Bookhaul | October 2021

It’s the first of the new month, so it’s time to look back on October and talk about the books we added to our shelves. Have we added any new books? Or were we good to our bank accounts? Keep on reading our October bookhaul to find out!


We’re nearing the time of year I need to be careful with how much I add to my shelves, because Christmas is right around the corner. I was actually pretty good this month until we went shopping at the end of the month. I added seven books to my shelves (one actually was last month, but I’ll explain that when I talk about the book).

Empire of the Vampire – Jay Kristoff

Okay, so I actually added this to my shelf in September. Getting the Illumicrate edition made me wait a little before putting it on the blog though. I got mine pretty fast after they shipped, so I didn’t want to spoil anyone who was waiting. This edition is stunning and it’s hard to believe books like this can be made! I’ll definitely be reading this soon.

The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden

If you’ve been following the blog you know I’ve read the first two books in this trilogy the last two months for a readalong. This trilogy is very lyrical and descriptive. Not much has really happened, but I’ve loved the writing and want to know how the story continues for the characters I’ve come to love. The Winter of the Witch is the final book and I’m curious. The Winter of the Witch will probably already be read by the time our bookhaul comes online.

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It – Elle Cosimano

Okay, Finaly Donovan Is Killing It is a book I’ve seen everywhere since it released in February. Recently a friend read this one and loved it. She was so excited I couldn’t help but order it. I’m hoping to squeeze this in during Netgalley November.

The Christmas Carrolls – Mel Taylor-Bessent

I’m a big fan of Christmas books, so when I saw this middle grade holiday read I knew I needed it. The illustrations I saw look so cute and the story sounds right up my alley. I know what I’ll be reading in December!

The Love Hypothesis – Ali Hazelwood

I was actually reading the e-book of The Love Hypothesis and really loving it. So much so that I couldn’t resist picking up a physical copy at the bookstore. The only thing that bugs me is the Tik Tok sticker that isn’t a sticker, but an actual part of the cover.

XOXO – Axie Oh

XOXO is actually a book I’ve been eyeing since it released. I knew that under the dust jacket was really stunning, so when I saw it in the store I made up my mind pretty quickly. Also, as a contemporary lover I have a feeling this is going to become a favorite.

You’d Be Home Now  – Kathleen Glasgow

Okay, so I now own three books by this author and still haven’t read any. It seems Kathleen writes hard-hitting books. I love those, but sometimes need to be in the mood. You’d Be Home Now seems to deal with addiction and I know it’ll be a hard read, but I’m curious to see how this book plays out.


This month I added the most books since a while I think! With my trip to Paris I just couldn’t help it though haha. In October I bought 5 new books. They’re all sorts of genres and age ranges but I’m equally excited about all of them. Let’s take a look!

The Love Hypothesis – Laura Steven

I was browsing the shelves at Shakespeare & Co in Paris and one of the books I came across was The Love Hypothesis. Laura is an amazing author and a great human and I love supporting her. I also read this one right away and it was just as good as I was hoping.

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

This is another one I got at Shakespeare & Co. Dark Matter has been on my wishlist for a long while and I finally got it. It seems like a bit of a classic in the thriller department and I actually can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.

Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger

Another that has been on my wishlist for awhile and one I got at Shakespeare & Co. I love reading MG novels and I can never have too many of them. Candyce has this one as well and I think she only partly read it, so another one we can possibly buddyread!

The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

This cover grabbed my attention at Shakespeare & Co and I just had to get it. I didn’t really know what it was about (and I still don’t actually) but I just thought I would enjoy it. It’s another MG read and I just really enjoy those.

Once Upon a Broken Heart – Stephanie Garber

In one of the Facebook groups I’m in it was shared that the gorgeous edition of Once Upon a Broken Heart with the hidden covers was super cheap on Amazon. So I couldn’t help myself and had to buy it. I’m super happy with the hidden cover I got although I would’ve been happy with any of them. Now I just have to read Legendary and Finale first haha.

So that’s was October’s bookhaul! This month doesn’t seem like it was too bad. What books did you add to your shelves? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

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