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October 2020 book haul

Good morning bookworms!! It’s time for the October 2020 book haul!!

October was slightly out of control, but I’m refusing to take responsibility because I got A LOT of review books last month. Which is great because it means publishers are liking me. But it’s also bad because I now have more review books that I can read for the rest of this year…

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Book haul categories are as follows:

  • subscription boxes
  • book purchases (book mail, in-store, digital* and gifts)
  • review copies (book mail and digital)

* Not counting Kindle Unlimited

⚔️ fantasy contemporary ? sci-fi
? historical fiction ❤️ romance ? crime / mystery
? thriller ? classic ? dark academia
? BIPOC author ? own voices ?️‍? queer rep
? mental health rep ♿️ disability rep ? graphic novel
? hardcover ? paperback ? ebook
? graphic novel ? audiobook ? gift
? backlist title ARC / review copy ? Aussie author / #loveozya

Emoji table for reference

October 2020 book haul

book boxes

I subscribe to four monthly boxes: OwlCrate, FairyLoot and the book-only subscription for LitJoy and Illumicrate. International shipping is still an absolute shit show… but it is getting better… Maybe. So, here is where I stand with books that arrived in October:

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

Owlcrate FairyLoot LitJoy Illumicrate
August ➡️ ? N/A
September ➡️
October ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ ?
Special Editions ?️
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories
Blood & Honey

Bone Crier’s Dawn

A Vow So Bold and Deadly

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Meaning, the following books arrived in October:

  • The September theme for FairyLoot was Under the Sea and the book was Fable by Adrienne Young (I actually didn’t like the exclusive cover for this one, so I sold the whole box to a friend for cost price and will have to order a new copy for myself…)
  • LitJoy’s September theme was Favourite Fictional Families and the book was The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
  • Illumicrate’s september theme was Sinister Surroundings, and the book was A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Fable by Adrienne Young The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik Illumicrate edition

I’ve also skipped all of the November boxes, except Illumicrate, so expect to see less of these as time goes on.

book purchases

I… was not very well behaved with my purchases this month… But on the plus side, there’s not many books that I want that are coming out for the rest of the year, so I should be ok!! However, I’m really proud of myself because I did read FOUR of them this month too!!

Release year

Loud Mouth

Avery Flynn

2020 ❤️ ?‍? ? Ice Knights 3 Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn


Nadine Brandes

2019 ⚔️ ?‍♀️ ? ? Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Too Sharp

Marianne Delacourt

2012 ? ?‍? ? ? ? Too Sharp by Marianne Delacourt

Sharp Edge

Marianne Delacourt

2017 ? ?‍? ? ? ? Sharp Edge by Marianne Delacourt

Where I’m Home

Erin Bowlen

2020 ⛱ ❤️ ?‍? ? Where I'm Home by Erin Bowlen

Time of Our Lives

Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

2019 ⛱ ?‍♀️ ? ? Time of our Lives by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

This Winter

Alice Oseman

2015 ⛱ ? ?️‍? ? ?‍♀️ ? ? This Winter by Alice Oseman


Tahereh Mafi

2016 ⚔️ ? ? ? Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

The Silvered Serpents

Roshani Chokshi

2020 ⚔️ ?‍♀️ ? The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Fence: Striking Distance

Sarah Rees Brennan

2020 ⛱ ❤️ ?️‍? ?‍♀️ ? Fence Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan

I also have a confession to make. Last month I bought Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting. And I was reading it, and it was great. Then I left it on a plane (surprisingly this is NOT the first time this has happened). Anyway, I re-purchased a copy of it too, but I haven’t recorded it on my spreadsheets, because I don’t want to look back and remind myself of how much of an idiot I am… ?

review copies

*cough* OK, this got a bit crazy in October… I ended up receiving SIX review books (one of which I then got a double from a book box…). Which is not great, because I am definitely falling VERY far behind on reading these…

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London Garth Nix Allen & Unwin ⚔️ ?‍♀️ ? ⏰ ? *currently reading* The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
Fortune and Glory Janet Evanovich Hachette Australia ? ❤️ ?‍? ? ⏰ Stephanie Plum #27 Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich
The Time-Travelling Cavemen Terry Pratchett Penguin RandomHouse ⚔️ ? ? ⏰ The Time-Travelling Caveman by Terry Pratchett
A Tale of Witchcraft Chris Colfer Hachette Australia ⚔️ ? ? ⏰ A Tale of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer
Instant Karma Marissa Meyer Pan MacMillan ⛱ ?‍♀️ ? ⏰ Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
The Magpie Society: One For Sorrow Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch Penguin RandomHouse ? ?‍♀️ ? ⏰ The Magpie Society One for Sorrow by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch
Did you get any new books in October?

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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