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July 2022 book haul

Hello friends!! Welcome to the July 2022 book haul!! A post where I talk about all the books that I bought and received in the previous month.

Where in June we had a delightfully low four books added to my TBR… July is essentially the opposite. July usually ends up being a high-intake month for books, as my birthday is in the second half of June, and due to horrendous delays in postage, I can usually count on getting half of any gifts sent (including what I buy for myself) in July instead.

So, in the July of our year of Kelly Clarkson 2022, I hauled the ridiculous number of SEVENTEEN books. *le sigh*

This year there won’t be any shaming for buying excess than my haul goals. In saying that, my haul goals this year are to only buy books I will read immediately, so that’s a step in the right direction. The main goal for the year, is to buy less books than I read. I’m trying not to increase my TBR this year. 😓

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

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July 2022 book haul

Book haul categories are as follows:

  • book boxes (monthly/quarterly subscription or special edition book boxes)
  • review copies (book mail, digital and gifts)
  • book purchases (book mail, in-store and ebook*)

* Not counting Kindle Unlimited

book boxes

I subscribe to a bunch of book boxes that I usually skip because 2022 is the year of cutting back. (Except in July, apparently…)

And in July, I had three books arrive. My June FairyLoot (book-only YA) sub which was This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede. My June Illumicrate (book-only, YA) sub which was We All Fall Down by Rose Szabo. And, *finally* my March FairyLoot (book box, YA) sub. No, that’s not a typo, I genuinely my MARCH sub. Which was The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh. I don’t know what happened with it, but watching the tracking it looked like the book arrived in Australia in April, only to turn around and go to Germany the following day. For a while I thought it might come back, but when I contacted FairyLoot in May they agreed to look into it, and then finally sent another box in June.

Images below all link to the Instagram owner, where you can mostly see alternate images. But seriously, check out how absolutely lovely The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is. This book is 100% my prettiest book of the year.

This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede
We All Fall Down by Rose Szabo
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

book purchases

During July, I bought three ebooks, and received eight physical books in the mail. Which is a grand total of 11 books hauled. (Yes, this includes birthday gifts.)

A Proposal They Can't Refuse by Natalie Caña

A Proposal They Can’t Refuse
Author: Natalie Caña
Series: Vega Family Love Stories #1
Released: May 2022
Genre: Romance
Read: YES
Goodreads link

Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood

Below Zero
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Series: The STEMinist Novellas #3
Released: April 2022
Genre: Romance
Read: YES
Goodreads link

Gild by Raven Kennedy

Gild
Author: Raven Kennedy
Series: Plated Prisoner #1
Released: Oct 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Read: YES
Goodreads link

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Under the Whispering Door
Author: TJ Klune
Series: No
Released: Sep 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Read: No
Goodreads link

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

A Spindle Splintered
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Series: Fractured Fables #1
Released: Oct 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Read: YES
Goodreads link

A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

A Mirror Mended
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Series: Fractured Fables #2
Released: June 2022
Genre: Fantasy
Read: No
Goodreads link

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Lovers
Author: Emily Henry
Series: No
Released: May 2022
Genre: Contemporary
Read: No
Goodreads link

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Series: No
Released: May 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Read: No
Goodreads link

Curse of the Wolf King by Tessonja Odette

Curse of the Wolf King
Author: Tessonja Odette
Series: Entangled with Fae #1
Released: April 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Read: No
Goodreads link

The Fae Keeper by H.E. Edgmon

The Fae Keeper
Author: H.E. Edgmon
Series: The Witch King #2
Released: May 2022
Genre: Fantasy
Read: No
Goodreads link

The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder

The Bone Spindle
Author: Leslie Vedder
Series: The Bone Spindle #1
Released: Jan 2022
Genre: Fantasy
Read: No
Goodreads link

review copies

I received three review books in July. Including one that I also received in June. The only solicited book that I received (but was also not expecting to get a copy of), was Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen (YA fantasy). Dead Good Detectives is a paranormal middle grade, and Everything Feels Like the End of the World is an adult collection of essays.

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

Violet Made of Thorns
Author: Gina Chen
Series: Violet Made of Thorns #1
Aus Release: July 2022
Read: SOON!!
Goodreads link
Publisher link

Dead Good Detectives by Jenny McLachlan

Dead Good Detectives
Author: Jenny McLachlan
Series: TBC
Aus Release: August 2022
Read: Unlikely (still)
Goodreads link
Publisher link

Everything Feels Like the End of the World by Else Fitzgerald

Everything Feels Like the End of the World
Author: Else Fitzgerald
Series: No
Aus Release: August 2022
Read: Unlikely
Goodreads link
Publisher link

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So… what does this all mean for my book buying limit for 2022? Well, because I apparently can’t count at all, I made a new row on my giant TBR spreadsheet to figure it out for me.

I think this is what the numbers should actually be:

  • Commenced 2022 with physical TBR: 456
  • Increased physical TBR in 2022 by: 43
  • Subtotal physical TBR: 499
  • Read physical books: 23
  • TOTAL PHYSICAL TBR: 476
  • TBR variance: +20

I mean, my secret aim was to get my physical unread books down to 400, but I guess that’s not happening this year. Not sure I can fit 76 books in for the next 4.5 months. So, I guess I better start working on at least 20 of them so I’m not INCREASING my starting point.

New goal for 2022: Get physical TBR down to 450. Maybe I can unhaul some books that I likely won’t read??

What was in your July 2022 book haul?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo

10 Comments

    • meeghan

      Ooh, interesting. I only got the first one because I don’t know the author or heard anything about it. But I do love a good fairytale retelling. Maybe I will have lower expectations now?! 😂

  • dbsguidetothegalaxy

    I think the year is just going by too fast and see, you’re not actually buying TOO many books – it’s just that you’re buying books for a longer year. I don’t know where I’m going with this 😄 But I do know that I want to read a lot of these books, but alas, the year is too fast for them all 😭 😭 But I do think an unhaul of maybe the unsolicited books would be good? Because the likelihood of you getting to them are much lower than the other books on your tbr.

    Then at least, even if you just unhaul 2 or 5 books, that moves you closer to your goal and that’s 2 or 5 books off of your tbr.

    • meeghan

      True… I did go through my shelves on Thursday and remove a few books that I definitely won’t read though. So I’m at least back below 450!!

    • meeghan

      Thank you!! I pretty much read anything that sounds good, except horror. I hope you enjoy A Proposal They Can’t Refuse!! I really loved it 🥰 I did a mini review on a WWW Wednesday when I finished it if you’re interested.

    • meeghan

      Hahaha, I know!! I just kept watching it float around the world until it just stopped existing in the system. It was so weird!! 😂

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