Unhauling Books | My Criteria for Saying Goodbye

As I was cleaning my room and bookshelves, attempting to start packing to head back to school, I decided that it was time once more to get rid of some books. Last time I purged my shelves was probably about 2 years ago now, and I’ve since acquired a LOT more books. I really struggled this time around with choosing which to say goodbye to, since last time  I really buckled down and got rid of a lot.

I have a really hard time parting with many acquisitions:

  • ARCs & Finished Copies from a publisher — Whether I particularly enjoyed them or not, I feel lucky to have them! They’re like physical proof of my blogging success!
  • Signed books — Whether I met the author or not, it’s signed and special! Getting rid of a personalized one will probably never happen.
  • Series that I own all the books for — If I have a completed series, I feel like I’ve invested too much money into them. I’m really struggling right now with whether or not to keep the Divergent trilogy including my signed edition of Four… I’m not really a fan of these books anymore, and I can basically guarantee that I won’t ever read Four, but it’s a beautiful hardcover complete set!

Clearly, I have book attachment issues. But, I think I’ve got some solid criteria for unhauling books that won’t end up breaking my heart!

  • Only keep ARCs of books that I really enjoyed or think are special!
  • Keep the personalized signed books, but if there’s just a regular signed copy that I’m considering getting rid of, just say goodbye!
  • Get rid of random books from a series that I don’t own all of the books in physical format.

So, now that I’ve decided what books I’m getting rid of, should I sell them or donate?

  • ARCs & Finished Copies from a publisher— One would think that dealing with ARCs is self-explanatory, yet so many people sell them even with the printed on “NOT FOR SALE” on the covers. Please, please, please don’t sell ARCs ever, whether they’re 5 years old or not yet released! It’s illegal and wrong. I also feel morally obligated to treat any book sent to me from a publisher that’s a finished copy the same way. I didn’t buy it the first time, so I’ve no right to sell it and profit, in my opinion. Instead of selling, donate them to a school, shelter, charity, or Little Free Library*! Or if you’re a book influencer, like a blogger or bookstagramer, host a giveaway or trade them!

*I actually made a version of a Little Free Library for a final for one of my studios last year at school! I haven’t gotten it set up yet, but I hope to sometime in the future.

  • Everything else — Donating will always be a wonderful option, but if you’re looking for some extra cash, selling is great. I don’t have any used bookstores near me to sell to, so I’m not really sure how those work, but I have worked with Barnes & Noble. They have dedicated dates and times when you can bring your books in to sell, and they gave me a pretty fair amount for each book. They don’t normally give cash, so I got store credit to use on whatever I wanted!

Do you guys unhaul books? What are your criteria for letting them go? Do you have any other suggestions regarding what to do with them when you no longer want them? Let’s chat!


Early Excitement | Auto-Buy Authors and the Far-Away ’18s

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Note: This post was pre-written in August as I am currently away at school. At the time of writing, all of these books had yet to be released.

I briefly started including anticipated releases and new books on my radar in my Month in Review posts. But, I found that I had too much fun chatting about them for only a small section in those posts. So, I return to my Early Excitement posts! Instead of only talking about next month’s new releases, though, I’m including whatever upcoming books grabbed my attention recently (which were a lot)! I apologize, there’s no order to the release dates for these books, either. Oops.

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Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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YA > Contemporary, Romance


Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

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Writing Reviews | Timing, Genres, and Review Styles, Oh My!

Lately, I’ve been more conscious of the amount of time I take between finishing a book and writing its review. You’ve probably noticed that my reviews come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they’re long, detailed, and thorough. Other times they’re short, to the point, and a little vague. Less frequent, but never to be discounted, are my fangirl-y, caps-locked, gif and emoji-employed ones. Depending on how I felt after reading a book, it will result in one of these three reviews, and the process with which I write them. So, let’s talk review writing!

The Long, Detailed, Thorough and (hopefully) Eloquent Reviews

First I’ll note that these reviews often stem from books that I either really enjoyed, or really didn’t. I also find myself writing longer reviews for historical or fantasy books, probably because there are more elements to cover, from world building to magic, etc. That’s not to say other genres don’t get long reviews from me! I’ve just noticed this pattern.

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Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Published June 28, 2016, by Delacorte Press.

YA > Historical Fiction


No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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