Saturday, March 7, 2015

Book Unhaul #2

Hello again readers! For those new to my blog, you're probably wondering why this post is labeled as the second book unhauling when there isn't a first book unhauling post labeled, Well last summer I finally came to the realization that I was a book hoarder. I kept any and every book that I bought or somebody gave to me regardless of whether I liked them or not. As someone who prides herself on her book collection, it didn't make sense to keep all of those books, so I made the decision to donate a huge canvas bag full of them.

Today, I came back home from college and just had the urge to get rid of some more books, like early spring cleaning or something. After riffling through my book collection and rediscovering some of my favorite books, I also found plenty of books that I just didn't want to own anymore. So like last time these books will be donated and maybe they'll make their way to a person that might actually enjoy them. Unlike my last unhaul post, I've decided to share what books I'm donating.

The first four you might recognize from my TBR shelf or at least until I remove them from the list after this post goes up. I figured it was time to take an honest look at the books I haven't read yet and pick out the ones I probably will never get around to reading even if I had the free time. The first two books, The Queen of  the Damned and The Vampire Lestat, I bought during my Anne Rice book buying spree after I read Interview with a Vampire. To be honest I wasn't totally in love with that book when I finished it and I just haven't had the ambition to continue the series.

I also bought the next two books on a whim. Mr. Darcy's Daughter and The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy are, as you can tell by the titles, continuations of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Again I just haven't had a single urge to read these books after I got them at a used bookstore.

The rest of the books are ones that I've already read and have no interest in keeping anymore. Perfect Strangers, The Other Ones, and Once Upon a Curse are all books that I read sometime during middle and high school, but for the life of me I can't seem to remember what they were about. I figure if they didn't leave much of an impression, it's time to get rid of them.

The next three books I've been rather vocal about here on my blog and by vocal I mean long rants about how they were terrible. Why keep books around that you don't like?

Turning Tables is another book that I have no recollection of and Bathing the Lion and Heart of the Matter are also books that I didn't really enjoy reading.

As much as I love books, there really is something fantastic about donating items you no longer want. If you're a book hoarder like me, you should definitely consider doing an unhauling of your own. It will make you feel less guilty about buying new books, which is always a plus.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 2015 TBR

Welcome back readers!! That month went by super quick, am I right? Seriously just yesterday was New Years and now it's March ahhhhh!!! Ok, time to put my anxiety about college aside to talk about some awesome books that I want to read during the month of March. This is a first for me, since I've never really planned out in advance what I want to read or how much, particularly since college sucks up so much of my time. Despite that, I'm pretty excited to start this blog series and maybe committing to a number of books will force me to do some reading while I'm procrastinating, instead of watching random YouTube videos.

I emotionally connect with this Spongebob episode on a whole other level
Here are the list of books I hope to read during this month:

  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Technically, I started this book in February, but I'm hoping to finish this book sometime this month. The only problem is I'm having such a hard time getting into the story. Hourglass reads like one of those books I would have loved when I was just staring high school, which is not that great. The book focuses on Emerson, a girl who can see dead people, an interesting premise, but of course it's kind of ruined by the typical YA insta-love. I mean the girl can see ghosts and all I'm reading about so far is how Michael is sooooo dreamy! I'm not quite halfway into the book, so maybe it'll pick up. If not, this will have to go to the unfinished series graveyard. 

  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

You had to know Heir of Fire was going to be on this list. I didn't have this book the minute I finished Crown of Midnight, which was such a disappointment. Now I have a copy and I'm seriously dying to read it. As in I might put Hourglass aside for another time. I just know that after I finish this I'll have to wait around for the sequel, so maybe I'll hold myself back from immediately reading it.

  • Sanctum by Madeleine Roux

Okay. So I know my reaction to the first book, Asylum, was lukewarm at best, but I couldn't give up the series until I knew for sure that I didn't like it. Maybe I'm just using these books to fill the void in my life left by the Miss Peregrine books, who knows. The synopsis sounds a bit like the first book, just altered a little to involve a carnival somehow? That question mark is me questioning my choice right now. Oh well, I guess I'll find out this month.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

It's only been a few months since I discovered the books of Victoria/V.E. Schwab and every one that I've read has been great. Although I didn't love Vicious as much as other people did, it didn't prevent me from wanting to read this newest book from her. A Darker Shade of Magic involves parallel worlds and magic, which is already a premise I'm ready to read more about. Now the biggest choice I'm going to have to make is whether or not to read this before Heir of Fire or not.

There are a couple of other new books I've gotten that I'd love to add to this list, but for now these are the only books I want to commit to reading during the month of March. Better to be conservative during a month where I have no breaks from college. Are some of these books on your TBR? I'd love to hear what you plan to read during this month. Best Wishes!!