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February 2021 book haul

Hello bookworms!! Welcome to the February 2021 book haul!! A monthly post where I shame myself for never achieving my goal of buying less than I read… (spoiler – March will be no different, it’s the 6th and I’m already over my 5 book limit…)

Actually, come to think of it, I still haven’t posted my goals for 2021… But my plan for book buying this year is similar to my one from last year. Last year it was no more than 10 books per month. This year I’m saying no more than 5 books PURCHASED each month, which will include book boxes. However, if a book box has 2 books, then it’s counted as extra because I can’t control that. Unless I’m buying a set, in which case I’m probably screwed (especially when Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes FairyLoot set arrives *cough* which has now arrived in time for March’s epic list…).

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February 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
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Key
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Key
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Key
⚔️ fantasy contemporary ? sci-fi
? historical fiction ❤️ romance ? crime / mystery
? thriller ? classic ? dark academia
? paranormal ? urban fantasy ? smut
? non-fiction ? humour ? biography / memoir
? BIPOC author ? own voices ?️‍? queer rep
? mental health rep ♿️ disability rep ? body positivity
? dark themes ? nerd references ? sports references
? 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 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.

I’ve heard rumours that FairyLoot are looking at a book-only subscription too… so watch this space!!

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

  • ? = 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 Illumicrate Owlcrate Jr LitJoy
January ➡️ ➡️   (Feb)
February ➡️ ➡️ ?️   ➡️
Special Editions
All the Tides of Fate

?
Bone Crier’s Dawn

?
A Vow So Bold and Deadly

?
An Ember in the Ashes set

?️
Oculta

?️
Dreams of Gods and Monsters / Days of Blood and Starlight
   

Which means, the following books arrived in February:

  • January’s FairyLoot had Lore by Alexandra Bracken
  • Owlcrate’s special edition of All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace arrived

I’m actually really disappointed by the FairyLoot dust jacket cover of Lore. I really liked the original cover, but I do like the sprayed edges and other bits FairyLoot did. My biggest pet peeve is that the spine of the dust jacket has no words – so when you put it on the shelf there’s no way to tell what it is if you didn’t already know.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

book purchases

So technically I bought 7 books in February, but one of them was a multiple edition – I bought 2 copies of A Court of Silver Flames. In Australia we don’t often get hardcover books, so instead we get these giant paperbacks on release day. So I bought a giant paperback to read on release day while my Barnes and Noble hardcover with bonus content was making its way overseas.

Book
Author
Release year
Symbols
Read?
Cover
A Vow So Bold and Deadly Brigid Kemmerer 2021 ⚔️ ❤️ ♿️ ?‍♀️ ?

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

The Name of All Things Jenn Lyons 2019 ⚔️ ?‍? ? ?  

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

A Court of Silver Flames Sarah J Maas 2021 ⚔️ ❤️ ? ? ? ?‍? ? ?

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

Cemetery Boys Aiden Thomas 2020 ? ? ❤️ ? ? ?️‍? ?‍♀️ ? ?  

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Crystal Maldonado 2021 ⛱ ❤️ ? ? ?‍♀️ ?  

Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Beach Read Emily Henry 2020 ⛱ ❤️ ?‍? ? ?  

Beach Read by Emily Henry

These are all books that I’ve either been trying to find locally for ages (and gave up and ordered them online), or books that I’ve been SUPER excited to come out. So, I think this means that I’m getting better at not just randomly buying books “just because”.

review copies

AHHH!! I got sent one of the cutest books ever last month!! Can’t wait to share my review next week!! (But while you wait, this is my review for Only Mostly Devastated by Gonzales from last year.)

Book
Author
Received from
Symbols
Read?
Cover
Perfect on Paper Sophie Gonzales Hachette ⛱ ❤️ ? ?️‍? ?‍♀️ ? ⏰ ?

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Phoenix Flame Sara Holland Bloomsbury ? ⚔️ ❤️ ?‍♀️ ? ⏰  

Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland

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Did you get any new books in February?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

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