Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books #9

Happy Saturday! Today’s topic is another fate of my book haul books post. In this, I look at book hauls of the past and see if I ever actually read them, and whether I still even own them.

Today is the ninth post of this variety, so we’ll be looking at book haul #9, posted back on June 2, 2016. If you want to look at past book haul fates, check out my list of Coffee Time posts.

This is what I hauled back then:

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – Owned, unread

I honestly don’t remember where I bought this, I’ve had it so long. I am still interested in reading it though, so I won’t be getting rid of it any time soon.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham – Owned, unread

This is a nonfiction book, and we all know how slow I am about picking those up. I think it’ll be interesting though. I have a post in mind that I wanna do at some point that this book would be included in, so I think I’ll save it for then.

I Used to Know That Science by Marianne Taylor – Unhauled, unread

I think I picked this up for a dollar or two at an overstock store, thinking ‘hey maybe someday’. And then I had to do a purge because I was running out of shelf space and suddenly ‘someday’ wasn’t pressing enough, haah.

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

I own a lot of Stephenson books weirdly, but have only read a couple. This is one of the ones I still haven’t got to – it’s book one in a trilogy of huge, fat books, so it’s a bit intimidating if I’m being honest.

Embassytown by China Mieville – Owned, read

This one, I have read. And honestly I still think about it. It was just so… strange. In a good way, mind you. But the world it created has really stuck with me, and it pops into my head on occasion still, regardless of the fact that I read it years ago.

A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis – Owned, unread

So this one’s hard. The reason I haven’t read these yet is because they’ve been in my purge pile a few times now, and I only pulled it back last second. I own all three, and have read none. I want to at least give the first one a try, but it never actually enters my head to do so. If you’ve read this series, do let me know what you think.

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Owned, read

Man, have I read this book. Little did I know at the time that Robin Hobb, through this series, would become my favorite author. I loved this book, and all the ones she’s written since then. Augh if I could go back and read these again for the first time. auuuuugh.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – Owned, mostly read

So, this is ‘mostly read’ because I’m about three fourths of the way through it, yet I haven’t picked it up in months. This is why I didn’t mark it ‘currently reading’ because I’m not currently reading it. I am reading it though, and liking it. I do plan on continuing the series – it’d be nice if I could get so far that I was ahead of where the tv show is. That’s why I set this aside – I ended up watching the tv show and didn’t want the repeitition of plot so close together. But I will pick this back up and finish it at some point.

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And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know. This one was a pretty bad one – only a few read. But on the plus side, there was only one or two unhauled, so at least I’m still interested in the majority of them, right? RIGHT?

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #7

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Hi! Today’s post is another book haul fate post. This is the seventh one, so it will focus on my seventh haul, originally posted March 29, 2016. Looking at the photo, this was a library sale haul, so the fate of these buddies will be interesting to see. This is what I hauled, and apparently in my original haul, I just posted it in IG and linked so I’m gonna do that again. So shameless link, too? pbtbt.

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Something by Ted Dekker – Unhauled, unread

I can’t quite make out the title from my stellar photo there, and it’s been so long that I can’t even remember what this was. But it’s long gone, man.

Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan – Owned, unread

I still have this one, and do intend on reading it eventually. That’s how this stuff goes, man.

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde – Owned, read

Technically I had read this before I bought it, so this physical copy has never been read, but I’ve read the book.

Stuff by Agatha Christie – Owned, unread

There’s a handful of Christie books there, can’t remember the titles off the top of my head and the picture isn’t great. I do still have all of these though, with the hope of actually reading them. It’ll probably be during a readathon or something where I need a short read.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – Owned, unread

I’m tempted to get rid of this one, only because I’ve now read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by the same guy and while the book wasn’t bad, it didn’t strike me as anything either. If the writing is similar in this, it’ll be another three star book and I don’t know if I wanna devote the time, man. If you’ve read this, please let me know your opinion.

Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley – Unhauled, unread

So it shows in this haul in particular, but I went through a phase where I was just buying books I recognized the titles of – well known ones that I knew I ‘should’ read, whether or not I actually intended to read them. I’ve since gotten rid of most of them, having realized that I was being silly and there aren’t books that one ‘should’ read, just ones that one wants to.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Owned, unread

This is another ‘should I get rid of this’ book, because it falls into the same category above. If you’ve read it, is it good? Do you think I’d like it?

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein – Owned, unread

This book was a gift from my buddy. She bought it for me when she was in Australia. I want to at least give it a try, but I haven’t done so yet.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Owned, unread

The main reason I haven’t read this book yet is because I heard that it’s depressing. I have to be in the right mood to read a book like this, hah.

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – Unhauled, unread

See above for reasoning. This fell into the ‘I should read this’ category with no actual interest on my part. I watched the movie though – it was decent.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – Owned, unread

This one has fallen into the ‘I want to read it someday but I feel no pressing urge to’ category. I’m starting to see a pattern, aren’t you?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon – Owned, unread

See previous. I’m getting so repetitive!

The Martian by Andy Weir – Owned, read

I’VE READ THIS ONE. And honestly it’s one of my favorite books. I believe I even named it my top favorite book of 2016. This book is really goofy, and if you haven’t read it you really should

China Dolls by Lisa See – Owned, unread

Weirdly, I have a lot of Lisa See books, but I’ve only ever read one by her. I really liked her writing style though so I started picking up books by her second hand when I saw them. This is one of those. Will I read it someday? Maybe!

The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsom – Unhauled, unread

I originally picked this up because I thought it was the source material of the movie The Day After Tomorrow. You know, the environmental apocalypse movie? But apparently it’s a murder thriller. When I found out I’d mistaken it, I got rid of it. My b.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Unhauled, unread

I got rid of this one because I was spoiled big time on it, and what’s the point of reading a thriller if you know the end?

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien – Owned, unread

I picked this particular copy up because it’s so old. This copy was originally published in the 60s, not too long after the book itself had come out. I have a newer, movie-cover copy that if I actually read the book it’ll be that one. I don’t want this one falling apart.


And that’s it! I gotta say, this one was pretty bad. I’ve read a total of two of these books, and half of them I’ve gotten rid of.

As stated, these were from a library haul, and my bar for picking up books from there is pretty low. I’ve actually since stopped going to them too often because of just this reason. On the plus side though – I paid five bucks for The Martian, which I read, and then five bucks for the rest of them put together (it was a $5 fill-a-bag thing). So I’m not really out much money at all. I’ll just pretend I bought a latte.

So if you’ve read any of these – particularly ones I still own – and think I’d like them, do let me know! Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #2

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Hello, happy Saturday! Today I want to do another fate of my book haul books post. I started this series last month, where I go over my book hauls since the beginning of my blog and tell you what has happened to those books.

Today is the second time I’ve posted, so we will be looking at book haul #2, originally post on October 29th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – Owned, read!

I made a point to read both this one and the second one a couple years a go. I have the third, still unread, and will be picking up the fourth here pretty soon! 5 stars.

SAS For Dummies by Stephen McDaniel – unhauled, unread

The original purpose of me getting this book doesn’t really apply anymore. I had originally picked it up because I was using SAS in one of my programming classing when I was in school, and then the professor decided to change the software so this book became a bit of a money sink. So, I got rid of it…. I think. If I didn’t, I have no idea where it is.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – Still owned, read!

At the point of my hauling this, I had already read it, so obviously I’ve read it, haha. It’s one of my all-time favorite books! 5 stars

The Fold by Peter Clines – Still owned, read!

Same with this one – I’d read at by the time I hauled it. My original description under my haul was “OH MY GOSH. READ IT. HERE’S MY REVIEW.” and nothing else. So… read it? haha. 5 stars

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Unhauled, read

This is the rare ‘didn’t love it’ of Patrick Ness’s books for me. I read it, thought it was alright, and decided the likelihood of me ever rereading it was basically zero. So, I got rid of it.

Breakable by Tammara Webber – Still owned, read!

This one I ended up rather liking, but I don’t think it was in the same league as its predecessor, Easy. It got a 4 star review from me at the time.


And that’s it for this one. I think this haul will be probably my most ‘complete’ for a while. I’ve read every single one of these except the one reference book. This… likely won’t happen again. I know me.

Again, if you’d like to pick up this series and go over your own hauls, do so! Happy reading!

Konmari-ing my bookshelves – Part 2

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Hello! Last month, I made a post called Konmari-ing my bookshelves – Part 1 where I pulled all my books off the shelves and sorted them into ‘keep’, ‘maybe toss’ and ‘toss’. Today I’ll be going into the end result of that, starting with how I divide the ‘maybe toss’ books, and then going to what my books and book room look like now.


Dividing the ‘Maybe Toss’ books

These were the books I was unsure of. This is how they were finally divided:

Kept:

  • Wolves Rain vols 1 and 2
  • Mushishi vols 1-4
  • Monster vols 1-4
  • Remnant Chronicles trilogy
  • Airhead

Tossed:

  • Days of Blood and Starlight
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters
  • Bonman’s Daughters
  • Scryed vol 1
  • Tsubasa vol 1
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here
  • Little Women

Many of the books I ended up tossing from this pile and in my ‘Toss’ pile have been picked over my friends, who took whatever they wanted. The remaining ones will be donated.

Putting the books back on the shelves

I kept it organized more or less how it was beforehand. I ended up switching the nonfiction and the manga shelves though, and I put the graphic novels above the sci-fi instead of after the classics. And hey, I actually have open shelf space for more books now. After Christmas peeps, still holding out.

I have a small video clip of the shelves – not going to do a closeup for the sake of a bookshelf tour post in December. 😛

Sprucing up the room

Now that the books were done, I decided to finish my long-term bucket list of actually getting a reading chair. So, I bought one! And I’ve bought a lamp since, as well. Well, I bought four lamps, because the one I wanted came in a four pack. Now I need to figure out what to do with three lamps.

But.

The chair!

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I’m smitten, guys.


And that’s it! Books are now cleaned up, remaining ones that need to be donated will be soon-ish. Until then, they’re sitting in a pile on the floor.

Happy reading!

Konmari-ing my bookshelves – Part 1

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Hello! I’ve decided to go through all my books and purge some to make room for the clearance sale books I got back in July. Today I’m going to show you the ‘before’ and the initial sorting. Later, I’ll make another post with the final remaining books and the reorganized shelves – it’ll include the new hauled books, but I won’t particularly point out which they are so a seasonal bookhaul can still happen.

Konmari, if you’re unaware, is a cleaning ideology from the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and while I don’t actually own the book, the concept boils down to ‘Hold a thing in your hand. If it brings you joy, keep it. If it doesn’t, don’t keep it’. I’ve seen enough posts and videos about people doing this to their books that I figured I had the concept, and I tweaked it a bit to include ‘I didn’t like this book’ or ‘This sounds good to me still’, yada yada yada.

Anyways, this is where I made a mess. As we speak, they’re still in piles on the floor upstairs. That’ll be this week’s project. I need to update all my goodreads shelves to match, too.

Pulling everything off the shelves

To do this correctly I had to actually empty my shelves. Just looking at a book on the shelf and deciding to keep or toss it doesn’t count. I needed to actually hold it and decide ‘do I want this back on my shelves’. So, these are all of my and my husband’s books. I keep them together in the book room, intermixed for genre-sorting’s sake. I’ll separate them out below. The blurred ones are the haul books, which I dun wanna spoil yet.

Initial Sorting

The first thing I did was sort out my husband’s books from my own. Why? I did it to prove a point (and to avoid me accidentally purging any of his books. I was only doing my own). My goofball of a husband Chris was under the impression that he only owned a few books here and there, and wasn’t really contributing to all the space needed to store my books. This is where I proved that he was taking up at least a book case’s worth of books on his own. While I still have way more, he is adding an additional case’s worth. So pbtbt pbtbt pbtbt.

The below picture are of his books:

Next I sorted mine into ‘keep’, ‘maybe toss’ and ‘toss’. That’s where they are now. In the next post, I’ll actually go through the ‘maybe toss’ books and make a final decision. The blurred books in the ‘keep’ are Chris’s books, so my ‘keep’ books don’t look larger than they are. 😛

Keep

Maybe toss

Toss

We have another, nicer copy of Hitchhiker’s Guide, so dun yell at me for that. Anyways, you’ll notice a lot of textbooks along the bottom of the toss pile. I went to school for two different degrees, each having concentrations on top of that. So, I have a lot of books on a variety of topics. So I kept the most interesting or useful ones and tossed the elective class books, etc. They will be going to my local community college, where they will be donated to developing countries where older textbooks can still be used in classes.

The rest will be opened up to any friend who wants to take them, and then the remainder will be donated to a local church-run charity shop up where my parents live. Since I’m still on a book buying ban, I don’t wanna trade them in at Half Price Books, because they’ll give me store credit and then I’ll have to test my self control, which I don’t know if I could handle. So I’m just avoiding it all together.


So! The next konmari-related post will be the finished product. Wish me luck! Right now, brain says ‘toss all the maybe-toss books’, but we’ll see how it acts when I actually go to do it. Happy reading!

Bonus pics

My cat enjoyed the reorganization almost as much as I did.