There are two similar challenges: Goodreads TBR Cleanup and Down the TBR Hole that each take your TBR lists on Goodreads and you choose to either keep or toss. The main difference is how you choose your books as Down the TBR Hole has you start with the oldest additions to your TBR list and Goodreads TBR Cleanup uses a random number generator to choose a different place in your TBR list every time.
I decided to go with the Goodreads TBR Cleanup (created by @ Mega Bunny Reads) as the random selections from my 1000+ TBR list sounded like fun. These challenges can be done bi-weekly or weekly (or any other timeframe that suits you). If you’re interest in the other Down the TBR Hole meme, then you can check it out following the links. The meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog though called Sunflowers and Wonder!
How It Works:
- Go to your Goodreads want-to-read shelf.
- Ask Siri (or any other generator) to pick a number between 1 and however many books are on the list.
- Go to that book and look at it and the 4 after it, for a total of 5.
- Read the synopses of the books.
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
For the number selection, I used an online random number generator.
TODAY’S RANDOM NUMBER: 225
- The Flatshare
Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast.
Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash.
Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.
But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly-imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
I first read this author with her 2020 release, The Switch, which I read and reviewed last year. I do not recall if this one was added before or after I read the other novel, but I am guessing that it stayed on my TBR list due to me enjoying this author’s writing style. Therefore, I am keeping this novels in hopes that it will be just as good, or better, than my first read.
2. American Gods
Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she’s been killed in a terrible accident.
Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible.
He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same…
Another case where I read the author’s other work and greatly enjoyed it enough to add their other novels to my TBR. I read and loved Good Omens, and even loved the Amazon show, so I really wanted to continue reading more by this author. I have not watched this show yet, which is also on my to-do list, but the novel’s synopsis sounds entertaining, so for now it is a Keep novel.
3. Christmas Ever After
While promoting her next novel, a Christmas love story, author Riley Reynolds is caught off guard when she’s asked during a live national television interview how she can write about romance when she still hasn’t found “the one” herself. Scrambling for an answer, she quickly answers that she has had great love in her past and that love inspired her novels.
Little does she know that this one offhanded remark will turn her world upside down. Three of her ex-boyfriends see the interview, and each, believing she’s talking about him, shows up for her Christmas Camp book event at the Christmas Lake Lodge, determined to rewrite his happily-ever-after with her!
Over the festive weekend, Riley’s old boyfriends compete to win her heart, pulling out all the stops while planning the most romantic Christmas dates on the planet. Despite herself, Riley starts falling for each guy— again—but for different reasons. As Riley revisits each relationship and discovers more about herself, she embraces the magic of Christmas and finally finds true love and her own Christmas ever after…
I was on the verge of deciding this would go in the Toss pile as I have tons of Christmas novels already on my TBR list, when I had some new thoughts. This author is also the writer of the Netflix movie, A Christmas Prince, which was a super cute holiday romance. I figured if this author could make a super cute movie that I enjoyed, then maybe her novel would also be worth a shot. Therefore, it managed to make the cut and is now in the Keep pile.
4. Older (Younger #2)
New York or Los Angeles? Romance or commitment? Younger…or older?
Liza Miller never dreamed that anyone would be interested in her life, let alone buy a book about it. But everything changes when, on the eve of her fiftieth birthday, she publishes a thinly veiled novel about a woman posing as a millennial called Younger—which her old friend Kelsey wants to turn into a TV show.
Liza is off to Los Angeles to help Kelsey write the pilot. But that means leaving behind her on-again off-again boyfriend Josh, her pregnant daughter, and her best friend Maggie. Can Liza find happiness in her new adventure if it means leaving everyone she loves?
Yet as Liza is swept up in the heady world of Hollywood, she finds herself thinking less and less of her life back home in New York. And when she meets Hugo Fielding—the devastatingly handsome and incredibly flirtatious Brit playing her boss on the show—she toes the line between having a crush and falling in love.
Torn between New York and Los Angeles, a familiar love and a risky one, an established career and a shot at stardom, Liza must decide if it’s too late to go to the ball…and if she even wants to. From the author of the beloved Younger, this is an endearing, hilarious, and relatable tale of second chances and new beginnings that proves: the best thing about getting Older is that you finally get to be yourself.
I actually watched the TV Show, Younger, before I even discovered it was based on a novel. The show loosely follows the book, but there are some changes. While looking through my TBR, I found that I had both book one and this one on there, when I know I won’t read this one without reading the other first. Therefore, this was an easier Toss, but it did get be wondering if I should keep the first on there as well, as I am not sure it would be high on my TBR list and might sit there for years.
Madison Huntington is determined to live her dreams. That means getting out from under her family’s wealth and influence by saying no to the family business, her allowance, and her home. But on a teacher’s salary, the real world comes as a rude awakening—especially when she wakes up every morning on a colleague’s couch. To get a place of her own (without cockroaches, mold, or crime scene tape), Madison accepts a position as a roommaid. In exchange for free room and board, all she needs to do is keep her busy roommate’s penthouse clean and his dog company. So what if she’s never washed a dish in her life. She can figure this out, right?
Madison is pretty confident she can fake it well enough that Tyler Roth will never know the difference. The finance whiz is rich and privileged and navigates the same social circles as her parents—but to him she’s just a teacher in need of an apartment. He’s everything Madison has run from, but his kindhearted nature, stomach-fluttering smile, and unexpected insecurities only make her want to get closer. And Tyler is warming to the move.
Rewarding job. Perfect guy. Great future. With everything so right, what could go wrong? Madison is about to find out.
My thought process for this is the same as The Flatshare. I read, reviewed, and loved Sariah’s other work, The Seat Filler, while her other novel sat on my TBR list. As I greatly enjoyed her other work, this novel is an automatic keep for me and I hope that I love it when I get around to reading it.
Oh, dear! This week is not my finest for cleaning out my TBR list! I only ended up tossing one novel and that was mainly due to the fact that it was a sequel to a series I have yet to start. It is fantastic that I wanted to keep these novels, but it does not quite fit the purpose of doing a TBR clean-up. I hope next week’s goes better as only getting rid of one novel at a time is going to take forever to reduce by TBR!