Now that I have started buying books again, it appears that I again seem to have accumulated more books than I actually have room for. I blame this on university, as many of those that I have acquired recently are either for my course, or ones that I had on my shelves in halls (which had to be taken back home to where I have less shelf room). Either way, it couldn’t possibly be my own fault I’m sure…
Given that I am letting go of a lot of books, I can’t possibly tackle a full description of each here, as much as I’d probably love to. I’ll only give the reasons why I’m getting rid of a particular book if there’s a particular explanation to share!
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
If you’ve read my review of Truthwitch, you’ll know that it’s probably going to end up as a contender for my least favourite book of this year. I don’t like to be too negative about books, and there were parts of the novel that I didn’t mind, but in general it really just didn’t live up to any of the hype for me and I struggled to actually finish it. Given that I’m certain I will never want to pick it up again, I’m happy to let it go.
The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell & Phil Lester
Ahh Dan and Phil. I used to watch their videos (and a lot of other YouTubers) often, but for the last year or so I’ve completely lost touch with it all. There are several people on BookTube I watch and a few people making lifestyle/spirituality videos, but as for these two, I’ll watch them every so often if a video takes my fancy, but that’s all. I just don’t think I’ll ever be reading their book again, as much as I enjoyed it the first time around.
The Sky is Everywhere / I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Writing this, I’m still not 100% certain that I will part with I’ll Give You The Sun, although I will definitely let The Sky is Everywhere go. I really enjoyed IGYTS (hence the struggle to get rid of it – I won’t read it again but sentimentality…) but unfortunately TSIE didn’t live up to my resultant high expectations. I know it was actually written before IGYTS, so I feel as though Nelson’s books must be getting better and better, and the first just wasn’t for me!
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
This book is something of a nemesis of mine (right alongside Seraphina by Rachel Hartman) in that I have tried reading it on several occasions and have never gotten further than about the fifty page mark. It’s annoying as I feel like I would have enjoyed it if I had ever read it at the “right time”, but I’m not going to wait around for that while another book could take this one’s place on my shelf!
Carry On / Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’m pretty sure I’ve spoken about this before, but Rainbow Rowell is one of those authors that I’ve read a lot from, and always considered her to be one whose works I enjoyed. When I really thought about it, though, I realised that I actually never rate her books too highly in comparison to others, although I can’t pinpoint exactly why that is. I thought Fangirl was refreshingly different in depicting uni life (a strangely underrepresented age bracket? – more on that later, possibly), but I just didn’t get on board with Carry On or Eleanor and Park at all. I just found CO to be incredibly slow and repetitive, and I don’t really remember anything about E&P at all. That being said, I’m sure in the future I will end up gravitating to Rowell’s new releases anyway!
I gather, reading back, that this is quite a negative blog post – but sometimes, you just have to clear that bookshelf space if you want to make more room for other wonderful books to enter your life! It has just occurred to me that I have never actually shown the books that I do have on my shelves, so that’s definitely a post that I think may come in the not-so-distant future. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the decisions that I’ve made – am I getting rid of any of your favourites? Do you often clear out your shelves to make room for new reads?
Have a beautiful day,