Towards the end of the year, I decided to do another bookshelf cleanout, where I pretty much tried to Marie Kondo my books and keep the ones that made me happy. But it was quite difficult to use the Konmari system when I haven’t read ALL the books on my shelves so I had to improvise. I knew I had to make some tough choices because as much as I love the look of a fully stocked shelf, I couldn’t and definitely wouldn’t read and reread all of them.
I don’t really have a system to choose which books to keep and which books to get rid of, so I’m just going to wing it. Will I regret tossing some of these books? Maybe. But I probably will never know for sure.
Anyway, let’s get to it!
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I’ve tried reading the first book of The Kane Chronicles, but it never really piqued my interest as much as the Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus series. Maybe in the future, I’d want to read these books, but I can always borrow them from the library or from a friend.
I’m keeping Heroes of Olympus because I’ve read the first couple of books and even though I haven’t continued reading the rest of the series in years, I know I’m going to get back to it soon. Ish.
Immortal by Gillian Shields
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Immortal by Gillian Shields have similar vibes to Twilight, and I’m sure lots of teens loved it back when it was first published. I read the book when I was 14 and I think I liked it enough to continue reading the series, but based on what I remember, I’m definitely going to let go of it now.
It’s almost the same story with Wondrous Strange, but I know I liked it more than Immortal back when I first read it. I most likely wouldn’t reread it, but my sister told me she wants to so I’ll let her keep it on the shelf. And plus, I saw the author in a commercial and I thought it was hilarious, so I’m keeping this book 😀
Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
I’ve read and loved Beautiful Creatures when it was released in my high school days, and I want to keep the fond memories I have of this series. I know I’m not going to reread this series and my sister’s finished reading it, too. So I think it’s better for everyone if it’s donated to the library. People would have more to read, and I’d have more room on my shelf 😉
I’m keeping Wings by Aprilynne Pike not because it’s such an amazing story, even though I remember it being fun to read, but because I think it would be a pretty good book to lend to my younger cousins who are still trying to learn English. Wings is pretty easy to read, the story isn’t too complex and I think it’s cute enough to entice a younger audience. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the covers are pretty to look at 🙂
Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer
The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon
I don’t even remember where I got Mississippi Jack, but I do remember looking it up and finding out that it’s the FIFTH book in the series. I honestly don’t have the energy to go out and look (or even buy them online) for the first four books in the series, so I’m just going to let this one go….
The Books of Pellinor is something I actually want to read. I got all four books for super cheap at a book sale around 2 years ago and I think now is the time to read them 🙂
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Angel by L.A. Weatherly
We all know how I felt about Defiance (if you don’t, you can read my DNF review), and I definitely won’t be reading the next books in the series. So I’m going to remove this series from my bookshelf to make room for future books and hope that someone else will like it more than I did.
I remember that I really liked Angel when I read it many years ago. I don’t know if I’d still feel the same now, but I like to think that I would. I got this series as a birthday present from my cousin, so I won’t be giving it away. And if anyone else in my family would like to read it, then great!
So that’s my list of 5 books (or series) to get rid of and 5 that I’m still going to keep. All the books that I don’t want anymore will be donated to a library as soon as I can find one, or to nearby schools. They definitely need more English books in their collection.
Do you agree/disagree with my list or see any book(s) on this list that you think I should change my mind about? Let me know what you think in the comments!