Looking Back at Our Bookhauls | December 2021

Now that we’ve talked about our bookhaul and wrap up for 2022. It’s time for the last looking back at our bookhaul for 2021. Have we read the books we got in December 2021? Christmas tends to be a bigger bookhaul month, so this post should be interesting! Keep on reading to see how we did!


December 2021 was a year I got quite a few books. There were 25 books added to my shelves. I have a feeling this month’s post is going to prove once again why I really need to tackle my physical TBR. Let’s see how I did.

All the Feels – Olivia Dade

I loved Spoiler Alert and was so excited to finally read All the Feels. This book met all of my expectations and I loved that it took place during part of Spoiler Alert. Olivia Dade is definitely an author I’ll read more from.

Hello (from Here) – Chandler Baker & Wesley King

While I’m still really interested in this story, I have to say that I’m still hesitant about reading about the pandemic. I mean I get it’s part of our lives, but reading is still an escape. I will read this eventually though.

The Coldest Touch – Isabel Sterling

I’m actually pretty surprised I haven’t read The Coldest Touch yet. Another book I want to pick up soon. There really aren’t enough hours in the day!

Ice Planet Barbarians – Ruby Dixon

As I said when I added this book to my shelves, I was really curious about the hype around Ice Planet Barbarians. I read this one and finished it in just about one sitting. In all honesty, I’m still not sure what I think of this story. The second book in the series is still on my shelves and I’m on the fence if I’m going to pick it up.

Swan Song of My Era – Elsie Swain

The premise of Swan Song of My Era definitely caught my attention. I did read a couple of chapters, but some things did come up surrounding this book and I put it down. When I cleaned my shelves, I decided to donate this book.

Flash Fire – TJ Klune

Flash Fire is a book I started reading last year, but as I usually do I got distracted. What I’ve read I was definitely enjoying! I received the third and final book in the trilogy for Christmas, so I need to finish the books this year.

What Lies in the Woods – Lindsay Currie

I’m actually surprised I didn’t read this one last year for middlegrade May. This spooky middle grade will definitely be added to my TBR for that this year.

For the Wolf – Hannah Whitten

The sequel for this book has been released and I still haven’t read this book. Another book I’m still really curious about and need to make time for. I’m not doing good in this looking back at our bookhaul, haha.

Gilded – Marissa Meyer

Another book I’ve yet to read, but I do have the sequel. Marissa Meyer writes book I enjoy, so this really is a case of I just need to sit down with this book.

Good Girls Die First – Kathryn Foxfield

Last year I was determined to read more thrillers and it didn’t work out as planned. I am determined to do that this year though. This is a genre I tend to fly through, because I need to know what’s going on.

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

I now have three unread Rachel Lynn Solomon books on my shelves and that needs to change. Everything I’ve read by this author so far I’ve enjoyed. This year I may just need to read all three books back to back.

Aurora’s End – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Honestly the only reason this book is still unread, is because I’m afraid to see what happens to the characters I’ve come to love. The first two books were pretty intense and I have the feeling this one is going to be ten times worse. When I start this one I’ll have to make sure I can binge read this one.

Happily Ever Afters – Elise Bryant

I’m going to start sounding like a broken record. Once again this is a book I’ve been wanting to read since it released and I haven’t gotten to it yet. There are just so many books out there.

Any Way the Wind Blows – Rainbow Rowell

At this point I’m going to have to reread book one before I can get around to reading the other two books in this trilogy. It’s been a few years and I don’t think I’ll remember enough.

The Kinder Poison – Natalie Mae

I still stand by what I said in our bookhaul. The Kinder Poison sounds like just the book for me. A deadly game with a human sacrifice between three heirs.

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

The titles of these books are so much fun and there’s not much more to say that I still need to read the two books I own.

Rosie Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall is an author I’ve enjoyed and really want to read the whole backlist of all of their books. I love baking competitions and they’re fun to read about in books.

A Shadow in the Ember – Jennifer L. Armentrout

My goal was to catch up on this series in 2022 and I failed, haha. I’ll set this goal again this year, because since this bookhaul there have been a couple more books added to this series. We’ll be getting more as well, so it’s time.

Killer Content & No Meme to Escape – Olivia Blacke

Like I’ve said earlier in this post, I was determined to read more mysteries/thrillers last year, but that didn’t go as planned. Besides these two books by Olivia Blacke I also have her 2022 release to read that’s the start of a new series.

The Girl in the Headlines – Hannah Jayne

Another case of me wanting to read more thrillers and that didn’t work out. I really am a broken record!

The Box in the Woods – Maureen Johnson

Another great installment of the Truly Devious series. While I enjoyed when they were at the school more, it was great being back with Stevie. Nine Liars just released as the next book and I’m excited to get my hands on it!

Portrait of a Scotsman – Evie Dunmore

I did start reading this one and I think I was pretty far. I should go check, because then I can finish it and it’ll be another finished book from my physical TBR.

We Contain Multitudes – Sarah Henstra

When I knew this book was told through letters I needed it in my life. So why haven’t I read it yet? If only I knew, haha.

Last Chance Books – Kelsey Rodkey

Kelsey Rodkey is an author I really need to try. I now own one of her books and I have the e-arc to the next book she has releasing. So I’d say it’s time to read something by this author.

End Result:
Read: 3/25– 12%
21/25– 84%
Unhaul: 1/25 – 4%


I got only three new books in December 2021. By then I was already being mindful of my TBR since I started reading less and the pile just kept growing haha. I remember being very excited about all three of these books, but did I also read them? Let’s see.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi

I did start reading this one and this post makes me want to pick it back up. It’s a pretty thin book and I think I could read it pretty quickly. The book sounds so interesting and I believe I was just getting to a good part. Hopefully I can pick it back up soon.

Fangs – Sarah Andersen

This one I did read! It’s a graphic novel, something always helps haha. They are easy, quick reads and usually don’t spend that long on my TBR. I actually need to get some new ones for when I’m in the mood. This was a fun book and I liked the art. There wasn’t that much of a story but there were a ton of cute short stories.

The Pariah – Anthony Ryan

This is a pretty big book which might be one of the reasons I haven’t picked it up yet. I enjoy adult fantasy more and more lately but I do have to be in the right headspace as they are usually slower reads. The reviews for this one are really positive so I have high hopes.

End Result:
Read: 1/3 – 33,33%
2/3 – 66,66%


So that’s our last looking back at our bookhaul for 2021! Have you read any of these books? Or what books do you think we need to start with? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you. It’ll be interesting to see how we did with the books in 2022.

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