In the spirit of another upcoming Nanowrimo, I decided to do a proper clearout of my writing space, sweeping away a few books in the process. Just a few this time. It’s so hard to let go of (some) books but, until a helpful witch casts an Undetectable Extension Charm on my shelves, needs must.
Here are the books I got rid of, ranked from easiest decision to hardest decision:
- Twilight and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
- In Search of Nice Americans by Geoff Stewart
- This was the (hopefully) last of a streak of bad book club books. It started so well and then deteriorated badly by the end. If you want a good travel book on America, just pick up a Bill Bryson book.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- I only got this because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about when the movie came out. It was fun to read but I won’t go back to it again. All the pop culture references make it very turgid in hindsight.
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
- I read this ages ago and I honestly don’t remember my impression on it. That’s clearly a sign that it’s not worth keeping and I’m not going to go back to it.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- It’s one of those rare occasions where the screen adaptation was better than the book (the BBC miniseries, I mean). Christie’s style is a bit too old-fashioned for me and it feels jarring in such a genre.
- Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
- As a vampire literature fan, I feel like a bit of a traitor for getting rid of them. But, I had to face the fact that I just didn’t like them all that much. I can appreciate the good parts and its significance in the subgenre but, now I’ve done the CROWS reviews (again, see here and here), I feel I’ve got as much as I can get from those books and there are books that need the shelf-space more.