Friday, February 24
Last year I had a TBR plan. It was pretty simple actually. It involved actually reading some of the books I already owned. Fancy that, right, LOL.
My plan was to tackle at least one book each month, or one series each month. It seemed doable, and I stayed on track for the first few months of the year. I felt really great about it especially since one of my ventures lead me to reading Pamela Clare's I-Team series, because all but one of the books in the series was in the TBR. I got to read fantastic books by a new favorite author, and made TBR progress! Woo hoo! Score one for me.
But then...it all kind of fell apart. After March (or thereabouts) I didn't read, but maybe one or two books from the TBR the rest of the year. As you can see, my plan for last year didn't work out so well. Chalk it up as a failure.
Since a new March is practically upon us, and I don't want my family to turn me in to the show Hoarders: Buried Alive for the number of books in the TBR (which I could in fact get buried in) I need to take a new approach. I've got a new plan. One that I think will help at least a bit, while still trying to adhere to what I tried to do last year (because I still think it was a good plan).
So, here it is, my new plan. This weekend I'm going to go through book by book...all of the books in my TBR (we're talking hundreds) and check them out on Goodreads and any book that doesn't meet a certain star rating qualification, is getting removed from the TBR. Gasp! I know right. Think about it this way though....ultimately, I want to find time to read the really great books, not the so-so ones. I want to find the books in my TBR that I would regret not having found the time to read. I don't like having regrets, so this is my attempt at avoiding that. I'm hoping by relying on my fellow Goodreads members that I can weed out the mediocre and less than just "ok" reads to save my time for the ones that have potential to be favorites.
Not too long ago I went through my reads from 2011 and compared my ratings with the Goodreads ratings to come up with my threshold limits of what would constitute an:
- automatic TBR keeper, which means it earns a place on the TBR bookshelf and hopefully ultimately a place on my nightstand :)
- a questionable keeper, which means that the books needs further consideration. After that consideration the book will either become a TBR keeper, or a TBR removal. One or the other, and no going back.
- and a TBR removal. I think this is pretty self explanatory. It's going and not coming back. I'll either donate it, or sell it depending on what I have time for.
- Any book that has an overall rating of 3.76 and above is an automatic TBR keeper.
- Any book that falls between 3.4-3.75 is going to go into a questionable keeper pile, which I have a feeling is going to be big.
- Any book that has received less than 3.39 stars is destined to a second life somewhere else. I know...an almost mid range 3.00 star rating isn't a keeper? But I've got to draw the line somewhere and if I convert that to a grade rating we're probably talking a C to C+, which is just...average. And I'm not looking for average for the TBR. I want more. I deserve more.
I've come to realize that the reason why I have a TBR is that it seemed at the time that they all were books that had potential to become a favorite for one reason or another. And with all of the new releases I'm no longer interested in holding on to books that are just....OK, or mediocre...or run of the mill (i.e. average). I want the really good, to great reads. The ones that are special. Why waste my time, which I already know is limited and my valuable bookshelf space with stories that aren't special in some way? And I'm hoping that with the lure of all of these potential great reads just sitting there on my bookshelves that I might be more tempted to try and read at least one of the TBR books each month.
I used Goodreads more last year than I had anticipated, and for the most part it's fairly reliable as long as a book has a fair number of ratings, but that doesn't mean that it's fool proof, which is why I'd like to have your help too. I'm going to make a list of the books that are "questionable keepers" that I am unsure about, and I'd like to know what you think...because my biggest fear in trying this out is getting rid of something that I would love just because of a star rating. Most of you have been followers for a while so you know what types of books that I like...or at least I hope you do :) I'm thinking I'll probably have some kind of poll or spreadsheet where you can tell me whether it's should be a keeper or a tosser on the books that fall in the 3.4-3.75 range that I am still on the fence about. Unfortunately I have a feeling that that list could be somewhat large...but we shall see.
So what do you think? Am I completely insane for trying to weed some of them out of the TBR? Do you have any advice? Have you done anything like this, or are you more discerning when adding books to your TBR? If so, what are your criteria? And would you provide input if I were do to a poll...maybe separate it out into several polls based on sub-genre of romance so it's not too time consuming? I know, lots of questions, but this is serious business my friends! LOL.
p.s. I focusing on my print books first...then depending on how well that goes I'll attempt to tackle my e-book TBR (yes I have one of those as well), then maybe my Goodreads wishlist :) Sad, isn't it, LOL
p.s.s If you're an author that ends up in the TBR tosser pile, my sincere apologies...hopefully it's new owner will become a new fan :)
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