The First Book Unhaul of 2016

I recently read this article about culling your books on BOOKRIOT. My methods are a little different. I go shelf by shelf and ask myself if I’ll reread it, why I haven’t read it yet, and what compelled me to buy it. If I am underwhelmed by my reasons, it was sold or donated.

I then went back through with another question: “Is the only reason I’m keeping this to read it before I give it away?” If yes, it went too. Hanging on to something to use it and then be rid of it is not a good reason to keep it.

I will absolutely keep things I’ve read and loved. I take a while to reread my favorites because I have a long memory but I’m fierce about the books I love. Armada went to a guy I saw in my building. The Fault in Our Stars, We’re Just Like You Only Prettier, and one other book went to my building’s lounge. Simon’s Cat, The Atrocity Archives, and one other title went to the little free library in the organic market behind our building. Everything else went to the library.

Books that found a new home were…

  1. Friendship by Emily Gould
  2. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
  3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  4. The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
  5. Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict by Avis Cardella
  6. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
  7. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
  8. Blowback by Valerie Plame
  9. Rat Catcher by Andy Diggle
  10. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
  11. Radical Simplicty by Dan Price
  12. Too Many Katherines by John Green
  13. I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Podcast by Andrew Magnum
  14. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  15. Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin
  16. Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin
  17. CelebraTORI by Tori Spelling (it was a phase, don’t judge me)
  18. Blood Lite edited by Kevin Anderson
  19. Blood Lite 2 edited by Kevin Anderson
  20. Naked City edited by Ellen Datlow
  21. Agents of Treachery edited by Otto Penzler
  22. More by Robert Engelman
  23. Napoleon’s Private’s by Tony Perrottet
  24. All By My Selves by Jeff Dunham
  25. Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan Gilsdorf
  26. The Stepsister Scheme by Jim Hines
  27. The Rejection Collection edited by Matthew Diffee
  28. Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addicet by Avis Cardella
  29. Four Kitchens by Lauren Shockey
  30. Screaming Science Fiction by Brian Lumley
  31. Walking Shadows by Neil Bousfield
  32. Dirty Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain
  33. Plenty by Alisa Smith
  34. Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield
  35. The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen
  36. The Pirate Handbook by Pat Croce
  37. White People by Allen Gurganus
  38. Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology edited by Althea Kontis
  39. How’d You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
  40. Turning the Tables by Rita Rudner
  41. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  42. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  43. Going to See the Elephant by Rodes Fishburne
  44. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
  45. Hot & Steamy edited by Jean Rabe & Martin Greenberg
  46. To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn
  47. Suddenly Frugal by Leah Ingram
  48. People of the Book edited by Rachel Swirsky & Sean Wallace
  49. A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting by Guy Delisle
  50. Zombie Tales: This Bites by Krizan
  51. Zombie Apocalypse by Stephen Jones
  52. The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway
  53. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  54. The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky
  55. mental_floss: Cocktail Party Cheat Sheet
  56. mental_floss: Genius Instruction Manual
  57. mental_floss: What’s the Difference?
  58. mental_floss: Scatterbrained
  59. mental_floss: Instant Knowledge
  60. Running of the Bride by Rachel Eddey
  61. Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists edited by Courtney Martin
  62. Howard’s End Is on the Landing by Susan Hill
  63. Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson
  64. Dark and Stormy Knights edited by P. N. Elrod
  65. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
  66. Dead Inside: Do Not Enter
  67. No Cheating, No Dying by Elizabeth Weil
  68. Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Zombies by Matt Morg
  69. A Guided Tour of the Museum of Communism by Slavenka Drakulić
  70. Cowboys and Aliens by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
  71. The Unwritten Vol. 1 by Mike Carey
  72. Armada by Ernest Cline
  73. Marvel 1602: Fantastic Four by Peter David
  74. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City edited by Jason Blum
  75. We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier by Celia Rivenbark
  76. Bless Your Heart Tramp by Celia Rivenbark
  77. Belle Weather by Celia Rivenbark
  78. You Can’t Drink All Day if You Don’t Start in the Morning by Celia Rivenbark
  79. Never Suck a Dead Man’s Hand by Dana Killmann
  80. It Sucked and then I Cried by Heather Armstrong

I am at 717. I’m not where I want to be yet but this is solid progress.



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