3 Books I Enjoyed (but would not put on my bookshelf)

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3 Books I Enjoyed (but would not put on my bookshelf)

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are off to a productive start for the beginning of March! Personally, I am working on trying to get organized for the rest of the year to ensure I’m staying ahead rather than lagging behind (in the most important areas of life). As my reading list continues growing, my haste in trying to read as many books as possible to catch up is also increasing! So, I’ve had my mind on books consistently within the last few months.

As I mentioned in a favorites post from last year, I’ve been utilizing the digital library I found online. However, I have been feeling an urge to read physical books (as I prefer reading physical books over ebooks). I would love to buy the books and read the physical version, but I realized this last year that I don’t want to buy books that I may not like. I want to support authors, but I also want to make sure I keep my space somewhat minimal. So, I decided to read books from the library that are on my list then decide whether they are good enough to purchase and have a spot reserved on my bookshelf. (If you want to read more on library versus buying topic, this post was an interesting read.)

While watching book haul videos and browsing through my read list to see what I’ve read, I remember really enjoying some of those books. Though, some were not enjoyable enough to place on my bookshelves. (Note: If you don’t think a book is good enough to place on your bookshelf but you enjoy the author and want to support him or her, then purchase the ebook version. This will help keep your purchase and space minimal.) If you interested in knowing which 3 books I enjoyed but would not put on my bookshelf, my list is below:

I did have some expectations going into this first book. I usually do not read the synopsis of a book because I prefer jumping right into it with little to know expectations or brief understanding of the plot. The cover of Envy by Gregg Olsen activated my imagination, so I had already semi-built a world and plot to the book that was not even close to its actual topic! For example, I thought the story would involve ghosts and ghostly activities, but it did not. However, I do think it’s worth reading because it does cover an important topic. I did enjoy one part in particular that I felt was unique and not prevalent in many books. It is a spoiler so I can’t share this in detail. Overall, I definitely recommend reading this book at least once.

Another book I enjoyed was Betrayal by Gregg Olsen. However, it was not as interesting as I had imagined. As with his first book in this Empty Coffin duology, I had semi-built a story about what this book would cover, but the story I created versus the actual content of the book differed. Although, I do feel this is an interesting book to read, and I recommend reading more about the origin of this book after you finish the novel if you are interested in knowing more about Gregg Olsen and the origin of this book’s content. I think my issue with his books is the content can’t quite match my creation of the story nor can the content match the book cover, but I did enjoy his pleasant writing style.

The last book I have read so far that I found entertaining but not worth placing on my bookshelf is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I did have a brief overview of what this book encompassed. However, it didn’t quite meet my expectation. I was expecting more pretentious and ditzy dialogue to add small segments of humor throughout the book that would make me fall on the floor laughing, but the dialogue and the story line did not quite meet my humor expectations as well. However, I do think it’s worth at least one read, and you may find yourself laughing, maybe more than I did. So, if you want to rent this book or buy the ebook version, I recommend doing so and giving it a try because it was entertaining.

As you can see, I’m a little behind! These books were published several years ago, but I’m sure some of you have not reached these books on your to-be-read (tbr) list yet. I hope this helps you when choosing which book you read and which ones to purchase or rent to save you a little money! I hope you enjoyed this post! And, if you have any book post suggestions or posts of any topic you would like to see, leave them in the comments below! Thank you for reading this post! I appreciate your support!

With Bookish Thoughts,

Daphne Heathers


  1. Thanks for the mention, Daphne! This is a great post – I also like to take a minimalist, mindful approach when it comes to book buying, and this is not something that we see discussed often in the book community!

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