Ten Books I’m Pulling off my Bookshelves

If you’re a bookworm, you probably have this problem – overflowing bookshelves. It’s a serious problem. Because you A) have to build more bookshelves. B) Have to NOT buy any more books ever or C) Find a giant castle to turn into your own personal library.

But I don’t have the room to build more bookshelves, the strength to NEVER buy any more books, or the time to castle hunt. Instead, I have option D) Give away some books.

Because, I also have another problem. I don’t LOVE all of the books on my bookshelf? And keeping  books you don’t want to reread and love, well, it’s kind of selfish.
Since I will be moving back into a dorm room at the end of the summer, I decided to clean up my bookshelf and give away some books. It was hard, folks. But it kind had to be done?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I read this and I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it. But I don’t remember most of it? Not remembering a story at all is pretty much bad news.

I look at this mysterious cool looking cover … and all I can remember… girl fell in love with a guy. She wasn’t supposed to fall in love with him. THAT’S IT. So, is this just another rehashing of Romeo and Juliet? 

Not the kind of book I would want to reread. In fact, after I finished it, I do remember, I decided I didn’t really want to continue reading the series. I think I even checked the sequel out from the library and never got around to reading it. 

Since I don’t want to buy the 2nd and 3rd book, I shouldn’t keep it.


Why do I own the last book in this series and not the first two books? Blame the hype. I could not wait for the finale and I preordered it.

I do love this book. It was a fantastic ending to an edge of your seat series. BUT I don’t own the first two books and this book is gigantic. All three books in this series are giants. Since all three are heavy ANY expensive, I decided to give this one away, too.

Strange the Dreamer – American hardback edition

Strange the Dreamer is my favorite fantasy read of 2018. I bought this book from Amazon at Christmas. I didn’t know what to expect and I do really, really love this story.

Saying all that may leave you super confused. Liz, if you love this book, why are you taking it off your bookshelf? 

I don’t like the American cover? And it’s really big? and heavy? So I decided to give this one away and buy the British edition sometime when I have a more permanent home and bigger bookshelves.

I mean, look at this British cover. It’s absolutely gorgeous. 

The cool news?!?! I was able to give this one away as a birthday present and I was very excited to share this precious story with my friend!

Also, please go read Strange the Dreamer. It’s beautiful and everyone should completely love this story.

Just please read this precious book, ok? 

Now I Rise – Hardback Edition

Ahem, I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It’s actually called the Conquerer’s Saga? Yes, I had to google that.

This series is just so beautiful. 

Anyway, the first book is And I Darken. I read it through super fast and really liked the premise and characters. So I ordered the second book. But it came as a hardback!

But the first book on my shelf is a paperback! It doesn’t even LOOK right to have two books in the same series who do not match AT ALL. And I debated – give away the hardback or paperback? 
Ultimately, paperback is so much lighter and pretty, too. So, I’m giving away the hardback.

Crown of Midnight – Paperback

I am collecting the Throne of Glass books, because I found 3 of the hardback editions at a used bookstore. P.S. I love used bookstores. 

Anyway, these hardbacks are gorgeous. And then I went and picked up the paperback Crown of Midnight from somewhere? I may have even bought it new? Why???

Number one, it doesn’t match. At all with the hardback. Number 2, I probably should NOT have bought a new book. Especially something I’ve already read. I do want to reread this series so I can write some nice reviews. But if I get the books, they need to match.

So, I’m giving away the paperback edition.

Kat and Meg Conquer the World

This is the once book on my list that I haven’t read. And even though I’ve owned it for 6+ months, I don’t think I’ll ever read this? It came in a book box, but it just doesn’t strike me as something I will eventually get to.

It looks cool, yes. But a bit too contemporary? Even when I’m working on my TBR list, this book never shows up on my radar. It just sits on my bookshelf feeling lonely. So I should give it to someone who wants to read it.


I’m not much of a discriminatory reader. I do tend to read EVERYTHING. Except mysteries. Why can’t I enjoy them? it’s hard.

Anyway, I bought all of the ACOTAR series last year and read them in a few days or hours. Reading them through once is an alright experience. But if I read them slowly, or thinking AT ALL, I don’t enjoy these books anymore. 

And there’s lots of reasons why. The weird world building. Hybern makes NO SENSE. And I cannot understand the military tactics to save my life. I just know that if I were in charge of ANY of these armies, I would have waged this war differently. And throwing out random fairy countries just to create more enemies and allies? So annoying.

Also, the characters. At first, I really liked them all. But after reading Throne of Glass, I realized how recycled alot of them are. And that made me frustrated.

Now, to mention diversity. These books are not diverse. There’s a bit of pretense at diversity. But it’s really, really forced. And knowing how that hurts some of my friends and hurts people of color in the publishing industry makes me really, really dislike these books.

Me @ the ACOTAR series, especially the spin off books. 

Besides everything I mentioned, these books are crazy heavy and take up a ton of room. So, off the bookshelves with ACOTAR.

Daughter of the Pirate King

I’ve been collecting Owlcrate books for a while, and this book came in a box last spring. A year ago. It’s ok?
Kind of funny sometimes but pretty predictable. Like, really predictable.

When I look at my bookshelf, this book is very extraneous. As in, I could keep it. But I don’t see myself reading it again? And the cover is pretty cool, but I don’t see the cover THAT often.

So I decided, I should just give this book away, too. After all, I decided not to buy the sequel. Or bother reading it from the library. So, why keep the first book?

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Welp, I think that’s all the books I’m clearing off my bookshelves. (At least for now!) But please don’t make me get rid of any more of my books, it’s hard, ok? 

But seriously, sometimes you DO have to downsize your personal library and it took me a while to decide to give away some fo these books. But it’s finally done!

Have you ever given away any of your books? What books have you chosen to regift? Do you prefer to keep paperback or hardback editions? Do you like any foreign covers of your favorite books more than the cover you own? 



  1. Gel
    July 25, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I have given away books but I’m finding it hard now to let go of more books even though I really need to because I’m running out of shelf space.

  2. ccovertocover
    July 25, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I felt the same about Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I think I enjoyed reading it, somewhat, but I can’t remember any details about the story aside from that a romance existed, and I didn’t continue the series. I don’t have any lasting impressions from the story now. I am in my last year of high school, so this is certainly a process I’ll need to go through soon when I head to college.

    claire @ clairefy

  3. July 25, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    I felt the same with Daughter of Smoke and Bones! I don’t know if it was because it’s been years but it really didn’t stick to me except for the fact that she had blue hair lol I haven’t purged my bookshelves yet because 98% of it is still unread. I went through a rough life patch where I went retail therapy so now I have almost 600 unread physical books. I was also choosing library books and ebooks/audiobooks so now it’s just growing lol maybe someday?

  4. July 25, 2018 / 11:06 pm

    After I read ACOFAS, I quickly out grew the books as fast as I read them. ACOFAS was lots of rich, wealthy, immortal fey people who drank wine and exchanged expensive gifts to one another that no one wanted…and everyone is so beautiful. I don’t relate anymore. I relate to flaws. Whether that means being human, or having a physical ailment, or not knowing you’ll never want for money or food. I don’t know. I enjoyed the series at first but I’m not sure if they will stand the test of time on my shelf. I am in the middle of unhauling books myself. Lately, I find the less the better.

  5. July 26, 2018 / 3:32 am

    The problem of overflowing bookshelves sounds so familiar! I also decided to give away some books, as WanderBooks 🙂 It’s kind of a pay-it-forward initiative – I give the books for free and I ask the receivers to pass them on to other people after reading them. There are almost 20 WanderBooks travelling around the world now 🙂

  6. July 26, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Oh my, this post reminded me how I officially have no more room on my shelves.😅Next time I get a new book I’m going to need to do this same thing…
    I feel like I still need to read the ACOTAR series, just for the sake of having read it? I’ve mostly only heard bad things about it though, so I just don’t know. Do you think I should read it while knowing it probably will let me down?

  7. July 26, 2018 / 10:11 am

    I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone years ago, when it first came out, and I literally can’t remember anything about it, either. I think there were demons?

  8. July 27, 2018 / 12:52 am

    I honestly feel the same way about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I have no memory of that book.

  9. July 27, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    When I was moving out of my parents’ house to my own apartment in 2013, we donated eight full boxes of books to the local library. Once I start tidying my Lady Lounge again and work on de-cluttering the garage of our house over the next few weeks and weekends, I’ll probably be boxing up a similar amount to donate to the library down the street (different city). It’s hard, but it also feels good.

  10. July 28, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    This is such a great post and a great idea – I have no more room on my shelves and I own some books I have absolutely no memories of, or no interest in anymore, so… I should probably do a big spring – well, summer now – cleaning at some point? Thank you for that reminder 🙂 Oh and thank you for reminding me about Strange The Dreamer as well, I need to read this book soon, I guess 😀

  11. July 28, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    I’ve just given away books, but I still find that I have no room on my bookshelf. I know I need to get rid of more, but I just can’t get myself to do it right now. Love your post! 🙂

  12. July 30, 2018 / 11:05 am

    I prefer hardcovers because theyre so much prettier + pleasing to look at, and paperbacks get damaged so easily!

  13. Ilsen Leon
    July 31, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    I don’t like giving away my books and I have a lot of space. But I’ll give away some like books I generally dislike and think I won’t get to. But it’s a small number. I would like for hardcovers and paperback series to match but sometimes I got it from a gift and it’s just feels wrong to give it away. Plus sometimes I would like to continue the series while it’s still going causing them to mismatch. I prefer hardcover though.

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