Top Ten Tuesday: TBR Books I’m Saying Goodbye To

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Backlist Books I Want to Read.” Since last week I ended up sharing a list of creepy backlist books on my TBR, this week I’m going to be sharing a list of books I’m removing from my TBR. Sometime last year I went through my Goodreads to-read shelf and deleted about 100 books. Since then I’ve added more than 100 books and it’s time to go through my list again. Well, I don’t have the time to do so presently, but for the sake of this week’s topic, I took a quick peek and deleted the following books. It’s always hard to say goodbye, but sometimes you need to be realistic and accept that you’ve lost interest in these books or that you just don’t have the time to prioritize books you only have a passing interest in. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore – I’ve had this one on several to-be-read lists, but I think it’s time for me to finally let this one go. I really enjoyed the author’s Goodnight Family duology, but can’t see myself taking them time to read this one.

2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – It’s time for me to accept that I’m never going to read this one. I’ve heard so many people praise it, but it’s so long and I just can’t commit to the time it would take to get through it. 

3. Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf – I have not heard a single person talk about this book and I can’t even recall how it ended up on my TBR. Since I’m in no way attached to it, I need to let it go. 

4. Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen – I did really enjoy the book before this sequel, but I also donated it to my library and remember practically nothing, so I’m deleting this one since I won’t be able to read it without a reread of the first. 

5. A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis – I think Not a Drop to Drink is a really underrated novel, but I really only have a passing interest in checking out this sequel.

6. Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern – I couldn’t tell you what this book was about even if my life depended on it, so time to delete it.

7. The Legend of Me by Rebekah L. Purdy – All I really remember of this one is that I added it to my TBR a long time ago and then the publishing date was pushed back. I’ve since lost interest in it.

8. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – I’ve seen tons of bloggers talk about this one and so I added it to my TBR, but it’s just been so long since I thought about it, I don’t think I’m ever going to pick it up.

9. The Marvels by Brian Selznick – I really enjoyed Wonderstruck, but don’t really feel the same kind of enthusiasm for this one.

10. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – I still have the last book in their other series unread on my shelf, so I need to get to that before even thinking about this one. But really, I don’t have too much interest in reading this new series anyway.

Have you read any of these? What’s the last book you removed from your TBR? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

63 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: TBR Books I’m Saying Goodbye To

  1. Same here with The Name of the Wind. Lotsa people love it but I tried it and was bored, and it’s soooo long. Scarlet had me curious but I never got around to getting it… sometimes books just slip off my radar like that lol.

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  2. *gasp* THE NAME OF THE WIND?!

    Lmao, I’m only teasing. I keep putting that one off. I really think I’ll like it, it’s just a matter of finding the time for it because it feels so big and intimidating! (Which is dumb when I think about it, because I’m reading a book right now that’s 200+ pages longer than NotW, but… OH WHATEVER hahaha)

    I focused on backlist ARCs in my T10T this week if you want to check it out! ♥

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  3. I really enjoyed Unearthed! In fact, I recently preordered the sequel! I have no idea what the last book I removed from my TBR was though. I periodically go through my Goodreads shelves and remove any books that I’ve lost interest in or can’t even remember adding in the first place!

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      1. Yes! I read the Starbound trilogy via audiobook last year (I think) and loved it! It’s similar to Unearthed in some ways but also very different. I really like Amie and Meagan’s writing styles and how they meld together – they’re auto-buy authors for me now!

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  4. I have not read any of these, but I have Unearthed and The Marvels. I loved the Starbound series, but I have put off Unearthed for so long, I am not sure it will ever happen. Especially since I am reading a LOT less SFF books.

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  5. I really want to read The Name of the Wind as everyone seems to love it, but I can’t see me getting to it anytime soon – it’s just so dense! I would quite like to read Unearthed though; it sounds like something I’d enjoy.

    My TTT post!

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  6. Aww it’s a shame you’re getting rid of The Name of the Wind because it’s great (yes, I’m one of those that loved it, I’m sorry!) I can understand not feeling like you can commit to it though, because it is pretty big. I haven’t read the sequel yet because there’s been no release date for the third one for years, and at this point I don’t know if we’ll ever get it. I try and have a small clearout of my Goodreads shelves every six months or so because I know there are book I’ll have lost interest in reading – we can’t get to them all after all! Great post 🙂

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    1. Committing to big books is becoming harder and harder for me. As a blogger, I always feel like I can’t spend tons of time on one book and increasingly, I kind of don’t want to. How awful to live with that uncertainty! There is one series I read where the first two weren’t not very popular and I’m fairly certain the final two will never released.


  7. I love your take on this week’s topic. Honestly, I really enjoy going through my to-read list and culling it. Some of these made my heart ache (The Name of the Wind!) but I completely understand your reasoning. Also, you read what you want to read! I’ve read Scarlet, but it’s one of those where I know I’ll never continue the series either.

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  8. Hi Alicia, I’ve been going through my TBR a little bit at a time each week to narrow down the list. I find myself adding new books all the time, so the process is cumbersome. I haven’t read any of the books on your deletion list though!

    Here is my list of backlogged books.

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  9. Do you use Goodreads? If a book blogger reviews a book and I’m sold, I will add it to my Goodreads, and then in the private notes section I will include the URL to that bloggers review. That way, if I ever want to remember why I added that book or what was so great about it, I can just go back and reread the review.

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  10. I just bought The Name of the Wind. Ha ha. 😂

    I had both of the In a Handful of Dust books as ARCs, but I sent them to another blogger because I read a YA Horror anthology that McGinnis had a story in, and the story is about a librarian who gets tired of teenage boys drawing penises in library books and cuts their penises off. 😱 Then she was having a conversation with another author on Tumblr, and they were saying how all teenage boys are pigs, and when I commented that I had a teenage son and he and his friends were not pigs, she replied, “All teenage boys.” 😒

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  11. Oh The Name of the Wind. But hey I totally get that. They are so big and it is taking forever for the third book to come out. I’m probably going to wait until the third bookc omes out before I start. Which probably be a few years haha.

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