Bookhaul | March 2023

It’s the start of the new month, so it’s time to take a look back at the previous one. March happens to be our birthday month, so did we get any bookish gifts? Or treat ourselves to anything? Keep on reading our March bookhaul to find out!


March was a good month! I had two weeks off of work, had some fun trips, and got to unwind without working for a bit. Some shopping trips also meant some books, so this month is definitely a bigger haul than the past months, haha. I ended up adding 19 books to my shelves this month.

The Neighbor Favor – Kristina Forest

I’ve been so excited about The Neighbor Favor. Books with characters who love books or work with books are my favorite to read. Our main character wants to edit childrens’ books and also asks her neighbor for help to get a date. What she doesn’t know is that her neighbor is also her favorite fantasy author she’s been talking to online! This sounds so cute.

The Way I Used to Be – Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be is a book I’ve been seeing a lot online recently. This won’t be an easy read, because it follows a character dealing with the aftermath of an assault. People have said this book is amazing, so I want to give it a try!

Forever, Interrupted – Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m slowly working on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s backlist and Forever, Interrupted was one I still needed. A friend of mine sent this to me for my birthday and I’m excited. From what I understand a couple falls in love quickly and elopes. When tragedy strikes our main character is confronted with his life in many ways and with things she didn’t even know yet. Why do I have a feeling I’m going to cry reading this? Haha.

Brutal Prince – Sophie Lark

Brutal Prince is a book I’ve already read and loved! It was my first book by Sophie Lark and now I want to read all of her books. I read this book digitally, but I wanted it on my shelf. This special edition has illustrations as well, so I need to go back and read it all over.

King of Battle and Blood & Queen of Myth and Monsters – Scarlett St. Clair

King of Battle and Blood is a book I started awhile ago, but if you know me, you know I get distracted. Bloom Books published these and I love the covers, so when the boyfriend said I could choose a few books for my birthday I grabbed this duology.

Twisted Games – Ana Huang

Twisted Games is the third book the boyfriend got me for my birthday. After loving Twisted Love and knowing Twisted Games is a bodyguard romance made me want it even more. Hopefully I love this one as much as the first.

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 4 & Vol. 5 – Tomohito Oda

Last year I bought the first three volumes of Komi Can’t Communicate and decided to buy a couple more when I was at the bookstore. There are 22 or 23 volumes already out, so I have a ways to go. I read the first one and enjoyed it, so I’m excited I can continue.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow – Laura Taylor Namey

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow released in 2020 and I’ve been curious about it since then. Our main character goes to England for the summer and these weren’t the plans. While there she discovers a lot. Love and maybe even more about herself than she knows.

Solitaire – Alice Oseman

Ever since reading Heartstopper I’ve been curious about Tori (Charlie’s sister). Solitaire is her story and I finally picked up the book when at the bookstore. I’ll have to read it soon!

Never Ever Getting Back Together – Sophie Gonzales

So even though I’m a bit behind with Sophie Gonzales’ backlist, but the synopsis of Never Ever Getting Back Together is just so good I had to have a physical copy. And look at the amazing cover. Going on a reality show to get back at your ex, but fall in love with another candidate sounds like there will be drama, but I’m down for that, haha.

Seven Faceless Saints – M.K. Lobb

Seven Faceless Saints is a group read for TBR and Beyond this month. It’s a dark fantasy murder-mystery and that’s all I needed to know before picking it up. At first I could only find the hardcover, but was able to get the paperback when shopping.

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries – Heather Fawcett

I’ve been looking for a lighter and wholesome fantasy read and Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries sounded just like what I was looking for. At first I thought this was a standalone, but it appears we’ll be getting at least one more book.

Kingdom of the Feared – Kerri Maniscalco

In my series slayers group this month was the month for the final book in the Kingdom of the Wicked series. The only thing that annoyed me about this book was that the publisher made this paperback twice the size of the first two. I hate when they do that!

Authentically, Izzy – Pepper Basham

As a fan of books told through chats and emails I needed Authentically, Izzy. At first I was thinking about listening to the audiobook on Storytel, but when a book is filled with letters I think I rather read it physically. The main character is a lover of books, so that makes it even better.

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi – Shannon Chakraborty

I’ve been curious about this book since I heard about it, but now that my next book club book is City of Brass I wanted this one. They’re both by the same author. I’ve heard some amazing things about this book. Isabelle and I both bought this as birthday gifts to each other. We’re going to have a fun buddyread.

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers – Jesse Q. Sutanto

After loving Dial A for Aunties by this author I knew I needed Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers. Vera is a sixty-year-old woman who becomes an amateur sleuth when she finds a dead body in her tea shop. This sounds like it’s going to be a good story!

The Love Wager – Lynn Painter

After a one night stand our main character stumbles upon the guy she slept with on a dating app. They both say they’re not interested in each other find the one, but things don’t seem to go as planned. Making a wager who can find this first things get interesting, but when they fake date at a wedding I have a feeling things are going to change. Lynn Painter is great at romances, so I can’t wait to curl up with this book.



I actually have a big haul again! Some of the books I got I already shared in my post about the bookstores I visited in New York and Chicago but I also got some books for my birthday this year. One book is still on the way but once it gets here I have gotten 18 new books this month. Let’s jump in!

Haikyu! 1 – 12 – Haruicki Furudate

I got the first three volumes in New York (pretty funny story so check out that post!). Once I got home my parents told me I could pick out another gift so we decided on volume 4 – 10. Already extremely happy and then my brother got me volume 11&12 so now I can binge about a quarter of the completed series haha.

My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

I have been wanting to read this one for quite a while now and I’m so excited to finally own the book. It’s not a big one at all, so I hope to read it pretty soon. The bookseller told me it was a great pick and that just made me very happy haha.

Cramm This Book – Olivia Seltzer

I had never heard of this book but it looked super interesting. While I have collected quite some non-fiction books now, I don’t read them that often haha. I do love reading a chapter here and there though!

Monstress vol. 4 – Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda

It’s been awhile since I read the previous Monstress volumes but I do really want to continue this series. There are currently 7 volumes out and volume 8 will be released later this year. Maybe I can catch up before then?

The Wicked + the Divine vol. 2 – Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

I read the first volume years ago but I can across this one in one of the bookstores I visited in New York and it was decently priced so I decided to just get it. After reading this I will probably make a decision about continuing with this series or not.

The Lying Woods – Ashley Elston

I loved the Ashley Elston books I’ve read so far so I couldn’t resist this signed copy. It was also pretty cheap! I haven’t heard that much about this one, but its another pretty short book so I’m sure I’ll fly through it.

The Adventures of Amina al-Sarifi – Shannon Chakraborty

Like Candyce said, we got these for each others birthdays. We were at our favorite bookstore for an event and wanted to get each other a gift. After browsing the aisles we thought it would be fun to pick a book we could buddy read and we both really wanted to get this one. Can’t wait to actually get this buddy read going!


I also share my Audible pick every month, and this month I also got 3 extra credits because I needed to continue the series I started haha.

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

I own the hardcovers for these but I really wanted to listen to the audiobooks. So with my March credit I got Six of Crows. And after finishing it in 2 days I got extra credits to get Crooked Kingdom.

King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

Of course I also had to get King of Scars because I just can’t get enough of this world! I already have the audiobook for Rule of Wolves so I have one credit left to spend. The hardcovers for both duologies are gorgeous but audiobooks are what currently keep me going.

So that’s our March bookhaul! Have you read any of these? Or did you add any books to our shelves? Let us know in the comments ! We’d love to hear from you.

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