I’ve been recently bitten by the bug of Spring Cleaning, and have been frantically throwing things for donation or directly into the trash. This weekend I included my books on this and, while I actually clean my shelves regularly, I came up with quite a pile:
(my Wintersong books look so beautiful next to my Court books)
I will not be doing giveaways with these books, because the last one was so recent. So we’ve donated them to the local library, which really needs a boost on their English section, anyway (I didn’t see any YA books!!!). A few of those I’ve given to friends and family.
Most of those books were really good and I enjoyed them! But my categories for keeping a book on my shelf are:
- Did I not only enjoy, but REALLY like this book?
- Will I re-read it? Truthfully?
So as you guys see, instead of having criteria for kicking a book out of my shelf, I decided to have criteria for keeping them, which honestly has made for a much cleaner shelf, filled now only with the books I want to read and those that I love. But I know this isn’t for everyone, and a lot of people will be somewhat horrified I am getting rid of such great books. But really, I like giving books away to people who’ll enjoy them so much more than me – I read A LOT and have many books, and I probably should re-read far more than I do… so I prefer having the books I will never read again to be enjoyed by someone else!
Here’s the full list of the books on the photo:
- Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa. A novel that broke my heart. It’s about the Palestine conflict, and it shone a new light on it for me. It’s not a book I’ll easily recommend, but it was so worth reading.
- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I really enjoyed this book and it was sad and emotional, but I don’t think I’ll ever re-read it.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I know, I know… I loved this book. Here is my review of it if you’re interested. I just don’t see myself reaching for it again… and if I do, I can always check it out at my library now!
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This was a brutal, painful and at the same time beautifully emotional read. It was one of my proudest moments of this year, having finished this 700-page novel, but let’s face it: I’ll never read it again. Maybe someone else will be brave enough to venture into this story.
- November 9 by Colleen Hoover. This one is in Portuguese, so I will just give it to one of my friends in Brazil 🙂
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This one is also in Portuguese, so its fate is also on the hands of my Brazilian friends.
- Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. I knoooooow, I LOVED this book back when I read it (review), but I just lost interest in the meantime. Since then, I have read so many YA fantasies that this one lost a bit of its allure to me… so I’ll let other people fall in love with it 🙂
- And I Darken by Kiersten White. Same as Flame in the Mist! If you read my review, you know that I loved this one too, but I just don’t think I’ll continue with the series.
- Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio. This was very funny! I just don’t see myself reaching for it again…
- Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. This series was so, so enjoyable! But I didn’t LOVE it. So it’s going to the library so other people can love it, hopefully! Or just have a good time with Lia.
- The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. This is going to my aunt, who I am sure will enjoy these books!! I’m so excited for her to read them! Hehehe
So that’s it for today! Have you done an unhaul before? If so, please link it down below, I love seeing people’s unhauls!!