I’ve been putting this off for the longest time, but I may finally apply minimalism to my book collection (at least a little bit).
I’ve always said that my book collection is excluded from my minimalist lifestyle. I was working hard towards a massive home library that had each and every book I had read in my lifetime, whether I enjoyed the book or not. I spent hours hunting down the books I read in childhood, so I could add them to my Goodreads profile and have the number of books I’d read be complete.
I no longer feel like this fits me. I still want to have a massive home library, but when I look at my shelves, I want to see books that I remember having read. Books that I rated at least 3 stars, books I enjoyed. Books that mean something to me. Books I’d consider re-reading. It may take me a little longer to have my three IKEA Billy shelves all filled up, but it’s worth it if it means I can look at my book collection and feel joy.
I will make sure all of these books find a good home, whether that’s through selling them, or donating them to Better World Books.
If you’re curious about why I got rid of certain books, keep reading.
I was sent the first and third book in the Nick and Tesla (middle grade) series for review by Quirk Books. I read and reviewed the first book, and I tried getting a hold of the second book so I could review all three, but I eventually just gave up and donated the books to someone who is actually part of the demographic.
I’ve read the first four books in the Pretty Little Liars series, but I’ve never read this copy. I read them all as e-books because they’re very quick reads and not worth re-reading. The TV show is better anyway.
I picked up Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance for the stupidest reasons: I wanted to organize my books by color and barely had any pink books, and I was on a Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares high, so I wanted to pick up similar-sounding dual-POV books. This did not compare.
I can’t believe I ever picked up a book titled Lipstick Apology. What the hell, past self? I remember it being €1 or something, so that’s probably why. Thank dog I grew out of that mindset…
Lament and Ballad have been on my shelves unread since 2012. I had just read the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater and since I apparently thought I was going to read every book in the world, I picked these up. They’re about faeries, and I don’t even give half a shit about faeries.
For some reason I bought We’ll Always Have Summer, book three in a series, when I hadn’t even read the first book.
Note to self: Never go to discount book fairs again, just buy a book for full price if you really want it. You’ll waste less money and read better books.
Bliss by Lauren Myracle and Envy by Gregg Olsen are both 1-star books for me. I hated these books so much, I don’t even want to look at them anymore. I used to keep them around for future reference when I still had a book blog, but I no longer feel like I want to talk about bad books in detail.
Epic Fail was a book I picked up when I was very into BookTube (the book part of YouTube), and thought I was going to read every single YA contemporary out there, starting with whatever. Turns out, it’s a modern Pride & Prejudice retelling, which I have no interest in whatsoever, even if it is cute.
Losing It and Next are both short story anthologies featuring a bunch of YA authors. These books made me realize short stories are not my thing (they’re just not long enough to make me care).
The Book of Tomorrow was already so annoying a few chapters in that I didn’t even finish it.
I’m getting rid of four manga volumes. Soul Eater volume 1 and 2 were given to me by someone who didn’t understand that it wasn’t my taste at all, and the other two were volumes I bought because they were cheap. After buying these, I went online to read the previous volume(s) in the series, but didn’t like either series.
These are all books that are outside of my comfort zone. I went through a phase when I wanted to step out of that comfort zone and try some more adult fiction, but I have since realized that this isn’t me. Also, a few of these books were given to me, so at least I didn’t waste too much money.
I’d rather just get rid of these books I’m no longer interested in, and the next time I want to step out of my comfort zone, I will go to that shelf on my Goodreads profile and pick up whatever sounds most interesting to me. And before I purchase it, I’ll read an excerpt to see if the writing style is the way I like it, to avoid disappointments.
I didn’t want to get rid of Blue Lily, Lily Blue but I accidentally ordered the wrong edition and although I wish I wasn’t this petty, I can’t have it on the shelves, mismatched with my other books in the series. I still haven’t read the book because of this, and I may never read it…
I’m not getting rid of The Fault in Our Stars because I hate it or anything (in fact, I have four other copies of it on my shelves), but because it’s a double. Or I guess a… whatever you call something you have five of. The other editions are another hardcover (but signed), a movie tie-in paperback (won in a giveaway), the limited edition DFTBA audiobook (signed), and the Dutch edition (once picked up for free somewhere).
This Star Won’t Go Out was not my thing. I bought it when I was very much into Nerdfighteria, but I felt little connection to this book. I thought I would, because my brother died from cancer at age 16, so I figured the book might give me some insights into what that could have been like for him. However tragic it is that Esther Earl died at such a young age, I have no desire to ever read her diary entries again, or any teenager’s for that matter.
After taking these photos, I put up the books on a local buy & sell page on Facebook. I’ve sold a bunch of them already, but still have a few more to go. Since putting these books up for sale, I’ve already added 7 more books to my ‘to get rid of’ shelf, so look out for another one of these posts at some point this year!