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October 2021 book haul

Hello bookworms!! Welcome to the October 2021 book haul!! A monthly post where I usually shame myself for never achieving my goal of buying less than I read, or sticking to my buying goal.

And October was an interesting month… Because I read 13 books and I hauled 13 books. I had a bunch of preorders come in, which I had completely forgotten about. And the only book box I received had a double book. So, it should have been better than it was, but here we are.

In case you aren’t aware (which, fair, because I never made an announcement post, although I do mention this every month) 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. That I very rarely meet. But, rules are made to be broken!! When it comes to book hauling anyway…

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

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October 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

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⚔️ 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
🖋 signed / personalised copy 🪆 multiple copy read

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. Plus I sometimes buy the special edition books they put out, but only if I loved the series, or I got the special edition of book 1 as part of the monthly box.

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

  • 💟 = 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)

  FairyLoot OwlCrate OwlCrate Jr Illumicrate LitJoy
September 🚚 💟 (next book November)



➡️ (next book November)
Special Editions

The Righteous

Heartstopper Vol 1

Girls of Fate and Fury

When Night Breaks

The Scorpio Races


All of which means, I got my September FairyLoot box in October (and I’m currently fighting with AusPost over my OwlCrate box). So, September’s FairyLoot box had TWO books:

  • Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Bonus book: Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray
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book purchases

So, here we are, all of the new books that I bought or was gifted in October!! Which, is slightly more than I would like to have bought… but also, yeah, there’s a lot of preorders in here!!

Year of Publication
A Dance With the Fae Prince Elise Kova Married to Magic #2 2021 ⚔️ ❤️
👩‍🦳 📔
A Dance With the Fae Prince by Elise Kova
The Bronzed Beasts Roshani Chokshi The Gilded Wolves #2 2021 ⚔️ 🍄
🖤 🏳️‍🌈
🧘‍♀️ 📔
The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi
Kingdom of the Wicked Kerri Maniscalco Kingdom of the Wicked #1 2020 ⚔️ ❤️ 🍄
👩‍🦳 📔 📚
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Kingdom of the Cursed Kerri Maniscalco Kingdom of the Wicked #2 2021 ⚔️ ❤️ 🍄
👩‍🦳 📔
Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
Empire of the Vampire Jay Kristoff Empire of the Vampire #1 2021 ⚔️ 🐺
🏳️‍🌈 🌑
👩‍🦳 📔 🐨 🖋 🪆
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
Dark Rise C. S. Pacat Dark Rise #1 2021 ⚔️
🗣 🏳️‍🌈
🧘‍♀️ 📔 🐨
Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat
Anything But Fine Tobias Madden   2021 ⛱ ❤️
🗣 🏳️‍🌈 🏈
🧘‍♀️ 🗒 🐨
Anything But Fine by Tobias Madden
Flash Fire T.J. Klune The Extraordinaries #2 2021 🚀 🍄
🗣 🏳️‍🌈
🧘‍♀️ 🗒
Flash Fire by TJ Klune
The Storm of Echoes Christelle Dabos The Mirror Visitor #4 2019 / 2021 ⚔️
🧘‍♀️ 🗒
The Storm of Echoes by Christelle Dabos
The Party Crasher Sophie Kinsella   2021 ⛱ ❤️
👩‍🦳 🗒
The Party Crasher by Sophie Kinsella
Midnight Sun Stephanie Meyer Twilight #5 2020 ❤️ 🐺
🧘‍♀️ 🗒 🎁 📚
Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you may have noticed that my copy of Midnight Sun has arrived. It’s a very special copy. My friend Sarah (@commasandampersands) annotated this for me. And she held a press conference about it because she genuinely dislikes the book. I’m… interested to see what happens, but also, there’s about 300 other books on my TBR that I probably want to read first. Let’s be honest, Sarah did NOT make a compelling case to begin it immediately…

review copies

And thank goodness, no review books in October!! *phew*

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What was in your October 2021 book haul??

until next time, happy reading! Meeghan xo


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