Friday, 8 November 2013

Books I'm Getting Rid Of


I'm moving at the start of January and I'm trying to condense what I'm taking with me. I've got a lot of stuff and the room that I'll be moving into is considerably smaller so I really need to ditch some things. I'll be going through everything including my wardrobe and getting rid of a few things. I knew that books would be a good place to start. I have over 100 books and I know that I definitely won't be rereading a few of them because I didn't like them or just don't fancy it. I thought it would be quite interesting to talk you through what I'm ditching and why. I'll be offering these round my friends and then if none of them want any I'm sure the charity shop won't say no.


First up, Girls Meets Boy by Ali Smith. I just really disliked this. It's supposed to be about a gay girl in a world where it's illegal to be gay. Sounds interesting right? Instead it's written in the most illogical and complicated way. I had no idea what was going on throughout the whole thing. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitch Smith is one of those books from my vampire days. You know when every single book was about vampires just after the Twilight craze? Yes. I did quite like this. I think I'll read it for the nostalgic value but after that it's bye bye. My reading tastes have changed too much since then. This might shock people a bit but Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is just not my thing at all. I find love stories a bit boring and I just found myself getting frustrated with the characters.  


Atonement by Ian McEwan is another book that I just flat out disliked. Frustrating characters and it got me into a 'reading slump. Speaking of reading slumps, Human Love by Andrei Makine put me in one big time. It's about a guys from Russia and that's all I can remember. I only paid 30p for it in a charity shop so not too bad. Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire. This totally comes back to the emo days. Cringy love story involving angels. Time to say good bye to this one for sure.


On The Road by Jack Kerouac is a classic American dream novel. I read this back in July and I wasn't much of a fan. I can say that I appreciated it's value as a classic but it just wasn't to my personal taste. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is another one that I couldn't get into. I thought it took too long to get to the interesting bits and by then I was just bored and wanted to get it over with. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson bugged me because it was very unrealistic. The main character drops everything to go travel around Europe searching after these envelopes her aunt left her. And her mum lets her even though she's like 16 and her mum had previously said she disliked this aunt because she was too spontaneous. It also isn't that well written.


A Piece Of Cake by Cupcake Brown is a very inspiring memoir. I really liked this but I just don't think I'll read it again and it's pretty big so takes up a lot of space. I want to put this in a charity shop so someone else can read it. Disconnected by Sherry Ashworth  is one of those coming of age, depression style books. It was ok but nothing special. I've read a lot of books of a similar nature that I've liked a lot more. And finally, one you probably recognise Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is one of the few cases where I enjoyed the film a lot more than the book. It was awfully slow paced and put me into a reading slump. It's not a bad book but I just don't want to read it again.

And there you have it. Do you regularly give away books or are you a hoarder like me? Please add me as a friend on GoodReads.

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