Revamping my Goodreads TBR

I’m have been slacking when it comes to using Goodreads. I’m a minimal user and definitely think that I can use it more effectively. The site does have its down sides but its good for tracking progress and for book reviews.

I have bunch of books on my TBR shelf that have been there for such a long time and I’m pretty sure that I’m not ever going to get around to reading them. I thought I would do a spring clean type thing on the TBR shelf so I can try to use it as an actual TBR rather than a random collection of books that I thought looked cool at some point.

So here are the books I removed from my goodreads TBR and why.


The Rig

Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at The Rig, a specialist juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from The Rig. No one except for Drake…

After making some escape plans and meeting the first real friends of his life, Drake quickly realises that all is not as it seems on The Rig. The Warden is obsessed with the mysterious Crystal-X – a blue, glowing substance that appears to give superpowers to the teens exposed to it. Drake, Tristan and Irene are banking on a bid for freedom – but can they survive long enough to make it?

Drake is an action hero to rival Jason Bourne and the CHERUB team in this debut author’s fantastically imagined sci-­‐fi nightmare.

This sounds like an interesting Sci-fi thriller but recently I’ve been reading them less and less and I know this one will just sit languishing on the list never being read. So its best I be honest and remove it now.

The Dice Man

The cult classic that can still change your life…Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart – and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen. Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time.

I went through a phase of adding ‘cult classics’ to my reading list thinking I would blitz through them, but I’ve just never got around to this one. For some reason I’m inclined to believe that I will find the story depressing and this makes my brain not want to start it. May in the future loop back around to this one but not anytime soon so I’m taking it off the list.

The Voss Coin

A gripping psychological crime thriller that will make your nail clippers redundant. If your family was the price—how far would you go?

Kevin Voss is the definition of success—a technological genius employed by a Fortune 500 company with a happy marriage and two adorable twin boys. But when he is sent to Tokyo to resolve a corporate security breach, his financial bubble and happy family was going to change forever.

He is kidnapped and blackmailed through a string of bizarre sexual encounters. With his life and family at risk, he is forced to create a new cryptocurrency that is a ticking financial atomic bomb. If and when it goes off, he will be a perfect scapegoat for their catastrophic plans. Millions, if not billions of people would feel the ripple effect.

Facing an enemy of the worst kind, Kevin clings to survival through a mind-altering journey of sex, greed, power, and self-discovery. The chickens weren’t coming home to roost; they were roosting everywhere

Honestly – I’m not even sure when or why I added this one. Rereading the blurb just makes me think its not for me so easy one to remove.

The Past

The Past is the first book in the VanWest series, about an Enforcer who lives in a dystopian Earth of the year 3000 and works for an authoritarian ruler called the Universal Council. Tasked with travelling through time to stop a renegade sect, that seeks to change Earth’s past, he comes to learn about his dark origins and his unique ability.

Falling in love with the daughter of its leader, he returns to the present to face a difficult choice, whether or not to save her. And be part of the New Beginning. 

This books blurb sounds pretty interesting but I have a large amount of Sci-fi series that I would want to pick up before this and so for now its being removed.

Exhalation

The universe began as an enormous breath being held.

From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others — the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film Arrival — comes a ground-breaking new collection of short fiction: nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories. These are tales that tackle some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only Ted Chiang could imagine.

In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate”, a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In “Exhalation”, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will.

A lot about this book sounds like it would be a good read and potentially quite thought provoking. However, I am not a short story fan so I know that I am just not going to get this one for a very long time, other books will always be picked up first so I am taking it off the list.


After removing these 5 books from by TBR list I am still left with about 50 books. Which is a lot especially considering I usually put my yearly challenge at 24.

I found this a lot harder than I thought I would, in fact I spent a lot of time going ooohhh I forgot I wanted to read this and then trying hard not to 1-click buy it on Amazon. So i’m going to take it as a win that I did in fact manage to clean up the TBR list a tiny bit AND managed not to purchase several more books.

Let me know if you ever refresh your TBR or if its an ever growing list!

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