Book Unhaul #6

It’s unhaul time again! I own too many books and I think if I piled them all up, they could definitely fall and kill me. So that’s a weird thing to think that I now find very stressful. So let’s unhaul twenty books in one quick go. These’ll be making their way to my nearest charity shop where they’ll hopefully find a new person to read them.

Girls in TearsHow to Survive Summer CampLola RoseThe Diamond GirlsLove Lessons, Dustbin Baby, and Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson
I found a bunch of these while going through my family’s storage unit and decided these seven can go. Jacqueline Wilson dominated kids books ‘for girls’ ten years ago so I read a lot of them. They deal with kids in difficult situations which I really wasn’t at that age, this might’ve helped me be a little bit more empathetic and they are pretty diverse. But boy, flicking through them as an adult can be an uncomfortable experience. Love Lessons has straight up victim-blaming and acceptance of a teacher-student relationship that has kids online talking about how they want the teacher to leave his wife for the 14-year-old… Yikes. Becky from Becky Bedbug also has some interesting thoughts on these books as well.

I kept a few of them that I have stronger nostalgic attachments to but I’m never going to re-read these so they can go. And the others might end up joining them.

Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead x 2, Dead to the World x 2, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone x 2 and Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

We all know I love Charlaine Harris and Sookie Stackhouse, so much that I actually own several copies of the first ten books in the series. I briefly thought I was going to collect the cute Orbit covers as well. But I much prefer the newer covers I own, and I’m not a multiple copies kind of person really. Thirteen books take up so much shelf space! 
Havve you read any of these? Do you have mulitple copies of certain books?
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Book Unhaul #5

This unhaul has a theme of just questionable content. Not only do I not want these books on my shelf, I feel weird about taking them to the charity shop where I normally unhaul books. While everybody has the right to read what they want and I believe that no book is for everyone and people have different experiences with reading, these books are where I struggle with that.

Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted and Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
Oh boy. I read at least a few of these as a teen, and way back in 2014 I actually hauled one of these! But in June I decided to get the audiobook of Marked from my library and ended up listening to the whole thing (in 2.5x speed) with a grimace on my face. I went into it in my June wrap-up but I have no interest in reading these.

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti*
I was pretty excited about this because a post-apocalyptic romance? Heck yes! However, the fact that sexual assault is sandwiched between repeated claims that nothing will happen without the main character’s consent and some other bogus gaslighting just made me close this book with no intention of picking it up again.

How to be a Woman and How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
I’m a Feminist, and I like reading about Feminism and I know other feminists who have read and enjoyed these books. But I have trouble with feminism that includes ableism, transphobia, xenophobia, or the exclusion of POC. I just have no intention of spending my time reading them when my TBR is at 432.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?
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Book Unhaul #4

It’s been a few months since my last unhaul so it seemed time to scan those shelves again! I’m still doing my ten-out, one-in book buying ban and I bought a new book prematurely. I couldn’t help myself, I needed some Kitty Norville in my life. This unhaul will hopefully make me feel less guilty as I’m truly trying to own less stuff.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I have two copies of these two- that’s literally it! I have two copies and that feels unnecessary considering that I didn’t much like The Bad Beginning. And now that I’m done with the Wuthering Heights part of my degree course, I don’t need this specific edition anymore. I’m not a big collector of multiple copies, I can only think of a couple books where having two copies isn’t just an accident!

American Housewife by Helen Ellis*
I read this in March and immediately put it on the pile of books to unhaul. You can read my wrap-up review here but in short, I’m never going to read this again and don’t feel the need to keep it on my shelf until some unguessable future when I will take it off and unhaul it.

Popular: A Memoir by Maya Van Wagenen
While clearing out my shelves, I pulled this out and had a flick through since I have literally no idea where it came from. It looks like a fine book but I’m twenty-four now and really have little interest in going back to the horrors of school. I bet a teenager will get a kick out of it though so I’ll take it to my local charity shop.

The Final EmpireThe Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Remember when everyone and their mother was reading this series?! I jumped on that dang bandwagon and actually really enjoyed book one! But here’s the thing, I tried book two. I did. I got maybe 100 pages in, then tried again with the audiobook, but the writing quality just wasn’t there for me. I did think I might give it another go but then I saw Lianne’s video where she unhauls Sandersons books and she gave me the push I needed.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid*
I think the moment I decided to unhaul this was when I saw the sequel available from my library and realised I didn’t want to continue the series. I did a whole review and I think I should’ve just donated this then and there!

The Widow and The Child by Fiona Barton*
I liked The Widow but The Child kind of let me down and since I rarely re-read thrillers anyway, I’d rather let these go and free up some space on my ever-overflowing bookshelves! I’m learning- and I love that my shelves are starting to reflect books that I adored, rather than just everything I’ve read.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?
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Book Unhaul #3

I’m back with another unhaul! Mainly because I’ve bought a book and to stick with my 2018 book goals I need to unhaul ten real fast. And I need to get back on the bandwagon of clearing off my shelves, I have so many books that I have no interest in anymore. Ideally, I’ll be excited about everything I have on my TBR, and love everything on my read shelf.

Pile of Books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Rober Louis Stevenson, Raven

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenDracula by Bram StokerFrankenstein by Mary Shelley and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Rober Louis Stevenson
I actually read all of these last year! But one of the things I’m discovering as I go on this journey of unhauling is that I own a lot of multiple copies of classics where I have a fancy copy that I’ve bought as an adult but I still have the old copies from when I was a teen. I’m not into having multiples of the same book, so these are going.

Raven’s Gate and Evil Star by Anthony Horowitz
I wasn’t sure I was going to keep these when I originally organized my TBR books after the big redecorate but I did thinking that I might get around to them.  I didn’t, but last summer I did read several other books by Anthony Horowitz and found them lacking. Maybe these would be better but I have no motivation to find out.

The Knife of Never Letting GoThe Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

I know a lot of people who love this trilogy so I picked it up and gave it a go in July of 2016. And I didn’t get past 200 pages. It just wasn’t for me! Maybe because it’s middle grade, maybe it’s just one of those things, but I’m okay with never reading these. The only thing that makes me sad is how gorgeous these copies are.

The Countenance Divine by Michael Hughes*
I didn’t write a Books I ‘Paused’ in 2016 post because I, luckily, didn’t have that many. But if there was one, this would’ve been top of the list as probably the most hated book I’ve ever read. I don’t like saying that, I think every book and writer has merits. But I feel that if someone is writing in 2016 and there’s outright misogyny and one minor female character for the six or seven main male characters- something has gone terribly wrong.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?
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Book Unhaul #2

It’s time for my next unhaul! I’m actually really surprised at how much I enjoy these posts. Going through all my books, old and new, is not only great for finding absolute gems from my childhood I thought I’d lost. But it’s also really challenging the hoarding tendencies of my OCD in a way that rewards success- getting to buy a new book, but doesn’t put pressure on me since the only one making me do this is me. Yay for steps forward with personal mental health! Now onto the books…

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole and True Confessions of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend 
These went from the photograph for this round-up review, straight into the pile for this unhaul. This type of humour isn’t for me, but I know it is for others. I really hope they find a good home from the charity shop and someone enjoys them.

The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton*
This was one of the first books I received for review way back when, before I researched authors pre-accepting review copies. After struggling through, I gave the prize a Google and found out about James Freys’ frankly awful treatment of writers at Full Fathom Five. I still find it hard to believe this led to a three book series, eleven companion novellas, and $2 Million of gold for the prizes. But I barely hear about this series so… Bye.

The It Girl, Notorious, Reckless, Unforgettable, Lucky and Tempted by Cecily von Ziegesar
I wasn’t in the book ‘scene’ when I was younger so I had no idea about amazing books for teens. What I wouldn’t do to go back in time and hand younger-Imogen a copy of The Hunger Games. But no. Diversity? Feminism? Pah! Despite my mothers attempts to broaden my horizons, I lived in a fictional world of white straight teenage girls being horrible to each other. This is the Jenny Humpfrey spin-off from the Gossip Girl books, and while I’m debating keeping those for nostalgia, I was never too attached to this series. Those who saw my last unhaul might be spotting a pattern.

Have you read any of these? Have you unhauled anything lately?
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Book Unhaul #1

One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to replace some of the books in my collection that I’m no longer interested in, with books I am. My thought process so far is to have a one in, ten out kind of balance to really refine down my shelves so today I’ll be showing you the first 10 books I’m saying goodbye to. I don’t know what I’ll be replacing them with yet but I’m starting a post-it note with a proud little count of how many books I owe myself.

Book Unhaul #1

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Don’t panic! This is one of about four copies I own and I really don’t need a pilfered school edition that I never actually read and dates back to 1987.

Private, Invitation Only, Untouchable, Confessions and Inner Circle by Kate Brian
I lived the horrors of all-girls school so I have no idea why I felt the need to read about it in my youth. Enid Blyton just made me idealise boarding schools, I guess. These are being passed on to Lauren who is in the mood to read a trashy teen book.

This Raging Light by Estelle Laurie
I read this almost a year ago and didn’t really rate it. I’m also passing this onto Lauren and I’m really interested to hear her thoughts though. She’s an elder sister like the character in the book and might empathise more than me, a younger sister.

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
I rarely re-read mysteries, and I can’t see myself re-reading this mystery since I really didn’t think it was that good. I hate when things that the first person narrator knows are kept from the reader deliberately to create a twist.

The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force*
I liked this book! But it’s one of those instructional books that once you’ve read it and adopted the parts that you want to into your life, you don’t need the book anymore. So I’m also passing this onto Lauren who I’m sure will like it.

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola*
As beautiful as this book is, and seriously- look at that cover, I didn’t connect with the characters in any real way. I have to balance out books that are pretty with books that I want to read but don’t own yet. My sister-in-law is kindly taking this off my hands as she likes the occasional historical fiction so I’m looking forward to hearing her opinion.

Do you unhaul books? What do you do with them?

*These books were sent for review

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