I have had the same bookcase since I was around ten-years-old and just recently (I’m twenty) filled it entirely with books. Now when I buy new books I have to move things around and shove unwanted books underneath (as you can see in the photo on the right). I thought it was a good opportunity for me to un-haul some books that I either never read, really disliked, or have worn/unappealing covers.
Books I Un-Hauled
Last week I un-hauled 14 books, so here are the photos of what I chose to get rid of!
The two books on the left, At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill, and The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn, were purchased several years ago at a secondhand bookstore on vacation. I do not come across many secondhand bookstores, so when I do, I always take a look at the selection. I tried reading both of these books but DNF’d both of them. Considering that they also take up a lot of room on my bookshelf, I have decided to give them away.
The books on the right are all books that I received in giveaways over the past two years. I was very excited to have won said giveaways, but unfortunately these books are not books that I am interested in. I did actually read The Windy Season by Sam Carmody, though I did not like it. The other two have unappealing premises and covers that turned me off from reading them.
The photo on the left includes angel-related stories. That was a short-lived phase after the vampire phase. I read them when I was about thirteen and hated all three of them with a passion. I got Halo by Alexandra Adornetto for free because I won an Eclipse giveaway from Myer and it included the book, so I exchanged it for Halo. I don’t feel bad about seeing that one go. On the other hand, I bought both Fallen and Torment, and DNF’d Torment because I remembered that Fallen sucked.
On the right photo, these are mostly vampire books and I have no idea what Switched by Amanda Hocking is about. I got it as a gift in a Girlfriend magazine many years ago and thought it wouldn’t be good. I was technically biased because it was a tacky book inside of a magazine. Along with Switched, this stack includes two vampire books. The only two vampire books I enjoyed were Twilight and Vampire Academy. I felt no other books lived up to those two. Also, I realised that Ritual and Legacy by Alex Duval was the second book in the series about halfway through reading it and didn’t bother to read anymore.
This stack has no theme. Q: A Love Story and The Way Back Home are those cheap $4 books that you can buy at Tattersalls. My mother bought them for me and I tried reading them but felt they were too uninteresting. The one in the middle, Montana by Larry Watson, is a book that I read for school. It is very old and tattered, so I don’t want to keep it. I usually keep my school books, but I don’t care about this one.
Here is what my new bookcase looks like! It may not look like it, but 14 books have been removed and I now have plenty of gaps for new books! There is also nothing hiding underneath.
Off to the op shop! I worked in an op shop for about eight months while I was trying to find a retail job and it was so fun getting the donations and sorting through them. I took my books to the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Books I Am Unsure About
I have un-hauled quite a few, but still have a lot of books that I am unsure about getting rid of.
Here are two books I am unsure about. For now, I’m keeping them. Nightlight was a Twilight parody and was the dumbest thing I’ve ever read, and Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult was bought for $2 and annoys me because it takes up so much space. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. You can see from the price that I saved $20, and if it was still 2009 then I could win a trip to USA to meet her! I remember nothing about Nightlight but I’m going to take my past-self’s word for it that “This book is a parody to Twilight and not nearly as good”. I completely forgot to check the insides of the other books to see if they had my name in it, so now some strangers will see my ridiculous little notes in my old books. I don’t do that anymore because now I have my blog and Goodreads to remember what I thought about books!
- Do you need to do an un-haul?
- Do you write weird notes in your books like I once did?