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!
- 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.
- #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.
- 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!)
- Open City by Teju Cole: I just didn’t… get… it.
- The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close: I wrote a review about why I regret this.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Machado
- The Idiot by Elif Batuman
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- 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?)
- Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes: I read The Knockoff by her and it was such a quick fun read– how could I resist?
- A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi
- The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much about Them by Julie Klam: Interesting, no?
- The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
- We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- 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!