That’s right. I have to do it. I don’t want to do it but I have to, for my sanity. My book shelves just can’t hold anymore books and the piles growing in front were making my OCD go crazy. I am a bit of a neat freak. I like my books organized and to see piles of books was making my anxiety go off. So even though I had just re-organized my shelves a few months ago, I decided to do it again.
This time, I had a strategy. I took every single book off the shelves and began to group books by authors and then creating separate piles for classics, contemporary, YA/children books, etc. I had also decided it was time to keep an index of the books I had because I was starting to consistently buy books I already have, while passing up books I thought I owned but didn’t.
Deciding which books I would part with was definitely not easy. There were a few I changed my mind on and put back on the shelf. There is just so much attachment to the books, especially the memories of reading it for the first time. What if I want to reread it? What if? What if? What if? But I knew I had to do something.
So in the end, I reversed strategy and began asking myself if I liked the book. If I didn’t, then it was in the pile. If I did, I would ask how much I liked it and if I would reread it. Eventually I got a considerable pile that totaled 30 books.
In no particular order:
Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
I acquired Outlander from my future mother-in-law because I had finished the book I had brought with me when we went to visit. I finished the book when I got back home but I wasn’t a huge fan. She sent me the second book anyway. I have had it on my shelf for over 2 years now and haven’t even attempted to read the first book or touched the second book. These books are large and taking up valuable real estate. They have to go.
Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Son of the Witch by Gregory Maquire
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
All of these are duplicate copies. This is why I am now creating an index. Also that particular copy of the Jungle has writing on the pages which absolutely infuriates me. I didn’t realize it until I got it home. Luckily it was only a $1.
Miss Peregrines School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Both of these are the first books to a series. I read the whole series of Beautiful Creatures years ago and I don’t think I will be rereading it. I didn’t realize Miss Peregrine’s was a series until I read the book. While it was good, I just don’t think I am going to be reading the rest of them anytime soon.
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
This was a book club book that I wasn’t a fan of. In fact, it was the book I first reviewed on this blog. For June, we are reading Hoover’s Verity, another book I have to buy. I am hoping I have more luck with that one.
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
These were all books I bought for book clubs that I wasn’t crazy about. Some of them were better than others but I don’t foresee rereading them anytime soon.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Children’s books I bought simply to read them because I had heard so much about them. Also I had never read a Roald Dahl book before except for Matilda, so I need to rectify that. Now that I have, I don’t think I need to keep them on my shelves.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
This was a hard one to put in the pile. The books are beautiful but I haven’t read them in such a long time and I have no desire to reread them again. I think I am just over it. Besides, if I want to revisit the story, I can just go to the library.
Me Before You and After You by Jojo Moyes
I received these during a gift book swap. Now that I have read them, I can get rid of them. I will probably just borrow the third book from the library so there is no point in having an incomplete series on my shelves.
Who’s Looking Out For You? by Bill O’Reilly
Kids Are Americans Too by Bill O’Reilly
Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly
Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity by John Stossel
I bought these back in the day when I was an impressionable youth. While there are some good points made in all of these books, I just don’t agree with them anymore. Besides, I have to make room for the more recent current affairs books that are out there.
Go Set A Watchmen by Harper Lee
If I haven’t said it enough, I will say it again. There was a reason why Harper Lee never planned to publish this book. I actually DNF’d this book and haven’t picked it up since. To Kill a Mockingbird will always be my book.
Meandering with the Muse
Lemuel Smith and the Compulsion to Kill by Denis Foley
Don’t ask me how I have these two on my shelves. I must have gotten them from someone and then just buried them. I have no desire to read these. Off they go.
Right now, these books are sitting in a box waiting to go to the library or the book barn, a place that takes used books. I just hope I don’t have a change of heart before then and start putting them back.
What books have you unhauled recently? Have you read any on this list? What did you think? Should I give any a second chance?