Review copy amnesty

As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, some strange instinct is making me want to get rid of unread books. I’m going through my review shelves and casting a critical eye over the books that have sat there for at least 6 months. I’m going to post here a few books at a time to see if there are any that I might get rid of that I definitely shouldn’t… otherwise they’re on their way out the door. Particularly the massive chunky hardbacks which don’t fit in my handbag.

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The Orchard of Lost Souls – Nadifa Mohamed. I know Black Mamba Boy did very well and I’m a little hesitant to bin this one, but I just read the blurb and put it down 10 minutes ago and have already forgotten what it was about.

Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews – a Cold War thriller. ?

A Ghost at the Door – Michael Dobbs. Thriller of some variety. Seems to have been an unsolicited copy.

The Last Conquest – Berwick Coates. This is a retelling of the Battle of Hastings. This one I did at least tell the publisher I’d be willing to read, but I just haven’t got anywhere near it and it’s huge. This is probably the one I’m most likely to hang onto of these 5.

In Malice, Quite Close – Brandi Lynn Ryder. This seems to be a Lolita retelling, which is lost on me because I haven’t read Lolita and am unlikely to in the next year, so this book is taking up space until I read its cousin. I’ve had it at least 2 if not 3 years.

(and a cup of decaf tea. Because it’s an essential component of a book photograph.)

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A couple more (I think you can read all the titles and authors here). These are all paperbacks so I’m less openly prejudiced against them… They all sounded interesting when they were pitched, but for one reason or another I haven’t got to them.

Anyone out there love any of these? Or can I get rid of them in clear conscience?

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2 thoughts on “Review copy amnesty

  1. Naomi 3 December 2014 at 11:38 pm Reply

    Most of them I haven’t heard of, but I’ve got Reconstructing Amelia on my list, so at some point that one sounded good to me, too.

  2. aparatchick 8 December 2014 at 12:00 am Reply

    Shine, Shine, Shine was quirky, interesting, and not everyone’s cup of tea. It was one of the New York Times’ notable books a few years ago, if that’s any help.

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