Book Buyers Remorse

Over the last month, I have spent over $130 on books between my own Amazon haul (because treat yo self, duh) and my new subscription to the Book of the Month every month (only $14.99 for a newly released hardcover and $9.99 any additional add-on? I’m a fan.) But as I get more into the world of books and immerse myself in the Instagram pages of all the publishing houses, I’m overwhelmed by how many books I want to read and specifically how I wish I didn’t buy some books and could’ve bought others instead.

So here’s a list of books on my bookshelf I really wish I never invested in and– once I find some kind of used bookstore who will take them or book drive– hope to swap for some more appealing reads in the future!

  1. The Mysteries of Pittsburg by Micheal Chabon: Nothing was wrong with it, it was a fine book! I just had to buy it for class and it didn’t stick with me.
  2. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso: Also fine, but I just couldn’t get into it– and then I watched the Netflix series, which was insufferable, so I’ll never try again.
  3. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard: A craft book I had to get and read for Reza Aslan’s class– which was so unclear and wound up in metaphors that it made me want to chuck it out a window. (If you wanna talk craft, read Thrill Me by Benjamin Percy, it was decent!)
  4. Open City by Teju Cole: I just didn’t… get… it.
  5. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close: I wrote a review about why I regret this.
  6. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: I think I bought this because it was part of a buy 2, get 3 deal at Barnes and Noble and it would’ve been wiser to just buy the two without picking up this third but you know, at least it was free.
  7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I was trying to buy The Sun is Also a Star but I don’t know how much I would’ve liked that either.
  8. Zealot by Reza Aslan: I’m pretty sure I bought this to impress him in that class I took of his. It didn’t work.
  9. Grit by Angela Duckworth: Amazing book and message! But I basically got everything I needed to get out of it from a podcast, so then having the book became a little moot.
  10. I’m Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck: This was part of the four books I bought at the Last Bookstore when I went as a souvenir! While I like the idea of getting a book from each place you go to, kind of like a momento, I have no idea why I got this one? I haven’t opened it since bringing it home.

So out of the 150+ books I own, only a solid 10! I wouldn’t say that’s bad at all! Now what titles would I replace these books with on my shelf? Great question.

  1. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Machado
  2. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero: Because everyone could use a self-help book every now and then, okay? (Maybe I need the one about the money more?)
  5. Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes: I read The Knockoff by her and it was such a quick fun read– how could I resist?
  6. A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi
  7. The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much about Them by Julie Klam: Interesting, no?
  8. The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
  9. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  10. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao: Which will not be out till March 2018, but I’ll patiently wait for this experience!

Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any book recommendations or #TBR lists of your own, let me know in the comments or in a message!

Best,

Shiggy (2)

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