TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books I’ve Recently Taken Off my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a “Spring Cleaning Freebie”. Some of the suggestions for that vague theme were books you’re planning to get rid of for whatever reason, book’s 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.

As I recently went through my books (again) and was very harsh with myself over what books I actually still want to read and what ones I want to keep because I liked them a lot – I cut down my seven boxes of books, graphic novels, comics and uni textbooks to just three boxes. I was very impressed with myself. Here are ten of those many books that I decided that I’m no longer interested in reading and have taken them off my TBR, ready to take to a charity shop when they open again.

Sekret by Lindsy Smith
I tried this, only read a chapter or two, couldn’t get into it so put it down and just don’t want to give it another go.

Nevernight by Jay Krstoff
This is another book that I DNF’d a long time ago and have finally decided that I’m not interested in it.

The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
I bought a collection of classics maybe eight years ago and this was one of them. I think I read two or three of them but I was finally honest with myself that I’m not going to read any of the others, including this one.

Fractured and Shattered by Teri Terry
I read Slated way back in 2016. I enjoyed it then so I bought the next two books in the trilogy but then never continued on with the series. It’s been so long since I read Slated that I’d have to reread that in order to read the rest of the trilogy and I’m just no longer interested in it.

Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox
I had a phase when I was a teenager of collecting and reading autobiographies. This Michael J. Fox one is one I bought then, and I just never read it.

Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
I can’t remember the reason why I bought this book; I must’ve liked the sound of it when I bought it but now I’m no longer interested.

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
I love the original Bourne movie trilogy, so I thought I’d try the book. Think I bought it when I was in university so that’s almost ten years ago and I’ve never even picked it up, so it was time to give up on that idea.

Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead
This is the last book in a Robin Hood retelling trilogy where I read the first two, Hood and Scarlet, but never got around to finishing the series. This is another case where it’s been so long since I’ve read them that I’d have to reread the first two, and I don’t have copies of the first two books anymore so that’s just not going to happen.

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
Another sort of spy/crime thriller that I bought for some reason and have then never really wanted to read.

Are there any books you plan to spring clean off your TBR?

26 comments

  1. I love the Bourne movies but I’ve never read the books. And I liked the Slated series but I’m the same way- if too much time goes by and I have to re- read to catch up, a lot of times I’ll just lose interest. 🙂

    1. Yeah I can’t remember anything about Slated and am not excited about the series anymore so it’s best to give them away to someone who might get more enjoyment out of them 🙂

  2. I liked Nevernight but I never continued the series, so I may also end up unhauling it because I also dislike when too much time goes between reading a series and I lose interest because of it.

    1. It’s such a problem! Equally when I’ve been reading/rereading a series to get to the next book, I’ve then got bored of just being with the same characters for a while – I can’t seem to win with series.

  3. Oh wow you made some hard choicen with cutting down 4 boxes of books! Well done.
    I also unhauled Nevernight a while ago. I pre ordered it when I was pregnant, didn’t end up reading it right away and then heard too many meh things about the book and Kristoff. I donated the book to a friend of mine who was super happy.

    1. Thanks! Yeah I’ve since heard no great things about Kristoff which put me off a bit too. I love it when you can give books to friends who you know will definitely get more out of them than you did.

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