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To Have & To Discard

I get into these crazy cleaning moods. The ones where I am stuck in the middle of a pile of whatever I’m cleaning and it’s really hard for me to move (and also find the motivation to clean it back up). Last Friday, I was in one of those moods. NEW YEAR MUST GET RID OF […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Alexa S. - I love your post, E! I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I’ve been bringing into the apartment too (mostly books and souvenirs of all sorts). While I do love having these things, I also think that there comes a point when you’re really more about quality versus quantity, necessary versus nice extra. It’s been an interesting time, particularly with our move, and I’m determined to try to curate the things I own a little more this year with quality and necessity in mind 🙂

January 13, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Alexa - I just went through a lot of my stuff over the past week and I now have a huge box of books to sell and donate. I also got rid of a bunch of stuff that I just didn’t need or wasn’t going to fit in my apartment. I think it is good to discard some things from time to time.
Plus as you said it does take time to build a library.

January 11, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is a great post! I, too, struggle with the number of unread books that I have sitting on my shelves and I’m also running out of space. I’m trying to cull my books, but I have a hard time parting with books that I haven’t read yet, even if I’m pretty sure I’ve lost interest. This year will definitely be the year that I cut down on the number of unread books on my shelves. I’m not putting myself on a book buying ban, per se, but I’ve decided that I will only buy a book if I read it right away. Part of my problem is that I buy books that I’m super excited to read, only to put them on my shelves where they begin to lose their luster. On two separate occasions in 2014, I ran to a bookstore, anxious for the next installment in a series that I was reading, and dove into it immediately. And, you know what? It was AWESOME. It brought me back to pre-blogging days when I used to do just that. Before my TBR was ridiculous and my shelves of unread books spilled over. It reminded me of a time when reading was just reading, rather than trying to buy all of the amazing books that I knew I would read ONE DAY, just not today. Just as you said, I’m going to be more mindful of what I purchase this year, and buy with the intention to enjoy it right away.

January 11, 2015 - 10:11 am

Charlotte @ Books and Baby etc. - I definitely agree with all of this. I used to be such a hoarder and it’s only in the last few years that I have been able to really get rid of things. Now I’m going the other way and I get annoyed by having too much stuff! I have really fallen in love with my library in the last few months. Reading a book for free and then taking it back so it doesn’t clutter up my flat really appeals to me. I am also thinking of culling my DVD collection in favour of Netflix!

I do still buy things but I only buy what I’m really excited about or what is a very good deal. Otherwise it just gets out of hand.

January 10, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek) - I love this post – mostly because I do this all the time – the first paragraph or so was basically written about my life! In seriousness though, I LOVE a good clear out, I find things I forgot I had and I love the feeling of getting rid of the old to make way for the new – both in books and in everything else. Yes, sometimes I find it hard (I have clothes with tags on I bought two years ago… or more if we’re being really honest!) because I think something might come in handy someday – but I love the sense of freshness, newness and organisation that comes from a good clear out! R x

January 10, 2015 - 11:22 am

Leah - LOVE. THIS.

I’m definitely someone who holds onto things – I have an entire drawer full of holiday/birthday cards! I’ve had notebooks for years because, hey, maybe one day I’ll need a piece of paper! It’s nothing outrageous, but something I would love to change and get under control. You know what? I’d really love to start with my closet. I currently use the spare bedroom as my closet and, to be honest, I wear about 5 shirts out of the piles and racks and drawers full. My mom and sisters have always been fantastic about going through and weeding out things to drop off at Goodwill – I want to get on board! There are so many things I bought that I’ve seriously NEVER touched once I took them out of the bag.

Books are another huge thing for me and I’m happy to say I’ve been getting better at not buying! Last year I got rid of a ton and it felt AMAZING. I’d love to go through and pull out yucky reads or books I’m never going to read again.

January 10, 2015 - 1:03 am

Weekly Recap| Jan 4-10, 2015 | Oh, the Books! - […] Estelle talks about books to have and discard. […]

January 9, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Chrystal - OMG! I do the same thing. Haul it all out start organizing into piles and then overwhelmed or exhausted and don’t want to finish. LOL

I think I have to do the same things this year. I am NOT a hoarder, but I do have more than I need in a lot of areas: books, postcards, stationery items, momentos (yes even stuff from crappy exes), etc. It’s like I cling to items to keep the memories? Does that make sense?

I hope 2015 is a good year of organization for you as it is for me. It’s my overall life goal this year. 🙂


January 8, 2015 - 3:34 pm

molly | wrapped up in books - This is a great post! Sometimes I see bloggers with massive hauls and I think, really? Where do you put them all? How will you ever read som any books? I mean, even if you read 300 books a year!

I’m pretty under control as far as my book buying and book hoarding is concerned when compared with the blogging community, but compared to a “regular” person, I still have so many — and so many unread! You’ve actually inspired me to write about my book buying and hoarding habits 😉

January 8, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - “NEW YEAR MUST GET RID OF SHIT” – you spoke right to my heart.

Happy culling!

January 8, 2015 - 10:03 am

Madiha @ Symphony of Words - Oh, GOSH I can completely understand what you mean! I am SUCH a hoarder myself, and when I do get the occassional urge to clean up, I usually just end up ruffling through old things and sitting in front of my books, admiring them to no end.

Also, you guys have a BEAUTIFUL blog. New follower!

January 8, 2015 - 9:41 am

Meg - Oh, I can definitely relate to this! And I have no wisdom to share as the only solution to my book-hoarding problem (and, indeed, stuff-hoarding problem) was to move from our condo to a house last year. Then I could spread out my crap! Spread all the things! But I know that’s not really a solution… or not a viable one long-term, anyway. I applaud you for thinking about this and considering how to build your library over time with care and consideration! You can do it!

January 8, 2015 - 9:24 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is a great post, Estelle. When I first started reading, I bought books a lot. I couldn’t help myself. But before that, I truly didn’t buy them that much. I did sometimes, but usually I just got my books from the library. And granted, as a librarian, I know how to work the system the best to get the books I want quicker, but I have the same rules as all the library patrons. I can’t move myself up on the holds list.

But, like I said, the first year and a half I bought so many books. And I didn’t read that many. I also was a bit crazy with requesting books from Netgalley and Edelweiss. But since then I’ve really gotten myself under control, and it has been so nice. I’d say for at least the last sixth months, the only books I’ve purchased are when I go to book events, or if there is a book that I plan on reading right then. I have also controlled myself with requesting ARCs. I always ask myself “is this a book I will read before the release date?” Because if it isn’t, there is no point requesting it because I can just get it from the library.

I like the idea of building a library slowly. I think you want to keep the books that mean something special to you.

January 8, 2015 - 9:20 am

Morgan @ Gone with the Words - Oh this is totally me. Our extra closet is full of my stuff, which is mostly paper items (museum maps, greeting cards, all the magazine celeb pictures that used to hang on my walls, literally anything that I can attach a memory to) and things I’m convinced I might need/use someday. I’m very nostalgic by nature and tend to be a pack rat. Genetic on my mom’s side 😛 But I’ve also moved a lot, as a teen and an adult, and each time I get rid of more and more, which feels good. I know I can do even more but it seems impossible sometimes! I do the same cleaning pile thing too hehe. My book situation isn’t bad compared to a lot of peoples but my two shelves ARE full… so yeah. Need to be more intentional with purchases and with what paper items/random things I save 🙂

January 8, 2015 - 9:17 am

Ashley - I’m working on this also. I have a ton of…shit. But I know myself and I know I have to be in the mood to get rid of things. If I’m in the right mood, I have no emotional attachment and I can part with EVERYTHING. But if I’m in the wrong mood and trying to clean, I have an emotional attachment to everything and want to keep it forever.

So yes. I will try to find that balance with you. <3

January 8, 2015 - 9:10 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. Everything about this post — just yes. I mean… my blog is called “The Book Addict’s Guide”. I HAVE A PROBLEM. I cannot stop buying books and I’m terrible at being a sucker for sales too. I keep holding on to books I THINK I might read and hold for the time being and I NEED TO STOP DOING THIS. I’m running out of space on my shelves. And you’ve seen my shelves.
I recently cleaned some things off my shelves. I got rid of some books — even though they were personalized — because as nice of a thought as it was, I REALLY don’t think I’d actually enjoy some of those books enough to keep.
I totally have this issue too. I’ve saved all of the notes and cards that people have sent me — not only notes that came from my fellow bloggers but Christmas cards and birthday cards and wedding cards. I have a stack full of things I mean to scrapbook but don’t have the time… so I TOTALLY understand the significance of wanting to keep all of those memories and the task it is to weigh them out.
This is something I hope to work on this year too! Let’s keep each other in check 😉

Estelle: We’re Not Talking About Books Q&A

Good morning, friends!  Today I’m answering some questions that Magan sent me a few days ago. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series so far! It’s been so fun to reflect on the past year together and share it with you. (If you misses Magan’s Q&A, here it is!) Just a small thing: MAGAN CAME UP […]

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December 18, 2014 - 7:00 am

Rather Be Reading: We're Not Talking About Books 2014 - […] year Estelle and I took a break from talking about books to reflect on a few other aspects of our lives. We […]

January 6, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Alexa S. - I really love that you guys did these posts! It’s great to get to know even more about each of you on a personal level. I love hearing about what 2013 has been like for you, E, and I really look forward to our friendship growing and more fun hangouts and conversations this 2014! <3

December 30, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Lisa Schensted - GAH I love this feature so much! Thank you for sharing!

And yes, GET TO WRITING. In Moleskines. 🙂

December 29, 2013 - 11:01 am

Bookworm1858 - Love the tips for Disney-we’re leaving on Thursday for a trip to Disney and I can’t wait!!! (I’ve been to Disneyland a couple of times this year but not WDW for 8 years and I miss it!)

December 26, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love these questions, Magan. And I loved seeing what you had to say, Estelle.

First, how cute was that Disney World Wedding Ceremony by Chip and Dale. So cute.

Oh, and can you be my tour guide in Disney World, too, Estelle? I’ve been there quite a few times before (maybe 4 times, I think) but there are always things I miss.

Estelle’s Shelve It: 9/16/2012

I’m starting to think I should get “I Love the Library” tattooed to my arm because  I love that place. The pile I talked about a few weeks ago has almost disappeared and I managed NOT to rack up any late fees this time. Cheer with me! …so like an normal person, I requested 10 […]

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September 17, 2012 - 7:25 pm

Paige - I won an ARC of Every Day and it sounds pretty awesome! I can’t wait to check it out. I hope you enjoy everything you got this week =D

My IMM =)

September 17, 2012 - 5:46 pm

VeganYANerds - The event sounds great, Estelle! It’s a shame your cat stood on the cookie, my cats would have been trying to eat it, too!

The only book by David I’ve read is WG, WG, so I really need to read one of his own books and I plan on reading Every Day soon.

Also you got Looking for Alibrandi, yay!

September 16, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - YAYYYYY! I know without a doubt that you’re going to love Simply Irresistible!! GCHAT ME when start it!! 😀

September 16, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Maleina Marchetta for the win! I LOVED Jellicoe Road so I’m going to be getting her other contemporary! I need to read David Levithan’s books! He’s coming to SC in November and I’d love to meet him!

Enjoy all of your books!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

September 16, 2012 - 11:19 am

elena - That IS a tragedy about the cookie. I’m sending positive cookie vibes your way. I’m so jealous of you going to see David Levithan! He sounds AMAZING live. Hehe that Miley Cyrus is such a good friend. 🙂

September 16, 2012 - 10:03 am

Lisa - Friend. I am sorry about your cookie.

BUT I love that you love the library!

September 16, 2012 - 9:04 am

April Books & Wine - I wish I lived closer to the city, but am upstate.

But, I digress.

I bought Simply Irresistible this week too!

Also, Abbi Glines sounds good, I think I may have to check her stuff out.

September 16, 2012 - 2:00 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - James is a serious trooper. It is amazing that he managed to wait for all three of us to decide what books we wanted – which took at least forty-five minutes, haha.

I can’t wait to read The Realm of Possibility!!

Estelle: Shelve It (9/2/2012)

Holy moly… how is it September already? From the library: The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams From sweet people: Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter (Thanks Tara!) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Thanks SmallGirls PR!) — and their Spotify Perks playlist! Bought for my Nook: Close Enough to Touch by Victoria […]

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September 4, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Magan - ESTELLE! I KNOW it’s super weird I’m commenting on our own blog, but I LOVE YOU! 🙂 Thank you so much for your sweet message!! xoxoxoxo

And to Mandee and Elena — thank you both so much for the birthday wishes! xoxo

September 3, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh, The Perks of Being a Wallflower! That’s going to be a fun read 🙂

September 3, 2012 - 10:11 am

Tara - I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Cleopatra’s Moon and Send! I’m going to be checking out The Lost Summer – you know I love camp books 🙂

September 2, 2012 - 9:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I really want to read Send, it sounds like a great read and I’ve added The Lost Summer to my tbr list, thanks!

I know what you mean about book bans, I’m on one but I keep accidentally buying books 😉 And happy birthday to Magan again! xox

September 2, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - You got some good stuff Estelle! I really need to pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s becoming a movie, yet I STILL haven’t read it! This needs to be fixed soon. 😉

Enjoy all your books Estelle! <3

September 2, 2012 - 2:23 pm

elena - I read Perks AGES ago but don’t really remember much about it, besides the often quote lines. I should re-read before the film too. Also hooray for having Monday off and another happy birthday to Magan too. 🙂

September 2, 2012 - 10:15 am

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I just reread Perks of Being a Wallflower this week! It’s such a great book- I hope you like it!

Happy Reading!

September 2, 2012 - 9:15 am

April Books & Wine - What a weird/awesome coincidence that you got Cleopatra’s Moon! I just started listening to that yesterday while cleaning the computer/clothes/bookshelf room. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I am (hint: that means I hope you enjoy it A LOT).

Happy reading Estelle! 😀

Estelle: Shelve It (8/19/2012)

Hola! I’m eating Italian Ice… how about you? I also went to the library this week and took out too many books. (Again.) Books mentioned: The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker (Goodreads) Comeback Love by Peter Golden (Goodreads) We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane (Goodreads) Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell […]

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August 20, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Oh the library, how I love it! Haha, I have 8 books out – and I haven’t started reading them yet. EEP. I need to get to work on that.

Also, let me know when you’re reading Comeback Love! I have that one too 🙂

August 19, 2012 - 9:33 pm

VeganYANerds - Hi hun! I get so tempted whenever I visit the library, too! I really, really want to read Welcome Caller, it sounds so good – enjoy it!

August 19, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Paige - I’ve heard great things about Dancergirl so hope you enjoy it! Here’s my IMM =)

My IMM =)

Paige @ Comfort Books

Celebrating Release Day with Author Marisa Calin

Twitter has an amazing way of connecting people. Not only have I had the pleasure to make some wonderful friends through 140 characters but a few weeks ago as I was reading an August release, Between You & Me, I sent a tweet to the author to tell her I could not put it down. A […]

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August 16, 2012 - 2:35 am

Emilia S. - I am in soccer and creative writing clubs. My favorite is the creative writing club because I get to work with others on different writing themes. We just did a really awesome haunted themes and coming up with different types of nightmare short stories.

August 15, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Makaela - I was in the Mad Science club back in the 90’s. I loved it. I was also in a book club for advanced readers. I loved that too. I hated/was too shy to talk to people, individuals or any type of theater. I really haven’t changed much.

August 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I am so intrigued by this book and cannot wait to read it!

Theatre was absolutely my favorite! My favorite role was Kate in a mash-up of several Kate/Petruchio scenes from Taming of the Shrew. I got some crazy bruises and jammed my finger on my acting partners’s forehead (whoops!) while practicing the stage combat, but it was such a blast!

August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] and non-fiction upcoming releases + A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + We’re celebrating Marisa Calin’s Release day with a giveaway + A review of Call the Shots by Don Calame Related Posts :Estelle: Shelve It (8/5/2012) Magan: […]

August 12, 2012 - 3:47 am

Anary - Well I think my favorite extracurricular activity when I was in HS was joining different contest;essay writing,singing,or a drawing contest and being the head of our choir:))

August 12, 2012 - 12:02 am

Rebecca - I LOVE this post! It’s so nice to hear that you met up and had a great chat. It’s always nice to connect with authors 🙂 My favourite extra curricular was probably art. It was relaxing and fun.

August 10, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Jasmine Rose - I really wasn’t an extra-curricular type of person. The only sport I ever liked was track & field and the only reason I did that was so I could run hurdles. I hated all the extra running besides my 100m hurdles 😛

August 9, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Diannosaurreads - My favorite extra curricular activity was probably tennis. It was a pain though playing in the summer since it got so hot 🙁 but it was still fun!

August 9, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Nisha - I would have to say my favorite extra curricular activity was volleyball. Got to hang out with my friends and have some fun.

August 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Anni - Love this interview (you have such a way with words!) and I’m excited to pick up Marisa’s book.

August 8, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Joy @ Book Lagnaippe - I loved this post. How great would it be to just be able to sit down to coffee with an author and just talk…amazing.

I was the overachiever. I really enjoyed Spanish Club, French Club, Choir, Drama, and BUMS (Bearcats United in Making Spirit) which would make all the posters for sports games to hang in the halls and the fields and decorate the lockers of the players.

August 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Wendy - In high school, I loved to tutor middle/elementary students on their homework. I felt extremely satisfied that I was helping someone understand how certain things (math, reading, etc) worked.

August 8, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Hemborgwife - Well from in 9th grade it was drama then the sophomore you had a lead role in the play dumped me and I was mortified to go back! After that is evolved into more of the juvenile delinquent category of sitting outside Starbucks and being really loud with my friends or going to the beach and eating! Well and other things that are best left to 2002!

August 8, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Cassie K - Probably Art and the Novel! I really liked it. It was at the end of the day, last period. You brought whatever book you were currently reading, and you would read for about 30 minutes or so, then you draw one of the scenes that you were reading on a piece of paper, and you had to make it look like what you saw in the book. Then when you were done, you had to present your art and explain why you chose the scene and what’s going on in it. It was a great class overall!!! 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:33 am

Kristen - Oh, what a great interview! I feel like I was sitting down next to you and Marisa at the coffee shop. Such a fun way to get to know an author. 🙂

I was home schooled, so pretty much everything was extra-curricular (haha!). It would probably be piano though. Love music.

August 7, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Liz - Amazing story, I love this. I love how social networking connects authors and readers, and this is probably the best example of that I have seen. It’s back stories like this that make me want to read books I otherwise wouldn’t think of.

August 7, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Amazing! Estelle, I am so excited that you went out to lunch with her! How fun! I swear, we book bloggers are so lucky to be able to have all these cool experiences. Marisa sounds so nice, and I can’t wait to read her book! Happy release day to her!

In school, I was a major choir girl. I loved, loved, loved being in every single choir I could cram into my schedule. I was in three of them my senior year alone. It was my main identifier, and some of my best high school memories come from that time in high school. 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Jessica - My favorite activity was Key Club. It was a volunteering club and was tons of fun! And I’m so jealous that you got to have lunch with Marisa! It sounds like you guys had a great time 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 10:20 pm

JennyC - Art club or the band:)

August 7, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Jessica Celina - Favorite extra curricular activity?
Could it be the chemistry lab? I hate sports!

August 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I think it is so fantastic that you and Marisa met up, twitter really does bring people together!

My fave extra-curricular activity was our yearly activity month, we got given a huge catalogue and got to pick a different activity for each week, it was so much fun and a great way to start the summer.

August 7, 2012 - 8:52 pm

The Bumble Girl - Oh my, this has to be one of the most nicest, well-written and sincerest posts I have ever read! It is so awesome that you were able to meet with Marisa – she seems so sweet and genuine. I cannot wait to read this book!
Hmmm, my favorite extra-curricular was ‘Selected Chorus’ in middle school. We were hand-picked and were the only ones to get solos for concerts 🙂 Made me feel really special!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!

August 7, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - That is SO awesome that you got to meet up with Marisa!! I think that’s so neat that she met up with you. =) She sounds like a totally awesome person, and it also sounds like you had a blast Estelle. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Between You and Me now! <3

August 7, 2012 - 3:31 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Of course, two hours later, I realize that I didn’t tell you what my favorite extra-curricular was in school haha. It was drama! I was very involved with the drama club, everything from backstage working with sets, props and scripts to onstage acting. So much fun!

August 7, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Caroline - My favorite extracurric was choir, followed closely by soccer :)The book sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

August 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wonderful job with this post E! I think it tells the story of you and Marisa meeting quite beautifully. It also sounds like you had a fabulous time!

August 7, 2012 - 10:34 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I already told you this over IM but I love this entry! It’s so well-written and it’s awesome that you got meet her! I will definitely check this book out 🙂