Declutter your shelves: 5 types of books to get rid off right now

DSCN2980We all know the problem: overflowing shelves, an overwhelming TBR and no idea how to deal with this. I’ve been decluttering my shelves, and have been trying my best not to add too many new titles to it permanently. It’s not easy, but there are a couple of things you can do to make it easier. Here are five types of books you definitely do not need to keep on your shelves, so you can make room for new books.


1. Books you hated/didn’t like

Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? However, from personal experience I know it’s not. I’ve held on to a lot of books I didn’t like or even hated, just because I assumed it was expected of me to have these books on my shelves. For me personally, these are usually classics. However, any kind of book you didn’t enjoy really doesn’t have a place on your shelves, does it?

2. Books that have been on your TBR for over a year

If they’d really been on your TBR for that long, are you ever going to read them? Really? Honestly? Because there are so many other books, still coming out, that you have to read as well. Really, I’m not very good at this, but I have gotten rid of a lot of books that had been on my TBR forever.

3. Books you’re saving for someone else 

You know the type, those you’re saving for your future children, or for friends, just in case they want to borrow them. Is this really useful? Do you really need to keep these? By all means, keep some of the very sentimental ones, but all of them?

4. Books you’re never going to reread

Obviously, you’ll have to keep Harry Potter. That one book though, that you’ve read once and quite enjoyed, but are never going to pick up again? Does that need to clutter your shelves? Or could you use the space for something new and possibly better? You can’t always say it you won’t or will reread it. However, there are certain books where you know you won’t. Don’t keep those around even if you liked them. Hand them on to someone else, or make some money selling them.

cbffb-11925612_1478482295781198_2013205310_n5. Gifted books

Yes, you are allowed to get rid of books that have been gifted to you. It is not a crime. I don’t remember where I’ve read it, but it stuck with me. People give you items, because they’re supposed to make you happy, because they’re supposed to add to your life. When these items (in this example books), no longer fulfill this purpose you should no longer hold on to them. When you do, they completely defy their original purpose.

And then another two obvious ones: books you DNF’ed, as well as books you’ve been ‘currently reading’ for months.

Can you think of anymore books that should not take up any of your shelf space? Or do you believe that me advocating getting rid of books is close to heresy?

Book review: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly (possible spoilers)

 Book review | Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly | 3 stars

Lost in a Book  by Jennifer Donnelly

Copyright: Disney Enterprises Inc.
Paper Rocket 2017
ISBN 978 1 4748 8387 0

Synopsis

Hidden in the Beast’s library, Belle is about to discover a mysterious book and visit a glittering new world. But everything is not as it seems. When the time comes, will Belle be able to find her way back home? Or will the story take hold of her – and never let her go?


Bullet-point review

★★★☆☆

+ new characters
+ nostalgia
+ scenes between Belle and the Beast

– writing felt off
– Belle’s naivete
– scenes ‘in the book’


Full Review

There may be spoilers in this review. I’ll do my best to avoid them mostly. Unfortunately, most of the book was so predictable, that those spoilers shouldn’t really surprise you.

Yes, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. Firstly, the writing was off, felt off. It didn’t really seem like Belle to me. There was a certain je ne sais quoi, that put me off of the writing. I felt that too many details were being put forward, while at the same time the descriptions weren’t rich enough. I can’t explain it, but I didn’t like it.

Another bothersome part was Belle’s naivete. After everything, finding a castle with a beast and talking objects, and reading so many books, how could she have missed all the signs that she shouldn’t be going into a book to escape her life? Obviously, she knew something was wrong about it, because she hid it. In my opinion, she questioned it too little.

My favorite parts were therefore not the new parts where Belle steps into the book. Instead, I really loved her interactions with the beast. Yes, we should probably call that nostalgia, but what the heck. Those were the parts I loved.

Furthermore, I did quite like the addition of the characters Love and Death.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – #currentlyreading

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#currentlyreading – Not only are these some amazing stories from incredible women. They were written by women, as well as illustrated by women. From all over the world! I love that the stories are only one page long and that the illustrations are so vibrant. Obviously, it was made for kids, so the stories are easy to follow. Plus, I learn a thing or two when I read the stories.

I’m about 20 stories in now and am going to continue reading one every night, so it can last me a while. I don’t have children, but… who cares!? You can’t go wrong with this book for some strong female inspiration (or feeling like a failure for not having accomplished any of what these women have accomplished).

Definitely would recommend.

Goodreads Shelves

As you may have noticed, I finally updated Goodreads. The books I’ve read, the books I own, the books I want to read are all on separate shelves now. Yes, I’ve really only just discovered the shelves. Well, I knew they were there, but I never did anything with it. Now, I’ve seen the uses. In addition, I also made a shelf with books I own, have read and would like to trade (or sell or giveaway, depending on circumstances).

So, if you’re interested to know which books I’ve read, which ones I own, and which ones I did not finish, you can find it all on my Goodreads.

Do you have any more shelve ideas that I should or could use? What kind of shelves do you use on Goodreads? I’d love some inspiration, so I can add to my shelves and sort my books a bit better.

Ps. Here are the books I’ve got up for trade/sale (click the book for the Goodreads link):

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Read January-March 2017

It’s been a while since I actually wrote anything about the books I read, so it’s about time. At the time of writing, I’ve read a total of 14 books. Most I’ve actually enjoyed quite a bit, but there’s not very many that I decided to keep, because certain books you can really only read once. Once you know the plot, it doesn’t get better with rereads.

Anyway, without further ado, here are the books I read:

January

10246718Deadline by Mira Grant –  the second book in the Newsflesh Trilogy. As you know, if you read my review, I absolutely loved the Newsflesh Trilogy. So, this is one of the books I kept around for a possible reread.


34332514De Oceaan aan het Einde van het Pad (original title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane) by Neil Gaiman – this was a pretty good read, although it’s just not really the kind of book I enjoy very much.I prefer my books a little more straightforward.


2282658Het Gulden Vlies van Thule by Thea Beckman – the third book in the Toekomst Trilogie (Furture Trilogie). I really liked this one, though not as much as the first book in the trilogy. Somehow, that’s still the best one.


16829889The Farm by Emily McKay – I thought the story itself was really interesting. The writing however didn’t really appeal to me. I feel like there should probably be a continuation of this somewhere, but since I didn’t want to continue reading it anyway, I decided I should just move on.


Animal FarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell – This was my first time ever reading Animal Farm and I can only just recommend it. It is weirdly appropriate again in today’s world. Absolutely a great read!


February

19148162Dem Tod auf der Spur by Michael Tsokos – a collection of short true stories. Michael Tsokos is a medical examiner and has seen a great number of dead bodies come across his examination tables. He describes a couple of these cases in this book. I thought it was absolutely fascinating. The truth can be so strange!


11806716Blackout by Mira Grant – the last book in the Newsflesh Trilogy. Loved it!


FEM – Freiheitseinschränkende Maßnahmen by Jutta König – a book a read for work, mostly at work. It deals with measures that restrict the freedoms of patients. Very interesting.


1256933In Defence of English Cooking by George Orwell – it includes several of Orwell’s essays on freedom of speech. Again, something that is still relevant today, as these rights seems to be getting restricted again.


16204365The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – I did not finish reading this book, I stopped and got rid of it. The premise sounds absolutely amazing and fascinating. However, the writing style is terrible. Well, it did not meet my personal preferences. I did not get further than about 20 pages in.


Das Autogene Training by Abbas Schirmohammadi – another book I got and read for work. It’s a relaxation technique that’s been proven very effective. In psychology, conscious relaxation should not be underestimated.


March

31176886The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer – something completely different from what we’ve read so far by Meyer. However, besides the one huge cliche (you’ll know if you’ve read it as well), it actually a great book with a kick-ass female main character.


Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a BookLost in a Book by Jennifer Donnely – A Beauty and the Beast story. However, I wasn’t impressed. I’m still planning on writing a full review, but the thing that bothered me most was how dumb Belle was. In the movies, as in the original story, she’s definitely smarter than that.


25378382Das Joshua Profil by Sebastian Fitzek – one of my favorite German writers of the moment. This is a psychological thriller. What would happen if crimes could be predicted? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but since I now know the plot, I won’t be able to read it again. Luckily, I’ve still got more of his books to go through.


Those are the books that I’ve read so far this year. How many books have you gotten through so far? Are any of the books I’ve read on your wishlist? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tirza – #currentlyreading

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#currentlyreading – I’m about 100 pages into this book and still have no idea where it’s going- There’s just something so messed up about the interactions in the book though, that I’m almost sure it’s going to be awesome! (or a huge disappointment). Yes, it feels like one of those books. So far, I’m dying to continue reading.

Book Upcycling – Photo book

Last year, before my Scotland trip, I mentioned that I was going to track this trip by using a Harry Potter book. Since its author comes from Scotland, this seemed entirely appropriate. Also, do I really need an excuse to buy another HP book?

20170312_112049So, I bought the book and took it with me on the trip. Throughout the trip we wrote down what we had done that day and taped in some of the tickets we had gotten. Also, just about every restaurant we ate at and every bookshop I bought a book at, I asked if they would write a little something in the book. Nothing special, just a quick note. Everyone looked at me funny at first, but then still did it.

Now, the time has come that I can finally show you the results of all this, because I have finally had the time to have the pictures printed and have also finally taped them into the book. I was so taken with this, that this is exactly what I did with my trip to Berlin a couple of weeks ago. I found a book about Berlin at a flea market and went from there.

So, if you’re ever unsure how to record your holidays, and you love books. Perhaps this could be for you.