Should I unhaul these books?

Hello all! How’s October treating you so far? Getting in the Halloween spirit yet? Well, I have just the ticket! After all my talk of book-buying lately, I thought it would be good to talk about something that spooks all us bookaholics- and that is the horror of giving books away!

I know, I know- *shudders* all around. This is no easy thing to talk about. But it being the month of scary things, I thought it would be a good time to confront the fear and face this head on!

So recently I was reunited with some of my most beloved books. (But don’t worry I have no intention of unhauling these!!) While I was going through this box of books from teenagehood, I found a few scarily bad books… my copies of the Twilight saga. I was then confronted with a terrifying question I couldn’t immediately answer: should I unhaul them?



Now I know what many of you are thinking: “Of course!! Don’t you hate Twilight?!?”

Yup- totally true. (I mean it’s got sparkly vampires and werewolves imprinting on infants- need I say more?)

“Alright,” you say, “would you want to read them again- is that what this is?”

Nope- I’m never reading them again! If I wanted to be bored for a couple of hours, I’d just stare at paint dry (or Kirsten Stewart’s face)

“So,” I hear you ask, “why would you even consider keeping them???”

Well- that’s not the easiest thing to answer. Because while the rational part of my brain instantly went “unhaul!!” the less rational part started feeling super nostalgic. Nostalgic that I had these books for such a long time, nostalgic about sharing these godawful books with equally boy-starved friends (I went to all girl schools) and even nostalgic about waiting for the last one to come out (even though that one inevitably made me throw up in my own mouth a little). Something about them reminded me of my younger self. For a moment I felt like memories, even of bad books, should be cherished.

But maybe that was just cos they were nestled in besides my copy of Noughts and Crosses and Harry Potter. (Yup I might just be confusing this with my nostalgia in general and my usual indecision about giving away books!)

So- what’s the verdict? To unhaul or not to unhaul- that is the question… And who else has trouble unhauling unloved books? Help me out here!

Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Okay *deep breath*- I am the Orangutan Librarian and… I’m a bookaholic. Ah that felt so good to get that off my chest! But let’s be honest- who didn’t know that? If you’ve seen my last post with my ridiculous haul or seen any other splurges I’ve done in the past, you’ll know how ridiculous I am about collecting new books. Now you’d think with all those lovely new books I wouldn’t be eyeing up new ones- but unfortunately you would be wrong! That’s why I really need this tag!! (maybe it will guilt-trip me into changing my ways!)

Thank you so much to Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books for tagging me to do this- if you haven’t checked out her blog it really is a *must read* for all bookaholics- it’s filled with amazing rants and discussions all about books.

Arighty then- let’s get to it:

What do you like about buying new books?

EVERYTHING!! Having something new to read, the thrill of starting a new story, how pretty the cover is, the new-book smell (don’t tell me you’ve never smelt a book!), just the feel of it in general… (Boy this isn’t helping me with my attempt to keep my book buying habits under wraps!)

How often do you buy new books?

So I have a few rules to try and keep my *crazy habits* under control. Usually this involves setting a spending limit for the month. But I will always buy kindle books if they are £1.99 or less. (Sometimes I stretch that to £2.99) (Okay a lot of the time)

Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

Both! I like to look for deals- especially in independent places or in second hand book shops. But mostly I get a lot of my books second hand online. Or in the kindle store. Or discounted on Book Depository. Or anywhere really!

Do you have a favourite bookshop?

ALL OF THEM!!! If it’s a shop that sells books then it’s automatically my favourite place to be (apart from the library or my bed)

Do you pre-order books?

Sometimes- but not often- they tend to be more expensive that way.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I try to! (How successful I am at keeping to it is another matter)

Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

Well that depends if you mean are they something I should be doing or something that works? Because I definitely try to do them, but they definitely don’t work!

How big is your wishlist?


Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

Well… since you asked, I’m itching to get these:



(yes even with a massive haul I’m capable of looking at other books- I’m so unfaithful!)

Okay- so the trend here seems to be that I’m not so good at keeping my spending habits under wraps! Arghh- I’m gonna need to tag some people to share the guilt I’m feeling right now! I tag:



My Library Card Wore Out

La Book Dreamer

A Universe For Books

Angies Book Blog

Rebecca @ Books and messy buns

Bitches with books

Pages Unbound

Anne @ Inked Brownies

Eve messenger

River Moose Reads

And anyone else that wants to share their deepest, darkest book buying secrets! Right now I really need you to commiserate with me in the comments. What are your most shameful book buying habits?