Let's talk about 'book guilt' guys - we've all been there. You pick up a book, you're super excited about it, you get into the first few chapters and then... Meh. You start finding reasons not to read, the book sits next to your bed untouched for days and every time you lay eyes on it, it acts as a constant reminder of your failing. There's nothing worse than coming to a stuttering stop with reading, especially when said book will sit for months on your bookshelf, maybe alongside others that have met with the same fate. And I'm terrible for it - cases in point - #Girlboss, The Cuckoo's Calling, Looking for Alaska, Committed, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close... The list runs on and on. So I'm getting serious. I'm starting with a new plan.

I'm going to finish those unloved books by the end of the year, or I'm going to find them new homes. It is such a heartbreaking waste for them to be sitting untouched and, truth be told, I want to see these things through. A book is still a sacred thing to me and, even if not to my taste, somebody's hard work went into these beautiful scriptures. That's worth my respect.

How do you deal with book guilt? Shall we start an 'Unloved Books Club' here on the blog? Do you power through pain when reading, or do you just give unused books away? I'm so interested to hear. I might have a slight hoarding problem and, with three bookcases full, I'm thinking books probably contribute to a lot of clutter. In an effort to simplify, let's get through this guilty habit together!

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  1. I have bookshelves devoted to book guilt....WHY COULDN'T I HAVE JUST BORROWED BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY IN THE FIRST PLACE??? Looking for Alaska was definitely not my cup of tea, but then again, Perks of Being A Wallflower wasn't either.

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    1. I DON'T GET WHY I JUST PERPETUATE THE CYCLE BY BUYING MORE BOOKS. I've never read Perks of Being a Wallflower but if it's like LFA maybe I won't enjoy... Who knows. I just need the sad unloved books to stop staring at me. T xx

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  2. I understand this soooooo well....amazing that anyone else has this dilemma!! I also love actual physical books; my Kindle in unloved!! Currently I am not reading Colourless Tzukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami...forgot to take it on a weekend away and never got into it again....Pretty Honest by Sally Hughes....dipped in once and now it's gathering dust on the shelf....and The Silk Worm, which is the follow up to The Cuckoo's Calling (which I actually did finish, yay me!!). I would love to finish some books together!

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    1. I think Pretty Honest is meant for dipping into and out of though, don't you? YES, let's make a pledge - we'll get through our list together!! This will be our year - no more book guilt! T xx

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  3. So glad I'm not alone on this!! Literally get so excited for a book then feel so bad when I never pick it up x

    http://lauratalksout.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me too! Your comments are so reassuring :) We can power through this together, Laura! T xx

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  4. i feel you! i have so many books ive downloaded to read on the go and stacked up on my shelves for "when i get that break from schoolwork and just fancy a fun one" but in reality i've been majorly slacking... i like this idea of making a list for the end of the year though! xx

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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    1. Thank you so much for reading & commenting Natalie - particularly happy you did as I found your blog & followed! Gorgeous work. T xx

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  5. I completely understand what you mean here however I think #Girlboss is an awesome read. Definitely give it a second go:-) I find that if a book has been on my shelf for a couple of years and I have no desire to read it anymore then it's probably time to give it away/sell. I used to have a bad book hoarding problem but no more.
    Love your blog too glad I found it!!

    Sarah
    http://www.stylebysasha.com/

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and thoughtfulness Sarah - I'm giving it another try right now and I have to say, I'm getting along with it better! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, I'm so glad you love the blog :) You made my day! T xx

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