Why Unhauling 30 Books Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

Why Unhauling 30 Books Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

Hi friends! It’s been a little bit! Unfortunately this past week something got into me and I just didn’t feel like blogging. I had a whole schedule planned, but exactly *none* of it came to fruition. I guess that happens sometimes though, and instead I was inspired by a recent decision I made to write this discussion post!

Before I dive in, I gotta give my friend Jordyn @ Jordz the Bibliophile a really big thanks, because without her I probably would’ve gotten rid of maybe 5 or 6 books and my “unhauling” would barely be anything to speak of. With her encouragement (and persistence on donating practically everything okay not everything), I was able to unload a total of 30 books from my shelves! And here’s why this is sort of a big deal for me:

My TBR (aka the mountain of books that I currently own but haven’t read) was at a whopping total of 153 prior to my unhauling. Now, it’s down to 123, and I haven’t seen it in the 120s in over a year! I know, most of you are now reading this and probably think I’m secretly a crazy old woman that hoards books like some people hoard newspapers or animatronic singing fish. But I assure you I’m just a girl that’s been collecting books for a VERY long time and has a tendency to buy them much faster than she reads them. So to finally dust off those shelves and get rid of the books that no longer interest me was a big change – one that I’m very glad to have made.

This post is gonna be in two parts –  why you should consider doing an unhauling, and how to do one. So here we go!

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WHY

Why should I unload books from my shelf that a) I probably paid good money for, and b) might still one day enjoy, you ask? Well, I was once like you my friend, asking the same questions. And those are very good points! For one, books do cost money, which is why if you’re really no longer interested in a book, there’s definitely someone out there that can and will appreciate it more than you. Of course, if you’re not in a financial place to be getting rid of things, that’s a different story. But if you have it to spare, sharing books with the world is never a bad thing. Just thinking of the fact that some kid might come to the library, pick up one of the books I donated, and really enjoy it makes it 10000 times worth the effort!

 But I still might read that book! What if it’s potentially my next favorite book of all-time? As I was going through deciding what books to unhaul, this question plagued my mind the most. Of course, in unhauling a book you do risk throwing away a great read, but think of it this way: compared to a book on the tip top of your TBR, which do you think you would enjoy the most? The book that’s been intentionally neglected for years, or the book that you’ve got a burning desire to read this minute? Life is short people, which means we can’t afford to waste time on books that we don’t really want to read. I know for me, a lot of the books on my TBR start to feel like an obligation, like just because I bought it twelve years ago and have yet to read it means that I owe it to the book. But even writing that out feels so silly! If you don’t truly want to read something, don’t read it, and pass it on to a place that could actually use it.

Lastly, the satisfying feeling of cleaning out my shelf was a reward I never expected, but really loved. Now, when I look at my slightly-empty-but-mostly-still-full bookshelf, it looks so much less cluttered. I just see the books that I truly love or am excited for, and it looks better. I also feel a lot less pressure from my TBR, because those books that I didn’t actually want to read are no longer hanging over me!

HOW

So now you’ve seen the light and decided to unhaul some books! But where to start? Well, here’s how I did it. Of course, everyone is different and you are taking advice from someone that’s done this exactly *one* time, so there’s no right and wrong way to do an unhauling. Make it your own!

I knew for a while before that I wanted to do an unhauling, but never got around to it. I finally started on one random night that I was sort of feeling bored, where I didn’t want to read my current book, I was too lazy to blog, and had already watched my fill of Netflix. So, I got Jordyn on FaceTime (getting a friend to help was an A+ decision, she helped keep my hoarding side in check and convinced me to donate things that I otherwise might’ve kept), started at the top of my biggest bookshelf, and just went down the rows.

For the most part, it’s going to be fairly obvious what books you want to keep and which to get rid of. There were a lot of books that I’ve already read and loved, or know that I want to read. Then there were books that I read and disliked. Those all fall into one category or the other.

But for the rare book that rode the line between keep or give away, here’s some questions that Jordyn and I thought of to help make the choice:

  • Exactly how long has this been left unread on your shelf?
  • Why did you buy it in the first place?
  • Can you describe what this book is actually about? If not, read the synopsis again to see if it’s something that still sounds good.
  • If you had to choose between Book A and Book B, which would you choose?
  • Do you want to read this just because everyone else has, or because it actually interests you?
  • Would someone else appreciate this more than you?
  • (And my personal favorite) Would you care if this book suddenly got lost or disappeared?

Asking myself any number of these questions usually helped me realize where a book belonged. Some common types of books that I gave away included: books I had gotten as gifts and never really wanted in the first place; middle grade reads I had simply grown out of; super old YA books like Vampire Diaries that I’m no longer interested in; books I instantly regretted buying the same day of purchase; school required reading that I disliked; and freebies from book festivals/cons or subscription boxes.

Okay, now you’ve sorted through all your books and you have a pile to unload! One of the toughest things for me besides deciding what books to unhaul, was figuring out what to do with them! In my case, I ended up sending a handful to someone that expressed interest on bookstagram, and the rest went to my local public library. But here’s a list of options:

  • Give to public facilities like libraries and schools
  • Donate to non-profit organizations like Goodwill or Metropolitan Ministries
  • Have a giveaway on your blog/social media
  • Give to friends and family that are interested
  • Regift some books to friends (if you’re feeling a little skimpy that day)
  • Host a tea party where you read books and eat tasty crumpets and each guest leaves with a book
  • Place books on an intergalactic mission through space so they are the first objects to make contact with an alien species

Okay so I might be kidding with a few of those, but getting rid of your books really isn’t too hard!

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And that’s it! Your complete guide on unhauling books. Here’s a picture of all 30 books I pulled off my shelves, in case anyone was curious what the state of my bed looked like afterwards.

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Have you ever done an unhauling? If not, have I convinced you to do one? How do you guys manage your TBR?

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Review: How to Make a Wish

HtMaW coverTitle: How to Make a Wish

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

Series: none; standalone

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance, LGBTQIAP+

Format: eARC via Netgalley

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.
Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

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Anticipated 2017 Releases: Part Two

Anticipated 2017 Releases- Part 2

Hello again my fellow bookworms! I doubt anyone would remember at this point, but at the very beginning of the year (when I first started this blog), I posted the first half of my long list of 2017 book releases that I’m looking forward to. Well, I’m a bit late posting this, but today I’m bringing you a list of all the books releasing in the second half of 2017 that I’m excited for!

Which, if you think about it, means that I should be celebrating my 6th month blogiversary! I’m so proud of how far my little blog has already come, I haven’t always been able to post as frequently as I would like to, but I truly appreciate everyone that has taken time out of their day to read my silly posts and talk to me about books. I’ve already made some great friends, and that alone is something to be thankful for!

Anyways, on to the books! Clicking on a book’s title will take you to its Goodreads page.

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Review: Soulmated

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Title: Soulmated

Author: Shaila Patel

Series: Joining of Souls #1

Genres: YA, urban fantasy, romance

Format: paperback provided by the author

Rating: 🌟🌟 + 1/2

Synopsis: Two souls. One Fate.
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

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June Wrap-Up

June Wrap-Up

Another month came, and another month gone. I don’t know how time manages to move so incredibly quickly, but I feel like I take a breath and suddenly I’m at the end of the year. I mean 2017 is half over!! I still feel like we just changed over the calendars from 2016!

Overall, June was a pretty great month for me, I’ve spent most of it relaxing and with friends. But I’ll get into the personal details later, first here’s all the bookish stuff aka the stuff you actually want to read.

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