I felt it was time to look at the books I have removed from my shelves in the last year or so. Most of them are banned to the shelves in my Airbnb cottage, but inbetween guests I gathered the ones already there and the ones still sitting in my house ready to be moved, and got them together for a reunion snap.
These are all books I have read or tried to read and DNFd. Most of them since starting this blog and some before. These are all books I don’t think I would ever read again. Some may surprise you… Well, let’s dive into them!
Let’s start top to botton, left to right. I will add if I read them and what rating I gave them.
1. A Wizard of Earthsea (Ursula Le Guin) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – I was so ready to read this one and I just did not get on with it.
2. The Clocks (Agatha Christie) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – this one bored me. Not the best example of an Agatha Christie mystery…
3. The Bookseller of Kabul (Asne Seierstad) ★★★★☆☆☆ – interesting, but it did not quite sit right with me.
4. A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Dawn French) ★★★★☆☆☆ – this one was ok, but not one I would ever re-read.
5. Can You Keep A Secret? (Sophie Kinsella) ★★★★☆☆☆ – again, ok enough, but nothing worth keeping…
6. Strictly Between Us (Jane Fallon) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – *shrugs*
7. The Ruby in the Smoke (Philip Pullman) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – The story simply did nothing for me.
8. Prozac Nation (Elizabeth Wurtzel) ★★★★☆☆☆ – Non-fiction I did not care to keep
9. The Ugliest House in the World (Peter Ho Davies) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – A short story collection that was not bad, but I simply didn’t care for it.
10. The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) BB (before blog) I probably would have rated it ★★★★☆☆☆ or thereabouts. Controversial I know, but I hated the main character and the plot did not grab me.
11. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith) ★★★★☆☆☆ – this was ok, but did not blow me away by any means.
12. The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey) ★★★★★☆☆ – I liked this, but it is not the type of book that I would ever read again.
13. Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas) ★★★★☆☆☆ – not continuing the series, so no reason to keep this.
14. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor) ★★★★★☆☆ – I liked the first book, but after reading the second book I am not finishing the series, so letting this go.
15. Waterloo Story (Peter Prince) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – a story about nothing. I did not hate it, but it made no impact.
16. The Muse (Jessie Burton) ★★★★☆☆☆ – Meh…
17. A Winter Flame (Milly Johnson) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – Did I give it 3 stars? Really? It was rubbish!
18. The Grace of Kings (Ken Liu) ★★★★☆☆☆ – This was actually not bad, but really not by kind of fantasy.
19. Lord of Misrule (Jaimy Gordon) DNF – There were horses in it, but that was the only positive about this novel in my opinion. I really did not like it.
20. The Quiet Gentleman (Georgette Heyer) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – the first book I reviewed on my blog! It was not that good…
21. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – I was so disappointed in this book. I had heard such great things and it was just… not that interesting.
22. The Hippopotamus (Stephen Fry) ★★★★☆☆☆ (BB) – I love Stephen Fry and this book was ok, but some of the themes made me feel way too icky. It’s gotta go!
23. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) ★★★☆☆☆☆ (BB) – I started out loving this idea and as the book went on I liked it less and less.
24. New York, Actually (Sarah Morgan) ★★★☆☆☆☆ – I can’t remember much about this…
25. The Lord of the Rings (J R R Tolkien) – I am unhauling the bind-up copy. I will keep my three-book trilogy, even if I will probably never read it again.
BB = Before Blog
25 less books on my shelves!!!