I’d been thinking about getting rid of some books for a while. There are a lot of novels that I read a few years back and enjoyed, but know I wouldn’t really like anymore now, or simply have no interest in re-reading. So today I decided to finally get it over with, and I unhauled a total of 12 books.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
As you can see, most of the books I’m unhauling are YA contemporaries. I haven’t been feeling the contemporary genre for quite a while now, and I don’t really feel like re-reading these books either, so I’m getting rid of them. I know a lot of these are common favourites, so do forgive me.
I’m unhauling all of the John Green books I own except for The Fault in our Stars, because I actually really liked that one back in 2015. I really hated Looking for Alaska (sorry not sorry), and I found An Abundance of Katherines extremely boring. Paper Towns was okay, but not worth keeping, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson was just kinda meh.
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson and The You Know Who Girls by Annameekee Hesik
These two books fall into the ‘I wanted to read good LGBT+ fiction but this was kinda shit‘ category. I was ordering lots of YA books from The Book Depository at the time, and was really excited about these, as they featured lesbian relationships, but just ended up disappointed. The Bermudez Triangle was quite nice, but extremely boring, and The You Know Who Girls did a bit of slut-shaming and I remember being annoyed at something.
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
These are books that I enjoyed a lot when I read them, but have no interest in reading again, and don’t think I would like as much now. Love Letters to the Dead was a really nice read, but too similar to The Perks of being a Wallflower (my favourite book at the time), and Fangirl is a bit too, well, fandom-y for me now. I still think it’s a wonderful novel, and if someone who likes a lot of fandom stuff and maybe doesn’t love talking to people asked me for book recommendations, I would tell them about Fangirl. It’s just not for me anymore.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Now, these two I didn’t like from the start. I have no idea why I kept them to be honest, as I usually give books I dislike away immediately. How to Build a Girl has a good premise, it’s quite feminist, and I think I’m the only person in the world who didn’t like it. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a very strange book, about family and science and monkeys, and it features a lot of really unlikable, annoying characters. They are popular books, but not for me.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey
Finally, the two classics on the pile. This is quite an unpopular opinions, but I absolutely hated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as the second part, and I have literally no idea why I kept the book. Maybe because the cover is really nice. In any case, I’m glad to get rid of it. Confessions of an English Opium Eater is one I have mixed feelings about; I studied it for one of my modules and wrote my final essay on it, which was really fun and interesting. But I have now realised that what I enjoyed was not the book itself, but the historical background and studying it in-depth. So it’s time to leave.
And that is my unhaul! Have you guys recently unhauled any books? Do you usually keep everything on your shelf or do you get rid of books you dislike? I’m giving some of these to my mom, and some I’ll donate – if you unhaul books, what do you do with them?
‘Till next time and happy reading!