about and when I reminded myself, I found I wasn’t as interested as I thought I would be… gone for now!

Educated by Tara Westover

My interest rating: 4
My motivation rating: 4
Goodreads rating: 4.48
Average: 4.16
Verdict: I’ve heard great things about this and it’s the third highest rated book on my TBR so a firm stay for Educated.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

My interest rating: 2
My motivation rating: 2
Goodreads rating: 4.09
Average: 2.69
Verdict: This is definitely one I added because of the hype. I definitely wouldn’t have picked this up if it hadn’t have been for the hype surrounding it when it was first released. For now, it’s out.

Wow, half go and half stay! I wasn’t expecting to lose so many!
Have you read any of these? Do you think I made the right choice?
Let me know in the comments so I can be even more indecisive!

2 thoughts on “Organising My TBR”

  1. Aw yay, I’m so excited to see you gave this a shot! I definitely agree Sadie should stay, it is unlike most YA books I’ve read and was incredibly good. One of my favorite things about this method is that it helps me remove books I may have just added due to hype or because I feel obligated to read them.

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