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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Bookhaul – January-March 2017

Last week, you saw which books I’d read so far this year. Now it’s time to show you the books I actually bought this year. So, get a snack while you scroll through the books, because three months is a long time and there are many books to go through.

Before I get started though, I’d like to share that so far, I’ve only spend €24,- on books. Which has gotten me a total of 19(!) books. Most of the books I’ve acquired second hand. Another few were gifts. Plus, I still had a gift card for a bookshop, which currently still has some money left on it. So far, I’m pretty proud of my.

In chronological order:

January

Bildergebnis für Nach(t)SichtNach(t)sicht by Jo Jansen – A bed time story book for adults. We’ve read a couple of stories from it so far, but there not really bed time stories. Mostly the made me go WTF!? Keeping me up, thinking about the story. I’m afraid this one will probably end up DNF’ed.


17378684Het Gulden Vlies van Thule by Thea Beckman – I’ve already read this one and it’s been added to me Thea Beckman collection. I already wrote a little bit to what I thought of it in my post last week. I gave it four stars on Goodreads.


6066864Tirza by Arnon Grunberg – it’s a pretty strange book. It’s all about a family and the relationships within this family. It’s crazy, but weirdly fascinating at the same time. Three stars on Goodreads.


30016The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov – This one hasn’t been touched yet. I just haven’t had the time. I was excited to be able to pick this up though for only 50 cents.


40698Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I’ve read this story once before and I remember quite enjoying it, so when I saw this one for only 50 cents as well, I figured ‘why not?’.


651640Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov – another Asimov (yes, also 50 cents). Though, I only just found out, that technically, this is not the second book, but the third in the Foundation ‘series’. So I suppose I’ve got a reason to buy the second one now too.


432352Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – This one is supposed to be awesome, right? Hopefully I’ll get to it soon. Another second hand buy for cheap, so I couldn’t leave it on the shelves. Have you read it? How is it?


168668Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – who could walk right past such a classic, when it’s only €2,-? Hopefully it’s as good as one of the other buyers there told me.


135839Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh – another book I’ve heard a lot about and therefore couldn’t leave behind. I absolutely love the book market in Glanebrug, where I bought so many of these books.


178864The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – I’ve read this before ages ago, but I had small paperback copy, that since has gone lost. I saw this one at the book fair and obviously had to get the amazing illustrated hard cover version for €1,50. How could I not?


13559107Camera Obscura by Hildebrand – so, this is a very pretty old book. I have no idea what it’s about. My mom made me get it at the book market, so I did. That’s all there is to it at the moment.


11806716Blackout by Mira Grant – loved it! Here you can find my review of the series.


February

31176886The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer – this was a pretty good book with a kick-ass female lead. Definitely recommend, I gave it four stars on Goodreads. Unfortunately not a book you for rereading, in my opinion.


25378382Das Josuha Profil by Sebastian Fitzek – A great thriller, where it’s hard to figure out who to believe at times. Some very interesting characters, which alone would make it worth reading this book. As far as I can gather from Goodreads though, there is no English translation available, but if you can read Dutch, German or Spanish, you should give this book a shot. Or any of the other books by Fitzek.


6290530Die Girls von Riad by Rajaa Alsanea – original title: بنات الرياض (Girls of Riyadh). I’ve still to read this, but I’m quite excited I found this. A perfectly lovely second hand hard cover in all pink. The reviews on Goodreads seem either very positive or very negative. Can’t wait to find out where I stand!


18070793Running like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley – I thought this one was great! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads and wrote a review on the blog here. Have you read it? Let me know what you thought!


Bildergebnis für Das Autogene Training by Abbas SchirmohammadiDas Autogene Training by Abbas Schirmohammadi – a not so concise book about autogenic training. It has some great practices in the back though, so I keep it around at work.


33412061Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly – I still haven’t had the time, but I really want to write a review of this one, explaining why I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seemed to. It does have a beautiful cover however! I felt quite generous giving it 3 stars on Goodreads.


March

17564870Die Therapie by Sebastian Fitzek – this one was just waiting for me on the shelves of a free little library. As I’ve loved the previous book I’ve read by Fitzek, I couldn’t leave this one behind. I hope it’s as good as the other two I’ve read.


So, those were the books I’ve acquired so far this year. How many books have been added to your shelves? Do you also get excited when you find a great book in a second hand store, or do you prefer to buy your books new? Let me know!

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – #currentlyreading

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#currentlyreading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – I’ve finally figured out what the title means. That’s something. I love the conversations between Oskar and the other characters. What bothers me is switching back and forth between Oskar’s point of view and the point of views of the others. I don’t like that much. Maybe, when it all comes together, it won’t be so bad anymore.

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!