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December 2021 book haul

Hello bookworms!! Welcome to the December 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.

In case you aren’t aware (which, fair, because I never made an announcement post, although I do mention this every month โ€” and I WILL be making a 2022 post for this) 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. So it’s kind of a 2-part goal. That I very rarely meet. But, rules are made to be broken!! When it comes to book hauling anyway…

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

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December 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

Emoji table code

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™ biography / 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 copy ๐Ÿช† multiple copy โœ… read

Emoji table for reference

book boxes

Book boxes continue to be the bane of my existence… 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 December:

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

I know January hasn’t happened yet, but I’ve started to forget which books I got and which ones I skipped, and I have to keep looking it up… So I’m adding it in early.

the books

OwlCrate Jr
September ๐Ÿ’Ÿ โœ… โน ๐Ÿ’Ÿ (next book November)
October ๐Ÿ’Ÿ โžก๏ธ โน โžก๏ธ (next book November)
November โžก๏ธ โžก๏ธ โน โœ… ๐Ÿšš
December โžก๏ธ โžก๏ธ ย โน โœ… (next book February)
Special Editions ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ
The Righteous

Girls of Fate and Fury

(for laters)
๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ โžก๏ธ ย โน โžก๏ธ (next book February)

All of which means, I am caught up on Illumicrate (yay!), and my September OwlCrate finally arrived. Plus I got a special edition book. Which gave me a grand total of:

book purchases

Considering I had 4 book box books arrive in December… this could have been awful. But I’m pleasantly surprised to say that it wasn’t!

I only bought 5 other books in December, however, one of them was a special edition of a book that I probably own too many copies of. So really it’s more like 4 books… ๐Ÿ˜†

Year published + symbols
Twice Shy Sarah Hogle 2021
โ›ฑ โค๏ธ
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’
Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle
The Priory of the Orange Tree Samantha Shannon 2019
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ“š
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This Poison Heart Kalynn Bayron The Poison Heart #1 2021
โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿ—ฃ
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
If This Gets Out Sophie Gonzales / Cale Dietrich 2021
โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿจ
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
Carry On Rainbow Rowell Simon Snow #1
Waterstones Edition
๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง 
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“” ๐Ÿ–‹ ๐Ÿช† โœ…
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Waterstones edition

review copies

And once again, no review books in December!! Fingers crossed I can retire this section in 2022, because I have not requested any books in months.

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What was in your December 2021 book haul??

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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