Happy Tuesday, friends! 👋🏻
One of my goals for this year is to really make the effort to clean up my bookshelves. I have so many books that I have either lost interest in and will never read, or have read and didn’t like. I only want to keep books that I do have an interest in or will likely read again so that I can keep my shelves looking nice and neat. Because right now, my poor shelves are suffering with how cluttered they are.
I tend to have two reasons as to why I remove a book from my TBR without reading it: I’m just not interested in the book anymore, or the author and their book are irredeemably problematic. I know that everyone talks about “separating the art from the artist” but if the author integrates their awful views into their book, I’m not going to give them my money or my support.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain why I’ve removed this book from my TBR if you’re up to date on the situation surrounding Mackenzi Lee signing books by POC authors. This would be bad enough if she were signing books by other white authors because why would you sign someone else’s book, but doing it to POC authors that she’s not friends with is just unacceptable. Plus, I’m over reading M/M books that are written by women.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – I originally put this book on my spring TBR but then took it off when I realised that I’m just not interested in it anymore. I’m kind of bored of “fairytale” retellings, and even more sick of retellings that are retellings of books that used to be copyrighted. The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Tarzan, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein? Yeah, none of those are fairytales and two of those aren’t even children’s books.
Abandon by Meg Cabot – I constantly forget that this book exists and that I even have a copy. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Meg Cabot anymore, so I’m definitely going to unhaul this one.
The Shining by Stephen King – I have tried twice to read this book and both times I didn’t finish it because the beginning is unbearably slow. I’ll probably just stick to the movie for this one, despite everyone’s protests.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke – As much as I love sci-fi, this is the book that taught me the difference between hard and soft sci-fi. And believe me when I say that this is hard sci-fi. I’m not well-versed in the hard sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geoscience) so books that realistically depict machinery and space travel down the most minute detail are not for me.
Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins – When I was 16, I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I’m pretty sure I bought the second book as soon as it came out, but somewhere down the line, I really fell out of love with YA paranormal romances, especially those of the steamier variety, like this series. I’m going to be 25 this year and reading books where teenage boys’ bodies are described in loving detail makes me feel a little gross.
The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa – Yes, the whole series. After not finishing The Cruel Prince, I’ve realised that fairy books are really not for me. Plus, this series seems pretty long and I’m not one for neverending series.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I know that this series is still extremely popular among book bloggers, but I put it on my TBR way back in 2012 just because everyone else did and then just forgot about it. Plus, a lot of the quotes I’ve read are so purple and flowery that I know I’d find myself yelling “just get to the damn point”.
Heist Society by Ally Carter – Do you ever buy a book and then get home to realise that it’s not the first in the series? That’s what I did with this series. I bought the final book in the trilogy without knowing that it was part of a series and it’s just sat on my shelves ever since. It’s highly unlikely that I’ll ever get around to reading this series so off the TBR it goes.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – I don’t give money to homophobes.
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How often do you clean up your TBR? What books have you removed from it lately?