Bookhaul | December 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s 2022 and that’s just nuts. It’s the first of the month which means we want to tell you about our December bookhaul. It was Christmas, so did we get any gifts? Keep on reading to find out!


My final bookhaul of the year and it’s a big one. If I’m honest it’s bigger than I expected, haha. I love getting new books, but it definitely has a downside, because typing this post is going to take me a while, haha. In December I added 25 books to my shelves (oops… I bought 4, received 1 ARC from an author, and 20 books were presents). Let’s take a look!

All the Feels – Olivia Dade

Okay, I loved Spoiler Alert and All the Feels is one of my most anticipated reads. And I’m hosting a group read of this book in January, so it seemed like the perfect time to add this one to my shelves.

Hello (from Here) – Chandler Baker & Wesley King

The cover of this book is definitely the first thing that caught my eye, but the story sounds really interesting as well. I’m still debating on when to pick this one up. The pandemic plays a role in this story and it’s something I try to escape when reading. Falling in love during the quarantine had to be something else.

The Coldest Touch – Isabel Sterling

Vampires seems to be making a comeback in books this year and The Coldest Touch is one I’ve been looking forward to. I was able to get this hardcover really cheap and was shocked, so I had to order it while it was still that price. A vampire and a girl that sees how someone will die when she touches them will definitely be an interesting team working together.

Ice Planet Barbarians – Ruby Dixon

Okay, if I’m honest this is the last book I was ever expecting to add to my shelves. Ice Planet Barbarians has been all over the bookish community lately and I’m just curious. I also really like the special edition cover this book now has. No clue if I’ll like it, but I’m going to give it a go!

Swan Song of My Era – Elsie Swain

TBR and Beyond Tours is hosting a tour for Swan Song of My Era and I got a physical copy from the author. So definitely keep an eye out on the blog for my review soon. I have a feeling this is going to be an interesting story.

Flash Fire – TJ Klune

I read The Extraordinaries earlier this year and loved it way more than I expected. So I added Flash Fire to my wishlist for the Christmas swap we do with the mod and admin team of TBR and Beyond. I was so glad my secret Santa chose this book. I’m hoping I love it just as much as the first one.

What Lives in the Woods – Lindsay Currie

What Lives in the Woods was the other book I received from my Secret Santa in the mod group. I love middle grade reads and this one has been on my radar for a bit. This is a spooky read, but I’ve noticed I really enjoy the spooky middle grade reads. So this is going to be fun!

For the Wolf – Hannah F. Whitten

For the Wolf is a book I’ve heard amazing things about, but also less amazing things, haha. I was gifted this one by a blogger friend I’ve made on Twitter and I think it’s so sweet she sent me this. I’m really curious about this book that seems to be an interesting retelling. I believe the sequel releases in 2022, so I have this one just in time.

Gilded – Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is an author I’ve really enjoyed before and Gilded is one that’s been on my radar for quite some time. Gilded is a Rumpelstiltskin retelling and I’ve never read one of those before. I was surprised by how big this book is though.

Good Girls Die First – Kathryn Foxfield

I’ve been loving thrillers and mysteries lately and Good Girls Die First is one I’ve been really curious about. I don’t think I’ll be able to look at carnivals the same again, haha. As long as it’s an interesting ride I’ll be happy.

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This – Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rachel Lynn Solomon has become an auto-buy author for me, so when I had to make my wishlist and didn’t have We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This yet it was an easy decision. I love this illustrated cover and know once I start this book I won’t be able to put it down.

Aurora’s End – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Aurora’s End is the last book in this trilogy and I know it’s going to hurt! These authors aren’t always nice to their characters. I’m sad this trilogy is almost over though, because I’ve loved this adventure.

Happily Ever Afters – Elise Bryant

Another anticipated read of mine and I finally have a physical copy. It’s described as Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. That’s all I needed to know on top of the main character loving romance novels.

Anyway the Wind Blows – Rainbow Rowell

I really enjoyed Carry On and was excited as many fans were when the author announced it would become a trilogy. Anyway the Wind Blows is the final book and now I can read the last two in one go.

The Kinder Poison – Natalie Mae

The Kinder Poison is a book that released last year, but I only started hearing about it this year. The main character is to be a human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs. I have a feeling this is going to be quite the adventure. And it’s the best kind of floppy paperback.

An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire – Manda Collins

Okay, so I haven’t read A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem yet, but I couldn’t resist adding this book to my Christmas wishlist. I love rom-coms, so a historical rom-com should be just as fun! At least that’s what I’m hoping.

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall

I’ve had Boyfriend Material by this author on my shelf for over a year now and have wanted to read it. Then in November I read Murder Most Actual and new after that I needed to read everything by Alexis Hall. Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake is the newest release from this year and it sounds great! Our main character participates on a baking show and I love stuff like that.

A Shadow in the Ember – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Okay, Jennifer L. Armentrout is a go to author for me and I’ve really enjoyed the From Blood and Ash series. A Shadow in the Ember is a spinoff and one I’m really excited to read. I’ve heard amazing things.

Killer Content & No Memes of Escape – Olivia Blacke

Cozy mysteries are something I finally gave a try and Killer Content & No Memes of Escape are two books I kept seeing on bookstagram around the time when they released. The covers are so cute. And I’m so glad that these were under the tree.

The Girl in the Headlines – Hannah Jayne

The Girl in the Headlines is another thriller I added to my shelves after getting this under the tree. The main character wakes up covered in blood and hears on the news that her parents were brutally attacked and her brother is missing. She doesn’t remember anything and the news tells her she’s the main suspect. But did she actually do it?

The Box in the Woods – Maureen Johnson

The Box in the Woods was one I actually already read in November, but I wanted the paperback to complete this series physically. I’m still really sad this series is over. I loved the characters, setting, the puzzles, and all the twists. I’m really hoping we eventually get something more.

Portrait of a Scotsman – Evie Dunmore

Portrait of a Scotsman is the third book in the A League of Extraordinary Women series. I love all of these covers and that they match. I’ve started reading this one and I have to say it’s a bit different than the first two, but the characters are definitely interesting.

We Contain Multitudes – Sarah Henstra

To be honest I don’t remember seeing We Contain Multitudes in 2019 when it released. An author recommended it in her book group a couple of months ago and I was really intrigued. Not only does the story sound amazing, but it’s told through the letters the characters write to each other.

Last Chance Books – Kelsey Rodkey

Another anticipated release I didn’t get to this year, but finally have on my shelf! Last Chance Books has bookstores and a character that loves books. Things get interesting when a chain bookstore comes to town and could be trouble for her family’s bookstore. I’m hoping to read this one soon.



Our last bookhaul of 2021, I can’t believe this went by as fast as it did! This was the year I tried to buy less books and somewhat succeeded haha. In this last month I ‘only’ got 3 new books and they are all Christmas gifts! So I was extremely happy with that. Let’s take a look.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

This gorgeous cover captured my eye! And then the interesting synopsis convinced me I needed to put this book on my wishlist. My brother thought it sounded really interesting so he picked it as one of the three books he gifted me. And I can’t wait to read it!

Fangs – Sarah Andersen

I liked the look of the cover and then realised it was written by ‘Sarah Scribbles’. After also seeing that it was about a vampire and werewolf falling for each other I wanted to read it badly! And luckily my brother picked this one as well. I also already read it haha, it was a very quick but fun read.

The Pariah – Anthony Ryan

This was the first book my brother picked for me. I love the sound of it and want to read more adult fantasy books. Anthony Ryan will be a new author to me and I’m very excited to try his work. Hopefully I’ll love this, as the second book in the series will be published in 2022.

So these are the books we added our shelves in December! What did you add to your shelves last month? Or have you read any of the books we have gotten? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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