Let’s Discuss! My Changing Bookish Taste

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently sorting through my Goodreads TBR shelf, and I’m learning a lot about my own tastes and how they’ve evolved over the years.

When I started sorting, I had 618 books on my TBR. Now, I have 250 and going down!

Sorting through my shelf has made me realise a couple of things:

  1. My tastes change so much! I added some of these books 3 years ago and now they don’t sound appealing at all.
  2. It would realistically take me 12 years to finish my TBR. Oops.
  3. I add whole series to my TBR at a time?

So, as mentioned above, this kind of made me realise I maybe needed to be realistic about how long it takes me to read. And learn how to be more picky. I remember a couple of years ago, I could spend up to a couple of hours on Goodreads just adding random suggested books to my want-to-read list.

But now, I guess I realise I need to value my reading time more. For one, I’m not reading as much as I used to. And if it takes me years to get through this, I need to get rid of those books that used to sound good but don’t anymore.

Do you sort through your TBR list?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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10 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss! My Changing Bookish Taste

  1. Ugh. I am having the same exact problem. I am determined to get through at least my physical TBR books and I keep picking them up and putting them back down. I feel like I went through a really pretentious book buying phase for no reason.

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  2. I do the Through the TBR Hole meme every now and then, which makes me go through my Goodreads TBR. When it’s a series I only add the first book. My problem is my actual physical TBR, as I have a habit of buying too many used books! I picked up another 7 today – oops! 🙂

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  3. About a year ago, I seriously trimmed down my Goodreads TBR. I realised I’d been clicking “Want to Read” on books I actually had no intention of reading because they were either hyped up so much as a good book, or they were the kind of book to feature on a list of “100 books to read before you die”. I realised though, I didn’t care about the authors, genre or writing style or story of any of these books, and I’d been trying to pretend that I did. Now, I read books / click “want to read” only on books I know I definitely do want to read and will actually make the effort to. Everyone’s personal tastes change over time anyway as you get exposed to more books and genres, and grow and change as a person. Sorry for the ramble 😛

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    1. Me too! I did the same just for books I thought I should read, and it’s only now that I’ve realised it’s a waste of time to read for other people when you could be reading for yourself. Don’t apologise, thank you for your comment 🙂

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  4. I recently did a big clear out of my TBR just before the new year and I honestly feel so much better for it. I had some books on my list from back in 2012 when I first joined Goodreads but upon reflection now, I have no interest in reading them!

    Sorting through my shelves not only makes me feel fresher, but also frees up space for books that I actually really do want to read without them getting lost in amongst piles of books I have no intention of reading!

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    1. I was the same – my early books were from years ago and my tastes are so different now that I’m not interested in most of them! Exactly, over the years I’ve realised that it’s better to read books you want t read than books other people want you to read. Reading time is so valuable!

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