I’m sure I’m not the only one who has an unruly ebook library, whichever e-reader you use, and personally it’s time for a ebook unhaul. I for one am totally guilty of falling into the 99p book hole, saying “oh it’s only a pound” before realising that I’ve spent a tenner. Which wouldn’t be a huge problem, if I actually read all of the books I bought (lmao).
So, in the spirit of being more organised with my reading this year, I’ve decided to regularly look through my Kindle library and decide what I think I’m actually going to read. This is the first post, maybe I’ll make it a monthly thing?
The rules are simple:
📚 For now, I am looking at unread books only
📚 From oldest to newest, work through ten books at a time
📚 Look at the blurb and some reviews
📚Decide whether I want to keep it and read it, or remove the download from my library
Okay so, time to do some digging and start my ebook unhaul.
Despite reading and enjoying Warcross by Marie, I’ve just never got around to this and honestly I couldn’t tell you really what this was about before I re-read the blurb. Now, having read up on it more, it sounds like a book I would have loved ten years ago (which is fair as it was published in 2011) but it’s not calling to me right now. Verdict: Remove download ❌
Okay so yeah, I haven’t read this. Oops. I know this is a very highly rated and well loved book and looking at the reviews it seems like it’s one I really do need to read. Historical fiction isn’t really my jam but I am very intrigued by this. Verdict: Keep and read ✅
This is an adult rom com featuring a character who makes a bucket list for between the sheets so it sounds like the kind of read I’d usually jump at. This was published back in 2013 and honestly I can’t really remember ever coming across this and the reviews are a bit stilted. I think there are other reads I would rather pick up right now. Verdict: Remove download ❌
Another one that I don’t remember downloading… I feel awful about this! It’s another romantic contemporary about a woman whose world changes when the recession hits, and she goes from glam parties to living with her parents, and decides to change her life. I’m just not really feeling this right now. Verdict: Remove download ❌
Initially when reading the blurb for this I thought “huh, this sounds like something I would pick up now”. Another adult romance with a bit of enemies to lovers vibes, it sounded right up my street, but after seeing 1 and 2 star reviews on Goodreads it helped to make up my mind. Verdict: Remove download ❌
So this was published back in 2014 and while it doesn’t necessarily sound bad, it does feel very much like a product of its time. In this book our main character has been single for over a year and has bad luck with the opposite sex. After an embarrassing incident her family sign her up to enter a reality TV programme and encourage her to go speed dating. I guess this is a tale about finding yourself! Verdict: Remove download ❌
This is the sequel to the book above and I guess as I won’t be reading that there’s no need for me to keep this either! Verdict: Remove download ❌
Hm okay so checking out out Goodreads I can see that this is a novella about a young woman who travels to Australia for a month, with the ‘brothers best friend’ and ‘bad boy in town’ tropes. We are starting off well! The reviews also look really positive, calling this a story about first love and apparently the characters are pretty hot. I think I’ll give this a try! Verdict: Keep and read ✅
This is a super short novella of around 40 pages, and it sounds as though this is a sort of prequel to what was Jodi’s next novel, about a young medium whose last chance to boost her TV show’s ratings begins to unravel and damage her reputation. I don’t think I’ll be reading the novel itself so there’s probably no need for me to pick this up. Verdict: Remove download ❌
So I actually thought I’d read this but apparently not? I at least started reading it, but I won’t be picking it up again… given that I thought I’d read it but don’t remember anything about it. Oops. Verdict: Remove download ❌
📚 RESULT: Keeping two reads out of ten
So I think it’s fair to say that I’ve made a good start with clearing up my Kindle library!
This didn’t actually go back as far as I expected, but then I remembered that I was using iBooks for a long time before I finally made the switch to Kindle. I don’t think I quite have the energy to organise all of that right now.
I think it’s pretty clear to see that I had quite a type back then; there’s a ton of traditionally published contemporary adult romance here. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy it now, but I like to think that I am more diverse in my reading choices now.
There are the first ten books in my ebook unhaul. I’m feeling pretty good about this!