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January 2021 book haul

Hello bookworms!! Welcome to the January 2021 book haul!! It’s a new year and a new way for me to break my new book buying ban!! Ummm… huzzah?!!

Not that I’ve posted it yet… *cough* 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).

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January 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

⚔️ 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, FairyLoot and the book-only subscription for Illumicrate. I also subscribe to the quarterly book-only option for LitJoy. I’ve also heard rumours that FairyLoot are looking at a book-only subscription too… so watch this space!! Last year I discovered that I can swap the OwlCrate boxes for OwlCrate Jr boxes each month!! So… maybe I won’t skip as much?!! (Oh woe is my bank balance…)

So, here is where I’m up to as at the end of January (YES, that is an August box that I thought I had skipped, but turns out it was just hiding in the great unknown warehouse of lost international shipping somewhere):

  • ? = 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
November ➡️ ➡️ ? ➡️
December ➡️   ➡️
January ➡️ ? ➡️   (Feb)
Special Editions ?
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

Which means, the following books arrived in January:

  • August’s Owlcrate had Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
  • November’s OwlCrate Jr had Cinders and Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann, and included bonus book Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • December’s FairyLoot had Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett
  • December’s Illumicrate had The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige, and included bonus book The Cousins by Karen McManus

Star Daughter by Shveta ThakrarCinders and Sparrows by Stefan BachmannHowl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne JonesHowl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle PaigeThe Cousins by Karen McManus 

book purchases

Ok, so I’m super conflicted (and I’m sure it’ll just take time to adjust…). See, on one hand I technically only bought 5 books in January. YAY ME!! But on the other hand, once you add the 4 (or really 6) books above, that already puts me back at 9 (or 11). Which is basically double my limit. See my confliction?!!

Release year
The Innocent Alysha King 2020 ⚔️ ?‍♀️ ? ? ?  

The Innocent by Alysha King

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1943 ⚔️ ? ? ? ?  

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Tilly and the Bookwanderers Anna James 2018 ⚔️ ? ? ?  

Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

The Iron Queen Julie Kagawa 2011 ⚔️ ?‍♀️ ? ?  

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Sixteen Different Flavours of Hell David Thorne 2020 ? ? ? ?‍? ? ? ?  

Sixteen Different Flavours of Hell by David Thorne

Now that Alysha King’s The Rose Chronicles are finished, it’s the perfect time to jump in and read them!! Expect them on a TBR soon.

review copies

Not only did I get review copies of books in January, HarperCollins sent me an ARC AND a finished copy of The World Between Blinks. They’re pretty similar in looks, except for the back and the spine.

I was also sent some unsolicited kids books (ages 5-8), which were well outside my reading zone (check here if you’re interested), but I have donated them to a local library.

Received from
The World Between Blinks Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin HarperCollins ⛱ ⚔️ ? ? ? ⏰ ?  

The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin

Alex and the Alpacas Save the World Kathryn Lefroy Author ⛱ ⚔️ ? ? ? ? ⏰ ?  

Alex and the Alpacas Save the World by Kathryn Lefroy

The Home Edit Workbook Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin Hachette ? ?‍? ? ? ⏰

The Home Edit Workbook by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

As you may have guessed from yesterday’s WWW Wednesday (on Friday), I was halfway through The World Between Blinks. I think I might actually finish it today. But in case you’re wondering, YES, it spans ALL of the genres. And it does it in such a uniquely creative way. I’m so glad that I picked this one up!!

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Did you get any new books in January?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


  • evelynreads1

    Looks like you got a lot of amazing books! I hope you will enjoy them!
    Also book only box for Fairyloot..! Defintiely intrigued by that!


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