Kernels of Nonsense is a bimonthly feature where I discuss various book- and blog-related topics. This week I’ll be sharing my personal experience doing a book unhaul for the first time.
I have a huge problem. I buy too many books. It’s probably my biggest flaw (don’t believe anyone who tells you I’m emotionally closed-off). Over the years, I’ve managed to accumulate so many books, I had three bookshelves in my room at once which ended up overwhelming the room. I recently did a DIY project, building several wall shelves for my books. It’s probably the best bookish decision I’ve ever made and I only regret not doing it sooner.
Now these new shelves were supposed to solve all my problems. It really opened up the room and provided more shelf space. Unfortunately, I underestimated just how quickly I acquire books. In the last three months I’ve accumulated 28 new books. I have a serious problem. How did this happen? After my most recent haul this month, I had to rearrange a few books in order to fit everything. While I was doing this, I made a decision that a book unhaul was in order.
At the beginning of last year while I was reorganizing my shelves, I removed quite a few books that I wanted to give away. But apparently, I have a problem with letting go because I haven’t gotten around to donating them.
Because Thanksgiving week is coming up and I’ll have plenty of time to haul all these books to the library, I’ve decided it’s time to do away with the excuses. This will be my first book unhaul, so I’m a little nervous to just give all these books away. What I’m really worried about is that in a few months, I’ll start freaking out because I’ll suddenly have the urge to reread one of these. Hopefully, they way I’ve chosen to go about it will decrease the chances.
Most of the books I’ve chosen to give away are ones I have already read. Overwhelmingly, they are one- or two-star books. I’ve never felt the urge to reread a book that I’ve given less than three-stars too, so I’m fairly confident that I won’t miss these. In fact, I’m actually excited to get rid of a few. There are just some books that really rub you the wrong way. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a severe dislike for Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush. I hate this book more than any other book I’ve ever read, and I know it’s quite the popular series, but you could not pay me to read it again (okay, maybe you could, but, you know, I’d be scowling a lot). I bought it right when it was released and years later, I’m still bitter about the fact that I spent money on it. The cover is beautiful though. Kresley Cole’s Poison Princess is another book I’m happy to get rid of. I DNFed it after getting through less than half of it and this is saying something because I rarely ever DNF books I’ve actually bought (on principle!).
Then there are the books that I feel sort of indifferent toward now that time has passed. This is a photo of the most recent books I’ve pulled off my shelf for donation. A few of these are four-star books and I enjoyed them at the time, but looking back, I’m not so sure I would give them the same rating if I read them today. I never continued Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder series, despite enjoying the first one. I’ve also heard that the series takes a bit of a dive, so if the number of years doesn’t put me off, this sure does. Melissa West’s Gravity was quite the surprise at the time, but I was so disappointed with the sequel that I have zero plans to ever finish the series.
All in all, I have thirty-eight books I’m planning to get rid of. I’ve already taken steps to remove them from my Books-I-Own list on Goodreads, so I’m very serious about this. There are also several books on my shelf that I’m also contemplating getting rid of, I just need a little more time to let go. I know I will probably never read the last two books in the Divergent series, despite really liking the first one, but too much time has passed and I’ve lost interest. Maybe next time around I’ll finally find the courage to do it.
What about you? Have you ever had a book unhaul? How do you determine which books to get rid of? Do you sell your books or donate them? Share your thoughts in the comments!