Another Bag of Books I’m Getting Rid Of | Book Unhaul

It’s the opposite of a book haul: the book unhaul. The past year or so, I have become more mindful of the books on my shelves. When it comes to books I’ve read, I only want to keep those I’ve truly enjoyed, the ones I will come back to, or the ones that hold special memories or associations for me. When it comes to the unread ones, I only want to keep those I actually want to read -and would pick up again in a bookstore today.

Books I’ve Read

Angelfall, World After and End of Days by Susan Ee // I’m getting rid of this trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this when I read it a few years ago. It’s one of the series I read after I started getting into BookTube and reading again in 2013/2014. It’s a great dystopian read, and I enjoyed every second of it. But I know I will never re-read it again, and there’s really no reason to keep them. Also, the third book is much shorter than the other two and it bothers me so much.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones // I know, another really popular book! I did read and enjoy this, and I even watched the movie adaptation. Although I wouldn’t necessarily call it an adaptation because it’s so different from the book. I don’t have any particularly fond memories attached to this book, and I didn’t truly fall in love with it either so I’ve decided to get rid of it.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso // For some reason, I always tend to spell her last name wrong. I switch up the vowels by accident because it my head that seems more logical? Anyway, #GIRLBOSS served its purpose for me. I read it, was inspired and got some great tips from it. I won’t read it again, so it’s time for someone else to get inspiration and tips from this book.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman // I didn’t like this book. It’s actually the only Alice Oseman book I didn’t like! Radio Silence is one of my favorite books, which is why this one was so disappointing to me. So I’m getting rid of it. Sorry!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon // I’m giving up on this series. There’s no way I’m ever picking up all the books in the series. Ever. How many are there at this point in time? Nine? Ten? And they’re all huge tomes as well. I’m being realistic, it’s never going to happen. So I might as well get rid of the one book I read in the series too.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green // It’s actually the only John Green book I own. I read and loved it years ago, but I know I probably wouldn’t feel the same way about it today. It doesn’t inspire any particularly sentimental feelings in me either, so I’m getting rid of it.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes // Aaaah, this book. When I first read it, I absolutely adored it. It just seemed so beautiful and heartbreaking. Since then, I have been made aware of the awful and ableist message this book actually sends and I can’t see it in the same light anymore. I won’t re-read it because I know I won’t love it anymore. So it’s leaving my shelves.

Splintered by A.G. Howard // This is another case of me giving up on a series. I really enjoyed this book but I have no desire of finishing the trilogy. I’ve forgotten most of what happened in this book and I honestly can’t be bothered.

Books I Haven’t Read

The Circle by Dave Eggers // I really wanted to read this at some point in the past 2 years. But then the movie came out and the reviews weren’t overly enthusiastic. I slowly lost all interest in ever reading this.

Desire by Louise Bagshawe // This just doesn’t seem like a book I’d pick up anymore. I don’t have anything against “chick lit”, but this one just doesn’t speak to me.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer // Once again, lost all interest in reading this. No idea why though, so I can’t elaborate on this one for you.

The Mask of Troy by David Gibbins // Somehow I feel like I’ve already read this but at the same time I feel like I haven’t read it? It’s confusing, and it makes my brain hurt every time I look at it.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne // Why did I buy this? I have zero interest in reading this book.

Peter Pan & Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie // No, my copy is not this beautiful. If it was, I probably wouldn’t have gotten rid of it. I genuinely don’t think I’ll ever read Peter Pan, so I’m unhauling it.

Sepulchre by Kate Mosse // I quite enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, Labyrinth, but not enough to continue the series.


Those are the books I’m getting rid of this time! Have you read any of these? What do you think of my decision to unhaul them? Do you frequently unhaul books?

22 thoughts on “Another Bag of Books I’m Getting Rid Of | Book Unhaul

  1. I’ve got Sepulchre at home too and don’t know when I’ll get by to reading it 😛 I didn’t like Labyrinth all that much but it definitely had its perks like the scene at the end with Paul Authie 😉 😉 I won’t spoil it for others, but what did you think of that scene? I found it absolutely hysterical for some reason 😂😂😂 Happy reading, and hope you’ll enjoy the next hauls 🙂

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  2. I have read The Scarlet Letter and can confirm that it’s best to just get rid of it hahaha. Then again, I’ve never been a fan of classics, but still. I adore Me Before You, but I know and understand your reasons. There are a lot of books that I used to love that I would no longer be into if I reread them now. Better to leave them in the past.

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  3. “Why did I buy this? I have zero interest in reading this book” – HAHA I CAN RELATE. My library has a sale trolley where the books are 10p each, and I’ve bought so many books there that I don’t think I’ll ever actually read. I think it’s time for me to do an unhaul too. XD I got rid of a whole bag of books a couple of weeks ago, which felt really good!

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  4. Done the same myself with a few collections from the same author.

    I enjoyed what they’d written, binged on them, then decided I’d probably not read any more for the sake of widening my horizons a little.

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  5. I love your way of thinking about how you enjoyed a book and learned a lot from it but would not mind giving it away for other people to also read it and learn from it. More people should do this more often and hoard books less!

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  6. Before a major house move and an enforced downsizing about 12 years ago, I had to get rid of a couple of thousand books. Some I have bitterly regretted letting go; some of those I cannot find at reasonable cost again. Some I have bought again.
    But I do need to stop hoarding the “beach books”, the easy reads that are all pretty much the same as the next one; I may leave them at the station near me where there is a traveling library. People take a book or leave a book as they see fit. I’m actually considering leaving a couple of my own books, with a bookplate in the back asking the potential readers to let me know how far they go.

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      1. We kept as many as we reasonably could but some just had to go. I’ve moved house about 13 times so far; it’s a good excuse to pass on stuff that no longer serves but it’s too pressured at the time of a move to make good decisions.

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  7. I recently read a book about the art of tidying and it advises you to take each item you own into your hands and decide then and there if it brings you joy. If it doesn’t, or if you hesitate, then you need to get rid of it. It sounds like you’ve done this quite well. My books are my babies so it’ll be difficult for me!

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  8. I unhauled a bunch of books recently because I was going to be moving and it seemed like too much of a hassle to keep books that I didn’t really have space for. Most of those books were actually books I bought as a kid though and I hadn’t read them in years. I really love all of Alice Oseman’s books but Radio Silence is also my favorite. I’ve been meaning to read The Outlander series and Howl’s Moving Castle but the books aren’t at the top of my tbr so I doubt I’ll get around to them soon.

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