Looking Back At Our Bookhauls | October 2021

Now that we’ve talked about the books we read and bought last month it’s time to look back at 2021! What books did we add to our shelves in October 2021? And the more important question, how many have we read? Keep on reading to find out in this month’s Looking Back at Our Bookhauls.


October 2021 wasn’t too bad. I ended up adding a total of 7 books to my shelves. The question though is how many did I read? That’s always interesting to find out, so let’s take a look.

Empire of the Vampire – Jay Kristoff

Since this book released I’ve heard so many amazing things, but I have only read a few chapters. Not because I wasn’t enjoy myself, but because I get distracted easily by other books. I will read my e-book for this one though, because it’s such a big book and not easy to hold while reading.

The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden

This trilogy is very lyrical and descriptive and takes some time to get through. It takes some time before things really start to happen, but the world and characters kept me interested. I think I may have enjoyed it just a bit more if I read The Winter of the Witch in the winter.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It – Elle Cosimano

I only just recently read Finlay Donovan is Killing it, but I loved it! Yeah, it may be a bit much at times, but it fits this story well. I’ll definitely be reading the sequel soon to see how Finlay’s story continues.

The Christmas Carrolls – Mel Taylor-Bessent

Look at how adorable this cover is! As a big Christmas fan I knew I needed this book in my life. I read it in December and it was cute. Even though it wasn’t quite as Christmassy as I was expecting… I did see there is a new book in this series and I am curious.

The Love Hypothesis – Ali Hazelwood

So a year later I’m still very frustrated about the TikTok sticker not being an actual sticker. Why do they do this to books?!? That being said I loved The Love Hypothesis. I also recently read Ali Hazelwood’s newest book, Love on the Brain, and loved it as well. Ali Hazelwood is definitely an auto-buy author now.

XOXO – Axie Oh

The cover of this book is so stunning and the hardcover underneath it as well! XOXO sounds like just the book for me, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’ll save this one for when I’m looking for a cute and cozy book, because I have a feeling that’s what this is.

You’d Be Home Now – Kathleen Glasgow

You’d Be Home Now should’ve been a book I’ve already read. I’ve been trying to do months of reading all books by an author I have multiple books by, but have never read anything by. Kathleen Glasgow is one of these authors. I started with Girl in Pieces a few months ago. That was such an emotional book, but so well written. I’m determined to read the other two books by her on my shelf soon.

End Result:
Read: 4/7 – 57.1%
3/7 – 42.9%



This was one of my bigger bookhauls in 2021, as I went to Paris and visited the Shakespeare & co bookstore. Of course I had to buy a couple of books there! Now the question is, did I also read them? The age old question haha. Let’s take a look!

The Love Hypothesis – Laura Steven

I actually read this one right away! After a long day of walking around in Paris I had to lay down on my hotel bed and read for a bit. And before long I finished this one. I adore Laura’s writing and I have to read the other books she wrote that I still have on my TBR soon.

Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger

To be honest, I forgot I got this one haha. I love reading a good MG fantasy series and this one is beloved. While I forgot to read it this year, hopefully I can pick it up in the coming year haha.

Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

I have heard so many great things about this one and I can’t wait to read it. Lately I have been on an adult mystery/thirller kick and I think this one might do the trick as well. Maybe I’ll pick it up in the coming weeks.

The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

I’ve been planning on reading this one for weeks now! There is currently a show on Disney+ based on the book so I of course wanted to read the book first. It’s sitting on my bedside table so I will hopefully read it soon.

Once Upon a Broken Heart – Stephanie Garber

This one I didn’t buy in Paris, I have the beautiful editions for the Caraval series and I knew I had to have this one as well. Since I haven’t finished reading the Caraval series yet, I didn’t pick this one up yet. It might be awhile before I get to this one to be honest.

End Result:
Read: 1/5 – 20%
4/5 – 80%

So that’s our looking back post for this month. Have you read any of these books? Which books should we start with? Let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.

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