Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do it. I’ve had books cluttering up my shelves that I pretend I’ll read some day, but really I have no intention of getting around to. I also have books I bought and didn’t like, which need to be cleared out so I can make room for new ones I might love.
I’ve had a bit of a clear-out and thought I would mention the books I’m getting rid of and why.
(I would do a giveaway but honestly don’t know the logistics of it! And there’s also a lot to post so it would be a bit expensive this end. I’ll be taking them to my local Oxfam bookshop instead.)
How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne.
This was a spontaneous buy in the supermarket, because I liked how the main character was talking about throwing up on some kids on the first page. I enjoy a character who likes a drink. However, this just seems like it’s going to be a bit fluffy for me, and I HATE seeing that bright pink spine on my shelves, so it’s got to go.
Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.
This looked like it was going to be so good, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. I wouldn’t say I disliked it, but I don’t think I’ll ever bother with it again. I think if it had been out when I was a kid, though, I would’ve thought it was brilliant.
The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke.
We’ve already established that I found this a disappointing read, but I was actually tempted to keep it because I really like the cover. However, there’s no point me keeping a book that I don’t like. (Although I love the cover of Red Queen and I haven’t thrown that out despite thinking it’s crap, so I am a world of contradictions today.)
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
I don’t even know why I bought this. I tried to read it ages ago using the Kindle lending
library but couldn’t get into it. I tried quite hard as well – I was nearly halfway in when I gave up. Then I saw it for a very low price in The Works and I bought it! For some reason I just really wanted to like it, but I’ve realised that I can’t force myself to enjoy something so it’s going.
The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin.
I was so excited for this book! I love Greek mythology and this is a retelling of the Theseus and the Minotaur myth. It’s also really easy to read, because it’s written in the form of an internet chatroom. However, I found the story absolutely baffling and I couldn’t keep track of what was going on, nor could I see what the author was trying to achieve. I got quite far through, and when I saw where my bookmark was I considered keeping it and quickly finishing it, but there’s really no point forcing my way through something I’m not enjoying. I could be reading something good instead!
Look at Me by Jennifer Egan.
I had a little spate of reading books like this. I read Faceless and Wonder and loved them, and this appears to be in that vein so I bought it around the same time. However, Faceless and Wonder were outstanding and I just know this book will fall short. I’m never tempted to pick it up so bye-bye Look at Me.
Lies Like Love by Louisa Reid.
I received this in my Willoughby Book Club subscription, which I took out for three months earlier this year. I was excited when I read the blurb as it sounds creepy and intriguing, but when I started to read it, it felt like it was going to focus too much on the romance. I wanted a more disturbing read, so I’m throwing it out.
The Sleep Room by F. R. Tallis.
This book just wasn’t very good. The blurb promises a terrifying thriller, but I found the so-called ‘twist’ stupid and the characters were all unlikeable. I felt like the female characters were just there to fall for the main character, and although there was one gory scene that I liked (what does that say about me, eh?), most of it was tedious.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman.
This was another Willoughby Book Club treat, which I was pleased to receive because I watched the film of If I Stay last Christmas, and I wanted to read some Gayle Forman books. I didn’t like how this book focused so much on the love interest, though, and therefore didn’t really enjoy it. I would still like to try If I Stay, though, just because I enjoyed the film.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.
I just wasn’t a fan of this. I love that it focuses on a transgender character but I felt the story itself fell a bit flat. Everyone kept talking about how wonderful it was, but the characters and the plot just didn’t interest me.
Billy Elliot by Melvin Burgess.
OK, so I haven’t really given this book a chance. But I bought it because I thought it was the book the film was based on, and it’s not – it’s the book of the film, and I find that a bit… embarrassing. I don’t know why. It’s one of my snobby bookish habits.
Disclaimer by Renee Knight.
There were about three weeks when everyone was going mad over this book, and I left it too late to buy it. Once I bought it, the hype had died down, and nothing was pushing me to read it anymore. I had already been a bit dubious of the plot, and then someone in a shop told me it was crap, so I’m never in the mood to start it.
The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp.
Another one that just wasn’t that good.It’s cleverly done, but the main character is an arsehole and I was also expecting to be scared, but there weren’t really any creepy moments. I think maybe that’s because of the style it’s written in – it’s supposed to be a gathering of Jack Sparks’ notes, as he has disappeared. If it had written more like a normal novel, I think I probably would have found it scarier and would have related to the characters more.
(It’s also not a particularly attractive cover.)
So I’ve got rid of 13 books (ooh, spooky). I’m actually really pleased: my shelves are now rearranged and looking much neater. And they now have gaps to be filled with new books!
Thanks for stopping by!