It’s been well over a year since I last cleaned off my bookshelves, and they’ve gotten a bit full, so I thought that it was the perfect time to look through my books and eliminate a few. I’ve also recently opened an eBay account, and I decided to sell my unwanted books there.
While looking through all my books recently, I realized that there were many books that no longer matched my reading tastes, and many that I didn’t remember much, if anything about. I had a period a few years ago when I was really into YA, and that’s since ended and I don’t read much YA anymore. So, there will be quite a few YA books on here, along with a mix of other books that I bought and didn’t enjoy. In total, there are about 30 books, and I’m glad that I’ve cleared them off my shelves.
How I Decide to Get Rid of a Book
I have a few factors that influence why I get rid of a book, and that help me decide if I will keep the book or get rid of it, and I want to share my reasons before I list the books I’m getting rid of.
Firstly, the rating that I gave the book, I don’t keep books that I gave less than four stars, since for me, a rating less than four means that the book didn’t stand out to me, and that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have wanted to. I generally don’t really like books that I give less than four stars anyway.
Then, I consider how memorable the book was. There are some books that I enjoyed when I read them the first time, but a few months later I’ll have no recollection of the plot and characters. If I don’t remember what happened in the book, chances are I don’t care much about it.
I always like to consider if I would ever reread a book as well. This ties into the memorable aspect because if a book is memorable I’ll probably be more likely to reread it. If I have no interest in ever rereading the book, then there’s not much point in keeping it.
Like I previously mentioned, I had a YA phase a couple of years back, and I read mostly YA then. I’ve gone through a few different phases before I’ve found the genres I love to read, which are the ones I read now. So, when I’m going through my books, I consider if the book is in a genre that I’m still interested in. That’s also why you’ll be seeing a lot of contemporary books on this list since I’m not a fan of the genre.
Books I Unhauled
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
So, I’m starting off with a book that I have very little recollection of. I actually had to go on the Goodreads page for the book to see when I read it and what I rated it. I read it in late 2017 and gave it three stars, and now I honestly don’t have many thoughts on the book. The synopsis doesn’t interest me enough for me to reread it and see what I think, so I’m just going to unhaul it.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
I read this book back at the beginning of 2019 and I remember thinking that it was just okay and giving it three stars. I thought it sounded interesting but finding it less good in its execution. I don’t remember exactly what I didn’t like, but it was enough to make me decide to get rid of the book, as I think there are no chances of me rereading it, and I don’t have any fond recollections of it.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I read this back in 2018 and gave it four stars then. I had actually really liked it, which is why I was surprised when I DNF’d it a few months ago. I’m in a book club, and it was the book we chose. I started reading it, thinking that I would enjoy it as I had previously, but I was bored by it and didn’t like the writing style. So, I didn’t finish it and gave up barely 50% of the way in. Since then, I’ve been thinking of getting rid of it, which I’m now doing.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I have the three Hunger Games books in a boxed set, and I read all of them back in March of 2019. I had high expectations for it, due to the hype around the series, but I wasn’t impressed by these books. I thought that they were alright, but I wasn’t overly impressed by them. They just didn’t stick out to me, and even now I don’t remember much about them. So, I have decided to just get rid of them, as I’m never going to reread them and I’m generally not very interested in the series.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
This was a book club read from December of last year, and I didn’t love this. It’s not a book that I would have picked up on my own, I had heard of it but it didn’t interest me. Reading it, I thought that it was alright but I didn’t like it. The characters bored me, and the story felt dry. There were some interesting and insightful parts, but there weren’t enough to make me love this book. So, I’m going to be getting rid of this book.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I read this back in 2017, but for some reason, it’s not listed on my Goodreads account. I’m pretty sure I gave this three or four stars, and I think I thought it was good. Now, it’s not at all the type of book I would read, I avoid contemporary and romance books, they’re just not my cup of tea. If I reread it now, I’m sure that I would have a completely different opinion of it. However, I’m not interested in rereading it, so I’m just going to get rid of it.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is a book that I got earlier in the year, yet again for my book club (I swear, there were some books we read that I liked), and that I didn’t really enjoy. I gave it three stars, but I found it very bland and dry, and generally not really my type of book. The magical circus idea was interesting and well-done, but the plot and characters didn’t impress me. Because of all of this, I have just decided to get rid of this book, since I don’t think my opinion will change.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I read this book back near the end of 2018, and I remember enjoying it and thinking it was a decent read. I don’t think I would enjoy it as much today, but those were my thoughts then. At the time, I had subsequently borrowed the next book of the series from the library, but I found it really boring and I DNF’d it. I’ve had this book on my shelf since then, and I don’t see much point in keeping it if I have no interest in the rest of the series.
American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
I got this in a book exchange a while back, and I read it and liked it. The story was touching and moving, and it was overall a good book. However, I’m being a little harsh in the way that I’m cleaning off my shelves because I need to create more space, so this book is going to be put in the get rid of pile. The reality is that while I did like this book, it’s very unlikely that I’ll ever reread it and I won’t miss it if it’s gone.
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi
So, I’m pretty sure that I read this book not too long ago, but I don’t remember anything about it. It doesn’t sound like the type of book I would normally pick up, so I’m not sure why I bought it. Keeping that in mind, I’ve decided to get rid of this book because I’m not at all interested in rereading it to see what it is about. Also, not remembering anything about it is normally not a good sign to begin with.
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
I remember thinking that this book had a really interesting premise, but not being at all impressed by the execution of the idea. I gave it three stars and forgot about most of it. Now, it’s been sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust for the past couple of years, so I think it’s time to say goodbye and get rid of the book since I see no point in keeping it.
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
I bought this book impulsively at the airport back at the beginning of 2020 (before Covid), and I’m not sure why I picked this book. It’s doesn’t match my reading tastes nor is it something that I would usually be interested in. But anyway, I read it and gave it three stars (which was probably a generous rating). Now, I have no interest in the book and regret buying it. So, I’m going to be getting rid of it.
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
I’m not a huge fan of Disney movies, I liked them when I was little, but since then I’ve lost all of my interest in them. So, this book isn’t actually one that really intrigues me, so I don’t think that I’ll be keeping it. I read it four years ago, so my memory of it is limited, though I think I enjoyed it. However, this is another book that I don’t care enough about keeping, so I’m going to be getting rid of it.
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
This was a book that I was debating whether to keep or get rid of but I’ve ultimately decided to get rid of it. I really enjoyed it when I read it, and I thought that the story was very powerful and important. However, I have doubts about if I would enjoy it as much if I read it now, and since I’m trying to clean off my shelves I’m going to get rid of it, as I don’t think that it’s a book that I would enjoy as much again.
The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr
This isn’t the sort of book that I’m usually interested in, as I’m not a mystery/thriller fan. For some reason though, I bought it two years ago. I remember enjoying it and thinking that it was good. However, I don’t see myself ever rereading it or being interested in it in the future. There’s probably someone out there who’s a lot more interested in it than me, so I’ll be getting rid of this one.
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
I bought this book last year, read it, and hated it. There were some alright aspects to it, but overall I was not left with a good impression of it. I have been meaning to get rid of it since then. I had quite a few issues with this book and I think it just wasn’t for me. I’m never going to nor do I have many fond memories of it, so I’m going to be selling it. Hopefully, someone else will be more interested in this book than I am.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
This was a book I read back in 2018, which feels like an eternity ago. I gave it three stars back then and thought that it was an okay book, but nothing special. I have a feeling that I wouldn’t like it as much if I read it now, like many other books in this post, it just doesn’t match my current reading tastes. The synopsis doesn’t interest me so I won’t reread it, so I’m just going to get rid of it.
Girls Write Now by Multiple Authors
This book falls under the category of, I know I read this but I have absolutely no memory of it. This is a collection of short essays and I genuinely don’t remember anything about any of them. I find this strange considering I read it at the start of 2019 and gave it four stars, which should mean it was memorable in some way. However, since I don’t remember it I’m just going to get rid of it, I’m not very interested in it anymore.
Sold by Patricia McCormick
While I do think that this book is important for the topic that it discusses, the book itself wasn’t that memorable for me. I wasn’t too fond of the writing style, and it’s just not a book that I see myself rereading at some point in the future. I don’t have much against the book, it’s just not for me as a whole. I think someone out there will probably enjoy it more than me.
Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
I read this book back at the beginning of 2017, and I’ve kept it since then. I remember that I loved it back then, but I haven’t read it since then. I think it’s time to let go of this book because it doesn’t match my reading tastes anymore, since it’s a contemporary YA novel, and I don’t think that I will ever reread it. I’m kind of sad to be getting rid of this book, but I definitely think that it’s time to move on from it.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
This was a series that I read at the peak of my YA phase back in 2018. I really enjoyed these books at the time, I think I gave all of them four stars. My tastes have changed a lot in the three years that passed, and I’m very sure that I wouldn’t enjoy the books as much now. I don’t care enough about these books to reread them and see what I think, so I’m basically going to go ahead and assume that my assumption is right, and get rid of these books.
The Immortals of Tehran by Alireza Taheri Araghi
This is a book that I’m sightly upset to be getting rid of because I just bought it back in June. I thought that it sounded super promising and that I would be sure to love it. However, I recently read it and was not at all in love with it. The book was too long, and it felt like it dragged on in multiple parts. The characters and story just felt very dry to me, there was not a lot of feeling in the story. I’m not sure if that’s quite the way to describe it, but it’s the best that I can come up with. I’m not happy to be getting rid of it, but I have no interest in keeping it as I know I’ll never reread it.
Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? How do you decide to get rid of books? Let me know in the comments!