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Springing into Some Great Books: A Top Ten List

Happy Tuesday! I could not be happier that the cold weather has finally given way to the first signs of spring. One step cloer to a jacket-less existence and reading on the beach and everything I love in life coming back. What will I be reading while I enjoy this beautiful weather, you ask? Well lucky for you, The Broke and the Bookish decided to make this weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic just that: SPRING BOOKS! Here are ten books I’m planning to read this season.

PicMonkey Collage3My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

I’ve heard so many great things about almost all of these so I can’t wait to see what it’s all about for myself! What’s on your list to read this spring?

The Peril of Parting With Books

This weekend I finally did something I’ve told myself I would do for ages. I went through my bookshelves and started making piles of what I didn’t like, what I started,put down, and never picked back up, and what I knew deep down I would never read. I told myself I had to be merciless, and I think I accomplished that.

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So many book sales come and go and I grab things if I think I’ll want to read them someday. This mentality has come in handy literally one time (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society). Once! All of those piles had to go. I’m running out of space entirely too quickly, and these were just collecting dust and taunting me from afar. So now I have two large piles sitting in a hallway, waiting to find better homes. I’ve been sending pictures of the piles to friends, and friends of friends, asking if they would please take them off my hands: If I’m not reading them, someone else might as well!

To avoid becoming a future episode of hoarders, this becomes necessary, and like this Book Riot video says, your books don’t have feelings, no matter how much we love them!

I’m attempting to spend the rest of the year reading mainly books I already own, or only buying a book if I know I’ll read it right away, because despite this cleaning session, I still have more than enough on my list of things I want to read!

Do you have trouble getting rid of books? How do you decide what goes?