There was once a time that my to-read list was more than 220 books deep. Every time I'd see a book on Goodreads that I thought might be even just a smidgen interesting, I added it to my list. It got to the point where the list was stressing me out; I felt like no matter how much I read, I'd never catch up. I would feel guilty when I wanted to re-read a book I loved, or when I saw something I wanted to read that wasn't on the list. I constantly felt behind. And it was getting on my nerves. Reading is supposed to be fun.
So I culled the list. And culled again. And again, and again, and again. And along the way, I read books and got them off the list that way, too. The result was a far-more-manageable 50ish, which as of the posting of this blog, I've now whittled down to 9, a couple of which haven't even been published yet. And it feels so damn good. I plan to not add anything to a to-read list for a long time. Instead, I can't wait to just grab a book at random off the library shelves, or pick up a book I already own that's been hiding somewhere.
Of course, I could talk about how digital clutter is as bad as physical clutter, and believe me, that's a subject that probably needs to be addressed, but for right now I'll just leave you with my reviews of these books. They are some of the last holdouts on the list, and luckily most were worth it.
*Disclaimer: The titles notated with a star (*) above were given to me for free by either NetGalley, BookLook Bloggers, or Blogging For Books, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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