Try A Chapter Tag

My TBR has been overwhelming me lately. I didn’t physically read anything while in school, but I was still ordering books so I’ve been trying to catch up this summer. The problem is that I don’t read fast enough, and there are books I want to pre-order that I’m more interested in. So I thought I’d try reading the first chapter of some books I’m not sure I’m interested anymore. I wasn’t tagged by anyone. I just need to get this TBR pile down so it stops causing me stress.

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Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

Verdict: Donate

Initial thoughts: I got this in an Owlcrate box last year, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. Well, I didn’t even manage to finish the first chapter (the prologue). The writing is not for me. It’s very initially info-dumpy (so much so that I was confused after the first paragraph). It’s also super repetitive (and I only read 4 pages).


Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Verdict: Donate

Initial thoughts: The writing is clearly going for a very fairy tale-esq feel, but it’s not doing a very god job at actually accomplishing that. I also haven’t heard anything but bad things about it since buying it last year (including the many content warnings it comes with).

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To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Verdict: Keep

Initial thoughts: The first chapter was very info-dumpy, but I’m still interested in this one.

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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

Verdict: Keep

Initial thoughts: I’m always up for morally grey characters, and this one is super interesting so far.

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Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Verdict: Donate

Initial thoughts: I got this in a Beacon Book Box, and while there’s nothing explicitly worng with it, it just didn’t grab me/ intrigue me.


Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

Verdict: Keep

Initial thoughts: I wasn’t sure I’d like this one, but that prologue was so interesting that I need to know what happens next.

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Verdict: Donate

Initial thoughts: Again, there’s nothing I concretely didn’t like about it. It just didn’t grip me.


Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Verdict: Donate

Initial thoughts: I was really excited for this one earlier this year, but the first chapter (and a little bit of the second chapter) are telling me this one might not be for me.

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

Verdict: Keep

Initial thoughts: I really liked the voice in this one.

The Great Unhaul of 2018


Before I was a bog blogger, I used to donate any books I didn’t like, or any I felt there was no need to keep. It’s why I don’t own any John Green books, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and 24 Warriors books However, as I slowly joined the book community, I saw all these people with these beautiful shelves full of books, and I wanted that. I started keeping books I didn’t like because I wanted to be able to fill shelves one day. Here we are years later, and while I still only have one shelf on the single bookshelf in my shared bedroom available to me, I still have a lot of books. They’re just in any storage space I could find to put them in, waiting for the day I have a bookshelf of my own.

So why do an unhaul now? Well, when I was originally going to write this (in January), I had watched a ton of unhauls on booktube at school, and I figured this was long overdue. I’m not really sure where I’m going to donate them. I think I want to donate them to my former high school, but I’m not sure if they take donations. If there were enough interest in specific books, I would consider doing a giveaway, but if that were to happen (and I’m really not making any promises), it would take place in June for For the Lover of Books’ anniversary.

I think that’s enough rambling, so let’s just get on with the unhaul.

Jane Eyre

I read this one last year, and I just really didn’t like it. I especially wasn’t fond of the bits where her cousin kept trying to get her to marry him. That and the book was just generally messed up. I really don’t see a need to keep it.

Legacy of Kings and Empire of Dust

I gave Legacy of Kings 3 stars when I read it, but I really wasn’t that impressed by it. I have a review here if you care to read it, but I can’t tell you how good that review is (this applies to all the reviews linked on this post. Some of them are pretty old). Empire of Dust also left me less than impressed, so I have no interest in continuing the series. I have a review for Empire of Dust here.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I really was not a fan of this one. While the premise was interesting, it wasn’t executed well at all. My review is here.

The Book Thief

I made it 3 chapters into this one and gave up. I just wasn’t a fan of the narration (and yes, I know who it is narrated by). My mom has a copy if I ever feel the need to give it a try, but that’s pretty unlikely.

The Vampire Stalker

For those who did not grow up in Ontario and are not familiar with the Red Maple awards, it’s basically this award where kids in grades 7 and 8 have to read a certain number of books nominated that year and review a certain number in order to vote on their favourite. There are other awards for other age groups, but the only time I actually participated was in grade 7 and partly in grade 8 (there’s a whole convoluted story for why I didn’t actually participate in grade 8 that has to do with the teachers striking, so I’m not going to get into it here). The Vampire Stalker was one of the few books I tried to read for the Red Maple awards in grade 8, and I actually enjoyed it when I read it. However, my tastes have changed, and it doesn’t have enough nostalgia attached to it for me to keep it.

A Thousand Nights

This one was well done, but it wasn’t for me. I think a very specific type of reader will love it, but I just wasn’t that reader. My review is here.

Thirteen Reasons Why

I was very “meh” about this one when I first read it, but as I grew older and learned more about mental health because of my own mental illnesses, I realized how poorly done this was. Not to mention the TV show pissed me off so much that my review of it is basically an incoherent mess (and I think my most viewed post, so whoops). On top of that, Jay Asher was accused by a whole lot of women in publishing of sexual harassment, so I’m seriously considering using it as kindling instead of donating it.

If I Stay and Where She Went

I liked If I Stay when I first read it (Where She Went not so much), but I don’t feel that attached to it anymore. I think someone else is going to appreciate it more than I do.

A Thousand Splendid Sons

I actually haven’t read this one, but I’ve just lost interest in it. I think it needs to go to a better home.

A Northern Light

I didn’t quite enjoy this one as much as I did Donnelly’s other books. My poorly written review lives here.

The List

I read this one before starting my blog, and it was okay. It wasn’t spectacular by any means, and I’m not a fan of pitting 2 girls against each other solely based on their appearance, so I think it’s time for it to go to a new home.

The Orphan Queen

Just your stereotypical YA fantasy. I’m actually quite proud of my review for this because I thought it was hilarious when I wrote it. You can read my review here.

Grave Mercy and Mortal Heart

I wasn’t a huge fan of the His Fair Assassin trilogy (though I am keeping the 2nd book). I would link my reviews here, but my Grave Mercy review was the first one I wrote for For the Lover of Books, and the review really doesn’t say much. I didn’t even finish Mortal Heart. I think it’s time for them to go.


The Walls Around Us

I read this one last summer and was not impressed with it. My mediocre review is here.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

After loving Strange the Dreamer, I sadly wasn’t into this one. I’m not an angel person, so I don’t see myself continuing with the series. I hope whoever reads it next enjoys it more than I did. My review is here.

In the Garden of Iden

This is the one I feel the guiltiest about giving away, because it was given to me by a family friend, but I couldn’t even finish it. I think it will find a much better home with someone else. My review is here.

Imaginary Girls

I haven’t read this one, but I ordered it with my pre-order of Empire of Storms in order to qualify for free shipping, and I’m just not interested in it anymore.

Mind Games and Perfect Lies

Kiersten White is probably my only auto-buy author, but I’ve fallen out of love with this duology. I still have almost all of her other books, though.

The Female of the Species

I gave this one 3 stars, but I wasn’t wowed by it. I hope it finds a good home. My review is here.

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

I DNFed this one after 7 chapters. It’s a shame, since I loved Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound, but I don’t think I’m going to ever try to read it again. My review is here.

The Call

I read this one because I was interested in branching out from my usual genre of fantasy and I was interested in the addition of Irish folklore, but it really wasn’t very good. My review is here.

Vanishing Girls

I read this one way back when the Canadian dollar was worth more than the American dollar, and a $18.99 hardcover was considered expensive. It wasn’t very good, and I don’t see a need to keep it.

My Lady Jane

I wanted a hilarious version of Tudor history, but I didn’t find this one very funny. My review is here.

The Passion of Dolsa

I DNFed this one as well. It just didn’t interest me. My review is here.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

I read this one recently, so I don’t have a review up for it yet, but I wasn’t all that impressed with it. It was well written, but I don’t feel the need to keep it.

The Crown’s Game

I was so disappointed with this one when I read it. I was promised a fight to the death between two magical people (I forget what they are actually considered, and I don’t care enough to look it up), and what I got was the painting of buildings and the colouring of water. My review is here.


I was so not a fan of Caraval. I have a review here if you care to read it.


That’s it for my unhaul. Did you love any of these books? Did you hate any of these books? Have you unhauled any of these books? Let me know in the comments.