TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books I’ll probably unhaul
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a spring cleaning freebie, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about ten books I’ll probably unhaul at some point.
Some of these are ones that I didn’t enjoy much and I’m not sure I’ll reread, some of these are ones that I’m hanging onto for nostalgic values but I don’t really want in my house anymore, and some of these are ones that I don’t know if I’ll ever actually read!
I’ll be doing this list alphabetically again, because there’s not really an order of preference to when/if I’ll get rid of them. It’ll just depend on how I feel at the time of my next unhaul.
So, without further ado…
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Sean owns two copies of this novel – one in the standard blue cover, and one in a gorgeous lilac – while I also have a copy of the blue cover edition. Since moving in together it has meant we have three copies of the book on our shelves, and neither of us have actually read it! I read Breathless by Jennifer Niven in January and sadly didn’t love it, while Sean DNF’d it at 25%. If we end up feeling the same way about All the Bright Places when we eventually read it, we’ll definitely be unhauling these multiple editions.
Everless by Sara Holland
When I first read Everless, I really enjoyed it. The epilogue put a bit of a dampener on things, but I was still excited to pick up the sequel, Evermore. It ended up being majorly disappointing. I’m currently keeping hold of my copy of Everless because it has red sprayed pages and looks really cool, but I definitely won’t be rereading it so it is just taking up unnecessary space.
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
We’re lucky enough to live near a charity shop which gives away free books. When we went in there just before the first lockdown, we somehow managed to find fancy special edition hardbacks of the last two books in the Dark Tower series, and it has made us determined to get the matching set at some point. The copy of The Gunslinger that we currently own is paperback, so if we ever find a special edition hardback copy we will be replacing it!
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
My reasons for wanting to unhaul this should be obvious. I vehemently disagree with the personal views J.K. Rowling has been spouting on her Twitter throughout the past year (so much so that her name became the first phrase I ever muted on Twitter).
Two reasons stand between me and unhauling these books. First of all, I haven’t actually finished reading the series yet! I was planning on reading them last year, read the first three books and have not yet continued because I don’t want to promote her or discuss her writing. Some part of me still wants to finish the series just so I know what all of the fuss is about, because I haven’t been overly impressed with any of the first three novels.
The other reason – and the one more important to me personally – is that these novels were all gifts from my mum. I vividly remember her buying me the first two books, because I didn’t often get books brand new. I was such an avid user of the library that I didn’t need to own them! I also remember reading the third book out of the library when I was younger, and when I got to the end the last page was missing and my mum specifically went to town that day to buy me my own copy so that I could finish the story off. I aspire to be that good of a mum to my little ones when they’re a bit older. She even bought me a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on release day, just in case I caught up and wanted to read it as soon as possible.
I have fond memories of my Harry Potter books, even though I’m not the biggest fan of the series so far. I will never purchase another book by J.K. Rowling – hell, I’ll never borrow another of her books from the library because the UK has PLR and authors get paid for their books being borrowed – but because she’s already been given the money for the books that I own I still might read them. This is the inclusion on this list that I feel the most torn about.
The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
I’m considering unhauling this series for similar reason to my Harry Potter books. James Dashner has exhibited some problematic behaviour in the past, and even though I’m still interested in reading this series (it comes very highly recommended by my best friend!), I just can’t bring myself to actually pick it up. I had multiple copies because of how gorgeous the covers were, and I’ve already unhauled a set of them, so I don’t think it’s going to be too long until I call it quits and clear these off of my shelf.
Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton
Nowhere Else But Here is a cute YA contemporary romance about a boy who disappears, only to turn up on our protagonist’s doorstep, leaving her no choice but to hide him in her bedroom. I’ll be honest, I can’t remember why he disappears or why she feels the need to hide him, and that makes me very tempted to reread this book. However, I don’t often reread YA contemporaries, because there are just too many new ones that I haven’t had a chance to pick up yet.
My main reason for keeping this book is that it was kindly sent to me by the publisher, as I took part in the blog tour, and it came with a pair of socks! It was the first advanced copy I’d ever received with a bonus gift, and for that reason it gives me really happy memories.
The Ragwitch by Garth Nix
The Ragwitch was a pretty mediocre debut novel, especially from an author who has gone on to become as famous as Garth Nix. However, some of the vivid scenes still stick in my mind. It makes me wonder whether I’m going to end up enjoying his later novels much more than his first one. My main justification for keeping The Ragwitch is that I think it would be fun to read to the babies when they’re older. The creepy setting and fantasy elements are ones that I would have loved in my bedtime stories, but I’m not sure whether to unhaul this and find a better book to read with them.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My copy of Ready Player One is a paperback with a movie tie-in cover. My copy of the sequel, Ready Player Two, is a fancy signed hardback with sprayed pages. I want these to match, so I’ll probably unhaul the paperback and splurge on a hardback of book one.
Top Marks For Murder by Robin Stevens
Sean won’t let me unhaul this book, but I’m tempted to do it. I ordered Top Marks For Murder as a gift for Sean just after it was released. It got put on the bookcase and not taken off until we read it at the end of 2020, when I discovered that my memory had lied to me. I thought we had the sprayed pages edition, but it’s just a normal, white paged copy!
We eventually want to own all of the sprayed pages editions of the Murder Most Unladylike series (even though it will mean that we’ve got multiple copies), but because this one lied to me I’m tempted to get it off of our shelves and replace it as soon as possible. I definitely won’t, because Sean is too attached to it because it was a gift from me, but I’m looking forward to the day that we finish our collection of sprayed editions!
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
I’m a bit confused about what Twisted actually is. The synopsis reads like it’s a standalone, but I swear I saw somewhere that it’s actually a companion novel to Speak. If it’s a companion novel I would like to reread Speak before picking it up, but I don’t have easy access to a copy which is one reason I’m put off from this book.
The other reason is that Laurie Halse Anderson is very much a Marmite author to me. I’ve loved some of her books (Wintergirls, The Impossible Knife of Memory) and I’ve hated some of her books (Prom, Catalyst). Twisted could fall in either camp, but I’m very apprehensive about picking it up.
And those are all of the books I’m thinking of unhauling at the moment! If you have strong feelings on these books either way – if you love them and you’d recommend I keep them, or hate them and want me to get them out of my house ASAP – please let me know down in the comments.
Please also share your spring cleaning freebie topics! Freebie weeks are always so much fun.
As always, thank you for reading,