Book Unhaul 2019
As a book lover and someone that works in publishing I seem to collect a lot more books than the average person. But as a Londoner in a small studio flat with a tiny bookshelf I also run out of room fairly quickly. So it’s time for a Book Unhaul!
When I unhaul a book either one of three things happen:
- Charity shops: I give them away to charity
- Sell: I sell any books I am able (excluding proofs)
- Giveaway: I give them away
I recently did a giveaway on my Instagram and I’ve got a huge parcel of books to send off to Ziffit and I took a bag of books to the charity shop this week as well, so as you can guess I got rid of a lot of books.
But which ones did I unhaul and for what reason?
My Wrote a Book About Me by Hilary Wiston
I recently picked this book up in a charity shop because the title intrigued me and I enjoyed the first couple of paragraphs. However, upon diving into this book fairly soon after I found the narrator quite frustrating and the book wasn’t for me. Into the Ziffit box it went.
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
This book was included in the 50 anniversary of the creation of Virago and I attended an event with Dame Carmen Calil, one of my many heroines, and this was one of the books she highly recommended from Virago’s substantial list. However, as much as I respect her opinion I know that I’m never going to read this so I’ve given it away.
My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows
This YA book was all the rage on BookTube a few years ago and I actually picked up my copy whilst I was in New York City for my 21st birthday. But, sadly, I never got around to it and I don’t think I ever will and it seems silly to keep a book simply because I bought it overseas.
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
I really enjoyed this non-fiction book of diary extracts from Adam Kay. Yet, as much as it is powerful and funny I know I’m not going to read it again.
What I was Doing While You were Breeding by Kristen Newman
This was one of my most recent reads and I did enjoy it, giving it 4 out of 5 stars. I purchased this whilst on my second trip to New York City but, again, I’ve read it and I’m not going to re-read it so bye bye.
This Will Only Hurt for a Second by Busy Phillips
I found this in a charity shop the day after it had been released for only £2 and I thought what a bargain, but this is the sort of book I prefer to listen too rather than read so I’m going to give it away and listen to it when I’m in the mood in future instead.
She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox
I read this book last year around YALC but I’m truly not a poetry girl. There were some in here that resonated with me and maybe if I re-read them I would feel more connected to them but for now I need the space more than the poems.
PS I Like You by Kasie West
Speaking of YALC, this is one of the books I purchased from YALC last year. The premise sounded good but I’ve realised I’ve grown out of YA contemporaries and I’m not sure I’ll ever pick this up so I’ll pass it onto someone who will.
Birdsong (the play) by Rachel Wagstaff
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks is one of my all-time favourite books and this play version is very powerful. I saw the play a few years ago with a friend and thought it was amazing, but I’m honestly not going to read the play again when I’ve seen it and I’ve got the book as well.
I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller
I’m not the world’s largest Friends fan, I like them and I think they are genuinely funny but I’m not enamoured with the series. Yet I picked up this book because I like to learn how things worked behind-the-scenes and this book is great for that! Funny, insightful and not too bitchy, it’s a good read but one I won’t read again.
Morning: How to Make Time by Alan Jenkins
I love the idea of getting up early and using my morning to be productive and get things done. I was hoping this book would be inspirational towards that goal but sadly it missed the mark. A nice read if you have a leisurely afternoon but not one for me.
What Fresh Hell by Lucy Vine
I had a proof copy of this and I have given it to a charity shop. I like Lucy Vine’s books but this one wasn’t my favourite, nor was it one that I needed on my shelf as a proof. Good fun though.
Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher
The premise of this book really intrigued me – it’s about a woman who knew Vincent Van Gogh during his time at a mental institution – but I never picked it up regardless of my curiosity. As such I thought it was time for it to leave my shelves.
I got rid of quite a few other books as well, but honestly I can’t remember which ones. Oops! Remember to make a list next time.
A lot of these books I have access to via an audiobook app or my local library so if I fancy picking them up again I know where to find them. Until then though, time to buy more books!