Happy Saturday! Today I wanted to start a new mini-series within my Coffee Time series of posts called ‘The Fate of my Book Haul Books’ where I go back to my very first (and then second, and then third, etc) book haul, take a look at the books that were in them, and tell you about where they are now, whether I read them, whether I liked them, and if I no longer have them, why I don’t.
I know I’m not the only one that got caught up in ‘I want that and that and that and that and that’ when first joining the book community, back when I was still solidifying exactly what kinds of books were for me or not. So I thought it’d be neat to see if any patterns emerged when looking at what stayed, what went, and what actually got read.
PS, if you’d like to do this kind of thing for your book hauls, go for it! Please link here though so I can read it! I plan on doing this once a month or so, but however fast you wanna do it is up to you.
Book Haul #1 on my blog was posted back on April 4th, 2015. At the time, I didn’t bother numbering my book hauls, and honestly I’m surprised I actually took a picture. So go 24 year old me for that, I suppose.
This is what I had originally hauled:
First I wanna point out, by the background of that picture, that was my apartment two apartments ago. It was a tiny one bedroom that I shared with my boyfriend-now-husband. Holy poop I haven’t thought about that place in ages. Anyways, the books. By the looks of them, these were a library sale haul. One of many to come. This is where the books are now:
Dune by Frank Herbert – Still owned, still unread.
I also have two copies of it now, technically. My husband brought in his own copy when we moved in together. This book I know I’ll pick up eventually, but it intimidates me. It’s such a long series and it’s a classic. I wanna love it but I’m afraid I won’t, haha. Basically I need a good readathon or something with just the right prompt, and then I’ll pick it up.
Priest vols 1 and 2 by Min-Woo Hyung – Still owned, both read!
I actually did pick up these a while ago, I think for a readathon. I need to reread them though, because now I own six volumes and can’t remember anything about them. I really did like them though at the time, and they both got a solid 4 stars from me!
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – Unhauled, unread
This will be the first evidence of what I know will become a pattern: Me getting and then getting rid of middle grade. No offense to middle grade, (most of the time) it’s just not for me. But there was a point back in the beginning of my blog when everyone was talking about this series and reading it and I went ‘I wanna read it too!’ so I picked up the first three or four books or whatever… and then never read them for like three years. So I got rid of them, probably within the last two years or so. I haven’t had them on my shelves for a while.
Emma by Jane Austen – Still owned, still unread
Another pattern! Where I acquire classics, never read them, but then keep them anyways in some vain hope that I’ll actually wanna read a classic. You watch, you’ll see it eventually too. No suprise: I haven’t read this. At the time I had no idea but now I full realize that I am terrified of classics.
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Owned, read!
I’ve broken the mold! I read a classic! I remember I picked this up a few years ago as part of a readathon. I ended up liking it decently but I remember definitely having trouble getting through it. I’ll be bad and say I like the movie more… because I do. Pbtbt.
Note I just predicted a pattern above and promptly broke it here. Believe me though, this book is the exception to the rule. I gave this 4 stars.
Night by Elie Wiesel – Owned, read!
I picked this book up I think shortly after I got it, believe it or not. I don’t remember if it was prompted or if I was just brave. I gave it a 5 stars at the time, but honestly I feel weird rating someone’s life anything else.
Alias Grace and Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood – Owned, both unread
I think at this point, in my mind, I consider Margaret Atwood a ‘modern classics’ writer, just because of The Handmaid’s Tale (which I did read). Because of that, the same classics mental block is there. But I do wanna read these… eventually, haha.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Unhauled, unread
Here’s a classic that I did actually manage to get rid of. Honestly the urge to read it never struck me, not even a little bit.
Geisha by Liza Dalby – Owned, unread
This is a nonfiction, of which I read very little. I picked this up though after hearing about how Memoirs of Geisha was a little factually inaccurate. So I’m hoping this one will be more so. I do intend to read this… some day.
The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan – Owned, unread
Amy Tan is one of those authors that I tend to auto-buy but have actually read very little of (there are a few of those). This is another that I’ve owned for ages by her and haven’t picked up yet. Honestly I could probably fill a book shelf with her books alone. They’ve all survived purges though, just because I do wanna read them… I just need to be in the mood for literary.
And that’s it for book haul one. I didn’t realize before going into this that my first haul was a library haul. It’ll be interesting to see if the ratio of unread to read books changes depending on where I got the books. Because honestly, my library sale hauls consist of ‘maybe someday’ books, whereas my ‘normal’ book hauls tend to be ones I’m super excited for at the time of purchase.
If you thought this post was interesting at all, do let me know. I’m hoping I don’t just speaking into the void for these posts.