Summer Book Unhaul Part One – My Attempt At Finally Clearing Out My Shelves!

After clearing out my shelves a few months ago, I thought I would finally share with you some of the books I am planning on unhauling from my shelves!  Although I do really enjoy collecting books and keeping those that I have enjoyed and are likely to reread, I am not someone who feels the need to keep every book, and so I do quite enjoy regularly clearing out my shelves and getting rid of some books that I don’t need anymore.  This time I have a fair few books to unhaul, and so to avoid this post being never-ending, I decided to spilt into two parts, so hopefully you are not overwhelmed with all of the books I will be getting rid of!

So here are some of the books I am unhauling!

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Despite my undying love for John Green, and more specially for the beautiful book that is Turtles All The Way Down, there is no reason for me to keep either of these books on my shelf.  I’ve read Paper Towns, but really wasn’t the biggest fan of it, and so know that I will never reread it, plus this edition of it doesn’t match my other John Green books.  Meanwhile, I have tried so many times to get through An Abundance of Katherines and have finally decided that this book is just not for me, and so there is no point in me keeping it when someone else could enjoy it more than I ever will.

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Although I did enjoy this book when I first read, in my opinion it really wasn’t anything special or a book that has stuck with me for a long time.  All I remember about it is that is a mystery with some sort of supernatural elements and that the ending confused me more than almost the entire rest of the story.  Therefore, I never really find myself talking about this book or recommending it, and I can certainly not see myself rereading it at any point, so it seems like the right time to just get rid of it.

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This book was one of my most disappointing reads of 2016, and in all honesty the only reason I haven’t got rid of it yet is because I am big fan of this cover – if only I loved the inside as much!  I just found to it be a little too strange for me, and the climax of this murder mystery didn’t excite me enough to make up for the problems I had with the rest of this story.

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I actually read this book more recently than alot of the books I am unhauling, as despite enjoying it, once again I am just not interested in keeping it or rereading it at any point.  I also have no plans to ever continue on to the sequel, as I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending of this book, and so know that I won’t enjoy this sequel as much as I would others.

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This is another that I read back in 2016, as after hearing about the movie adaptation I was desperate to give this book a go for myself.  Unfortunately this wasn’t the book for me, as I found Greg to be one of the most irritating narrators I have ever read about, his humour mostly just falling flat and leaving me unable to enjoy this story.

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I’ve actually seen so many people say that they really enjoyed this book, but unfortunately that was not the case for me at the time.  I just found the whole story a little bit strange, I wasn’t a fan of the main character and just generally couldn’t get to grips with this book.  I do think that had I read it more recently, I may have preferred it due to its feminist elements, as I first read this book a long time ago, but in all honesty I don’t have enough interest in rereading this to see whether or not that would be the case.

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I actually only started this one back in February, but after a few weeks of reading very little of it I decided to DNF it at only 100 pages or so, as I just couldn’t get into the complex writing style and world in which this book is set.  I have also since heard some mixed reviews on this book about the slow pacing and info dumping, and whilst many say that this does get better as the book progresses, I just don’t see myself picking this one up again, especially as I would likely have to reread the first few pages to understand everything again.

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I was super excited about this book when I first started reading it, as it sounded exactly like the type of book I would enjoy, especially around Halloween, which is when I picked this up.  However, after just a few stories I really wasn’t interested anymore, as I wasn’t scared by any of the stories I read, and wasn’t a huge fan of the different narrative voices used.  I think this would be great one for a younger audience, but it just wasn’t for me, and so getting rid of it seems like the right thing.

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The Gone series was one of my favourites when I was around 12 or 13, and so despite only owning the first three books, I did actually read the entirety of this series a long time ago.  However, as with alot of these books, I’m pretty sure that if I were to read them now I would not enjoy them anywhere near as much as I did back then, and so that, as well as how much space these huge books take up, is a good enough reason to finally get rid of them.

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Like so many others, I read this duology just before the movie was released, and at the time I did enjoy these books, with the first by far my favourite of the two.  However, my reading tastes have since changed, and so I have no interest in ever rereading these books, meaning that it is finally time to take them off my shelves for good.

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These three books were amongst my favourites when I was younger, and I can not tell you how many times I have reread them all.  I used to fly through these quick and addictive reads, but unfortunately it has been long time since I have even thought about rereading them.  And whilst I did used to really love them, I don’t see the point in keeping them anymore when I could give them away so that someone else can enjoy them as much as I did.

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Have you unhauled any books recently?  Do you regularly get rid of books?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?

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