Looking Back at Our Bookhauls | December 2020

It’s the first Monday of the month and it means it’s time for us to look back at the books we added to our shelves the year before in Looking Back at Our Bookhauls. We hope to keep ourselves more accountable to actually read what we’re adding to our shelves. Today we’re looking back at out December 2020 bookhaul. Let’s see how we did!

Candyce

December tends to be a month I get lots of books, because that’s basically one of the only things on my Christmas wishlist. My mother, boyfriend, and I all have budgets to get each other presents every year, so there are often lots of books under the tree. In December 2020 I added 23 books to my shelves. I’m kind of afraid to see how I did, haha.

Seance Tea Party – Reimena Yee
Read

I adored this graphic novel. There were some beautiful messages and lessons in this story and the art was amazing. I read this in October and it was the perfect read for this time of year. I can definitely recommend this one.

Check Please! Vol. 1 & 2 – Ngozi Ukazu
Read

I read both of these graphic novels at the beginning of 2021 and loved them. I love the main characters, the art and just everything about it. Check Please! is truly an amazing coming of age story.

The Once and Future Witches – Alix E. Harrow
Unread

For some reason I don’t have a picture of this one. Like I said in the original bookhaul post I have an e-arc and Illumicrate edition. The Once and Future Witches has been put on my TBR a few times in the past year, but haven’t succeeded in actually reading it yet. I need to change that this year.

Legendborn – Tracy Deonn
Unread

I’ve heard such amazing things about Legendborn and with the sequel releasing this year I’m definitely making this one a priority!

This Will Be Funny Someday – Katie Henry
Unread

Last year was definitely one where my mood did a lot of deciding what I read. I was so excited about This Will Be Funny Someday and I still am. This one will get read. I really like this author.

Crave & Crush – Tracy Wolff
Read

When I saw Crave all over the place I knew I had to give it a try. I didn’t know if I’d love it and to be honest the first book really was just one big train wreck. But I couldn’t get enough. A friend and I devoured these two books during a buddyread and so much so that we bought the third book as soon as we could. I’m not anxiously awaiting for the fourth book that’s been delayed a few times.

Chilling Effect – Valerie Valdes
Unread

Chilling Effect was definitely a cover buy, but the people I know who read it really enjoyed it. I just love the kitty on the cover (even though I’ve heard that it doesn’t have a big role in the book). I’m still looking forward to this story.

The Hand on the Wall – Maureen Johnson
Read

I read the first book in this series, but didn’t continue after that. So earlier this year I did a re-read and flew through the rest of this series. This turned out to be one of my favorite series last year. I would love if we got even more of this cast of characters.

The Archive of the Forgotten – A.J. Hackwith
Unread

Okay, so I haven’t read this one yet, but I did finally read The Library of the Unwritten. I have to say the story was different than expected, but I enjoyed it. The Archive of the Forgotten is definitely on my 2022 TBR.

Wicked Fox & Vicious Spirits – Kat Cho
Unread

Wicked Fox & Vicious Spirits are definitely two books I still really want to read. Just really a case of so many books and just not enough time. I say this a lot, but I really am hoping to read these in 2022.

Always Never Yours & If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Read/Unread

I’m glad to say that I have read one of the two books I got from this author duo. Always Never Yours was a book I just couldn’t put down once I picked it up and I really enjoyed the story. If I’m Being Honest will be read soon. I also have an e-arc for their adult debut and I’m really excited.

Raybearer – Jordan Ifueko
Unread

Yet again another book I’ve heard amazing things about, but haven’t read yet. Raybearer got a lot of praise as did the sequel that released. Both the US and UK covers are stunning and I need to make time for this one.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Read

I have to say this one took a little longer for me to be totally invested, but I really enjoyed A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorite authors and I love the worlds she creates.

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem – Manda Collins
Unread

I still really love this cover and actually received the next book in this series for Christmas in 2021. These seem like books I’ll really enjoy in the summertime and hopefully I can read them back to back.

Majesty – Katharine McGee
Unread

I’m actually sad to say that I haven’t read this one of American Royals yet. The author recently announced there will be a novella and a third book of this series releasing this year, so I definitely need to make these a priority!

The Brightest Night – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Read

The Brightest Night was actually one of my first reads of 2020 and it was so intense. There are some pandemic like issues in this series, so the author has postponed the fourth and final book for this reason. I will definitely pick it up though when it does finally release.

Crazy Stupid Bromance – Lyssa Kay Adams
Unread

It’s funny I’ve read the first, second, and fourth book in this series. I was planning on reading Crazy Stupid Romance before the fourth book, but when I was offered a spot on the blog tour I couldn’t resist. So I need to read this one this year.

The Devil and the Dark Water – Stuart Turton
Unread

The Devil and the Dark Water was a book I was really excited for. Except I noticed I’ve been avoiding bigger books, because my Goodreads challenge was pretty high. So this year I’ve lowered it, so I’ll be more likely to pick up bigger books like this one.

Instant Karma – Marissa Meyer
Unread

Instant Karma is a contemporary with some magical realism. Even though I still haven’t picked this one up I have a feeling I’ll fly through it once I actually sit down and read it!

 

End Result:
Read: 9/23 – 39.1%
TBR:
14/23 – 60.9%

Isabelle

I totally forgot which books I got December 2020, I didn’t really remember getting books for Christmas. And there was a reason for that haha. I already started slowing down on my book buying and only got 1 book for Christmas! Let’s take a look.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse – Charlie Mackesy
read

This gorgeous book was one of my Christmas presents last year and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a gorgeous book filled with beautiful quotes and illustrations. I love it a lot and like looking at some of them every now and then. This is a book I would recommend to everyone!

End Result:
Read: 1/1 – 100%
TBR:
0/1 – 0%

 

So that’s looking back at December 2020. Have you read any of the books we’ve added to our shelves that month? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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