T10T: Popular Books I’m Removing from my TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme was about quotes, but I did a quote list not too long ago (complete with some pretty images I made that you can borrow if you like them!).

Instead, this week I’m doing something totally unrelated: 10 popular books I’m removing from my TBR! I sorted my Goodreads TBR shelf by “number of ratings” and am showing the 10 most-rated books I’m removing from my TBR.

I decided to do this because I’m actually planning on doing a huge Goodreads TBR purge in May, and will be making a whole post about it, so keep an eye out for that!


1. Jane Eyre — Charlotte Brontë
number of ratings: 1,430,146
why I’m removing it: I’m just not big on classics. I did read a graphic novelization of this and it was an okay plot, but it wasn’t worth me picking up the actual book for, IMO.

2. Everything I Never Told You — Celeste Ng
number of ratings: 229,922
why I’m removing it: I do want to check out Ng’s work, but I’d rather start with Little Fires Everywhere. I didn’t remember that this was about child death, and that’s a TW I don’t touch too often.

3. Go Ask Alice — Anonymous
number of ratings: 219,275
why I’m removing it: I can totally respect how important it was to have a book about teen drug addiction in 1971, but I can’t see this as being as relevant today as a more recent book on the topic would be.

4. American Psycho — Bret Easton Ellis
number of ratings: 203,942
why I’m removing it: Honestly, this author is such an asshole (sources 1, 2, 3, 4) that, every time I see this on my TBR, I just don’t want to read it because he put such a bad taste in my mouth!

5. The Exorcist — William Peter Blatty
number of ratings: 156,594
why I’m removing it: I tried reading this years ago and couldn’t get into it. I always thought I’d try again, but the more time passes, the less likely it seems that I actually will.

6. We Need to Talk About Kevin — Lionel Shriver
number of ratings: 138,056
why I’m removing it: This never intrigued me too much to begin with, and after reading the reviews of several friends whose taste tends to run very similarly to mine, I feel like I would just be pissed off by how awful the mother/narrator seems to be.

7. Guilty Pleasures — Laurell K. Hamilton
number of ratings: 124,822
why I’m removing it: I was never particularly interested in this series, but some friends finally convinced me to add it to my TBR a couple of years ago. After it being on the shelf this long, though, I’m just still not interested, so I’m not gonna force myself.

8. Warm Bodies — Isaac Marion
number of ratings: 96,146
why I’m removing it: The movie was okay, but this doesn’t strike me as a book I’d really enjoy all that much. I used to love anything with zombies, but I got a little burnt out on the theme. This is the one I’m most interested in hearing if I should keep it, though, so let me know if you’ve read this!

9. Lincoln in the Bardo — George Saunders
number of ratings: 93,214
why I’m removing it: I remember EXACTLY why I added this: because I saw it on Litsy so much when I first signed up! It doesn’t sound exciting to me at all. I don’t really care about hist-fic revolving around Abraham Lincoln. 🤷‍♀️

10. The Outsider — Stephen King
number of ratings: 90,025
why I’m removing it: There are a lot of King titles I might want to check out someday, but this is pretty low on that list, especially since many friends have told me it’s best to read this after the Mr. Mercedes series, which I’m also not really interested in.

Do you think I should KEEP any of these on my TBR? Let me know why in a comment! ♥


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