Every now and then when my TBR gets over 250 books and I realise it’s become way too unwieldy, I go through and remove books that have been on there for a long time and I’m not too bothered about reading any more.
In my recent cull, these were some of the books that I took off the list.
Most of these books I’ve lost interest in reading and wanted to make room for more diverse novels on my TBR, but there were a few that I had different reasons for taking off my list.
The Art of Being Normal: I was really excited to read this book, because it’s about a transgender main character, but I’ve seen a lot of reviews stating that there’s deadnaming and unchallenged transphobia in this book. The author is CIS, and a number of trans readers have called into questions the sensitivity of the representation, so I’ve decided to removed it from my TBR. I’d rather read own voices books that offer trans rep from the perspective of trans authors.
The Edge of Everything: I’ve read a number of reviews about this book stating that the mental health representation is really poor and there are ableist slurs that go unchallenged. The book also apparently features intense animal cruelty that I’m not on board with. Ever.
Do you ever have to unhaul books from your TBR when it gets too unwieldy? What are your main reasons for removing books from your to-read list? Let me know in the comments!