Unhauling Books & Being Okay With It

Hi peeps, so today I wanted to talk about something I recently did, which was unhaul books (duh, obviously judging by the title), but I also want to talk about being okay with unhauling books. I know a lot of us can get attached to the aesthetics or the potential for a story or whatever reason we might have of keeping those books, but let’s be real: are you actually going to take the time to read it in the future? Or are you just being stubborn?

So, I’ve unhauled a lot of books in the last two years. Last summer I brought five reusable shopping bags full to the brim with books that I knew I wasn’t going to read and brought them to my local library (to the surprise of the librarians at seeing just how many I had brought lol). And I’ve just recently unhauled another 44 books from my shelves that I’m going to donate again. Forty-four. Crazy!

This included signed books I’d gotten from book boxes, and ones that I knew I wasn’t going to get around to reading anytime soon in the near future – or ones that I just lost interest in completely.

It also included books on my shelves that I’ve had for YEARS. Like. College days. (I graduated from college four years ago now, so it was even sooner than that.) It included both young adult and adult books, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, and fiction.

And you know what?

It felt good.

I have been staring at my shelves for a while now just overwhelmed with not only the amount of unread books I had (at the time, including audio and e-books, it was around 260+, but this also includes long manga series), but with just how cluttered my shelves were getting. I asked my husband for another tall bookshelf for Christmas so I can better display my books and use up less space (I’m using three small bookcases and one large one).

And to be honest, when I looked at some of these books, I didn’t even remember having some of them. I tried reading premises and seeing if I was at all interested, but I found myself not interested anymore.

And you know what? That’s okay.

I know a lot of us like to “hoard” books for many reasons. Some of you lovely people out there are extremely fast readers and can keep up with the amount of books that you get, while some of you are slower but still love to collect.

And there’s nothing wrong with this! I want to make it perfectly clear that I am NOT bashing anyone for having an excess amount of books or for not unhauling some or anything. If it makes you happy and comfortable, you keep doing it!

What I am saying is: if you’ve been thinking about unhauling but you’re wary for one reason or another, just do it! *insert Shia Labeuof meme here*

It honestly feels amazing.

Not only do I have more shelf space (CRAZY), but I have more peace of mind of not feeling so pressured to read all of these books I set myself to read once upon a time.

I kept books that I’ve read and loved, that I know I’ll read, or ones that have sincere sentimental value to me (one book I’ve kept since middle school and read in 9th grade and still love even though I haven’t read it since then).

Sometimes doing these kinds of things can really be helpful mentally. If you’ve been feeling like you’re overwhelmed by your shelves, take a good look at them and really ask yourself if all of those books you have are really going to be read or if you’re just keeping them for later (even when you know you probably won’t read them). Maybe it’ll help you.

Let’s chat!

Have you unhauled any books recently? How did you feel about it? Does the thought of getting rid of any of your books hurt you to your core? Let me know!

Book Unhaul #2

Spring cleaning seems to be in effect because I’ve just unhauled fourteen books from my shelves. It feels good, and I’m not sure if I’m going to get rid of two or three of them, but I’m still making room on my shelves. Sort of.

Anyway, these are the books that I’m getting rid of:

  • Monster High” by Lisi Harrison. A popular-ish read among young teens, I tried reading it, but it’s just not for me.
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han. I’ve had this book for a long time and never got around to reading it and don’t really think I will.
  • Crescendo” and “Silence” by Becca Fitzpatrick. I’ve read the first and second books in this series, but I just don’t have an interest anymore.
  • Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan. A cute nonfiction book about a dog and his owner scaling mountains. I’ve had it for years and never picked it up and I’m not sure if I actually will.
  • Crewel” by Gennifer Albin. Beautiful cover. My husband’s read it and said it was good, but I just don’t think I’ll get around to it.
  • Forgive My Fins” by Tera Lynn Childs. A book about mermaids that I was really interested in a long time ago, but I’ve lost interest.
  • Shattered Souls” by Mary Lindsey. A book about ghosts that sounded cool back in the day, but I’m just not interested in it anymore.
  • Eve” by Anna Carey. A dystopian that sounded cool, but again, lost interest. Had this for a long time on my shelves.
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth” and “The Dead-Tossed Waves” by Carrie Ryan. I’ve read part of the first book, but it got really boring after a while and I was really confused as to what was happening. It’s a trilogy about zombies and I’m not big into zombies, so… yeah.
  • Tithe” and “Ironside” by Holly Black. These books got me into faeries back in the day, but I’ve never read the third book (I don’t own the second) and I don’t really plan on it lately. Who knows, I may keep these for nostalgic reasons.
  • The Merciless” by Danielle Vega. I actually got this a few months ago when I was in a dark and creepy reading mood, and I tried reading it and it’s kind of really predictable. I didn’t finish it and kind of don’t want to.

So, those are all of the books I plan on getting rid of. I’m not sure if I’ll get rid of two or three of them, but most likely, I will. And I’m kicking myself for having written my name in some of these books because it’s probably going to make it harder to get rid of them because of that. Le sigh.

Accompanying video: Book Unhaul 2

Have you done an unhaul lately? It can be painful, but it’s actually quite liberating to be able to say that you know you won’t get to these books because of one reason or another. Let me know.

Book Unhaul September 2014

So as I was staring at the books on my shelf I realized that I have several series and stand-alones that I haven’t gotten around to reading or finishing in years for various reasons, and to make room on my shelf for my ever growing collection of books that I do read, I decided to take them off of my shelf and pack them away for a later time.

These books have been on my shelf for a while now just collecting dust, and since I know that I’m not in that phase anymore (most are vampire books), I wanted to make room for books that I know I’ll read and potentially reread.

The books that I unhauled are:

  • The Vampire Academy series (1-6) by Richelle Mead. I started reading these books after the Twilight craze, and I found that as I read them, they got slow and boring and I couldn’t make it through book three. So they’ve just been sitting there on my shelf (all six) and I haven’t gotten around to them in years. So they’re being put away so I don’t have to keep staring at them and wondering if I’ll ever get around to reading them.
  • The Blue Bloods series (1-6 + extras) by Melissa De La Cruz. I started these around the same time as Vampire Academy for the same reasons, and I felt that it was a compelling story, but I put book three down and I lost it… So I can’t continue it even if I wanted to.
  • Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson. I remember this book being really cute and funny, and I only had about 100 pages left when I put it down and never picked it up again. Again, I’m not really in the vampire mood, so I don’t think I’ll be getting around to finishing it even though I was so close before.
  • Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies. This is a middle grade book that I picked up in high school and tried to read, and I found that though it was really cool to read from the perspective of a deer, that the plot just kept dragging on and on. I also have The Sight by the same author and I don’t think I’ll be reading either anytime soon.
  • Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. I actually didn’t realize when I bought the hard copy that I already had an e-book version, so I’m going to be giving this to my friend since she was interested in reading it. Whoops.
  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Right after Twilight, this book came out, and I just had to get it at the time. I read only about 100 pages but it just didn’t hold my interest. So I’m putting it away.

The next few books that I’ll be unhauling from my shelf weren’t included in my video, but I have read one; I just want to put them away for now:

  • If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan. This is a book I had to read for summer reading one year, and it was a very intense book for someone who was younger to read. I did enjoy the book, though, but I’m going to pack it away as I know I probably won’t be rereading it anytime soon.
  • Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright. This was based on a screenplay, which was then turned into a movie. I have the movie, haven’t read the book, but I did enjoy the movie. I’m just going to pack this away because it’s been on my shelf for years and I never read it, so… yeah.

And that is it for my unhaul. It’s a lot of books, yes, but I have a lot more room on my shelf, which is nice, and I’ll be able to include more books that I know I’ll be reading.

Accompanying video: Book Unhaul 1

Have you ever done an unhaul? What books did you unhaul, and how many? Did you give them to charity or just pack them away like I did? Let me know in the comments!