2019 Challenge: reading the “bottoms” of my Goodreads TBR

Okay, that title probably makes no sense, but I don’t know how else to describe this.

In 2019, I want to pick up books that I’m interested in, but which may not be high on my TBR. Sometimes I get bogged down in new releases and the latest hype, so the books that have been on my TBR for a while keep getting pushed down.

In order to accomplish this challenge, my goal is to read from the bottoms of my Goodreads TBR.

What the heck does that mean, you ask? Allow me to explain.

First, I must go to my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf.

Currently, my shelf is organized by “date added,” which means the books I most recently added are at the top. However, there are a whole bunch of different categories I can use to arrange my books.

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What I’m going to do is arrange my shelves by a variety of categories and read one book from the bottom three in that category.

For example, I’ll arrange my books by average rating, so that the lowest rated are at the top. This is the result:

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This gives me the three books with the lowest average rating from my TBR. My goal is to read at least one of these.

I’m going to go by what’s in these categories now, at the end of 2018, so they don’t change as the year goes by. Also, I’m not going to choose which of the three I’ll read now, so I have some options later on!



Average rating

  • If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker (3.27 rating)
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (3.34 rating)
  • Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (3.42 rating)

Date Published

  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (1962)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (1968)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

Number of Pages

  • Art Matters by Neil Gaiman (112 pages)
  • A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson (160 pages)
  • Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee (176 pages)

Number of Ratings

  • Sea of a Thousand Words by Christine C. Wallace (8 ratings)
  • The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber (27 ratings)
  • The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming by Sienna Tristen (29 ratings)

Date Added

  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal


Have you read any of the books from my lists? Which ones do you recommend I pick up? What are your 2019 reading goals?

x Margaret
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