Blogmas Day 10 | End of the Year Book Unhaul

Hello again honeybees! I don’t know about you, but I’m horrible about getting rid of books, even if I hated them or couldn’t finish them. It’s more than a collection: it’s a hoarding process. I’m trying to get better about letting go of books I have not/will not read or don’t want anymore and cut the emotional ties with books I didn’t even enjoy.

As the end of the year approaches, I figured it was a great time to get rid of some books that are taking up precious space on my shelves. I’ll go through why I’m getting rid of each book and I know some of them may be a bit shocking but stay with me here, alright?

Aristotle and Dante Dive Into The Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz

If you’ve been around for awhile, you might recall that Ari and Dante is one of my favorite books. It’s a story I hold close to my heart for so many reasons. Unfortunately, my love for the first book has gotten a bit complicated after the author made a few transphobic comments. I can’t support transphobia in any sense and have no intentions of ever reading the sequel to my beloved favorite book. I was gifted a copy of this by a loved one who had no idea any of this was going on and my feelings for the books had changed, and I feel really bad for unhauling it but it’s just taking up space.

Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper

I was also gifted this by the same person as above who didn’t know that I already bought this book for myself as a birthday gift! I’ve been holding onto both copies all year but I think it’s time to let that brand new copy go to someone else who will enjoy it, since I already have a copy of my own to do the same!

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

The tea on this is that there’s transphobia and weird women-hating quotes in it? I heard this via Twitter right after I bought it (big sigh) and when I was gathering books to unhaul I doubled checked this on storygraph just to make sure I wasn’t confusing it with another book. Again, transphobia is icky and I rather just unhaul it. The quotes people cited in their reviews spoke for themselves.

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

I wish I could personally flip off everyone that recommended this book to me. If I could get even s fraction of my money back, it might make up for the time I spent reading this horrible book.

Simmer Down and Faker by Sarah Smith

Faker was a DNF for me. Sarah Smith does this really weird thing where even though her MC is BIPOC, they romanticize the white love interest almost because he’s white. It’s really icky. It would be just as weird if the roles were reversed, and I don’t know why more people aren’t pointing it out. Faker also read like any other romance. There was nothing unique about it and I felt like I’d read the same story a hundred times over. I’m not going to try Simmer Down, I rather not waste my time.

Do you unhaul books often or hoard them like me? Have you read any of these and agree or disagree with choice? I’d love to know!

Thank you for reading! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads for more bookish content and chats. See you soon!


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