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August 2021 book haul

Hello bookworms!! Welcome to the August 2021 book haul!! A monthly post where I usually shame myself for never achieving my goal of buying less than I read, or sticking to my buying goal. Except apparently I am achieving these goals now? At least for July and now August anyway!!

To be honest, lockdown is possibly helping me achieve my purchasing goals here, but it’s also partly because I’ve been working super long hours this month. But, I also changed jobs!! Fingers crossed that means I have a bit of extra time up my sleeve for blogging!! (And also catching up on blog-hopping… but let’s not go there right now… ๐Ÿ˜…)

In case you aren’t aware (which, fair, because I never made an announcement post, although I do mention this every month) my goal for each month is to only purchase 7 books, split between purchased books and books from book boxes. So, 7 paid books in total. But also I need to read more books than I collect each month, including review books (which I did fail in August…). So it’s kind of a 2-part goal.

So, let’s go see the five books I hauled in August!!

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August 2021 book haul

Book haul categories are as follows:

  • subscription boxes
  • book purchases (book mail, in-store and ebook*)
  • review copies (book mail, digital and gifts)

* Not counting Kindle Unlimited

SYMBOLS
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
Symbol
Key
โš”๏ธ fantasy โ›ฑ contemporary ๐Ÿš€ sci-fi
๐Ÿฐ historical fiction โค๏ธ romance ๐Ÿ” crime / mystery
๐Ÿคก thriller ๐ŸŽ€ classic ๐ŸŽ“ dark academia
๐Ÿบ paranormal ๐Ÿ„ urban fantasy ๐Ÿ† smut
๐Ÿชด non-fiction ๐Ÿฅธ humour ๐ŸŽ™ autobiography / memoir
๐Ÿ–ค BIPOC author ๐Ÿ—ฃ own voices ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ queer rep
๐Ÿง  mental health rep โ™ฟ๏ธ disability rep ๐Ÿž body positivity
๐ŸŒ‘ dark themes ๐ŸŽฎ nerd references ๐Ÿˆ sports references
๐Ÿงธ middle grade ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ young adult ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ new adult / adult
๐Ÿ“” hardcover ๐Ÿ—’ paperback ๐Ÿ“ฑ ebook
๐Ÿ’ฅ graphic novel ๐ŸŽง audiobook ๐ŸŽ gift
๐Ÿ“š backlist title โฐ ARC / review copy ๐Ÿจ Aussie author / #loveozya
๐Ÿ–‹ signed / personalised ๐Ÿช† multiple copies โœ… / โŒ read / not read

Emoji table for reference

book boxes

I subscribe to three monthly boxes: OwlCrate (which I sometimes skip and sometimes swap to OwlCrate Jr), FairyLoot and the book-only subscription for Illumicrate. I also subscribe to the quarterly book-only option for LitJoy. Plus I sometimes buy the special edition books they put out, but only if I loved the series, or I got the special edition of book 1 as part of the monthly box.

So, here is where I’m up to as at the end of August:

  • ๐Ÿ’Ÿ = arrived in a previous month
  • โœ… = arrived this month
  • ๐Ÿšš = in transit
  • โžก๏ธ = skipped
  • ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธย = parked (not out yet)
  • โŽ = did not switch to
  • โŒ = confirmed that it was lost to the mail gremlins (but thankfully refunded)

ย  FairyLoot OwlCrate OwlCrate Jr Illumicrate LitJoy
July โœ… โžก๏ธ โŽ โžก๏ธ (next box is August)
August

๐Ÿšš

๐Ÿšš

โŽ

๐Ÿšš ๐Ÿšš
Special Editions

๐Ÿšš
Gods and Monsters

๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ
The Righteous

๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ
Heartstopper Vol 1

โœ…
Wings of Shadow

๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ
When Night Breaks

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So, uh…. I might have totally forgotten to skip book boxes for August. Whoops?! But also, my FairyLoot copy of Gods and Monsters is, uh, lost somewhere. And I’m just (impatiently) waiting for it to arrive…

I SIS get my July box for FairyLoot, which I totally forgot about though. It was Six Crimson Cranes (โš”๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“”๐Ÿ–‹) by Elizabeth Lim, and the FL copy is STUNNING. Honestly, it’s one of my favourite editions of a book box book, ever.

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I also got my OwlCrate copy of Wings of Shadow (โš”๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“”๐Ÿ–‹) by Nicki Pau Preto!! Wings of Shadow is book THREE in the Crown of Feathers series.

Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto (Exclusive Signed Edition with Sprayed Edges)

Photo credit to OwlCrate for this. My copy is in a big pile somewhere…

book purchases

So, here we are, new books for August!!

Book
Author
Series
Symbols and Year of Publication
Read?
Cover
Starry Eyes Jenn Bennett ย 

โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿ“š

2018

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Yep, I essentially got one book in August, and it was a gift. It was another big month for books ๐Ÿ˜‚

review copies

And finally, TWO review copies!! One from a publishing house, and one from an author, which I am in the middle of reading, but also screaming my lungs out every few pages…

Book
Author
Series
Symbols and Year of Publication
Publisher and read status
Cover
Don’t Hate the Player Alexis Nedd ย  โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐ŸŽฎ ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ โฐ

Bloomsbury

โŒ

Don't Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

Ilahara: The Last Myrassar C. M. Karys Ilahara #1 โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง  ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ฑ โฐ ๐ŸŒ€

Authors

(currently + have read 2 beta versions)

Ilahara: The Last Myrassar by C. M. Karys

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What was in your August 2021 book haul??

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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