As some of you may have seen in my Feb-March wrap up, I accepted a job offer last month and this means I’ll be moving to a new city in a few weeks’ time. It’s exciting, it’s scary, but it also means that it’s time for me to go through my bookcases and unhaul some things. Here are 20 books that I’ve decided to let go of:
- The Near Witch – Victoria Schwab: This hurts because it’s a lovely hardcover (hardcovers are gold in Aus) and it’s signed! Yet, as much as I love Schwaby, The Near Witch didn’t do much for me. I appreciate it as her debut but I can see how far she’s come since.
- Lore – Alexandra Bracken: I don’t have anything major against this book, but overall I was pretty apathetic towards it. I don’t think I’ll muster the energy to read a sequel. Probably due to my growing fatigue with repetitive YA fantasy stories and characters as I get older.
- The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli: This one pains me because the sparkly cover is so pretty. Quite a lot of people really liked The Last Namsara but my reaction was lukewarm. The world-building was okay but the plot and romance didn’t do much to grab me. Goodbye, pretty sparkles.
- Legend – Marie Lu: This is the kind of book I would have been nuts for had I read it at the time it came out. Reading it in 2019, though, my reaction was: it’s okay but nothing special. The characters were fine, the plot was fine, the rushed romance was unnecessary…I don’t know, I just need more these days. Time to unhaul.
- When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon: This wasn’t for me. It was nice to have a YA romance between 2 POC but I wasn’t a fan of the story and some of Dimple’s treatment of Rishi was…questionable. Almost want to keep it for that cheerful cover and orange spine, though.
- Ready Player Two – Ernest Cline: While I love the cover & spine, there’s no way I’m re-reading this or recommending it to anyone. It’s just not very good, super disappointing considering it’s a sequel to a really fun read.
- Chosen Ones – Veronica Roth: This wasn’t as bad as other reviewers made it sound, but it was definitely one of those books with a good concept and disappointing execution. It takes ages to get going and the characters are pretty eh. I have no plans to ever re-read it or read the sequel so to the unhaul pile it goes.
- Girl Made of Stars – Ashley Herring Blake: This was a great YA contemporary that handled a challenging subject matter very well. The cover is lovely, too. However, it’s another YA book that I know I won’t re-read. Plus, there are other people who’ll benefit from having this more than me.
- Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco: Why my pretty HARDBACKS? (As if I’m not in control of which ones go and stay). This book had a lot of potential, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. I’ve often thought of giving the series a second chance but I think the time has come to let that idea go. These books were SUPER popular so maybe someone else will fall in love?
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins: For those of you familiar with my views on this book, I don’t need to offer an explanation for why it’s here. All I’ll say is BYEEEEEEEE!
- All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven: I had a mixed reaction to this book and I think it’s partially because I was expecting more based on how popular it was. For the most part, I enjoyed it and I appreciate that Niven took on some very difficult topics, however, I wasn’t a fan of the way they were handled. I don’t see myself revisiting this so off to a new home with you!
- More Than We Can Tell – Brigid Kemmerer: I adored Letters to the Lost and while More Than We Can Tell was a decent read, I didn’t fall in love with the story or the characters in the same way. This was particularly the case for the female lead, Emma. I liked it but not enough to hang onto.
- Slayer – Kiersten White: As big a Buffy fan as I am and as mildly enjoyable as I found this, I remember very little about it and I don’t think I’ll ever read the sequel now. The world-building is good but the pacing and the characters have their issues. Still, I’m sure there will be plenty of people who’ll enjoy this in all its monster-butt-kicking glory.
- Mirage – Somaiya Daud: Are we sure I read this? Okay, yes, I know I read it but seriously, I have no memory of anything besides it being a dystopian fantasy The Princess Switch. Must have been okay if I gave it 3 stars. Regardless, it’s going to join the pile.
- The Flame in the Mist – Renee Adhieh: Another 3 star YA fantasy that I have few memories of. I know this was a sort of Mulan retelling but Japanese? I also vaguely remember the story being a bit flat and not liking many of the characters. Basically, to the pile.
- Insurgent – Veronica Roth: Don’t we all wish that the books after Divergent had simply not happened? I know I do.
- Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi: I think I just heard a few people scream in horror. I’m sorry! The setting/world-building here was great but the characters and the plot didn’t really do it for me in the way I’d been expecting from the crazy hype train. Time to say goodbye (I’m definitely sad to lose that stunning cover).
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor: I love Laini’s Strange the Dreamer duology but couldn’t muster the same enthusiasm for this series. I really liked the world-building, backstory and some of the characters but wasn’t a fan of the romance at all, which dominated the book. Not for me but maybe for someone else?
- The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski: Another lovely looking hardback! It’s even got those fringed page edges! If only I were as fond of the content as I am the pretty cover. I ended up reading the sequel on kindle and found it slightly more enjoyable but I don’t really get the hype so unhaul it is.
- Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian: I actually remember really enjoying this book, even though I knew it was like every other YA fantasy I’d read before. I even planned to read the sequel, which did not happen at all. Despite it being entertaining, like others on this list, I don’t see myself going back to it so it’s time to go.
Believe it or not, I’m unhauling more than double the number of books that I have listed here but because I’m trying not to actively bore you guys to tears, I thought 20 would suffice. I haven’t really done a proper clear-up of my shelves for a few years now and while it’s sad to be getting rid of things, I’ve realised I own a lot of books that I don’t really love and what’s the point of that? Despite the clean-out I still have multiple tightly packed boxes coming with me to my new place which I will get to lovingly reorganise.
What do you think of my unhaul? Are there any books listed here that you feel I’ve made a big mistake in letting go?