What, you ask, is an unhaul!?
Well, it is the opposite of a haul. Instead of buying more books, we get rid of some of the books that we already have.
Sounds terrifying!? I KNOW.
For those of you who have been following my blog, you may know that I’ve been talking about doing an unhaul for a while. This past weekend, I decided to roll up my sleeves, puff up my chest, and get down to business. And you know what!?
It was so, SO hard. There were no books that I actively disliked, though there were books that I felt meh about, or even books that I liked that I probably will never read again. Those were the hardest to let go!
However, I did it, and I am so glad that I did 🙂 Here are the books that I am cleaning out of my kitchen cupboard!*
*Which is where my books are located. I know, I’m special 😉
Although I enjoyed these two Nicholas Sparks novels, I really can’t imagine that I will read these again.
I loved the movie for The Silver Linings Play Book (I am a JLaw fan at heart!) however I didn’t enjoy the book as much. When God Was a Rabbit was a book that I read a while ago which I remember nothing about (not a single thing!)
Wicked is another book that I can’t imagine reading again. I bought The Black Swan from the thrift store by mistake, so… back it goes :’)
I picked up The Lives of John Lennon from the lobby in my old apartment building (where people often leave their unwanted things). Yes, I am shameless LOL :’) Although I admire John Lennon’s music, I don’t think I will be reading about his life anytime soon.
The Ash Garden was a gift from a secret admirer back in high school (yes I had this book for a long time!) When I tried to read this book however, I was bored to pieces. I realized that I was hanging onto the idea of… being secretly admired*, rather than the book itself.
* Hey, a secret admirer who is aware of my love for books is hard to come by!
** I did eventually find out the identity of my secret admirer, however, it didn’t work out between us :’) Bygones.
These are my pharmacy-related references and textbooks that I had since I was in school. I remember painstakingly committing each page to memory! I am giving two of these to a coworker (who is studying for her pharmacy exam) and the remaining two to the charity store (because they are hopelessly out of date.)
And that’s it!
I realized a few things as I was cleaning out my bookshelf:
A) I didn’t get rid of as many books as I expected.
B) Which is because I haven’t read most of the books that I own. And of the books that I haven’t read, I am mostly still interested in reading them.
C) Despite this, I keep on buying new books or borrowing books from the library!
D) Isn’t it much better to just read the books that I already have!?
Anyway, here is what my teeny kitchen-cupboard-bookshelf looks like now! I counted ~40 books remaining, which is 80% of my original collection. Quite effective, I’d say 🙂
It is refreshing to see more white space. I am also happy to see that my shelf is no longer cluttered by books that I felt unimpressed by. Instead it is filled with books that I am excited to read or re-read 🙂
Also, I thought that this would be the perfect time to organize my bookshelf, then I had a slight crisis about HOW to organize my bookshelf:
Should I organize by title or author, which makes it easier to find a certain book? But isn’t it more visually appealing to organize by colour? But if I organize by colour, I will be breaking up series. And what if a book spine is more than one colour!?
In the end I organized my books by genre (which is none of the above, LOL.)