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Huge Winter 2020 Book Unhaul

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share a huge winter book (and other items) unhaul.

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I’ve reached the point in my life where I just want less things and so books were some of the easiest to get rid of. Why? Mostly because I just have so many of them! I have a ton from school, that I collected over the years, and so on. Plus, they’re easy for me to unhaul because I just take them to Half Priced Books where they either buy the books from you or they take them as “donations” if they don’t think they can resell them to recycle. So, let’s get rid of a few more, shall we?

huge winter book unhaul

This is the biggest unhaul I did so far! This isn’t even everything as I threw in a few extra items too. Here’s what I dropped off at Half Priced Books and a bit of background on why!

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding – this was a book I read for high school and I remember I didn’t mind it but I don’t plan to read it again.
  • Pygmalion and Major Barbara by George Benard Shaw – this was a good from my college literature class and I enjoyed it but also don’t plan to read again.
  • Ancient Myths by Norma Lorre Goodrich – I love mythology but I didn’t feel like I needed this book anymore. This one I’d had just for fun.
  • The Runaway Jury by John Grisham – I read this one for a high school project and absolutely hated it.
  • My Brother Sam is Dead by Collier & Collier – I read this one for middle school (5th grade I think). I don’t remember anything about it but I don’t intend to read it again.
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – I read this for high school and I remember I hated it although it’s a play I think.
  • Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky – another high school read that I hated. I’m surprised I didn’t just throw it out because I hated it that much.
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – high school and yes, I hated it.
  • Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks – I believe this was another high school read and I think I liked it at the time but I don’t intend to read it again.
  • Rethinking the Color Line by Charles A. Gallagher – this was an undergrad college text book for a class that was totally misrepresented in the description. We were all forced to pick a “first year seminar” that was both an actual class and a “intro to college” class in our first semester. All the good ones that fit into my schedule had already been taken so I ended up with one called “race in the US” which sounded like it was just studying different races and how they came together. Sounds cool right? Well, it literally ended up being just about racism towards African Americans with one tiny chapter on racism against Asians and one other tiny chapter on racism against Hispanics (those last two were squished into one lesson I think). It was such a negative and disappointing class (although yes, the material was an important topic). Basically, I’m finally getting rid of this book that I’m never going to read.
  • Racist America by Joe R. Feagin – another book from that “race in the US” class that I didn’t ever read and need to finally get rid of.
  • Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire – I got this at the library book sale years ago because it’s the sequel to Wicked. However, I never got around to reading it and I’m not terribly interested in it now.
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – this was a high school book and I remember I did enjoy it but I just haven’t read it again in over ten years so it’s time so let it go.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – I read this book shortly after graduating undergrad. I really liked it and even went to a book talk by the author but I just don’t think I’ll be picking it up again soon and I can just get it from the library if I do want to read it again later.
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – it was so hard to say goodbye to this one but I really hope someone who will enjoy it will pick it up. I am very much inspired by Malala and want to pass her story on so I knew it was for the best.
  • The Book Thief by Zusak – I read this book years ago and I did enjoy it, but I don’t see myself reaching for it again soon. Again, if I do want to later I can just get it from the library.
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – another book I read years ago and did enjoy but like others, it’s not something I really intend to read again soon.
  • Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich – this was a college undergrad book I think. Another I don’t intend to read.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams – another high school book I hated.
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hallow by Irving – I’m not sure where this one came from but I don’t intend to read it again soon.
  • The Piano Lesson by August Wilson – another high school book I hated.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – a high school book that I didn’t really hate but didn’t really love either.
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess – this book was an ARC that I got at BookCon a few years ago. I did enjoy the story but haven’t kept up with the series so I figured it was time to let it go.
  • Fallout New Vegas video game for PS3 – I never actually played this game, but since I didn’t really ever get into the Fallout game that I did start, I don’t think I’ll get around to this one.
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag video game for PS3 – my sister ended up getting an Americas collection of three Assassin’s Creed games set in the Americas which included Black Flag. I have been playing with the other disk so I’m getting rid of this one.
  • Glee Season 1 DVD set – I bought this years ago when Glee first came out and it was fun but I don’t watch DVD’s that often and don’t care for the series much anymore. Plus I think it’s on Netflix if I ever do want to watch it.
  • The Great Gatsby DVD – I bought this years ago too but I don’t think I ever actually watched it. I think it’s on Netflix anyway so I figured it was time to get rid of this one too.

That’s what I dropped off this time around! While it’s hard for me to say good bye to a book (as evidenced by keeping books for over ten years without reading them), I figured better late than never! I really hope these books get good homes or (for the old library books or school books that were written in) get recycled and turned into new books that bring more joy to others. In all, I got $6.50 back, which isn’t a ton but I’m sure a lot of this stuff wasn’t usable anymore, and the stuff that is is likely not too in demand so the price is lower. Either way, I’m happy to get anything at all!

Now, can anyone recommend where I may be able to donate old clothing for recycling?

Thanks for reading!


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