Top Ten Tuesday – Spring Cleaning My TBR


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Spring Cleaning Freebie (for example, books you’re planning to get rid of for whatever reason, books you’d like to clean off your TBR by either reading them or deciding you’re not interested, books that feel fresh and clean to you after winter is over, etc.).  I decided to focus on book that I have taken off my TBR so far this year.  I guess that’s technically “winter cleaning” but whatever.

As most who follow me know, one of my big goals for the year is to read more of the books I own and another is to finish up (or at least make some progress) on some series that have been lingering on my TBR for years.  I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start on these two goals.  I’ve read 19 books from my bookshelves and 5 of those are books from series I’ve been way behind on.  Not only have I read a lot of my own books, but I’ve also made some hard decisions regarding some series have been lingering on my shelves for years now and decided to purge them from my TBR.  It was hard because my heart is telling me that I’ve invested time in the series and should continue, but the more practical side of me says that if I haven’t read book 2 five years after reading book 1, I’m just not that into it and need to move on.  In most cases, I can’t even remember the basic premise of the series or the names of any characters and just don’t have any interest in re-reading the first book to re-familiarize myself with it.


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Spring Cleaning My TBR


What I Read

1. THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh

2. DARKDAWN by Jay Kristoff


4. A REAPER AT THE GATES by Sabaa Tahir

5. THE TOLL by Neal Shusterman


What I Purged

6. GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown


8. THE INFINITE SEA by Rick Yancey

9. EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill

10. LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater


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Question:  Have you read any of these?  Am I missing out if I give up on those five series?

38 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    I agree with most of the ones you purged! I had no desire to continue after reading Red Rising, The 5th Wave, or Shiver!

  2. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) says:

    I’m the same way! I’m stuck in the middle of numerous series where I can’t remember who’s who or what’s what. I don’t want to have to re-read books just to move on with the series, but I also hate to abandon them when I’ve invested so much time in them. *Sigh* Good for you for going ahead and purging the ones that aren’t working for you anymore.

    Happy TTT!

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      It’s so hard to give up on them, but I’m trying to be more of a realist about the fact that I’m pretty obviously never going to make them a priority.

  3. Greg
    Greg says:

    I’m the same way with series that have dragged on for me too long- if I haven’t read the sequel after five years lol I’m probably not going to! The Stiefvater books look interesting to me, but maybe it’s just those covers. I’ve always liked ’em!

    Blood of a Thousand Stars is pretty.
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  4. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    Reading more off my existing shelves is one of my goals this year too but it sounds like you’re off to a much better start than I am! 😂 I haven’t read any of the books that you’ve purged although I do have Stiefvater’s series on my shelf (and that I bought on a whim last year when I saw it on sale but still haven’t touched!!!). You made a very sensible decision purging them and wish I could do the same with many of my unfinished series! LOL
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  5. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    I hard a hard time giving up on series, too. Even if it’s been years since I started the series… I feel a sense of obligation. No matter that if I had really enjoyed the series I would have continued it long before now! LOL I unhauled The Infinite Sea, too. I liked the first book but didn’t feel led to continue.
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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I totally feel that sense of obligation! Even the ones I’m saying I’m going to unhaul are still sitting in the floor next to my chair, like I’m still thinking about whether to really give up on them.

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