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December 2020 book haul

Happy New Year bookworms!! Welcome to the final book haul for 2020, and the first post for 2021 – the December 2020 book haul!!

I was mostly good in December. In fact, I was so good that I got books from Santa which was lovely. However, this does mean that I ended up well over my 10 book limit for the month!! Oops?!!

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Book haul categories are as follows:

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

* Not counting Kindle Unlimited

⚔️ fantasy contemporary ? sci-fi
? historical fiction ❤️ romance ? crime / mystery
? thriller ? classic ? dark academia
? paranormal ? non-fiction    
? BIPOC author ? own voices ?️‍? queer rep
? mental health rep ♿️ disability rep ? graphic novel
? middle grade ?‍♀️ young adult ?‍? new adult / adult
? hardcover ? paperback ? ebook
? graphic novel ? audiobook ? gift
? backlist title ARC / review copy ? Aussie author / #loveozya

Emoji table for reference

book boxes

I subscribe to four monthly boxes: OwlCrate, FairyLoot and the book-only subscription for LitJoy and Illumicrate. However, as of 2021, LitJoy is now a quarterly box and I’ve heard rumours that FairyLoot are looking at a book-only subscription too.

International shipping is starting to catch up… . So, here is where I stand with books that arrived in December:

  • ? = arrived in a previous month
  • ✅ = arrived this month
  • ? = in transit
  • ➡️ = skipped
  • ?️ = parked (not out yet)
  • ❌ = confirmed that it was lost to the mail gremlins (but thankfully refunded)

  Owlcrate FairyLoot LitJoy Illumicrate
November ➡️ ➡️ ➡️
December ➡️ ?? ➡️ ??
Special Editions
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

Bone Crier’s Dawn

A Vow So Bold and Deadly

An Ember in the Ashes set

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Meaning, the following books arrived in December:

  • The November Illumicrate was The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow, with BONUS book Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  • OwlCrate special edition How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
  • Illumicrate special edition Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E HarrowLegendborn by Tracy Deonn How the King of Elfame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black – Owlcrate edition

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Illumicrate edition


book purchases

Ok, so I BOUGHT nine books in December, and then I received three individual books and a six book box set for Christmas. So that’s 18 books. Which feels like a lot. But… is it really?? (Note: This is me trying to justify this number of books… and it isn’t even my highest book haul month. It’s not even my third highest monthly haul…)

Release year
Crave Tracy Wolff 2020 ? ⚔️ ❤️ ?‍♀️ ?

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Crush Tracy Wolff 2020 ? ⚔️ ❤️ ?‍♀️ ?  

Crush by Tracy Wolff

Tilly and the Map of Stories Anna James 2020 ⚔️ ? ?  

Tilly and the Map of Stories by Anna James

Wildwood Colin Meloy 2011 ⚔️ ? ? ?  

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

The Castle of Tangled Magic Sophie Anderson 2020 ⚔️ ? ?  

The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

The Lives of Saints Leigh Bardugo 2020 ⚔️ ?‍♀️ ?  

The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo

Displacement Kiku Hughes 2020 ? ⛱ ?‍♀️ ? ?  

Displacement by Kiku Hughes

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Retelling of Little Women Rey Terciero, Bre Indigo, Louisa May Alcott 2019 ? ⛱ ?‍♀️ ? ? ?  

Meg Jo Beth and Amy by Rey Terciero Bre Indigo Louisa May Alcott

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (B&N edition) Holly Black 2020 ⚔️ ?‍♀️ ?

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black – B&N edition

Spoiler Alert Olivia Dade 2020 ⛱ ❤️ ?‍? ? ?

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Conventionally Yours Annabeth Albert 2020 ⛱ ?️‍? ?‍♀️ ? ?  

Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert

We Contain Multitudes Sarah Henstra 2019 ⛱ ?️‍? ?‍♀️ ? ? ?  

We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

The Wishing Spell Chris Colfer 2012 ⚔️ ? ? ?  

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

The Enchantress Returns Chris Colfer 2013 ⚔️ ? ? ?  

The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer

A Grimm Warning Chris Colfer 2014 ⚔️ ? ? ?  

A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

Beyond the Kingdoms Chris Colfer 2015 ⚔️ ? ? ?  

Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer

An Author’s Odyssey Chris Colfer 2016 ⚔️ ? ? ?  

An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer

Worlds Collide Chris Colfer 2017 ⚔️ ? ? ?  

Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer

Yes, if you’ve been keeping track, I now own three copies of How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories. The normal paperback (Aus version), the OwlCrate, and the Barnes and Noble one. I’m aware I should probably be ashamed of this. I’m not. I’m trash and I will own it.

review copies

Unbelievably, because I am the most trash reviewer ever, I still got review copies of books in December. I know, I’m shocked too.

Witch Finbar Hawkins HarperCollins ⚔️ ?‍♀️ ?  

Witch by Finbar Hawkins

The Home Edit Life Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin Hachette ? ?‍? ?

The Home Edit Life by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

Now, I have kind-of read The Home Edit Life. By that I mean I’ve flicked through it, and tabbed and read a bunch of pages that are relevant to me. I skipped the whole chapter on kids (because, not relevant). And honestly, most of the book is gorgeous photos of stylistic and aesthetically pleasing organised cupboards and shelves.

BUT, there is a small section on books specifically, and I am in LOVE with it. I already organise most of my books by rainbow, but I mostly loved it because one of the paragraphs is about how you SHOULD collect books and fill your home with them. So, obviously Joanna and Clea know what they are talking about!!

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How was your December 2020 book haul?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


  • Mary Drover

    Oh wow, that cover of DOSAB is just gorgeous! I don’t really like any of the covers for that series, but that one is something special. I hope you love Wildwood! I finished the series last year, and it was just an absolute delight.

    • meeghan

      Oooh, that’s great news, Mary!! I think you’re the only person I know who has read it. I just saw it in the bookstore and thought it looked interesting.
      I’m also not a fan of many of the DOSAB covers, but I don’t mind the Aus paperback ones. It’s the door with the burned handprint on it. But I don’t love the other two covers in the series.

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