Book unhaul (January 2020)

To start the year of on a good note, I decided to do a book unhaul. In case you don’t know what a book unhaul is, it basically just means that you’re getting rid of some books you own. I will list every single book I’m unhauling this month down below together with the reason why I am unhauling that book and the premise of the book.

You might wonder what I will do with these books now. Last week I mailed my local library in the small village I went to high school, because I used that library all through high school and I’ve borrowed some amazing books from there. But since it’s only a small libaray, they don’t really have a big collection of books, so I’m going to donate all of the books on this list to that library.

1. Songs About a Girl by Chris Russel

I read Songs About a Girl around two years ago. And back then I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t one of my favourite books or a book I would still want to keep. Especially since this is more a book for younger teenage girls. So that’s why I decided to donate this one to my library, I hope a young teenage girl will read this book and fall in love with it.

Premise

Charlie Bloom never wanted to be ‘with the band’. She’s happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she’s asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can’t pass up the chance.

Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Then, as the boys’ rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs…

2. If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

Back when I read this book in 2018 (or was it 2019?) I thought that this was quite a good book and brought the topic of trans* to the YA genre, which is great. But now that I’ve read the author’s other book and that there is some controversy around the author I don’t want to own this book anymore. Nevertheless by bringing this to the library I hope someone will find this book conforting or that it might open someone’s eyes.

Premise

Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school.

Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in love with.

Amanda has a secret.

At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

3. Birthday by Meredith Russo

This book was in the goodybag I got at YALFU in 2019. I knew this book was published, but wasn’t interested enough in it to buy it for myself. But when it was in that goodybag, I decided that I still wanted to read it, since I did like the other book by this author. But unfortunately I really disliked this book, even though so many people seem to love it. So once again I hope this will be loved more by someone who borrows it from the library.

Premise

Meet Eric and Morgan.

Born on the same day, at the same time, in the same place. They’ve always shared this one day together, but as they grow up they begin to grow apart.

Everyone expects Eric to get a football scholarship, but no one knows he’s having second thoughts.
Former quarterback Morgan feels utterly alone, as she wrestles with the difficult choice to live as her true self.

Both of them are struggling to be the person they know they are. Who better to help than your best friend?

Told on one day every year, over six years, this is a story about how change pulls people apart… and how love brings them back together.

4. The Hungergames by Suzanne Collins

I don’t have any shade towards this book. This series really started my love for reading. But I have two copies of the Dutch translation of The Hunger Games, so I’m getting rid of the one with the very ugly cover that also doesn’t match my copies of the other two books in the series.

Premise

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

5. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I read 13 Reasons Why after watching the first season of the Netflix adaptation. Back then I loved the tv-series. But after reading the book I kind of found the story a bit problematic, so I’m unhauling this book.

Premise

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

6. Poppet by Mo Hayder

I bought this book back in 2016 or 2017, I don’t even remember, when I first wanted to try reading thrillers. At first this book sounded interesting, but after a while I just lost my interest in it, and this also turns out to be the sixth book in a series so it’s going to the library.

Premise

Everything goes according to procedure when a patient, Isaac, is released into the community from a high security mental health ward. But when the staff realize that he was connected to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm amongst the ward’s patients, and furthermore that he was released in error, they call on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate, and to track Isaac down before he can kill again. Will the terrifying little effigies Isaac made explain the incidents around the ward, or provide the clue Caffery needs to predict what he’s got planned?

7. CSI: Miami Florida Getaway

When I was like 14 or something my brother and I were absolutely obsessed with the tv-series CSI: Miami so when I came across this book in a thrift store I wanted to pick it up. Flash forward 5 (?) years later and still haven’t read it, so it’s going to the library.

Premise

Thomas Lessor left Las Vegas for Miami to get away from it all — in fact, he felt certain he was going to get away with murder. But he was wrong, and the Las Vegas PD soon contacted Miami with a warrant for his arrest.Hot on his trail, the Miami CSIs are called to the scene of his abandoned car…a car that’s been abandoned in spirit but not in body. And on a pleasant and secluded Miami beach, a young couple is about to make a gruesome discovery…

8. CSI: Miami Cult Following

This one has the exact same story as the previous one, so I’m not going to repeat that. Just know that I also never read this one.

Premise

Lieutenant Horatio Caine of the Miami-Dade Crime Lab is called in to investigate a mysterious death at an organic eatery. He finds the victim, waiter Phillip Mulrooney, bent over a stainless steel toilet, his clothing shredded. There are burn marks on his face and cell phone fragments scattered around, and his shoes are blown off his feet. Incredible as it seems, the initial evidence points to death by lightning strike.

The staff at The Earthly Garden believe Mulrooney’s death is an act of God — punishment for straying from the Vitality Method, their spiritual philosophy that inner beauty can be revealed by nurturing the physical and spiritual.

The only philosophy Lieutenant Horatio Caine believes in is justice for the victim — and he’ll move heaven and earth to get it. 

9. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I read this book in 2019 and absolutely hated it, so it’s going to the library. It’s as simple as that.

Premise

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.

10. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

I read the first book in this series when I was 14 years old (and I borrowed it from the library I’m donating these books to), and I absolutely loved that book. I was then gifted the second book for Christmas 2014 and read it almost immediately but I hated it with my entire heart, so it’s going to the library!

Premise

The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. In this electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller Delirium, Lauren Oliver sets Lena on a dangerous course that hurtles through the unregulated Wilds and into the heart of a growing resistance movement. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

11. Is it just me or is everything shit? by Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur

I found this book in a thrift store for like no money and thought the title was hilarious and relatable, so naturally I had to buy it. Once I was home and looked up some reviews this turned out to be a pessimistic book about the 21st century, so I decided I didn’t want to read it anymore. After sitting on my shelf for over 2 years, I think it’s time this book gets a new home (at the library).

Premise

The authors give satirical criticisms of people, places, institutions and phenomena seen in modern British life. Subjects include Live 8, 50 Cent, Chris Martin, Philip Green and The Daily Mail. The jacket copy describes the book as a “broadside against consumer capitalism,” and this is a recurring theme throughout. The book displays a broadly left-wing view of life.

12. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I bought this book years ago when I was still in love with YA dystopian, but I never picked this book up and completely lost interest in it. So it’s going away.

Premise

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

13. The Scrapbook of my Life by Alfie Deyes

When I was younger I absolutely loved watching YouTube videos (I still do, but I watch completely different creators now). So naturally I bought all of the books these YouTubers published. It’s not that I hated this book, I just don’t watch Alfie Deyes anymore so I don’t need to hold on to it. And if I had found this book in my library when I was younger, I would have been so happy, so I hope someone finds this in there and is very happy to read it.

Premise

From his early days as a budding amateur vlogger, through to everyone’s favorite YouTube superstar, Alfie Deyes’ story is the stuff of dreams. With millions of followers across the world, his unique brand of nothingness has come to define a generation, while his YouTube channel continues to gain new followers on a daily basis.

Now, for the very first time, Alfie talks about how it all began…From growing up on the sunny south coast of England, having fun with friends and thinking up pranks, dares, and silly activities throughout the long summer holidays in Brighton, through to recording his first ever vlog at the age of 15, The Scrapbook of My Life is the story of how a young, ambitious kid with a big character took the world by storm.

But The Scrapbook of My Life isn’t a typical autobiography. Join Alfie as he recalls his first childhood memories, his first day at school, his first ever job, and how he has moved from his hometown to the wide-eyed metropolis of London–and fill in your own pages alongside your favorite YouTube star! With alternate pages for readers to complete, including pages for sticking photographs, completing stats and facts, and collecting souvenirs, The Scrapbook of My Life is the ultimate journal for PointlessBlog fans, old and new!

I still have some more books in my dorm room that I’d like to unhaul, but I can’t bring them to library tonight, since they are still in my dorm room, so I’ll probably do another unhaul in a couple of months.

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