The deep cleanse of my Goodreads tbr – it’s time folks….


Hello Bookworms, as much as this post is for me to organize my shelves, it’s also an opportunity for YOU! Admit it. Your shelves could be more coordinated. Perhaps your tbr is a littllleee on the long side, either way, organize it for yourself! I love minimalism, and try to apply it to every aspect of my life, including my Goodreads page. My shelves used to be all over the place, I used to see a beautiful cover and instantly add it to my tbr. And you can imagine how that would quickly become a problem. I find it easier to have fewer shelves that have more “broader” categories. I don’t feel the need to sort a book by how irritating the character was, how long the book is, or exactly which trope it falls into. So your shelves may vary greatly from mine.

Get Ready GIFs | Tenor

Goals :

  1. Clear out books on my tbr that I am no longer interested or will never read.
  2. Organize my basic shelves(read, tbr and owned read asap – more on this later! )
  3. Making sure my physical and electronic books are catalogued.
Here’s a before…

Goal # 1 : Clear books from TBR

My current tbr shelf on Goodreads has 195 books on it(uh oh). I would prefer to get that down to 150 books, but let’s see! I’m not that strict on how many books are on my tbr, as I have shelved some books I want to read at least once in my entire life. This shelf isn’t my immediate tbr, so the length doesn’t concern me much.

Plus, I have about thirty holds at my local library(someone help I am addicted to placing holds😲), so once I read those, my tbr will go down once more.

Goal # 2 : Organizing my core shelves

My basic (or core) shelves apart from the tbr, are my read shelves, and “owned read asap” shelf. In terms of my read shelf, I will be organizing and adding the books I’ve read(that I remember) that I have yet to add. Further, I’ll be removing the duplicates from my shelf, and adding a few books I’ve read in different languages. You can refer to the image above to see the “before” and below(at the end of this post) is the after! After a few months of reading, as well as deleting duplicates and adding the books that weren’t logged my current shelf has 625 books marked as read(I’ve read quite a bit this year).

Focusing on the “owned read asap” shelf, I will be logging the physical books on my bookshelf that I haven’t yet added to Goodreads. These are typically books I’ve been gifted, or books I KNOW I’m going to enjoy. I’m not one to buy books just because they’ve piqued my interest, I’ll typically put them on hold at the library to not waste money or paper if that’s the case!

Goal # 3 : Cataloguing my physical and electronic books

I’ve already gone over my physical books in goal # 2, but my electronic books are the same. I have my beloved kobo. I’ve had an electronic reader since I was 9 and it’s the best thing I own. Now with the new eReader I own, I can even borrow books directly from the library onto my kobo, meaning….more BOOKS!! Unfortunately, I also tend to forget to log these books, which is why I have to check in a few times every year.

And here is the after!

Looking at the after, my shelves have changed quite a bit but I am so so pleased with the results! I’ve got a few comprehensive sections and some more niche ones. My personal favourites are the “bury me with these” shelves, “sad vibes” (do I really need to elaborate?) and “my heart“.


How often do you organize your shelves? How many books are on your tbr?

43 thoughts on “The deep cleanse of my Goodreads tbr – it’s time folks….”

  1. Congrats on clearing up your Goodreads shelves + your TBR! Really had fun reading this post~ I don’t think my shelves on Goodreads need cleaning up as they are pretty organised (I got something for everything). Plus I don’t have a TBR shelf like many bookworms as I just get overwhelmed if I see hundreds of books on such a shelf Instead of filling me with anticipation that I got so many books to look forward too… I just lose interest in reading.

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      1. You’re welcome! Haha, though it was a road to find things out. Ah yes, before social media (or Goodreads) it was just all so much easier and felt less like you had to read all the books or certain books.

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  2. At this point reorganizing my Goodreads shelves is an addiction for me lmao (it’s a great way to procrastinate, just saying). Loved reading about your cleanse!! Kinda jealous of the number of shelves you have, I have WAY too many. Amazing post love!!

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  3. what a great idea Erin, I loved reading about your process to organize all the books and shelves into a way that works better for you! I would LOVE to cleanup my own goodreads, but I’m just too lazy! 😂💞 For me, I do love having a lot of categories (and specific ones) because its fun to see what kinds of books I like to add. Super fun post!

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  4. I love this post, Erin! I currently have 240 books on my Goodreads TBR but there are several which I’m no longer that interested in reading. Your post might inspire me to remove some of those! Good luck with reducing your Goodreads lists 😊

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  5. it’s also an opportunity for YOU! Admit it. Your shelves could be more coordinated. Perhaps your tbr is a littllleee on the long side

    I DIDN’T COME HERE FOR A CALLOUT LMAO! congrats on getting your goodreads shelves under control. I need to go through my TBR as I have books from 2012 on there I don’t want to read anymore but you can pry my shelves from my cold, dead hands

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  6. I love the way you’ve organized your shelves, Erin! I’m actually even more of a minimalist (or just really lazy 😅) because I’ve never strayed from the original three goodreads shelves and barely ever use the “want to read” one 😁 I usually have at least 30 books at the top of my mental wishlist anyway, so I just draw from those whenever I want to splurge on books or update my amzon wishlist before my birthday and Christmas 🙃 Having even more books to choose from would he so overwhelming! I do like the organization of the books you’ve read, though. With just the one “read” shelf, it’s safe to say my goodreads is pretty chaotic 🤣 But it works for me!

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  7. the way you described me on my old gr account when you mentioned categorizing books by how much i liked or disliked the characters… i’m pretty sure i had around 50 shelves in total, most of which were entirely unnecessary LOL. i had to literally remake before my shelves could look neater, so i appreciate the work that must have gone into cutting yours down!

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  8. I LOVE this, Erin, I actually need to do it myself at some point, the last time I organized my shelves on Goodreads was a couple of years ago and it’s in dire need of a fresh cleaning 😅 I also have very few categories, and I think it’s the best option for me. You inspired me to do the same soon 👏🏻👏🏻✨

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  9. Brilliant post, I can totally relate to this. I also do the same thing with my amazon book wish list, take off the books I don’t want or know I won’t read, remove those I bought elsewhere etc. I feel like I need to do this to my Goodreads now as well. 😊

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    1. Thanks Lizzie! Amazon wishlists are a pain as well, I don’t want to support Bezoes at all, but with Goodreads there doesn’t seem to be a better platform, and the amazon wishlist can ship internationally! Ughh, it’s hard to switch haha, good luck with organizing yours ✨

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  10. A while back I decided to remove ANY books on my Goodreads TBR list that I didn’t have the ARC for or didn’t actually own a copy of – either print or eBook. That’s it. Down to less than 50 on my list now!

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  11. Lovely post, Erin! I love applying minimalism to my life as well, and I’ve made it a point to keep my books on goodreads as neat as possible. 😁 I have very few shelves: Read, TBR (only 115 books!), All-time Favorite Books, and shelves for the various challenges and readathons I join! I too like revisiting my TBR shelf, removing books that I know I’ve lost 100% interest in. That way, my TBR seems a bit more possible and not too overwhelming. 🙂

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