Every once in a while, I go to my Goodreads account and take a look at my ever growing to-read list… and I raid it. Very much like raiding a closet filled with old clothes and shirts that used to fit you six years ago but you couldn’t part with them because you’ll lose enough weight to wear them again (yeah right).
It’s a rather interesting experience; more than just deleting books that don’t grab your attention anymore, it’s involves some reflection – why is this book in my to-read list? Why did I ever think this was interesting? Another thriller? Why did I ever think I could tolerate reading a novel written entirely in tweets?! Oh my god I must’ve been half-asleep when I added this! … aaaand so on. Of course there are some positive thoughts too, mostly, “This book seems really cool, why do I not own it yet?” Okay, so it’s positive depending on how you look at it, since it involves spending a lot of money!
Many of the books I removed were books I added in 2011 and 2012. I thought it was funny that my tastes have changed so much over the span of two or three years, to the extent where books that seemed good enough to earn a spot in my to-read list no longer appeal to me. Actually, this is also a bit worrisome – at 25, I enjoy fantasy novels, chick lit, children’s and middle-grade books, the occasional thriller and a sprinkling of literary fiction… what will I be reading a few years from now? I like to think that as I read more and more books, my tastes keep getting refined. These days I don’t buy a book just for the sake of buying a book. I take care to read some good and bad reviews before I buy anything because I’ve wasted a lot of money on books I could’ve been spared from reading had I paid attention to what others had said about them.
As I went through the books I added on Goodreads one by one, I read synopses more than once and asked myself, “Is this really something I would want to read? Is there a possibility that I might go out of my way to search for it?” Yes; you’re safe. No; sorry, nothing personal but I’m ticking you off. I’ve also taken to deleting some series from my list. I’m already caught in the midst of at least FIFTEEN series and I don’t think I can take on anymore, no matter how appealing a book might seem. I don’t mind if they can be read as standalones, but when every book ends at a cliffhanger, it gets a little bit annoying for me. On the subject of series, has anyone noticed that almost every new release out there is part of a series? But I’m straying from the main subject here. As of now, my to-read list has gone down by 40 books… and I’m still going. I’m not worried though; I know I’ll eventually fill it up again, haha.
Have your reading tastes changed over the years? Do you purge your to-read lists too? Incidentally, just how many books are on your list right now? I’m curious!