As you all know, September is coming to an end. This is the time of the month that I would usually tell you all what books I have bought during the month, but I can’t do that because I haven’t bought any. I know I know. I bet you’d never thought you’d hear that, but it’s true. I haven’t bought any books in September, so instead of doing a haul, I am going to do an unhaul. For any of you that don’t know, an unhaul is like a haul, but I tell you all the books I am getting rid of instead of the books I have bought. I have some old books that I bought a long time ago and have now lost interest in as well as a few that I have duplicates of for a number of reasons. That is enough of the introduction though as I have a lot of books to get to and this is going to be long enough as it is:
‘Linger’ and ‘Forever’ by Maggie Stiefvater
I am sure you have all heard of Maggie Stiefvater. She has written at least 2 very popular series and at least one other novel that I know of. She was one of the first authors I heard about when I first joined the book community and so these two of her books were ones that I bought in my first book buying frenzy after finding my love of books. I unfortunately just couldn’t really get into them though. I think part of it was because I bought them without really knowing what they were about and when I actually found out, they weren’t really my style and I just didn’t really get on with her writing style either. Whatever the reason though, I just didn’t click with them and after holding onto them for 4 years hoping I will find a new interest in them I have finally decided to let them go.I am hoping to read ‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater though because they sound a lot more up my alley.
Flawed by Cecilia Ahern
This was another book that I bought in my original book buying frenzy without really knowing what it was about; I just knew that loads of people were talking about it. I really don’t have any interest in it though and I really don’t think I ever will, so it is time to stop letting it take up space.
Edgeland by Jake Halpean and Peter Kujawinski
I bought Edgeland on a whim one day at Waterstones becasue I was buying a book off the buy one get one half price table, so I wanted another book to complete the deal. I had a look at the other books on offer and settled on this one. At the time, I did have a genuine interest in it, but my reading taste has evolved since then and even though it sounds vaguely interesting, I’m not interested enough to spend my valuable time reading it, so it can go to a better home where someone else will enjoy it more.
The Last Star by Rick Yancey
I had seen this book and the rest of the series (I think it is a trilogy and this is the 3rd book, but I may be wrong) floating around the book community for a while, but I never really gave it a second glance until one of my friends suggested it to me. I still wasn’t really considering buying it, but then when I was at the airport about to fly out to NYC, there was a deal on at WHSmith and so I decided to buy it as part of the deal because there weren’t any other books there that I was remotely interested in or didn’t already have. I’m really not interesting in it though, so it is going to have to go. At least I didn’t have to pay for it though!
The Finisher David Baldacci
I honestly can’t even remember when or where or why I bought this book. I just know that I did at some point and I am not interested in it anymore, so I am going to pass it on and let someone else enjoy it.
Special Agents – Kiss & Kill by Sam Hutton
This is a book I read when I was probably about 10/11 and I loved it. This is actually the first one in a series and the only reason I am getting rid of it is because I have two copies of it. I don’t remember why I have two copies because I’m pretty sure we just bought the box set, but for whatever reason I do have two and I don’t need two, so now someone else can enjoy this book as well.
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
I am sure a lot of you read Geek Girl when you were children, but I didn’t. I also didn’t read any Roald Dahl books (except at school), any Micheal Morpurgo and only a few Jaqueline Wilson books. I know everything I just said is practically sacrilege, but I just didn’t like them. I think the problem was that I was a very advanced reader for my age, so by the time these books were introduced to me I had already moved beyond them onto reading things like Narnia and Harry Potter. I did buy Geek Girl several years ago because my best friend really loves them, but I just can’t really see myself reading it, so I am going to get rid of it.
‘Imperial Assassin’ and ‘Imperial Spy’ by Mark Robson
I honestly have no idea what either of these books are about. I just remember that I picked them up from the Charity Shop one day and they have been sitting in my cupboard untouched since, Seeing as I don’t have any interest in them and I clearly never really did, owing to the fact I put them in my cupboard and not on my shelves, I’m not really feeling inclined to keep them, so the Charity Shop can have them back.
Empire of Storms by Sarah J.Maas
This is just another duplicate. Again I’m not really sure why I have two, but I do, so I’m going to get rid of one. *Insert shrugging emoji here*
Labyrinth by Kate Moss
This is another book that I got from the Charity Shop and this time I do actually remember why I bought it. We had watched the film version of it at school, so I wanted to read the book as well because I loved the film, although that never actually happened. I would have gotten rid of it years ago, but as some of you may know, it is a pretty hefty book, which meant it was the only book big enough to not fall down the gap between the end of my book shelf and my wardrobe, so I have been using it as a book end for at least 2 years. I have found a solution to that problem now though called stacking books vertically, so I can get rid of it now.
‘Eragon’ and ‘Eldest’ by Christopher Paolini
I bought these because one of my friends had read them and really loved them, but I don’t really like sharing, so I didn’t want to just take the books out from the library like she did, so when I found them in the Charity Shop for 50p each, I obviously bought them. I am missing one of the books because it is a trilogy, but I never bought it because I have lost interest in them over the years. It may be a series that I re-buy in the future, but for now I am not interested.
The Shadow in the North by Phillip Pullman
This is also from the Charity Shop and I bought it because it was by Phillip Pullman. I read his ‘His Dark Material’ trilogy when I was 11 and loved it, but when I actually got home and read the blurb I realised this one wasn’t as exciting. That was about 3 years ago now though it has just taken me a while to get around to clearing out. (whoops)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Don’t worry I’m not getting rid of the hunger games because I don’t like it or because I haven’t read it. This is simply a duplicate copy… kind of. I don’t actually own the hunger games myself as I read my mum’s copies of the books. I found this copy in the charity shop several years ago and decided to buy is because I didn’t have my own and it was only 50p, so you can’t really go wrong, but it is rather tatty and I want the whole series, so it is easier for me to get rid of this one and simply buy the box set off of amazon. My best friend has asked if she can have this one though, so this one will be going to her. (she is also a book lover, so I know it will be well looked after).
Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep by Liz Kessler
This is yet again another duplicate that I don’t remember buying and don’t understand why I have two of, but somehow I do, so someone else can have the second one (that is obviously in slightly worse condition because I’m a little selfish like that)
Those are the 17 books I am getting rid of. As I mentioned I am giving ‘The Hunger Games’ to one of my friends, but all of the other books will be going to either my local library of charity shop. I am kind of apprehensive of getting rid of these books because, even though I don’t want them anymore and I’m never going to read them, I have never given away any of my books before, so this is a new thing for me. I don’t know if I will do another one of these and if I do it will probably be quite a few years in the future, but for now I think 17 books is pretty impressive. Have you ever gotten rid of any books? Do you think you ever will or are you a collector like me?
Goodbye for now!
Over and Out