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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 โ€“ 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

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

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:

  • 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Œ = confirmed that it was lost to the mail gremlins (but thankfully refunded)

ย  Owlcrate FairyLoot Illumicrate Owlcrate Jr LitJoy
January โžก๏ธ โœ… โžก๏ธ ย  (Feb)
February โžก๏ธ โžก๏ธ ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ ย  โžก๏ธ
Special Editions โœ…
All the Tides of Fate

Bone Crier’s Dawn

A Vow So Bold and Deadly

An Ember in the Ashes set


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

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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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.

Release year
A Vow So Bold and Deadly Brigid Kemmerer 2021 โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ โ™ฟ๏ธ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ โœ…

A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

The Name of All Things Jenn Lyons 2019 โš”๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ“š ย 

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

A Court of Silver Flames Sarah J Maas 2021 โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿง  ๐ŸŒ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ“” โœ…

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

Cemetery Boys Aiden Thomas 2020 ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿบ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“” ๐Ÿ“š ย 

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Crystal Maldonado 2021 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ–ค ๐Ÿž ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“” ย 

Fat Chance Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Beach Read Emily Henry 2020 โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ ๐Ÿ—’ ๐Ÿ“š ย 

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.)

Received from
Perfect on Paper Sophie Gonzales Hachette โ›ฑ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ โฐ ๐Ÿจ โœ…

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Phoenix Flame Sara Holland Bloomsbury ๐Ÿ„ โš”๏ธ โค๏ธ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ—’ โฐ ย 

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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