10 Tips to Help Cut Down Your TBR

Having a large TBR seems to be a universal problem in the book community. So today, we’re here to help! After much deliberation we’ve put together a list of 10 tips that will help you cut down on your TBR. These tips have been vetted by experts (yes, we are the experts) and are proven to work 100% of the time.

Of course, if these tips don’t work for you, we’re sorry to say that we have a strict no refunds policy and you’ll just have to take what you get! Obviously if these tips happen to not work for you, it’s probably time for a little introspection as to what could be wrong. Once you do that you can revisit our list and try again!

1. Step 1! Read the books 😌 Lol just kidding. What you should be doing is coming up with intricate lists categorizing your immense TBR. Sure you might not have time to read the books because you’re spending all your time organizing them, but oh well. 

Roll out your organized TBR list like

2. Now that you have all your books organized, it’s time to think about why you’ve added each book to your list. Think over this carefully. If you can’t think of why you added it, maybe it’s time to read over every synopsis in your 2347 book TBR, instead of actually reading the books and finding out that way. 

3. Visit a bookstore! We know you’re usually told to avoid that because you might end up buying more books, but think of the bookstore as a warning. After all, you wouldn’t want your room to end up looking like a bookstore! 

4. Take a nap. Reading is best done on full brain power, and in order to tackle all those books you need your beauty sleep. The books will wait. They’ve already waited this long after all. 

TBR’s also make for great pillows

5. Hide the books. If you can’t see them, they don’t count. Under the bed is a great place that we highly recommend. 

6. Announce what your TBR is. Once the world knows what you plan to read and when, destiny will do the rest. 

When you tweet about your TBR

7. We wouldn’t usually recommend it, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Burn those books. It’ll keep you warm during the winter. 

8. Complain about how big your TBR is. We’ve heard that when the TBR senses you’re upset it will automatically reduce itself to please you.

9. Conveniently, there are book drops and little free libraries you can use to donate books. Now, making your books into orphans is a bit harsh, but hey, do what you gotta do.

Running away after orphaning books that you promised you’d read

10. Worst comes to worst, you can always scroll through Twitter to find other tips. Oh wait? Did you only find other books to add to your TBR? That’s unfortunate. 

What tips do you have for diminishing your TBR? Were any of our tips helpful? How big would you estimate your TBR is currently?

47 thoughts on “10 Tips to Help Cut Down Your TBR

    1. Hahahhaa, I know the feeling!! Every now and then I have way too many books piled up around my room so the obvious thing is to just *gently* shove them behind and under things πŸ˜…

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  1. Bwhahah I LOVE this! In seriousness, I “orphaned” a lot of books before I moved- probably like 400 or so- to the Little Free Library, and when some lady saw me one day, she was like “omg YOU are the one who has been leaving all the good books? You have no idea how grateful we are, usually there’s nothing decent!” and I was GLOWING so see, it really does work hahah.

    And, I always figure that when the apocalypse comes, what else are we going to have to do but read? Do you know how popular I will become? Because I will have ALL the entertainment! πŸ˜‚

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    1. Aaah, that’s amazing!! I just recently discovered two little free libraries very close to my house and it’s been so great!! I love leaving books there, and I also suspect there might be another blogger/reviewer in my area because at one of them there always seems to be arcs?

      Hahaha, I can just imagine you running a safehouse/library πŸ˜‚ The ultimate mom during the zombie apocalypse

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  2. Oh my god this post πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I love it so much ahah. Cutting down the TBR is sooo hard to do sometimes. I rarely ever revisit my goodreads TBR, but I should because I bet there are so many books I don’t want to read anymore πŸ˜‚

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed! I’m actually pretty good at cutting down my TBR because I get too stressed when I have to many books that I feel I need to read! My Goodreads TBR Is at less than 70 books, which is actually something I’m super proud of! If you ever want some help or motivation to clean up your Goodreads TBR, just let me know!

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    1. Thank you!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it πŸ₯° Hahahhaha, I make sooo many lists trying to organize my TBR and then I never end up reading anything….oops

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