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May 2021 book haul

Hello bookworms!! Welcome to the May 2021 book haul!! A monthly post where I shame myself for never achieving my goal of buying less than I read…

EXCEPT!! I actually achieved my book haul goal this month?!! Which… is the first time this year!! I’m actually really excited about this!!

In case you aren’t aware (which, fair, because I still don’t think I’ve posted it…) 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.

So, let’s go see all the books I got in May!!

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May 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 (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.

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

  • ? = arrived in a previous month
  • ✅ = arrived this month
  • ? = in transit
  • ➡️ = skipped
  • ?️ = parked (not out yet)
  • ❎ = did not switch to
  • ❌ = confirmed that it was lost to the mail gremlins (but thankfully refunded)

  OwlCrate OwlCrate Jr FairyLoot Illumicrate LitJoy
April ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ (next quarter is May)
Special Editions

Mister Impossible

Wings of Shadow


Gods and Monsters

The Righteous

Dreams of Gods and Monsters / Days of Blood and Starlight


Also… I totally forgot that I received my Illumicrate copies of Dreams and Days at the end of April!! So I didn’t update my spreadsheet, which means I missed it from my list.

I did get my OwlCrate copy of Mister Impossible though. And it’s so beautiful!! I’m just waiting on my signed, personalised copy from Maggie’s local bookstore. Because you can never have enough Stiefvater books!! ? Photo credit of the OwlCrate edition (with reversible dust jacket) to Maggie.

Mister Impossible OwlCrate edition by Maggie Stiefvater

book purchases

I do try and aim for 5 books per month, which means I can cover 2 with the subscription boxes. But I’m still in my limit of 7 total this month, so I’m counting 6 as a win!! ?

Symbols and Year of Publication
Willow Moss and the Vanished Kingdom Dominique Valente Starfell #3

⚔️ ? ?



Starfell #3: Willow Moss and the Vanished Kingdom

The Road Trip Beth O’Leary  

⛱ ❤️ ?‍? ?



The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary

You Have a Match Emma Lord  

⛱ ❤️ ?‍♀️ ?



You Have a Match by Emma Lord

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens Tanya Boteju  

⛱ ? ?️‍? ?‍♀️ ?



Kings Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

Rule of Wolves Leigh Bardugo King of Scars #2

⚔️ ?‍♀️ ? ?



Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Heartstopper Vol 4 Alice Oseman Heartstopper #4

⛱ ❤️ ?️‍? ?‍♀️ ? ?


Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman

Admittedly, I read a lot of backlist books this month… so not many new books read. Fingers crossed I’ll get to all of these soon!!

review copies

I received Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean in May, and it was such a cute book!! I still need to finish writing my review for it, but I enjoyed it so much. Thanks PanMac for sending me a copy!!

Symbols and publication year
Tokyo Ever After Emiko Jean Tokyo Ever After #1

⛱ ❤️ ? ?‍♀️ ? ⏰


PanMacmillan Australia

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

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What was in your May 2021 book haul??

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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