requesting e-ARCs: tips and tricks

requesting e-ARCs.pngHello, my fellow book lovers. I’ve been requesting e-ARCs* since March, and I thought it might be nice to share some tips and tricks with you, based on my experiences. I am by no means an expert, but I wish I had know the following when I first started requesting them.

*e-ARCs are digital advance reader copies, so books you read for review before the release date


You can request e-ARCs on Edelweiss and Netgalley. My requests have yet to be approved on Edelweiss. Though I also get plenty of rejections on Netgalley, I do get lucky there much more often. I also find it an easier site to navigate.


When you first join the site, you’ll want to request as many titles as possible. Don’t do that! What if you get approved for all of them? You’ll never have the time to read those. So don’t go overboard while requesting e-ARCs. Even though the chances of getting approved for all of the titles are slim, you may not want to spend all of your spare time reading ARCs. There are plenty of other books you can read in the meantime, just have a look at your bookshelves!


I personally find this the most important piece of advice. Only request titles you are genuinely interested in! There’s an abundance of books on both Edelweiss and Netgalley and you might discover some great books through them. But do some research beforehand and make sure the book you’re requesting is something you’d actually read. Trust me, I have some e-ARCs of books that were released months ago, that I still have to read. I had requested them because I’ve heard of the books somehow, but once I got approved, I wasn’t actually excited to pick them up.

Your feedback ratio is the amount of approved e-ARCs you actually reviewed. So if you keep on requesting e-ARCs, but don’t actually read them, your feedback ratio will go lower. And that’s not good, because publishers want to make sure you will actually review it. That’s why it’s so important to only request titles you’d want to read.


The second ARC I got approved for, was the Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I was over the moon! It was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and though I had only just joined Netgalley, I got approved for such a great book! Surely, I would get approved for other great titles as well, right?

Well, I was wrong about that. Even much smaller publishers decline my requests. There’s no way of telling when you’ll get approved and when you’ll get declined. It really doesn’t matter whether the author is famous or not, whether the publisher is big or not… All you can do is try, but there are no guarantees.


That leads me to piece of advice no. 5: don’t take it personally when you don’t get approved. I really struggle with this one. Sometimes, I have the feeling everyone got approved for a certain title, except for me. It makes me wonder whether I’m doing something wrong, whether my blog isn’t good enough. As difficult as it is, you can’t doubt yourself. Requesting e-ARCs should be fun, instead of making you feel bad about yourself and your work. So when you see everyone got approved but you, pick up another book instead and think “well, it’s their loss!”.


This is an obvious one: you have to write honest reviews. If you didn’t like it, write that in your review. Though this is a simple piece of advice, it might be something you struggle with when you first start requesting ARCs. Because what if the publisher sees your negative review and never approves you again?! If they do that, the publisher is very unprofessional. Furthermore, whose approval means more to you? The approval of your fellow readers, or the approval of some publisher who probably never visits your blog anyway? This is something you especially see on BookTube: “you’re the only one who’s honest!”. Though it’s possible some readers enjoy every single book they read, people will notice whether you’re honest or not.

These were some pieces of advice if you want to start requesting e-ARCs! If you need any more help or have further advice, feel free to leave a comment 🙂 I hope this post is going to be useful!


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What I love and hate about being an international reader

being an international reader.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Whenever I have a look at my blog’s stats, I’m surprised that the majority of my readers are from English-speaking countries, namely the USA, the UK and Australia. So I thought it made be fun to give you an insight in what it’s like for me, a reader from Belgium. I always read books in English, but naturally, that comes with different obstacles readers from English-speaking countries might face.

As for my fellow international readers, I hope this is going to be a relatable post! Though I usually tend to focus on the negative aspects, I wanted to include some positive ones as well. Because being an international reader can’t be all bad, can it?


I’m currently unemployed after recently graduating from college. As a student, I could only work one month a year, and I don’t get any allowances from my parents. So when I want to read a book, I have to spend the little money I have. I wish I could go to a library instead, but the most recent English book they have over there, is most likely The Fault in Our Stars or Breaking Dawn. So finding diverse books over there, is going to be impossible.

Unfortunately, used bookstores aren’t an option either. It’s very unlikely they carry any English books to begin with, but when they do, they’re just as expensive as buying a new copy online!

Thankfully, there’s still Kindle. I know, I know, we readers prefer physical copies, but especially when you’re short on cash, e-books are great! As an international reader, however, this comes with a downside as well: a lot of the time when an e-book’s on sale for a limited time only, it’s not the case in all countries. You have no idea how often I’ve got excited when a book on my TBR was on sale, only to see it wasn’t on my Amazon 😦


My friend Laura @ Green Tea & Paperbacks wrote a wonderful thread about international giveaways, which you should definitely check out! This is another post that explains the lack of international giveaways. Though I completely understand why some promotions are US only, international readers feel left out more often than not.

It especially saddens me when it involves a signed book or special edition by one of my favourite authors. They often claim it’s international, but the shipping costs are often higher than the actual product! I can’t and won’t spend my money on that.


The chances of me ever meeting an author, are slim to none. It definitely makes me jealous to see certain readers meet their favourite author multiple times, whereas I’ll probably never get the chance to meet them even once. Because there aren’t many bookish events over here, it’s also much more difficult to meet fellow readers in real life.


I usually don’t pre-order books because I simply can’t afford to buy them at full price. Besides, I’ve had multiple bad experiences with pre-orders, including Book Depository cancelling my order of a limited edition… Anyway, as an international reader, getting a book in your hands on the release date is nearly impossible, especially if you have to buy it online. Book Depository, for example, is located in the UK. When I buy a book there, it takes approximately two weeks to arrive. Pre-orders are no exception, because they usually send the book out on the release date. No matter how excited you are for a newly released book, you will have to wait a while before you get to hold it in your hands.


Like I said, I only read books written in English. Because that isn’t my first language, I do think it has helped me loads. Because I graduated as an English teacher and because translations are awful (they even change the names!), I don’t ever plan on reading Dutch books instead.


I can’t gush about books to anyone I know in real life, so I’m very thankful for the online book community. I bet a lot of readers from English-speaking countries feel the same, but I still had to mention this on my list. I’m so thankful for the awesome people I have met online! Furthermore, I have also learnt a lot thanks to them, especially about diversity.


Because I have to buy all my books online, I could buy whatever edition I want except I can’t, because MONEY. So in principle, I can buy the edition I like best, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s the UK or US one.

So these are some up- and downsides to being an international reader! I probably left out a bunch of things, so feel free to add stuff in the comments!


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5 Popular Books I Didn’t Love

popular books I didn't love.pngI love unpopular opinions. It says as much about someone as their favourite books. That’s why I wanted to talk about some books everyone seems to love, but I didn’t. I won’t go into detail since I wrote reviews for all of the titles I’m about to mention, but I still wanted to talk about this today. These are in no particular order!

alice's adventures in wonderland.pngAlice’s Adventuress in Wonderland is probably the weirdest book I’ve ever read, but not in a good or interesting way. I had no idea what was going on; I even thought I had picked up the wrong edition! Everything I thought I knew about Wonderland, was only briefly mention in this novel, such as the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Even upon finishing this novel – which was a struggle – I still have no idea what it was about. I own the sequel, but definitely do not plan on picking it up. (review)

to all the boys i've loved beforeI read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han back in June 2015, so I don’t remember perfectly why I didn’t like this novel, especially because my review wasn’t as thorough as they usually are. But I remember that this novel seemed so safe, so bland. Even though I hadn’t read a lot of books yet at that point on my life, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a story I felt I already knew by heart. Apart from the Korean-American characters, there was nothing that stood out for me. I thought there was a lack of female friendships and the main character was so pure and innocent, which isn’t my cup of tea either, especially when that’s used to look down on other female characters.

Having said that, I read this book over two years ago and my reading preferences have changed. But would I enjoy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before if I were to read it now? Probably not.

red queen.pngShortly before reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I picked up Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Like I said, back then, I had only just got into reading for the first time in my life. I didn’t dislike Red Queen, yet it felt entirely generic and unoriginal. I won’t continue this series, especially after finding out that the only bisexual character is the villain and after the author claimed that the main character Mare is or could be a person of colour, even though that’s not canon in the book itself.

the boy in the striped pyjamasThe Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is such a beloved book, so I’d definitely suggest reading my review if you want to know why I didn’t enjoy this novel. I won’t go into detail again, but I didn’t understand its purpose. Throughout the entire book, the main character remains ignorant about the events during the Second World War, even though he lives right next to a concentration camp. I found that very disrespectful and still wonder what the author tried to achieve by writing this novel. (review)a monster calls.pngI’ve read three novels written by Patrick Ness: More Than This, The Rest of Us Just Life Here and A Monster Calls. Unfortunately, I felt meh about all three of those. I can’t put my finger on it, but somehow, I just don’t click with his books. In the case of A Monster Calls, the book didn’t leave an impression on me, unlike many other readers. I had the feeling as if this novel was one big metaphor, and I didn’t understand it.

Clearly, books that are odd and contain a lot of metaphors, don’t work for me. It makes me feel stupid. It’s why I don’t pick up poetry either; I don’t like having to dissect every sentence I read.

blue-watercolor-border-line-coverSo those were five books I didn’t enjoy as much as other readers seem to. Do you like these kind of posts? If so, I definitely have more unpopular opinions I’d like to share 😀


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book chat: 5 overused bi tropes

overused bi tropes.pngHello, my fellow book lovers. Today, I’m going to talk about something I care about very much. As a bisexual reader, I’m constantly searching for more novels featuring characters I can relate to. Unfortunately, I’ve also encountered a lot of bisexual representation I wasn’t pleased with in films, TV-shows and books.

There are a certain amount of (possibly harmful) tropes that keep occurring, especially when the representation isn’t #OwnVoices. This isn’t going to be a super extensive list. Trust me, there are even more negative bi tropes out there. I won’t always go into detail as to why a trope is harmful. A quick Google search will inform you on that. Neither do I speak for all bisexual people. I’m only talking about MY experiences, as a bisexual reader and viewer. If you  identify as bi, your opinions are always welcome. If I said something harmful, please let me know and I’ll change it ASAP.

I chose not to include examples of each trope, as each bi person might respond differently to representation. Some books that really hurt me, are praised by other bisexuals. And that’s fine, as long as my pain isn’t erased. Still, because I don’t want to start any unnecessary arguments, I will mainly discuss the tropes, instead of the books, films or TV-shows in which they occur.

Some of these tropes aren’t limited to bisexuality, but like I said, I only want to talk about my experiences as a bi person.

I feel like everyone knows that the cheating bi trope is one of the most overused and harmful ones, yet it’s still EVERYWHERE. Bisexual people aren’t greedy. We aren’t torn between being with a male or female lover. Which reinforces the binary, but that’s a discussion for another day. I don’t care how good the romance is, when you have a bisexual character that cheats on their partner, I will not like the representation.

overrused_trope_2There’s a lot of bisexual representation that is never actually confirmed. “I don’t like labels” is code for “I’m bisexual” in media. I’m not happy with that kind of representation. Why are people scared to use the B-word ? When I came out to a friend of mine, I was afraid to use the word! I was like “yeah, I also like girls, not just boys…”, because they might not be familiar with the word and there are so many stereotypes attached to the label.

Especially in TV-shows, there are a lot of queer characters that never use a label. Personally, I find labels important in fiction. Otherwise, how can I be sure whether I can relate to a character? Are they gay? Are they bisexual? Are they pansexual? … Furthermore, I don’t consider such representation canon. But once again, that’s a whole other conversation for another time.

overrused_trope_3.pngThis trope isn’t harmful, but in my opinion, it is overused. This bisexual character is always the product of a non-bisexual writer. This character is extravagant, has a lot of casual sex, is super open to anyone about their sexuality and is just so different from everyone else. There’s nothing wrong with such characters, but I can’t relate to them. That’s why I prefer #OwnVoices bi rep. Give me bi characters like Grace from How To Make a Wish and Jordan from Noteworthy. I don’t look different. I don’t act different. I’m a very boring person. Yet those extravagant bisexual characters are… characters to me. They’re people you might find in London or New York. Of course there are real bi people out there who are exactly like that, but there are a lot of us who aren’t. And I’d like to see us represented as well.

overrused_trope_4Some people, and they’re not always allocishet, can’t fathom that 1) sexuality is fluid and 2) just because someone isn’t allocishet, doesn’t mean they act any differently. Yet in so many book reviews, you will see surprised reactions that range from “character X was straight, but now he’s gay???!!!” to “I feel like the sexuality was just added for the sake of diversity, it came out of nowhere”. Reading reviews like that is exhausting and infuriating. But I do have to admit that some allocishet authors use their characters’ sexual orientations as a plot twist. Like I said, there doesn’t have to be any build-up, the characters shouldn’t have to act differently, but when half of your readers are surprised, maybe you should’ve handled it differently.

overrused_trope_5.pngWhen your only queer – in this case bisexual – character is a very unlikeable or even a villainous character, I think we have a problem. A problem that would disappear altogether if you include other queer characters who aren’t evil. Yes, queer people can be bad people. But when we’re starving for non-harmful or any representation and that’s how we’re portrayed, I rather wouldn’t be portrayed at all.


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August TBR: #ARCAugust and Tome Topple

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I have never posted a TBR before. I’m a mood reader, so I never know beforehand what I’m going to read next. But then I found out about #ARCAugust, created by Read.Sleep.Repeat. I currently have six ARCs I still need to review, even though all of those titles have been released yet. Because I’m so behind and my Netgalley ratio is looking dreadful at the moment, I decided I had to join this reading challenge.

I’d like to read these five ARCs in August:

optimists die firstcity of saints and thievesidainto your armstoo fat too slutty too loud

When I watched Thoughts on Tomes‘s announcement of Tome Topple, I was motived to join this read-a-thon as well. I won’t be able to finish A Dance With Dragons, but I’d like to read 500 pages this month. a dance with dragons

But, like I said, I’m a mood reader. I will try to stick to this TBR, but will I? We’ll see. Coincidentally, August is the only month in the year I can read freely without having to worry about work or college. But I can’t let that get in the way of reading these ARCs. I’ve postponed reading them too much already; it’s now or never.

Will you be joining any of these read-a-tons? Let me know so we can support each other ❤


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Popular book series I won’t read

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m going to talk about five book series I have no intention of reading. I know, I know, never say never…. but I’ll probably never pick these up!

I’ll only discuss five series, so obviously won’t be able to include all the series in the world I don’t want to read, such as Fifty Shades of Grey. Furthermore, I’m not going to discuss series I don’t want to continue, such as Throne of Glass and The Mortal Instruments.

These are in no particular.

the selection.pngThe Selection series was very popular when I first joined the book community. The plot never appealed to me – I’m not a big fan of books that are allocishet romance-driven – but I wanted to give them a chance because I liked the covers. I never actually bought these books, however, and I definitely don’t plan to anymore.


I joined the book community around the time the Divergent movie adaptation was released. I watched the film, but I didn’t find it interesting enough to continue watching them or to pick up the book series. This genre doesn’t really appeal to me, except for The Hunger Games, which I do want to re-read and re-watch (again!).

infernal devices.pngI’ve mentioned this a few times already: I don’t plan on reading any of Clare’s books. I got rid of the entire Mortal Instruments series and a few of her other books a couple of months ago and I haven’t regretted it once. I read City of Bones and half of the sequel, but I wasn’t enjoying it. Furthermore, all of her books are set in the same universe, so I’d feel forced to read them all. I know many readers are a fan of her work, but I don’t feel as if I’m missing out on anything.LOTR.pngTolkien’s work is the biggest maybe on this list. I’ve watched The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies a few times, but I can’t say I’m exactly a Tolkien-fan. Therefore, I don’t plan on reading these books. In a few years, I might feel differently, but for the time being, I’m much more interested in other fantasy novels. I prefer political intrigue and that’s probably what’s missing for me in his work.

twilight.pngWhen I was a teenager, the Twilight books and especially films were so popular. At first I was into the films, but after a while, I couldn’t even be bothered to watch them all. I think I skipped the last one or two. Anyway, there’s nothing about Twilight that seems appealing to me. Once again, this one is very allocishet romance-driven and I don’t tend to enjoy such books.

What are some series you don’t ever plan on reading?


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book chat: ratings + how I rate diverse books

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I am going to talk about book ratings. First, I’m going to discuss how I feel about them. Secondly, I’m going to talk about how I rate diverse books, since I’m reading such novels almost exclusively this year. This is not a post with advise on how you should rate books. I’m only going to talk about how I do it.


At the beginning of 2017, I announced I would no longer rate the books I read. In my opinion, a star rating is a rather shallow way to express how you feel about something. There are so many things that a rating isn’t able to convey, such as whether a novel contains harmful content.

Another reason why I dislike book ratings, is because they mean something different to everyone. Especially three star ratings are tricky. People often consider that a low rating, while the reviewer might still recommend the novel.

However, I soon noticed that my Goodreads reviews didn’t receive as much love as they used to once I stopped rating the books I read. Furthermore, I started requesting e-ARCs on Netgalley, and you have to rate the books you receive there. That’s why I decided I would still rate books, but only on Goodreads and Netgalley. As you may have noticed, I don’t include my book ratings on my blog anymore. My reviews are more often than not very thorough, so if you want to know how I feel about a novel, my reviews are able to tell you that.

I won’t go into detail what my star ratings mean exactly. It’s mostly based on feeling, though, as you will find out soon, I have a different system when it comes to diverse literature.

I know that many people want Goodreads to had half star ratings, but I won’t bother with those anymore. I really don’t want my reviews to revolve around the rating, because my reviews convey my thoughts much better than a number of stars ever could.


Confessing this might be controversial, but yes, I do rate diverse books differently. Like I said, ratings mean something different to everyone. If I were to rate a diverse novel three stars based on MY enjoyment and not whether or not it contains intentionally harmful content, a lot of people might not be interested to pick the diverse book up again.

As a reviewer, I think you have to be conscious of that. Especially if you have a lot of followers. A couple of weeks ago, a popular BookTuber rated a diverse F/F novella only one star, primarily because she disliked the writing. The author’s first language isn’t even English, but because this is the first review you see on the Goodreads page, so many people won’t buy this wonderful novella.

And that’s exactly why I rate diverse books much more mildly. If the novel didn’t contain much or any harmful content, I will rate it at least four stars, even if I personally didn’t enjoy it as much.

However, I don’t hide anything in my reviews. If I think a book contains hurtful material, I will discuss that. Diverse books are no exception when it comes to that.

I understand that some people might think that this is misleading, but there are enough trolls out there that rate diverse books harshly and unfairly just because they’re diverse books. If a book isn’t harmful, I don’t want to turn others away from reading it, even if I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped to.

I’ve only been rating books like this for a few months now, so my opinion on book ratings might change one day. But this is how I feel about the matter for the time being.

Before I wrote this blogpost, there were many other things I wanted to discuss, but I forgot so many points I wanted to make 😦 I’ve been planning to write this blogpost for months and should’ve kept track of my thoughts better.

Anyway, what’s your opinion on rating books? Let me know in the comments 🙂


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Cover reveal: Ripped Pages by M. Hollis + my fan art!

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Hello, my dear book lovers. I have some very exciting news today: I’ll be revealing the cover of Ripped Pages, M. Hollis’ new novelette! Ripped Pages is a F/F retelling featuring a lesbian main character, bisexual love interest and a side M/M ship!

This is the book’s summary:

Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.

Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

Make sure to add this book on Goodreads!  And now, of course, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: THE COVER REVEAL!

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ripped pages fanartI absolutely adore the blue tones and how whimsical it looks! It definitely suits a retelling of Rapunzel. Because I wanted to celebrate this opportunity M. Hollis has given me once again (we already did an interview together a few months ago), I decided to get a little crafty and re-create this cover using my watercolours and Tombow brush pens. On the right, you can see the result. It’s not perfect, but I had a lot of fun creating it 😀

Ripped Pages is set to be released at the end of 2017 and in the meantime, I’d really suggest checking out her other novellas: The Melody of You and Me and The Paths We Choose. Both feature F/F relationships as well. If you’re usually not a fan of New Adult, I’d still highly recommend picking up Hollis’ work!

I hope I was able to convince you to check out this wonderful author’s work. What do you think about the cover? 🙂


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5 books with bisexual characters on my TBR


Today I am going to talk about five books on my TBR featuring bisexual characters. Naturally there are more, but I decided to narrow this down to five. Because I am bisexual, I try to read as many books representing me as possible. I’ve – unfortunately – noticed a big difference between #OwnVoices books and authors who don’t identify as bisexual. I think all of the books I am going to mention below are #OwnVoices, but please correct me if I’m wrong.

These are in no particular order. I won’t go into detail much, as I like to go into books without knowing much.

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27 Hours by Tristina Wright

This book is set to be released in October and I am so excited to read it! Apparently, it’s filled with diverse characters and Tristina Wright is a wonderful person, so I already know I am going to love this, even though I am generally not a fan of sci-fi.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

I also follow Tess Sharpe on Twitter and she seems like a wonderful person. I’ve been putting it off because it sounds like a very intense book and with my mental illnesses, I’m trying to stay clear from that for the time being, but I do want to read Far From You soon! As hard as such books can be to read, I generally love them as well.

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

I know NOTHING about this book, but it has received so much praise, I have to buy a copy soon!

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

Before this book was released, everyone seemed to have read it already! It’s a F/F retelling of The Little Mermaid, which is one of my favourite fairytale!

I have to warn you though: This book might be harmful if you’re non-binary/ genderqueer/ genderfluid, so please do some research if you’re interested in reading this.

We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

I can’t believe I still haven’t read any of Lacour’s books yet! What am I doing with my life? I already own Everything Leads to You and I recently ordered a hardcover copy of We Are Okay, so I should pick one of her books up soon!

So these are some books featuring bisexual characters on my TBR. Feel free to recommend me some more books, preferably #OwnVoices!


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huge book unhaul!


Happy Sunday, fellow book lovers! A couple of weeks ago, I decided I wanted to get rid of some books. I never knew how to do that – as not a lot of people read English books in my country – but the lovely Laura (@ Green Tea & Paperbacks) added me to a Facebook group for Dutch and Flemish readers, so I was finally able to unhaul these books.

There are various reasons why I’m getting rid of them: I have no interested in (re)reading them, I read them and didn’t enjoy them or they are problematic. Since I’m getting rid of over 40 books (!!!), I won’t go into detail about each of them, but I’m merely going to show you which ones I’m unhauling.

Some books have already been sold, but most haven’t. So if you live in or near Belgium and are interested in any of these books, feel free to let me know!

For a long time, I never thought I’d unhaul books. I want a big library and didn’t care that I didn’t like or don’t want to read some of the books on my shelves. Even though I still find it hard to get rid of them, I’d rather spend the money I earn by selling them on new books instead of keeping them just because.


I read this trilogy back in 2015 and never plan on re-reading it. I didn’t like the last two book in this series, so the only reason why I kept them, were the covers.


I only read City of Bones and tried to read City of Ashes, but I couldn’t stand Clary. And since she’s the protagonist of The Mortal Instruments, there’s no way I’d get through it.

To be honest, I have no interest in reading Cassandra Clare’s other books either. If I were ten years younger, I’d probably enjoy them, but I’m not, so: goodbye! 😀


I enjoyed Maas’ series when I read them in 2015, but I won’t continue either. I never plan on picking up another one of her books again. It’s especially her fans I struggle with. They can’t seem to take any criticism and while these series don’t interest me anymore because they’re so heteronormative, misogynistic and white, the fans definitely have something to do with it as well.


It has been YEARS since I’ve read If I Stay and I instantly knew I was never going to pick up the sequel. Even though it ends on a cliffhanger, I didn’t care to find out what was going to happen next. I didn’t hate If I Stay, but it never appealed to me. I don’t plan on reading another Gayle Forman book because of it.


I’m mostly getting rid of some YA contemporaries (goodbye, John Green!) and some series I won’t finish.


I didn’t realise I was getting rid of so many unread books. But truth be told: I won’t read these. I’ve had some of them on my shelves for years and have no interest in reading them.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that I’ve got rid of all the problematic books on my shelves. I for example didn’t unhaul the Outlander series and my hardcover copies of The Bone Seasons series, because I’d lose too much money selling those. I’d never be able to sell them for a decent amount, so I’m keeping those for the time being.

How about you

Have you ever unhauled books? Do you see any shocking choices on my list? Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments!


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