Try A Chapter Tag – Unhaul Edition

Its time for another tag, but this time I wanted to do something a little different to the usual tags I give a go.  So instead of answering questions around a certain topic, today I will be trying the Try a Chapter Tag first created by a booktuber named Malia over at Book Paradise.  I have seen this fun little tag floating around the book world for ages now, but only recently had the idea to actually give it a go myself.  I am currently in the process of unhauling a good few books, and so now seemed like the perfect time to complete this tag and to try some books on my shelves that I am unsure about whether I want to keep or not.

So here is the Try a Chapter book tag!

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This is likely one of the oldest books on my TBR, and so after so long of it sitting on my shelf unread, I am starting to question whether I will ever get round to reading this one.  I initially picked this up because I was super intrigued by the concept of it, and whilst I am still interested in the story, my excitement for this book has definitely decreased over the years that I have owned it.


And after reading just the first chapter, I have to say that I was pleasantly at how easily I fell into this story and this world.  During the first few pages I was a little unsure, and was definitely leaning more towards unhauling this one, but as the chapter continued I found myself becoming more and more interested in this story, and so I am sure that I will really enjoy this book when I continue it soon.

Verdict: Keep

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I first picked this book for school, as for part of my English Literature course I had to read and analyse a book published during the 21st century from a list of 10 or so books.  The synopsis of this one really intrigued me, and so I decided to pick it up and give it a read in the hopes that I would use it for that piece of work.  However, for whatever reason I ended up changing my mind and picking The Miniaturist instead, a decision I in no way regret other than the fact that it is both a really complex book, and that it meant I never ended up reading this.


Despite this being the book I was most nervous about, after reading just a few pages of this book I am already planning on keeping this one and continuing on with it at some point in the future.  I was instantly immersed into this world and its rich setting, with even just the prologue making it clear that I could not get rid of this book.

Verdict: Keep

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This is one that actually hasn’t been on my shelf for long at all, but is still a book that I am not sure I will ever feel the desire to read.  I am always super nervous about thrillers, as they tend to disappoint me in one way or another, and so I would much rather read a chapter of it now and see whether it is my sort of book, than leave it taking up space on my shelf for months if I am never going to read it or enjoy it.


Unfortunately, after reading both the prologue and first chapter of this book, I don’t think it is my sort of read.  For whatever reason, I just didn’t care about what happened to the characters and didn’t feel hooked into the story enough to consider carrying on.  Similarly, the writing style wasn’t my cup of tea, and so I am pretty sure that this is one book I will be getting rid of so that someone else who will enjoy it much more than I would can read it!

Verdict: Unhaul

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I genuinely can not remember when I picked this book up, which in itself tells you just how long this book has been sitting on my shelf.  I’m pretty sure I first picked it up because of its inspiration and connection to the Salem witch trials, but for whatever reason never actually got around to reading this one.  I have since read some negative reviews, and due to the size of this book I just really want to give a chapter or two a go before diving into the entire book.


Whilst I was really interested in the prologue of this book, which is set during the period of the Salem witch trials, the first chapter made it clear that this wasn’t my type of book.  I already found the narrator to be very irritating, and there was definitely already a clique system, with girls being catty and just unnecessarily horrible to each other, and so even if the rest of this story is something I would potentially enjoy, it is unlikely that I would end up really enjoying this book.

Verdict: Unhaul


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Finally, this is one of my many unread books that came in a Fairyloot box, and so as is my habit, after being super interested in it at the time, I placed it on my shelf and never picked it up since.  Honestly, before rereading the synopsis of this book, I couldn’t remember a single thing about it other than that it was fantasy, and so I think that is definitely a sign that I need to either read it or just get rid of it.


Seeing that after reading the first chapter of this one, I kept on reading it, I would definitely say that this is not a book I will be getting rid of!  I love how many things we were introduced to in just the first chapter as I was just instantly intrigued by this world and this story that I knew I just had to keep on reading.

Verdict: Keep


Have you done this tag – what books did you read the first chapter of?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?



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