My November/December Project – Slaying my monstrous TBR

Today, I had some free time and decided to discover new blogs I didn’t know yet. While doing so, I saw a trend that consisted to reduce the TBR. I have been thinking about a new project, as I had so much fun last month, and I thought ‘why not combining my new project by reducing my TBR?’

Usually, projects make me much more efficient and proactive, and because I have exactly 159 books on my TBR today, that was my chance. I keep my TBR pretty tidy and I’m often going through it, which means that if one book has been here for a while, there is probably a good reason.

But finding excuses and reasons is easy, and the result is that today I still have 25 books that I added on my TBR back in 2014 (the year I joined Goodreads). So now I have no choice, I NEED to take care of those.

So, here’s the deal, I have until December 31st to read as many book as I can in my following list (I usually read 4 to 5 book a month, so let’s say around 8-10), for each book I read, I can postpone one for next year, and I’ll delete all those that I can’t read or keep. I know that’ll be hard for me to delete some of those as if they’re still here is that I really intend to read them, so my job now is to read as many as I can.


My 2014 TBR


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – added on Apr 08, 2014 – I actually already tried to read this book in 2014 but never managed to finish it, so this year I want to give it a chance.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman – added on Apr 08, 2014 – I added this book because of How I Met Your Mother, moreover, it’s also part of my ‘book to read before dying’ list.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – added on Apr 08, 2014 – This book was recommended to me by my little sister, and I trust her so here it is, on my TBR.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – added on Jul 24, 2014 – I was supposed to buddy read this book in June 2016, but we misunderstood each other and I ended up never reading it.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – added on Jul 24, 2014 – Don’t laugh at me but I added this book because the title made me think about ‘The Darkling’ and when I realized my mistake, the plot seemed good enough, so it stayed.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – added on Aug 03, 2014 – The only reason it’s in my TBR is that it sounds like a famous book that I should at least TRY to read, but I’m almost sure it’ll be one of those I’ll delete at the end of this year.

The V Girl by Mya Robarts – added on Aug 03, 2014 – I was given this book by the author herself, but some of my friends read it and said they didn’t like it, so now I’m stuck and I feel like I have to read it because it’s the author’s gift to me.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – added on Aug 21, 2014 – This is a funny story, but on August 21st I received this book at my office without anyone having ordered it. So because my colleagues know I’m a reader, I was the one who kept it.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – added on Sep 19, 2014 – I already know that this book will make it as I tagged it as ‘currently reading’ today. I really wanted to read it before the movie come out anyway.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay – added on Sep 19, 2014

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – added on Sep 19, 2014

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – added on Sep 19, 2014 – Shame, *bell* shame, *bell* shame… I know, I can’t skip it anymore, I’ll read it, I’m almost certain of it.

Making Faces by Amy Harmon – added on Nov 03, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – added on Nov 05, 2014 – I’m weak, Will Herondale speak about this book, so I have to read it. I have no other argument but to me it sounds good enough reason.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – added on Nov 05, 2014

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – added on Nov 10, 2014

Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen – added on Nov 13, 2014 – I read and loved the first book in this trilogy, but the second one was so long and boring that I never read the third one even though I bought the book.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – added on Nov 18, 2014

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – added on Dec 15, 2014 – This book is part of my ‘book to read before dying’ list but it’s length make me hesitate (over 1,000p)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – added on Dec 15, 2014

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – added on Dec 15, 2014

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – added on Dec 15, 2014

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – added on Dec 15, 2014 – I own this book since 2007 and yet I haven’t read it yet.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – added on Dec 15, 2014 – I want to watch the TV show, but first I want to read the book. It’ll definitely be this winter!

The Giver by Lois Lowry – added on Dec 15, 2014


So here is my list, I’ll keep you updated by the end of December 2017 with the 10 books I will postpone and those I’ll have to delete.



Is there any of these books I absolutely have to read? Which one you would advise me to not bother with?

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21 thoughts on “My November/December Project – Slaying my monstrous TBR

  1. This is such a smart idea! Good luck with trying to read as many books as possible and hopefully you won’t have to cut too many good books at the end of the year! My friend has recently read and adored the Red Rising series and she keeps yelling at me to read it so I’d definitely say to keep that one!!! Apparently it’s absolutely fantastic 😊

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  2. Oh man, good luck girl! This does sound like a fantastic idea, i just dont think i have to guts to get rid of books at the moment!! but i was going to say that my boyfriend recently read The Book Theif and he said he loved it (this coming from a guy who maybe reads 5 books a year) so id say that would be a good one to try and read. Its written in an easy and fast pace, from an interesting perspective (death). So maybe give that one a shot?

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    1. Haha it’s definitely on my must read, I was going for December for this one, I don’t know why but this book make me think of winter. I’ve already seen the movie so it shouldn’t take me long to read it ^^ I’ll let you know thank you for the advice (thanks your boyfriend as well)

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  3. I love The Final Empire! Totally worth trying 😉 Although I’ve been putting off reading The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3 ) for ages (pun unintended) because I’m too afraid of what might happen hahaha
    I also read A Tale Of Two Cities because of the Infernal Devices and I’m not ashamed to say it hahaha I really enjoyed it but I’m aware that some people may hate it.

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    1. The final empire is definitely either read or postpone but not deleted ^^ I heard that the tale of two cities could be weird so idk yet about that one


    1. Thank you for your tips! I’m starting Ready Player One today 🙂 I don’t want to let go of Red Rising as I’ve heard that the series is amazing! Christmas carol will be a short read so I’m sure I’ll be able to manage it!! I hope that I’ll be able to read all those books you just listed!

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  4. OMG, Laurie!!!!!! This is by far the most exciting TBR project I’ve ever seen because ahhh, there are so many books I want to recommend/read! The Sea of Tranquility is by far the second best book I’ve read in my entire life so please, please, please, I really hope you’ll pick that one up SOON!!! But then there are Jane Eyre and The Kite Runner that I also want you to read first… 😛 You have to meet Mr. Rochester some time because he’s such a sentimental gentleman. lol I haven’t read The Kite Runner in English yet but I already have the box set from the author and will read them soon. Though the story still touches me deeply even by recalling it. 😥 Oh, if you’d like to have a quick read, I recommend Of Mice and Men. It’s quite thought-provoking but the issues are pretty commonly seen. (P.S. Although I didn’t enjoy/finish The Giver due to its extremely strict society, the book I read weeks ago called Daughter4254 was set in a background pretty similar to it and I actually LOVED it! So I’ll wait for your thought on The Giver! :P)

    As for the books I’m also excited to get my hands on are READY PLAYER ONE, THE BOOK THIEF, GONE WITH THE WIND(I read the first chapter but it’s such an ENORMOUS book!), RED RISING, MAKING FACES(I adore Amy Harmon and would love to binge reading all of her books someday.), and FANGIRL(still haven’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell and I feel so bad about it)!!! Perhaps we could buddy read one of these (if you want, that is…) because they’ve been sitting on my shelf forever. 😉

    Anyways, sorry for the lengthy reply but I JUST CAN’T HELP IT, okay? This list is way too awesome to NOT comment on. :DDDDD Please let me know what you choose to start with! I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on whichever you pick! HAPPY READING!

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    1. Thanks Jasmine dear!!! I think I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, because it’s quite a hard goal to achieve and I’m not moving as fast as I wish I could for now. Noted for the Sea of Tranquility (if it’s your second favorite what is your first?? Still All The Bright Place?). I’ll probably read The Handmaid’s Tale and then put The Sea of Tranquility on third, does that sound good to you? I know Jane Eyre is a classic, and I’ve read many books from that time and loved them all – I need a new Darcy – and The Kite Runner is also one of those that I know everyone has to read at some point. For Of Mice and Men a friend told me to read it like 10 years ago, and I still haven’t read it, I’m ashamed because I have no excuses, it’s super short ^^ Same goes for The Giver, it seems that most of those books are part of classics.

      I’ve started Ready Player One, but so far I’ve only read one chapter, but it’s starting really well! I’ve never read anything by Amy Harmon yet, but everybody keeps telling me Making Faces is a good way to start. I’m super excited to buddy read one of those with you!! Any one of those really, maybe Making Faces of Red Rising? (currently reading Ready Player One, definitely reading The Book Thief in December, and might postpone Fangirl and Gone With the Wind).

      Don’t worry, I’m in love with your fangirling answer, my list is so thick, I really need help so you’re more than welcome 😉 So to summarize, currently reading Ready Player One, then The Handmaid’s Tale, then the Sea of Tranquility 😀

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      1. What an awesome way to start slaying your TBR! :DD In that case, I’ll just wait for your thought on Ready Player One. ^^ When I checked RPO out at the bookstore, the cashier kept telling me how amazing the book was and he thought it’ll be a perfect read for young people. lol Ah, yes! My number one favorite is still All the Bright Places! Still haven’t read anything that’s better than it. 😛 I loved Amy’s The Law of Moses, which was brilliantly written, and have adored her works ever since. I’d LOVE to read Making Faces with you!! It’ll certainly be a lot of fun! *wink* But Red Rising sounds intriguing to me as well…heehee, we could decide which one (or both? *evil grinning*) to read later in case you’ll change the order of TBR then. 😀

        Gaaaahhhh, I’m super stoked for your upcoming reviews and our buddy reading plan!!!!

        Bonne lecture! (←I hope it’s correct. :P)

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      2. RPO was a slow start, but now I’m hooked 😮
        Haha if you want we can read both ^^ Maybe starting with Making Faces? I should be ready to read it by the end of November or the beginning of December, how does that sounds to you?

        And yes, “bonne lecture” is correct! Have you studied French? 😮

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      3. Awesome! Could we start Making Faces at the beginning of December? Because I have important presentations in the following two weeks. >.< And I really want to buddy read that with you! ^^

        Haha, yes! I've taken a few classes in the past weeks and will have an oral test this Thursday, which is quite scary. LOL But overall, I'm enjoying it so far. 😀 How's your Italian course? 🙂

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      4. Sure, let’s say beginning of December 🙂 I’ll let you come back to me by private message on goodreads when you’re ready to start!

        Italian is hard, because it’s so close to both French and Spanish, but somehow different :X

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    1. Thanks Dani!!! I feel like reading something sad so I might read Wonder soon ^^ And for Fangirl, it’s one of those I’ll either read or postpone as I have it in hard copy ^^

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

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