It’s That Time of Year Again- Spring Cleaning My Bookshelves

Well hello there! And hello Spring!! I cannot believe that April just crept up on me like that- where the hell has ¼ of the year gone already?!

Anyway since it’s spring, it’s time for me to *spring clean my bookshelves* aka do a massive unhaul!

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a limited amount of space for books, so every so often, some of my books have to *make way* in the great Circle of Book Life!!!

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As tough as this is, I do like to think of my books going on to bigger and better things  (and I’m beginning to sound like I’m about to be parted with my children instead of just my books… AH WHO AM I KIDDING MY BOOKS ARE MY BABIES!!!) Okay, let’s get started before I get (more) emotional!

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Let’s start with something I have zero guilt about: The Age of Five Trilogy. I had high hopes for this trilogy, but in the end it did very little for me.

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I actually liked this book- but I didn’t love it and I just know I’m never gonna read it again. So… it’s with a little regret that I’m gonna say goodbye. Still not too much regret cos it will be sacrificed on the altar of Making Room For New Books *and* I’m pretty sure whoever picks this up will enjoy it

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I never actually reviewed this book, cos nothing about it really stayed with me- except that it was weird and I didn’t get it at all… I just don’t think this kind of magical realism is for me (especially considering my feelings about One Hundred Years of Solitude). Can’t say I’ll be sorry to see this one go.

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This one’s a bit of a shame, cos I had looked forward to it for years… and I didn’t like it. And since it seems to be a habit that I didn’t review the books on this list, I’ll give you a quick rundown on my thoughts. To be honest, I found the story and the characters were massively cliché. Great if you’re fond of descriptions of castles- sadly not for me though. Funnily enough, I actually did end up enjoying the last one in the trilogy more than the others- which is strange cos that’s the one most people hate- I guess I’m just a total oddball. As for giving up this book, I am only sorry that this was such a pretty edition. Ah well- I’m sure whoever picks this up is bound to appreciate what’s inside more than me.

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Another one I liked- like most Dianna Wynn Jones books, it’s sweet. It just wasn’t a favourite and I have to be pretty ruthless right now regarding space.

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This turned up in my old collection of books (that I was briefly reunited with). I don’t actually own any of the other ones, can’t see myself reading it again, and hadn’t meant to buy it in the first place… Fun series though- if anyone’s thinking of checking it out! (Boy am I sending mixed signals here)

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A bit superfluous to the Chocolat storyline if you ask me.

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I don’t really remember this book- except that it was about an old lady? And twins? Maybe?!

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This one was just AWFUL!!! This was described as a “pageturner” and that was one hundred percent true- I just kept turning the pages waiting for it to be over!!

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I was recommended this by a good friend and I can see its merits- I JUST DID NOT CONNECT WITH IT AT ALL! I was tempted to hold onto it, cos *wow that cover*, but no, it’s gotta go!

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This post is really making me seem like I have some problem with Joanne Harris, isn’t it? But I swear I don’t- I actually liked this one too- as you’ll see in my review– but it’s just another one I didn’t feel strongly enough to keep.

And lastly…

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I’m giving my copy of Watchmen to a friend that likes graphic novels. I got this second hand- so *no guilt* about giving it away, especially since I know it’s going to a good home!! 😀

But wait- there’s more! As usual, I need your help with whether to discard a couple of other books:

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As you may or may not know, I did not like these books *in the slightest* BUT I’m still debating over whether to get rid of these two, cos the covers were perty and, unlike most of the books on this list, they weren’t second hand… so?!

What do you think? Should I give these away too? Or can I assuage my guilt for another few months before another purge? Let me know what you think in the comments!!

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62 thoughts on “It’s That Time of Year Again- Spring Cleaning My Bookshelves

  1. Krysta says:

    I regularly clean out my bookshelves, too, and donate ones I know I won’t reread. Sometimes I feel bad about giving away some titles so I hold onto them–but I usually end up donating them in the future, anyway. So I agree that if you are asking the question, you might already know the answer!

    (I do this with clothes, too. If I have to ask myself in the dressing room if I can make it work, I realize that I will never wear the item if I’m already having to convince myself I look good in it.)

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  2. Valerie @ Valerie's Musings says:

    I need to do this too. It’s actually on the broad “To-Do” list I have. It’s not just my shelves. I have a ton of books in boxes in the basement (which I do actually re-read many of them from time to time as the boxes are all indexed) that need going through as well. I got rid of a bunch about 2 years ago and it’s definitely time to do it again! Good luck on it!

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  3. Aidin says:

    It’s hard getting rid of some books especially ones I liked, but won’t read again. If I’m reluctant to let go of a book, I keep it until my next cleaning cycle.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah well my friend really loved it, and I always trust her opinions- it was just on this occasion it wasn’t for me personally cos I wasn’t as interested in the subject matter- but there’s nothing actually technically wrong with the book

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  4. Sarah Angleton says:

    It’s sad to let books go, but it sounds like you are making some very thoughtful choices. I say let those last two go, too, especially if you didn’t like them. Maybe they’ll find their ways into the hands of a reader who is just right for them.

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  5. marieslibrary says:

    I don’t think you should keep these 2 books if they are going to collect dust on your shelves, it’s better if other people can read them. I bought Queen of the Tearling (the expensive hardcover, kill me) and now I am scared to read it.

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  6. Lianne @ eclectictales.com says:

    Every season or so I do go through a bit of culling through the bookshelves too. It’s hard because I do collect books and build up my library but if you’re never going to revisit it again or you didn’t enjoy it that much, there’s no point in keeping it, right? Especially if it’ll make room (to add more books, mwhahahaha) 🙂

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  7. littlebookynook says:

    I read the Age of the Five trilogy and it was….ok. I didn’t mind it, but it was slow and then it kind of all just ended up being a bit “what the?” at the end. Auraya was annoying because she was such a goody-goody. I did love her pet veez Mischief though…that was actually my favourite character haha!!

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  8. Keira says:

    I read The Thirteenth Tale for school and well, I didn’t enjoy it very much 😀 I also cleaned my shelves out recently, but I definitely did not have the patience to talk about which ones I got rid of… I might have chickened out!

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  9. Donna says:

    I admire your strength, I can’t part with my babies, even when I haven’t loved them much! The sight of the overflowing shelves bring me so much peace! It’s like a drug, haha!

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  10. dragonsandzombies says:

    Yesss, good decision to get rid o the ‘Age of Five’ Trilogy, it was super disappointing 😦 And I couldn’t even finish the first book. Was expecting so much more!

    If you don’t like the last books you posted, get rid of them! 😀 The Tearling novel…. I loved book 1 and 2 and even book 3 was good but that ending.. killed it for me, I still get angry when I look back! I don’t want you to experience the same 😀 And if you already don’t like it, don’t keep it! There are other books with cool covers that are much better 😀

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought that!!
      Yeah that’s sound like the consensus here and it’s good advice!!! Gonna have to bite the bullet and do it eventually. Ah I’ve heard people say the same! Glad I quit early on! Yes!!! Very good point!! Thanks 😀

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  11. Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    I also found Midnight’s Children weird and didn’t get it! And I’ve been planning to read Gormenghast, but with classic fantasy authors I am often wary because clichés can abound (perhaps at the time they were not clichés?) and now I’m extra wary after reading your thoughts! Oh well, I will still give Titus Groan a go at some point anyway just to see what it is like.

    As for those two last books… the covers are indeed pretty but if you didn’t like the books I can’t imagine that constantly seeing them on your shelf will give you much joy!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah I’m glad I’m not the only one. I also had an issue with the fact that he was super fond of long descriptions of the castle, cos the author was first and foremost an artist- which I can see why some people like, but it wasn’t really for me. But there were some imaginative and good scenes- I just wasn’t sold on it overall. I hope you have more luck with it! Yes- so true!! I think it was good for me to ask, cos I’m getting the nudge I need to unhaul them!!

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