My Moonlit Discussions: Unhauling Books – The Why and The How

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Hi, readers and welcome to my first Moonlit Discussions. I really love other book blogger’s discussion posts and thought I should start my own series of discussion posts as well, especially since it’s a new year and everything (this is technically my first blog post of 2018 yay). There is so much to discuss in regards to books and the book community and I really want to share my opinion on these topics. Today I want to talk about unhauling books. I own a lot of books but I have recently realized that some of them I’ll probably never read and some I already have read but know I will never read again. That is why I wanted to get rid of them so that I’ll have more space for books I do want and actually will read. I have decided to split up my post into three parts: reasons to unhaul a book, what to do with the books you want to unhaul, and books I have or will unhaul.

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Reasons To Unhaul a Book

  1. The book is problematic in some way. Either you read the book and was hurt by it or you read online from other reviewers (after you bought it) that the book has been offensive or otherwise hurtful.
  2. Your taste in books has changed. E.g. when you bought the book you were totally into adult science fiction but now you’ve realized you don’t actually enjoy that genre anymore and don’t want to read the book.
  3. You’ve read the book and know you’ll never read it again. If you know it’s a book you don’t want to reread and it’s not a book you want to keep for aesthetic or sentimental reasons then sometimes the answer is to just unhaul it.
  4. The book is an odd one. This is similar to number three, meaning you’ve read the book (unless you’ve accidentally acquired a sequel to a book without reading the first book). If you only own one book in a series, especially a sequel of the end of a series, it might feel useless to keep the book if you don’t plan on buying the rest of the series.

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What To Do With the Books You Want to Unhaul

  1. Ask your friends if they want them (this only applies to the books that are not really problematic). If you have books you’re not into anymore, it’s a good thing to ask your friends if they want them because it feels great giving friends free books they’re interested in.
  2. Donate the books to a charity/hospital/library/prison (or a secondhand shop owned by a charity). That way you know your books will go somewhere they’re wanted and can help people in the process.
  3. Sell them. Sometimes this option works, sometimes not. If you’re ever a part of a yard sale or something similar or know a good website where it’s possible to sell books, it’s definitely worth a try.
  4. Make bookish art out of the pages or use the pages as props for pictures. I know lots of people use pages from books to create all sorts of cute and amazing art and since you don’t want to use new books for that, a book you want to unhaul is a great alternative.

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Books I Have or Will Unhaul + Reason

Over the Christmas break, I got a few extra books together with textbooks from school, which has really made my bookshelves full and me out of space for new books I want and need. Because of that, I want to get rid of books I’ll never read or reread to get more space for books I crave, love and want to read. Down below I’ve listed 18 books I want to unhaul (some I’ve already managed to give away to friends) and why I want to unhaul them.

  1. Uglies by Scott Westerfield. It was only okay and I’ll never reread it.
  2. Mind Games by Kiersten White. I’ll never buy the sequel and continue the series.
  3. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia. I’ve lost interest in this book.
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I’ll never reread it and it’s overhyped.
  5. Abandon by Meg Cabot. I’ve lost interested and read bad reviews.
  6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I heard this one had problematic aspects.
  7. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. I have no idea why I bought this, not my style.
  8. The Summoning by Lynne Ewing. I’ve only read bad reviews and lost interest.
  9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It’s problematic and deals with topics I avoid in books.
  10. Fated by Alyson Noel. I lost interest in the book and the reviews are not great.
  11. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I heard it was problematic and thus, don’t want it.
  12. Crewel by Gennifer Albin. I read and liked the book, however, I won’t continue with the series.
  13. The Awakening by L.J. Smith. I started the Vampire Diaries but lost interest to continue.
  14. The Struggle by L.J. Smith. Same as above.
  15. The Fury by L.J. Smith. Same as above.
  16. Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith. Same as above.
  17. Nightfall by L.J. Smith. Same as above.
  18. Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I read it and loved it, but it’s the only book in the series I own.

How do you feel about unhauling books? Have you ever unhauled any books? Which ones and why? Tell me all about it, I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this subject.

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