It’s the opposite of a book haul: the book unhaul. The past year or so, I have become more mindful of the books on my shelves. When it comes to books I’ve read, I only want to keep those I’ve truly enjoyed, the ones I will come back to, or the ones that hold special memories or associations for me. When it comes to the unread ones, I only want to keep those I actually want to read -and would pick up again in a bookstore today.
Books I’ve Read
Angelfall, World After and End of Days by Susan Ee // I’m getting rid of this trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this when I read it a few years ago. It’s one of the series I read after I started getting into BookTube and reading again in 2013/2014. It’s a great dystopian read, and I enjoyed every second of it. But I know I will never re-read it again, and there’s really no reason to keep them. Also, the third book is much shorter than the other two and it bothers me so much.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones // I know, another really popular book! I did read and enjoy this, and I even watched the movie adaptation. Although I wouldn’t necessarily call it an adaptation because it’s so different from the book. I don’t have any particularly fond memories attached to this book, and I didn’t truly fall in love with it either so I’ve decided to get rid of it.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso // For some reason, I always tend to spell her last name wrong. I switch up the vowels by accident because it my head that seems more logical? Anyway, #GIRLBOSS served its purpose for me. I read it, was inspired and got some great tips from it. I won’t read it again, so it’s time for someone else to get inspiration and tips from this book.
Solitaire by Alice Oseman // I didn’t like this book. It’s actually the only Alice Oseman book I didn’t like! Radio Silence is one of my favorite books, which is why this one was so disappointing to me. So I’m getting rid of it. Sorry!
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon // I’m giving up on this series. There’s no way I’m ever picking up all the books in the series. Ever. How many are there at this point in time? Nine? Ten? And they’re all huge tomes as well. I’m being realistic, it’s never going to happen. So I might as well get rid of the one book I read in the series too.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green // It’s actually the only John Green book I own. I read and loved it years ago, but I know I probably wouldn’t feel the same way about it today. It doesn’t inspire any particularly sentimental feelings in me either, so I’m getting rid of it.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // Aaaah, this book. When I first read it, I absolutely adored it. It just seemed so beautiful and heartbreaking. Since then, I have been made aware of the awful and ableist message this book actually sends and I can’t see it in the same light anymore. I won’t re-read it because I know I won’t love it anymore. So it’s leaving my shelves.
Splintered by A.G. Howard // This is another case of me giving up on a series. I really enjoyed this book but I have no desire of finishing the trilogy. I’ve forgotten most of what happened in this book and I honestly can’t be bothered.
Books I Haven’t Read
The Circle by Dave Eggers // I really wanted to read this at some point in the past 2 years. But then the movie came out and the reviews weren’t overly enthusiastic. I slowly lost all interest in ever reading this.
Desire by Louise Bagshawe // This just doesn’t seem like a book I’d pick up anymore. I don’t have anything against “chick lit”, but this one just doesn’t speak to me.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer // Once again, lost all interest in reading this. No idea why though, so I can’t elaborate on this one for you.
The Mask of Troy by David Gibbins // Somehow I feel like I’ve already read this but at the same time I feel like I haven’t read it? It’s confusing, and it makes my brain hurt every time I look at it.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne // Why did I buy this? I have zero interest in reading this book.
Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie // No, my copy is not this beautiful. If it was, I probably wouldn’t have gotten rid of it. I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever read Peter Pan, so I’m unhauling it.
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse // I quite enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, Labyrinth, but not enough to continue the series.
Those are the books I’m getting rid of this time! Have you read any of these? What do you think of my decision to unhaul them? Do you frequently unhaul books?